Laramie’s 17th Street Cafe: great service and great green chili

Dean Tally and Cheryl Cook, co-owners of the 17th Street Cafe in Laramie

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” – Virginia Woolf

A few months after moving to Laramie, my wife and I happened upon a little off-the-beaten-path restaurant called the 17th Street Café.

This cozy eatery, located just a half a block away from the University of Wyoming’s dormitories, called our attention as we both enjoy local, small-town style restaurants and this place seemed to fit the bill.

I remember that first visit well, noticing that the crowd was a bit larger than I expected for that time of day. I took a few minutes to look over the menu, then I selected the Breakfast Burrito. A 10-inch flour tortilla, filled with eggs, cheese, choice of ham, bacon, or sausage (I had bacon), and hash browns. On top, the burrito was smothered in a splendid pork green chili sauce that really appealed to my taste buds. The staff was super friendly, and I could not have been happier with my visit.

Since that first visit a few years ago, I have revisited the 17th Street Café on many occasions and have found each visit as enjoyable as the last. The Mexican-American décor does not overwhelm, the staff is always warm and friendly, and the green chili sauce gets better with each visit.

More recently I had the privilege of visiting with co-owners Dean Tally and Cheryl Cook who both agree, “It’s a small café, with a big taste.” For me, the big taste really comes from the green chili sauce, in case I hadn’t mentioned it. Cook explained that Tally makes the green chili fresh, every day.

“People love his (Tally’s) green chili,” says Cook. If that is the case, then I must be a “people” too.

17th Street Cafe, half a block off Grand Ave in Laramie.

Since purchasing the business in 2011, Tally said he has really enjoyed being a business owner. His favorite part?

“Seeing the smile on peoples’ faces when they get a good meal,” says Tally.

The 17th Street Café is a full-service restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch, specializing in breakfast. The café has plenty of seating, including the outdoor patio that provides a very enjoyable experience during the warmer days in Laramie.

The Mexican-American style can be recognized in both the ambiance and the menu, which may be short, but the attention that is given to each meal makes this restaurant a must-visit destination.

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