Indie Ogden Review: Carlos and Harley’s

Indie Ogden ReviewIt’s hard to miss the giant western style building on the corner of 5510 E 2200 North in Eden. This building was built tin 1890 by Elisha Wilbur as a local general store, town post office and dance hall.  Nowadays, this Historic building houses one of the best Tex-Mex eateries around, they even won the 2013 Indie Ogden award for Best Mexican Restaurant!

My family drive out to Eden this past weekend to grab a bite. After seeing their photos of the molcajete bowl, I knew I had to have it, right now! The drive from Ogden is always a beautiful one, through the canyon and past the waterfall, around the river and across the reservoir and down the winding road to the sleepy town Eden.  On this day, it was a bit rainy and foggy and the recent downpours had made everything lush and green.

When we sat down at our seat our server Cole brought over the famous chips and house made salsa and told us about the specials. He was hilarious and fun, definitely on my top 10 servers of all time list, give that guy a medal!  Of course, we already knew what we wanted, bring on the molcajete!

The molcajete bowl is a traditional stone bowl used for grinding and cooking, much like a cast iron skillet. These bowls are heated to over 400 degrees and when served, your food stays bubbling hot for a very long time.  I don’t think my food stopped bubbling the entire time, leaving my cheese perfectly melty and my sauce nice and hot. This dish comes with beef, chicken, cactus, jalapeno, cheese, and shrimp. I got my molcajete sans shrimp, I am a weirdo who hates shrimp, I just can’t.

My husband ordered the chimichanga, both beef and chicken, and a nice cold margarita and after being denied a sip I ordered myself a pina colada.  Our kiddos ordered off the tot menu, one wanted nachos and the other a bean burrito the size of her head.  Our friend Andrew ordered the fish tacos, a favorite dish among regulars.

Inside the restaurant can only be described as eclectic with funny signs, skis, lights, photos and even a couple mannequins thrown in. I love the decor, there is always something new to see and every table you sit at has a new view.  The owners spend a lot of time in-house and are always up for chatting about local spots and places to see.

So, the next time you want a fantastic meal, killer views and some great conversation, head over to Eden and pay a visit to Carlos and Harley’s. Whether you are visiting for the full sports bar, for an event or need a spot to dine with your friend, this is your place. Don’t forget to try the salsa!


Mikaela is a transplant from Portland, fell in love with Ogden her first day in town and created Indie Ogden the next week. She enjoys outdoor adventures with her 2 kiddos and making a mess crafting. You can find her at a local cafe or cycling around town with her family.