Poor Richards is a little bit of everything: bookstore, coffee shop, restaurant, music venue, bar, and toy store. We went for a quick lunch before meeting the people for whom we’d house sit. We found Poor Richard’s with a random Google search and didn’t realize at the time what an institution it is! The same family has been running the business for 40 years!
The menu focuses on lunch-time standards. Classic sandwiches, salads, and pizzas. They focus on good quality, organic and local ingredients when possible. We were both pleased with our sandwiches, but these are not sandwiches to write home about (apparently they ARE worth writing about here…). We’d suggest heading to the Wild Goose or to Phantom Canyon before Poor Richards. But, if you want a basic turkey sandwich with no frills, like you had in your lunchbox as a kid, Poor Richard’s is for you. Maybe you want to pop in for breakfast before browsing for a book to read or an off-beat gift for someone. If that is the case, Poor Richard’s is really for you!
We also want to give a nod to the owner, Richard, for making this a community spot and for his activism. He is active in local politics and, apparently, stuck his neck out to help Colorado get their gay marriage ammendment passed in the 90s. As we’ve mentioned here before, we were longing for a place in Gallup where community could come together and appreciate those efforts at Poor Richard’s.