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Chuburger

720-668-9167
Oskar Blues Brewery is behind this burger joint, which serves certified Angus beef patties, beer-spiked shakes, and bar snacks such as shishito pepper fries. Check out the attached coffee shop, Hotbox Roasters CBD Cafe, for java and doughnuts in the morning.

Gold Hill Inn

303-443-6461
The menu at this eatery is reborn nightly, but expect local, seasonal flavors that take French-inspired dishes and fuse them with mom’s home cooking. Be sure to save room for the desserts, like sour cream apple pie.

Assignments

303-778-6625
A student-operated restaurant affiliated with the culinary program at the Art Institute of Colorado. Three-course tasting menus offer regional American as well as international dishes.

Wasabi Sushi Bar

303-935-8888
Enjoy sushi and Japanese cuisine with all fish flown in daily from the West Coast and Japan. Try the shrimp tempura and spicy tuna roll topped with salmon, avocado, special mayo and teriyaki sauce with a side of miso soup.

Tables

303-388-0299
A glass of wine, flickering candlelight, and mismatched tables set the tone at this cozy neighborhood restaurant.

Greenbriar Inn

303-440-7979
Nestled in the foothills of Boulder, this spot promises a romantic getaway. In a dining room of white tablecloths and chandeliers, order meals like beef Wellington and filet mignon while you choose a vino from the 1,000-label wine cellar.

Zoës Kitchen

303-904-9398
Zoës Kitchen began as a family restaurant in Alabama, but this chain's menu is still inspired by fresh, Mediterranean flavors. Try the rosemary, ham, and mozzarella piadina—a thin, crispy Italian street sandwich. Don't leave without a slice of YaYa's Chocolate Cake.

Rosie’s Diner

303-752-3663
Take a trip back to the '50s at this classic American diner. Enjoy breakfast all day, burgers, and milkshakes while listening to tunes from the jukebox at your booth.

Pete’s Kitchen

303-321-3139
A Denver landmark and a staple for late-night comfort food, Pete's is known for its breakfasts but also serves burgers, gyros, and souvlaki sandwiches any time of day.

Hinman’s Bakery

(303) 287-3431
Pastry chef John Hinman's grab-and-go bakery features his award-winning pies and desserts, as well as sandwiches and flatbreads. Try Italian muffuletta sandwich.

Under the Sun Eatery & Taphouse

303-927-6921
This eatery offers a casually upscale pub atmosphere. Try the roasted chicken, broccoli skillet, Palisade peach pizza, or one of the other artisan wood-fired pizzas. Find Mountain Sun and guest beers, wine, and margaritas at the bar.

Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint

303-363-9075
Customize your pizza pie from the crust—note the gluten-free option—to the toppings, which include jerk chicken, grilled angus steak, and chicken apple sausage.

Acero

720-320-9481
Customize your own fajita experience at this eatery, where there are more than 30 vegetable and 15 protein options available.

Odelay Tacos

720-389-8109
This vibrant Mexican bistro offers casual dining in a hip space. Order any of the authentic street tacos (choose between beef, pork, chicken, shrimp, or tempeh) with one of five house-made salsas.

The Garden Terrace

303-799-5800
Located in the Inverness Hotel, this breakfast and lunch spot has a popular buffet weekdays and Saturdays. Enjoy the champagne brunch on Sundays.

Cebiche

303-455-1880
Peruvian food with influences from Italy, France, and Asia serving six different types of ceviche. Also try the aji de gallina—a shredded chicken dish with Parmesan and walnut sauce.

Boulder Baked

303-444-4999
Get your sugar fix at this bakery, where you can choose from more than 30 baked-to-order cookies like chocolate chip and ginger doodle. If you're in the mood for something savory, go for tomato bisque and a grilled-cheese sandwich.

Hacienda Colorado

303-932-0272
A mountain-Mex spot featuring traditional Mexican dishes with a Rocky Mountain twist. Try the Baja shrimp stuffed with Monterey Jack cheese and jalapenos.

Casa Alegre

303-665-2833
This family-owned gem in the heart of historic downtown Louisville serves up authentic Mexican with friendly service. Try the arroz con pollo and chile verde.

Uber Eats

303-433-4575
Uber Eats, sister restaurant to Uber Sausage, has expanded its menu beyond sausage sandwiches to include dishes from brunch to burgers, mimosas to wine. Don't miss the Southwest Wrap, a burrito with scrambled eggs, green chile, black beans, corn, pico, pepperjack cheese and tater tots.

Rocky Top Tavern

303-477-0265
Enjoy daily drink specials, local brews, and creative pub food—like the peanut butter and bacon burger—at this casual bar and restaurant.

Sputnik

720-570-4503
This bar features a variety of classic sandwiches as well as vegan-friendly eats such as jackfruit tacos.

Modern Market (Glendale)

303-757-1772
Enjoy freshly prepared salads, soups, sandwiches and pizza made from simple and whole ingredients. Try a brick-oven baked pizza or the flatiron salad with steak, Gorgonzola cheese, and caramelized onions. Multiple locations.

Uber Sausage

303-862-7894
With a modern approach to traditional European sandwichery, this contemporary eatery offers gourmet house-made sausages topped with crisp produce and unique sauces.

Rackhouse Pub

720-570-7824
Located in the Bindery on Blake, this gastropub serves contemporary comfort food like mac and cheese, soft pretzels, burgers, and duck fat fries. Try the ciders offered in the bar from neighboring C Squared Ciders.

Williams and Graham

(303) 997-8886
Walk through a secret door in the bookstore that fronts the bar and you will be transported to the prohibition era. Order specialty cocktails like the Blackberry Sage: Whiskey plus muddled blackberries, sage, and lemon. Chef Max MacKissock and sous chef Blake Edmunds (formerly of the Squeaky Bean) head up the culinary program.

Osaka Ramen

303-955-7938
Jeff Osaka's modern ramen shop features traditional and original noodle soups, bento boxes, and creative small plates. Try the mochi doughnuts for dessert.
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Bar Dough

720-668-8506
Tuck into wood-fired pizzas and comforting pastas from chef-owner Max MacKissock and executive chef Carrie Baird at this casual gathering spot.

Snarf Burger

303-444-7711
What's not to love about Snarf's new concept, the Snarf Burger? This spin-off of Boulder's legendary sandwich shop hosts a new menu: hamburgers, deep-fried hot dogs and bologna sandwiches, and frozen custard. Look for the Lafayette location to open soon.

Ace Eat Serve

303-800-7705
This Uptown restaurant and ping-pong hall features Asian-inspired cuisine, 10 ping-pong tables, and house-made juices and sodas. Three outdoor tables and weekly tournaments make this the perfect place to eat, drink, and hang out.

Via Perla

720-669-0100
Although related to Brasserie Ten Ten and the Mediterranean Restaurant, Via Perla is its own breed, serving Italian cuisine inspired by the many regions of Italy. Specializing in house-made pasta, go for the tagliatelle Bolognese or ricotta gnocchi with tomato sugo.

Thyme on the Creek

303-443-3850
Located in the Millenium Hotel, this hidden gem offers something for everyone in a casual dining environment, from burgers and pasta to steak and salmon.

Parry’s Pizzeria & Bar

303-683-0600
Enjoy authentic New York style pizza such as the Manhattan Pesto pizza or the Upstate Chicken, a buffalo chicken pizza. Choose from 50 craft brews on draft, and for dessert try the School Yard, a deep-fried peanut butter and jelly sandwich topped with vanilla ice cream, fudge, and caramel.

Table 6

303-831-8800
This space’s warm and cozy atmosphere extends to chef Mike Winston’s American bistro cuisine, which is elevated by haute foodie touches.

Tocabe

720-524-8282
American Indian food goes Chipotle-style at this quick service restaurant. Try the fry bread taco loaded with beef, buffalo, or chicken, and beans, lettuce, cheese, and salsas. Also try the Greenwood Village location.

Mimi’s Café

303-799-1211
Serving a variety of homemade American classics. Other locations in Aurora, Broomfield, Golden. Loveland, Westminster, and Colorado Springs.

Jamaican Grill

303-623-0013
This family-owned Jamaican restaurant serves classic Caribbean-centric dishes like jerk chicken, fried plaintain, and rice and peas, accompanied by a menu of rum-infused cocktails.

Scratch Burrito and Happy Tap

303-477-3000
Slow food in a fast-casual dining environment? This burrito shop is a paradox worth biting into. Gourmet-to-go versions of one of America's favorite staples are made with ingredients like white bean hummus, Napa cabbage, bruschetta-pico, and pesto.

Grind Kitchen & Watering Hole

720-749-4158
This rustic watering hole offers an eclectic menu and a full bar. Stick with classic American eats such as fried chicken or a double cheeseburger, or switch things up with the pork belly banh mi and potstickers.

Relish It

303-798-3344
Try the guac-rocket, a burger piled high with guacamole, pepper jack cheese, and bacon, with a side of sweet potato fries.

A Taste of Haiti

303-297-3008
This Five-Points eatery serves up both soul food (try the fried pork with mac n' cheese) and traditional Haitian dishes (go for the goat with fried plaintains and rice).

Big Smoke Burger

303-756-3145
Diners can customize handcrafted burgers with toppings like jalapeño havarti and roasted peppers, or opt for one of the signature creations. Order the Colorado lamb burger crowned with a cilantro-feta spread with a side of poutine.

Rice Bistro & Sushi

303-221-1430
Try the Big E ranch roll with seared N.Y. strip steak over shrimp tempura and avocado at this innovative and modern Asian fusion restaurant. Now with a large gluten-free menu and a focus on non-traditional Asian dishes like crunchy cashew shrimp and scallops.

Sub Culture

303-420-3232
Choose from a menu with more than 50 sandwich offerings. The Colorado beef used in many of the subs is slow-cooked in house for seven hours. For vegetarians, try the Mega Veggie made with tempeh, grilled vegetables, and pesto. Pair your sub with the house's specialty bourbon and lemonade.

Bar Louie (Westminster)

720-214-3300
Check out this casual restaurant for your sandwich needs, like the Luigi loaded up with shaved sirloin, lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, and olive oil, on a hoagie roll. For dessert, sample their key lime shiner -- a key lime parfait layered with strawberries and cake. Or throw back one of their 32 specialty drinks, like the…

Bogey’s on the Park

720-865-3418
Bogey's offers a friendly atmosphere and satisfying fare with a great view of City Park Golf Course. You may wan't to call ahead for the hours, as they vary considerably in the winter months.

Pho on 6th

720-570-8800
Tall booths and dim lighting give a sense of intimacy at this affordable pho restaurant. The menu offers noodle bowls as well as dim sum and appetizers.

Viet’s Restaurant

303-922-5774
Enjoy sophisticated Vietnamese cuisine at this modern eatery. It boasts everything from fresh spring rolls and pho favorites to gourmet seafood plates.

Ambli

303-355-9463
Experience cuisine from Spain, Italy, Greece, and more at this globally inspired eatery. Start things off with chicken mole empanadas before getting into an entree of spaghetti bolognese.

Pho 96

303-568-9262
Vietnamese noodle bowls and soups abound at this South Federal restaurant. Top off your authentic meal with a boba smoothie.

Renegade Burrito (Aurora)

303-752-1255
Make your own burritos, tacos, and bowls at this fast-casual Mexican eatery. Try Jeff's Desperado burrito (chile verde, carnitas, beans, and strawberry habañero salsa stuffed in a Raquelita's jalapeño-cheddar tortilla). Multiple locations.

Newk’s Eatery (Lone Tree)

720-630-7871
This casual dining spot hails from Mississippi and uses Newcomb family recipes with the freshest ingredients. Order the Newk's Q chicken sandwich, topped with bacon, swiss cheese, and white barbecue sauce, with a side of soup. Also, try the Arvada location.

Carve Barbecue

303-756-3356
This fast-casual joint serves up hearty, homestyle barbecue customized to your tastes. Grab a pound of smoked turkey and a quart of red beans and rice to go, or settle in for a pulled pork sandwich and a craft beer.

Pino’s Place

720-761-9917
This Tuscan-inspired Englewood eatery offers comfort food staples. Start with an order of the meatballs and move on to a classic pizza or pasta dish. Indulge in the panna cotta for dessert.

Atticus

720-459-8273
Atticus, like its literary namesake, values community—a fact reflected on its menu of Colorado-focused food, beer, and spirits. Try the braised short ribs with lemon risotto, broccolini, and a whiskey demi-glace.

Nick’s Diner

720-443-2878
This diner boasts a large menu with all-day breakfast, Greek, Mexican, and American classics. Try the meatloaf.

Parkway Bar and Grill

303-693-6200
American cuisine, food and games for the whole family. On Fridays if you can't find a place to park close, they will come escort you to the restaurant in a golf cart.

Fruition Restaurant

303-831-1962
Executive chef Alex Seidel's tiny kitchen focuses on seasonal dishes (many ingredients come straight from Seidel's farm) that are big on flavor, texture, and presentation. Diners flock for the approachable eats, like pasta carbonara with hand-made cavatelli and house-cured pork belly.

Roma Cucina e Piazza

303-449-1787
Enjoy the robust flavors of authentic Italian cuisine. Try pizza from the wood-fired oven, house-made pasta, fresh seafood, and tiramisu.

Cafe 180

303-761-4510
"Eat what you want and pay what you can" is the motto at this nonprofit restaurant. A favorite is the hearty meatball sandwich made with Italian marinara sauce on a toasted baguette.

Brik on York

303-284-6754
This modern wine bar features Neapolitan pizzas baked in an imported oven, antipasti platters, and seasonal small plates like wood-fired Brussels sprouts and grilled artichoke. Don't miss the regional wine pairing dinners.

240 Union

303-989-3562
This upscale, upbeat restaurant serves continental American food, including seafood, pastas, and wood-fired pizzas. Try the chicken fried lobster tail with lemon-chive whipped potatoes and tarragon cream.

Pho 95

303-936-3322
Don't miss the steaming bowls of traditional Vietnamese pho at this restaurant. The noodle soup can be ordered in 21 different ways. Enjoy other regional favorites, including pan-fried noodles and spring rolls. Also try the Centennial location.

BookBar

303-284-0194
Endearingly coined "a book shop for wine lovers, a wine bar for book shoppers," this cozy nook of an eatery offers house-made hors d'oeuvres as well as delicious cups of java from Method Coffee Roasters.

Ale House at Amato’s

303-433-9734
Choose from 40 Colorado craft beers on tap, an extensive wine list, and cocktails made with Colorado spirits. Try the elk sausage macaroni and cheese or the Breckenridge IPA-battered fish and chips.

Hideaway Steakhouse

303-404-9939
Tucked away in Westminster, this upscale steak house serves classic American favorites. Come for the extraordinary steaks, the slow-roasted prime rib, and the fresh seafood selections. On Friday and Saturday evenings, you'll find live entertainment in the lounge.

Etai’s Bakery Cafe at Anschutz

303-340-3388
Enjoy a menu of breakfast and lunch favorites at this campus cafe. Try the California sandwich with egg, tomato, avocado, and herb cream cheese for breakfast or enjoy a Tuscan mushroom sandwich for lunch.
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Blackbelly

303-247-1000
Chef Hosea Rosenberg's meaty menu focuses on charcuterie, small plates, and daily butcher specials. Try the heritage breed porchetta for two. Check out the butcher shop and grab-and-go market, Blackbelly Butcher, located next door.

TAG Burger Bar

303-736-2260
An inventive burger bar that lets you choose your protein: classic beef, lamb, bison, turkey, veggie, or salmon. The popular Los Chingones burger comes topped with baja slaw, chicharrones (fried pork rinds), griddled cotija cheese, black bean puree, and Cholula aioli. Don't miss the adult (read: alcoholic) milkshakes.

Chow Urban Grill

303-597-0624
Specializing in putting creative twists on American classics, this restaurant offers everything from flatbreads to chargrilled East Coast oysters. We recommend the braised pork belly bahn mi with Sambal aïoli or the Colorado lamb burger served on a brioche bun.

Spuntino

303-433-0949
Enjoy the locally sourced menu at this Italian-inspired spot. Try the seasonal pasta or any dish with goat. Don't miss the house-made gelato for dessert.

Brazen

720-638-1242
This neighborhood restaurant and bar offers high-end, seasonal fare and craft-made cocktails. Try the housemade ramen on its new late-night menu.

Blooming Beets Kitchen

303-443-3479
This Boulder restaurant is dedicated to serving Paleo-diet friendly bites. Try the aerie nest: sweet potato bacon cakes, made with mashed sweet potatoes, bacon, and poached eggs topped in Hollandaise.

Tavern Wash Park

303-733-0350
Enjoy American food with Asian, Mediterranean, and Italian influences at this laid-back restaurant. Sit out on the patio or catch the game on one of the many high-definition TVs surrounding the bar.

Ragin’ Hog BBQ

303-859-6003
Southern-style BBQ is the draw at this spot. Try the succulent smoked ribs or hot links with your choice of sweet, hot, Memphis, Carolina, or Georgia-style sauces. Daily specials frequently include Cajun and Creole dishes like gumbo and dirty rice.

Curtis Park Delicatessen

303-308-5973
This neighborhood deli serves a menu of fine classic sandwiches (like the Curtis, made with corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and house-made Thousand Island) as well as treats from local purveyors like Noosa Yoghurt and Sweet Action Ice Cream.

Greek to Me

303-220-3447
Owned by two brothers from Greece, this authentic restaurant and steakhouse offers house-made specialties such as spanakopita, grilled octopus, gyros, and baklava.

Thai Pot Cafe

303-693-6200
Try a variety of curries, noodle bowls, soups, salads, and coconut-infused desserts at this cozy Thai restaurant. The drunken noodles with eggplant are a favorite.

Zoës Kitchen (Boulder)

303-444-3991
Zoës Kitchen began as a family restaurant in Alabama, but this chain's menu is still inspired by fresh, Mediterranean flavors. Try the rosemary, ham, and mozzarella piadina—a thin, crispy Italian street sandwich. Don't leave without a slice of YaYa's Chocolate Cake.

North County

720-532-0106
With a beach bar atmosphere in a landlocked state, this San Diego-inspired taqueria boasts a daily catch of charcoal fish tacos and a bar full of tequila libations and spiked sodas batched and bottled in house.

Modern Market (Boulder)

303-440-0476
Enjoy freshly prepared salads, soups, sandwiches and pizza made from simple and whole ingredients. Try a brick-oven baked pizza or the flatiron salad with steak, Gorgonzola cheese, and caramelized onions. Multiple locations.

Black Pepper Pho

303-440-1948
This Vietnamese restaurant fuses contemporary dining with traditional meals. With over seven pho options, bahn mi, and a bevy of grilled noodle bowls, there's something for every taste. Wash your meal down with a refreshing Thai iced tea.

Fire on the Mountain

303-480-9464
Serving up fresh chicken wings tossed in your choice of twelve house-made sauces including raspberry habanero, Jamaican jerk, and spicy peanut. Vegan wings are available, as well as burgers and sandwiches.

Highland Tap and Burger

720-287-4493
Pick your patty, bun, and premium toppings for a customizable meal enhanced with a choice of 18 to 20 Colorado craft beers. Also try the Sloan Lake location.

Snooze

303-297-0700
Sip a mimosa in this hip breakfast eatery's chic orange booths. Choose between pineapple upside down pancakes and huevos rancheros. Multiple locations.

Modern Market (Lakewood)

303-278-8284
Enjoy freshly prepared salads, soups, sandwiches and pizza made from simple and whole ingredients. Try a brick-oven baked pizza or the flatiron salad with steak, Gorgonzola cheese, and caramelized onions. Multiple locations.

Stanley Marketplace

720-990-6743
Formerly the Stanley Aviation building, this site is now home to a sprawling, food-centric marketplace. Stop by and check out the offerings from Yellowbelly, Stanley Beer Hall, Cheluna Brewing Co., Sweet Cow Ice Cream, Comida Cantina, Logan House Coffee, Miette et Chocolat, and Rosenberg's Bagels & Delicatessen.

La Loma

303-433-8300
This local favorite offers a menu of classic Mexican eats (think: flautas, tacos, and fajitas) in a convivial downtown location. Pair your meal with one of the refreshing house margaritas.

Dae Gee

720-639-9986
Enjoy bold and authentic Korean flavors at this Congress Park eatery. Order the spicy pork bulgogi or try the bibimbap—a stone pot filled with steamed rice, vegetables, egg yolk, and your choice of protein. Multiple locations.

Blue Spruce Brewery

303-771-0590
Blue Spruce features its own hand-crafted beers along with an ecclectic menu of burgers, German, and Mexican pub fare. Try the Jackalope sausage, made with rabbit, pork, and antelope meats with habanero and dried cherries.

The Melt (Littleton)

720-606-2605
This fast-casual eatery from California specializes in American classics, including burgers, chicken sandwiches, and grilled cheese. Multiple locations.

City & Country Deli & Sausage Co.

720-216-0573
This quaint shop (the sister restaurant to Roaming Buffalo BBQ) offers smartly crafted artisan sandwiches, from roast turkey on rosemary bread to molasses-glazed ham on seven-grain. We recommend the Assembly Worker: slow-cooked corned beef on rye with a housemade Thousand Island dressing and smoked cabbage.

Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar (Northglenn)

303-452-3999
This laid-back restaurant takes burgers to the next level with combinations like the Pastrami Reuben Burger topped with pastrami, Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing, and sauerkraut. Don’t miss the craft beers and handspun shakes.

Hana Matsuri Sushi

303-404-9888
Grab a seat at the bar for sushi, sashimi, and all kinds of sake. Take your pick of delicious spreads at this chic establishment, which also serves pork, duck, lamb, chicken, and traditional Japanese dishes.
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Acorn

720-542-3721
First-class Boulder eatery Oak at Fourteenth dials it down a bit with this Denver iteration, located in the urban environment of the Source. Contemporary American cuisine is served from an oak-fired oven and grill, and you'll notice some familiar dishes, like the kale salad. Don't miss the bar's inventive cocktails.

Mister Tuna

303-831-8862
Troy Guard's chic new RiNo spot offers modern, eclectic cooking inspired by his Hawaiian upbringing. Go for rotisserie-roasted meats and smart small plates, like the carrot agnolotti with Thai herb salad or the oak-grilled shiitake mushrooms.

Denver Diner

(303) 825-5443
This casual, old-school joint on West Colfax is open at all hours and draws in night owls and early birds alike for comforting, home-style entrées.

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille

303-792-2571
This southeast Denver steak house serves prime, fresh meats, chops, and more. Don't miss a cured, roasted, and slow-smoked pork chop carved tableside and served with house-made applesauce. Enjoy it with a wine selection from the towering wine wall.

Saigon Fusion

303-843-6080
This fast-casual restaurant serves favorites like lettuce wraps, pho soup, pad Thai, sesame chicken, and coconut-curry chicken.

Pica’s Mexican Taqueria

303-444-2391
Brightly colored walls and dark wood tables complement the relaxed atmosphere of this taqueria. Sit down and order the tacos al pastor: achiote marinated pork with pineapple and onion topped with cilantro and tomatillo avocado sauce. The homemade, fresh-squeezed margaritas come just one way—really tasty and really strong.

Elway’s (Cherry Creek)

303-399-5353
Owned by Broncos great John Elway, this Colorado steak house serves top-notch beef, seafood, salads, sandwiches, and more. Try the weekend brunch specialties, like biscuits and gravy or French toast. Check out the downtown location.

Tuk Tuk Thai Bistro

303-988-5885 ext.1
If you can't decide from the amazing sushi menu, try one of the combos that feature eight kinds of sushi. Don't forget to try the famed Thai Pearl iced tea.

Blake Street Tavern

303-675-0505
This Ballpark-Area favorite is great for the huge plates of nachos, award-winning green chile, and Colorado craft beer selection. Enjoy the patio when the weather is warm.

Infinitus Pie

720-287-5915
Create your own pizza with a wide variety of ingredients, from local sausage and roasted chicken to fresh basil. Try the pizza queen, with chorizo, cilantro, red onion, pineapple, and green chiles.

Tavern Uptown

303-830-9210
In an atmosphere that feels more like a living room than a tavern (think comfy couches, a stone fireplace, and plasma TVs), sit back and relax.

Jaya Asian Grill

303-757-7887
Delectable Malaysian, Singaporean, and Indonesian specialties served in a warm atmosphere. Catering and to-go party trays also available.

Smiling Moose Deli

303-530-2700
A laid-back deli serving well-crafted sandwiches, soups, and wraps. Stop in on your way to work for a Morning Moose breakfast sandwich, or for a free cookie with your Double Bogie turkey sandwich on Wednesdays. Multiple locations. >

Firenze a Tavola

303-561-0234
Parisi's answer to upscale Italian, this restaurant is located downstairs of the popular Berkeley spot and offers a savory Tuscan experience.

Pho-Yo

303-750-3007
What sets this pho restaurant apart from its competition is its frozen yogurt. The menu also includes traditional pho noodle bowls and boba tea.

El Coqui D’ Aquí

303-907-4824
If you're in the mood for traditional Puerto Rican fare, look no further than El Coqui D' Aquí. Try the mofongo: mashed green plantains stuffed with pork skin and garlic oil and served with either fried or roasted pork, steak, or shrimp.

The Post Chicken & Beer

720-466-5699
Colorado-style fried bird is the specialty at this laid-back joint. Diners flock for the crispy fried chicken as well as the creative sides, tasty craft brews, and down-home desserts.

Tokyo San Bowl

303-333-0304
Dine-in or get delivery at this fast-casual Japanese restaurant. The menu includes familiar dishes like teriyaki, udon, and rice bowls, as well as sushi.

Patxi’s Pizza

303-783-2000
Known for deep-dish Chicago-style pies. Try the "stuffed" variety: deep-dish pizza with the bottom crust stacked with toppings and cheese, followed by a second crust, topped with house-made marinara. Lighter, hand-tossed thin-crust pizzas are also available.

RiNo Yacht Club

720-443-1135
Enjoy classic and creative cocktails at this loungelike RiNo bar. The menu includes a raw seafood bar and Southern-inspired fare.

The Rock Wood Fired Kitchen

303-346-8096
This classic rock music-playing joint offers up pasta, steaks, burgers, and salads, but it's the pizza that really draws the crowds. Order up the "Can't Stop Rockin" made with tomato sauce, garlic, pepperoni, pineapple, and extra mozzarella or the "Slow Ride" with shrimp, chicken, and roasted peppers in a Cajun cream sauce.

Motomaki

720-943-2030
Enjoy a diverse selection of Asian cuisine at this fast-casual eatery. Try a Hawaiian-style tuna poke, a Vietnamese banh mi, or the make-your-own maki, where diners choose the ingredients in their sushi rolls.

Bob’s Atomic Burgers

303-278-1601
This locally-owned burger joint offers classic American foods: burgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, and fries. The menu also includes a quinoa burger and creative toppings like Anaheim peppers and guacamole.

Sera’s Ramen Enclave

720-646-1114
Owner Sera Nguyen takes diners on tour of Asian flavors with her unique ramen bowls. We recommend the chilled ramen (served with Korean chile paste) and the fresh-squeezed sugarcane juice to drink.

Via Baci

303-790-0828
Fast-casual restaurant offering wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas, entree salads, and undiscovered Italian wines. On Sunday kids eat for $2.

Tree Haus Bistro

303-484-9728
A traditional bistro emphasizing soups, salads, sandwiches, and tapas. Each sandwich is named after a tree such as the Aspen, a hot pastrami sandwich, or the Poplar, a roast turkey sandwich with a cranberry relish and toasted sage leaves. For dessert, try a house-made chocolate tort on the expansive front patio.

Beso de Arte

303-697-3377
Nestled beneath Red Rocks, the gorgeous patio is worth the drive to Morrison itself, but the savory fish tacos and rojo al mojcahete (slow-cooked pork served in a lava bowl) make the experience twice as nice.

Bonnie Brae Tavern

303-777-2262
This tavern has been dishing up all-American eats, including fried chicken, green chile, and apple pie, since 1934—but it’s most famous for its golden-crusted pizza.
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Annette

720-710-9975
Acorn’s former sous chef, Caroline Glover, brings a warm dining experience to Stanley Marketplace with Annette. Enjoy a family-style menu featuring seasonal salads, toasts, and wood-grilled fare.

Pizzeria Lui

303-922-3202
Delicious, seasonal pies are baked to order in a Gianni Acunto Napoli oven imported from Naples, Italy. Try the peach pizza, which is topped with Palisade peaches, prosciutto, and ricotta cheese.

Mas Kaos

(720) 638-2100
Mexican meets Italian in this hybrid between two South Pearl favorites, Kaos Pizzeria and Uno Mas Taqueria y Cantina. Sip on a cold brew as you make the decision between an elevated street taco or a Napoli wood-grilled pizza—or just get both.

Syrup

720-945-1111
Head here for the Cherry Creeker eggs Benedict with a cup of Vail Mountain coffee. Or order pancakes and choose a specialty infused syrup, like buttermilk, maple-vanilla, or blackberry.

Brick House Tavern & Tap

303-840-2285
This gastro-pub offers "Southern comfort food with a twist." Choose from fried chicken sandwiches to lamb burgers to pork chops.

The Post Brewing Co.

303-593-2066
This Lafayette brewery pairs unique brews with (gluten-free) fried chicken, slow-cooked pork shoulder, freshly baked cheddar-rosemary biscuits, and other comfort food. Seasonal produce is supplied by the nearby Isabelle and Oxford Farms.

Tuk Tuk Thai Grill

303-988-5885 ext. 2
Healthy Thai food for a fast lunch or dinner. Don't forget the famous Thai iced coffee. Multiple locations.

Cowboys Saloon American Bar & Grill

720-328-8574
You'll find live country music, a mechanical bull, and specialty cocktails at this spot. There's also a full menu loaded with burgers and fried goodness. Be sure to try the made-to-order skillet cornbread.

Elway’s (Downtown)

303-312-3107
This sleek restaurant—named after the Broncos great—serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Try Belgian waffles and hand-cut steaks and don't miss the daily happy hour. Also try the DIA location.

Lechuga’s Italian Restaurant (Lakewood)

303-238-1037
An offshoot of the Highland location, this old-school Italian restaurant serves dishes such as savory cannoli (dough pockets stuffed with sausages and meatballs) and buckets of spaghetti and marinara sauce. Multiple locations.

Wine Beer Fat

303-887-2946
Avid travelers Bili and Dan Moir bring a curated selection of Old World wines, Belgian beers, and Spanish tapas (inspired by Barcelona's storied Quimet & Quimet). Try the cured salmon sandwich.

Tacos Tequila Whiskey

720-475-1337
Often referred to as Pinche Tacos, this taqueria offers a variety of Mexican specialties. Try the queso a la plancha taco made with griddled Cotija cheese, smashed avocado, and roasted tomatillo salsa. A chalkboard displays the extensive tequila menu, and the coin-style margaritas are the perfect accompaniment to any taco. Also try the Highland location.

Shanghai Kitchen

303-290-6666
The large menu features Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai dishes. Try one of the chef's specialty dishes, such as the volcano shrimp or super nova.

Lucy

720-274-6868
Located above the Comedy Works Greenwood Village, this revamped eatery serves classic American dishes. Sample their signature mac and cheese.

Viewhouse (Centennial)

303-835-0658
This is your place to catch the game and enjoy a variety of bar bites from burgers and hot dogs to pizza and steak. Watch your favorite sports team while enjoying a draft beer and a plate of nachos or catch a view of the city from the rooftop bar. Try the latest location in…

Thai Diamond Cafe

303-462-0435
Enjoy healthy Thai cuisine in a family atmosphere with plenty of gluten-free options. Try the pad thai or the massaman curry.

Fork & Spoon

303-847-0345
Enjoy a full menu of modern American breakfast and lunch favorites every day of the week. Don't miss out on the hearty Pearl Street biscuits and gravy.
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Bittersweet

303-942-0320
Chef Olav Peterson's latest undertaking is an American farm-to-table restaurant with its own 600-square-foot garden. The decor is both old and new, while the constantly changing menu takes classic dishes and gives them a fresh twist. Try the squash soup or the beet pappardelle with oxtail and crème fraîche.

Prost Fine Beers and Sausages

303-455-9012
This Highland beer hall's menu offers Bavarian-style sausages, sandwiches, and soups. Enjoy an Erdinger Dunkel dark wheat beer with your veal bratwurst and soft pretzel. Don't miss the stocked-up condiment bar of house-made mustards.

Blue Sushi Sake Grill (Centennial)

720-283-6383
Sushi meets American grill at this fusion restaurant offering tapas-style dining. Order the Itchy Sea Bass off the New World Fishy Meat menu, or try the River Rock tenderloin—four ounces of filleted meat served atop 500-degree river rocks.

The Wooden Table

303-730-2152
Hand-crafted wooden tables set a welcoming tone at this elegant restaurant. Dig into the veal osso buco, a braised veal shank served with potatos, parsnips, hedgehog mushrooms, pine nut gremolata, and a fresh horseradish purée.

Bridgewater Grill

303-279-2010
Located in Historic Downtown Golden, this chic spot serves seasonal salads, sandwiches, burgers, and entrees. Try its award-winning pork green chile.

Bru Handbuilt Ales & Eats

720-638-5193
The menu offers diverse selections like Southern-style fried chicken with honey-chile glaze and poutine made with ale. Eats are paired with brewer Ian Clark's unfiltered, hoppy creations.

Pub 17

303-295-1117
Enjoy pub food made with local ingredients, along with an extensive selection of local beers, wines, and spirits. Be sure to try the fan-favorite Colorado lamb burger.

Stefano’s Bakery & Deli

720-287-2062
Hot and cold sandwiches and calzones prepared with Italian bread baked fresh daily. Try a sandwich with capocollo, mortadella, sopressata (cured salami), and provolone.

Empanada Grill (Golden)

720-226-4701
This Venezuelan grill incorporates elements of African, Indian, and European flavors to create dishes like sancocho soup, made with different meats, potatoes, plantains, and yucca. Wash your meal down with a passion fruit smoothie.

Your Pie

720-452-9687
This pizzeria specializes in brick-oven pizzas and panini. Finish your meal with a scoop of creamy gelato.

Indulge Bistro & Wine Bar (Golden)

303-277-9991
This bistro and wine bar features international, tapas-style dishes, nightly fish specials and a gluten-free menu. Enjoy the ahi tuna guacamole and a wine list with more than 100 selections from around the world.

Comida (Aurora)

303-484-1632
Choose from house-made gorditas, tostadas, tacos, and quesadillas at this Mexican-inspired cantina. Multiple locations.

Portofino Pizza & Pasta

303-841-9900
With classic items like garlic knots, calzones, and caesar salad, you'll think you're in a pizza shop in Manhattan. Try the house-made meat lasagna and fresh mozzarella at this family-friendly restaurant.

Salt & Grinder

303-945-4200
Chef Frank Bonanno takes on the deli. Expect house-cured meats, hand-crafted salads, breakfast, and jarred cocktails. Try the PB & J French Toast.

Whittier Pub

720-638-7397
This low-key pub and restaurant is heavy on charm. Try the grapefruit cocktail, a simple concoction of Deep Eddy's grapefruit vodka and a splash of club soda. For dinner, trust in the Farm House pastrami sandwich.

Next Door (Glendale)

303-757-0878
This casual community pub focuses on nutritious and affordable cuisine. Select from small plates, bowls, and locally sourced burgers such as the Pineapple Express (topped with pineapple, arugula, and honey-Sriracha sauce). Multiple locations.

Brodo Italian Scratch Kitchen

303-953-1121
Enjoy Italian comfort food from the founders of the Wooden Table. Choose from a collection of pastas such as the house-made tortellini with herb goat cheese, or try the mussels cooked in garlic and white wine.

Wasabi Sushi Bar

303-708-0888
Enjoy sushi and Japanese cuisine with all fish flown in daily from the West Coast and Japan. Try the shrimp tempura and spicy tuna roll topped with salmon, avocado, special mayo and teriyaki sauce with a side of miso soup.

Bar Car

720-524-8099
The latest addition to Leigh Jones' restaurant sphere, this spot is fashioned after an antique train car and sells Colorado craft beers. Don't miss the fresh pizza from Denver Deep Dish, housed under the same roof.

Pizzeria da Lupo

303-396-6366
This Boulder hotspot offers simple Italian fare in a funky space (think hand-tiled mosaic floor and chandeliers). Order the saliche pizza: fennel sausage, rapini, ricotta, and house-made mozzarella.

Piatti Ristorante & Bar

303-321-1919
This Cherry Creek North staple serves multiregional Italian food with flair. Fresh pastas, game, fish, and poultry round out a menu that uses fresh, local ingredients.

Elm

303-336-5763
Red Socks fans congregate here during baseball season and neighbors drop in nightly. Roast beef, fish and chips, and burgers are the pub's most popular meals.

Lyfe Kitchen

303-716-9100
This flexitarian menu focuses on fresh, healthy choices with options including vegan and gluten-free bites. Try the Chile-Ginger Veggie Stir Fry with stir-fried veggies, quinoa, black rice, and sweet chile-ginger sauce.

River and Woods

303-993-6301
Settle into the cozy dining room for a relaxed dinner including dishes such as chicken-fried calamari steak. Chef Daniel Asher's eclectic menu features community-sourced cuisine—submit your recipe online in hopes it will land on the menu.

My Other Bar

720-389-8773
Try a cocktail made from house-infused alcohol such as cucumber gin, pickled vodka, citrus vodka, and jalapeño vodka. Food options include an Angus burger, chicken wings, fried pickles, and parmesan fries. Located inside Campagna Pizzeria.

Farro Italian Restaurant

303-694-5432
Get a taste of Northern Italy at this casual, neighborhood-oriented restaurant with dishes like sausage and peppers, and grilled salmon filet with spinach risotto.

Warhorse Inn

303-841-4018
Old school bar dishes up Mexican food, sandwiches, steak, ribs, and super nachos. Order a cold beer to wash your meal down.

Nectar House

908-619-0746
Raw smoothies and fresh eats are served at this extension of Kindness Yoga. Sip kombucha on tap and indulge in a vegan falafel wrap followed by raw cheesecake with coconut whipped cream.

Katsu Ramen

303-751-2222
Satisfy a ramen craving with one of the traditional styles offered at this cozy spot. Get the most out of your dollar with a combo meal, featuring your choice of ramen plus gyoza and a rice bowl.

Yanni’s Greek Restaurant

303-692-0404
Some say this is the best Greek food in town. Enjoy this elegant yet casual taverna, and try the Colorado grilled lamb chops served with roasted potatoes and veggies. Plus, everyone loves a good gyro. Pair your meal with one of their many wine options.

Annie’s Cafe and Bar

303-355-8197
Stop by this old-school cafe in the morning for fluffy, cinnamon-dusted French toast and a Bloody Mary. For lunch, don’t miss the R.B. & C—a grilled sandwich piled with roast beef, green chile, and pepper jack cheese on sourdough.

The Hound

303-996-0709
This longstanding Cherry Creek pub has transformed into an upscale eatery that delivers small plates, seasonal salads, sandwiches, and plates to share. Give the Korean fried chicken a try with its sweet chile peanut sauce and crunchy red cabbage kimchi. Wash it down with a hoppy IPA.

Café Mercato

303-366-1315
The menu at this Lowry restaurant is based on Sicilian cuisine with house-made pastas and sausages. Enjoy wood-fired pizzas and dinners along with a glass of wine from an extensive list. Drop in on Sunday for brunch.

Solera

303-388-8429
This contemporary American menu starts with anything-but-ordinary fried calamari and ramps up to savory roasted duck.

Juicy Burgers & Dogs

303-741-3647
You don’t have to go back in time to enjoy all-American meals. At this minimalist diner, try the cheddar char burger with sharp, spreadable cheddar on a white or pumpernickel bun. Pair it with home-cut, Idaho potato fries and a Haagen-Dazs milk shake.

BurgerFi

720-390-5046
This fast-casual, farm-to-tray restaurant offers burgers, hot dogs, and frozen custards made with fresh, natural ingredients. Order the signature BurgerFi Cheeseburger with a side of fresh-cut fries and a strawberry shake for a classic American combo.

El Parral

303-649-9140
Traditional Mexican cuisine like crispy chile rellenos and wildcard choices like a big, juicy steak. Breakfast is served all day and there is also a a gluten-free menu available.

Colt & Gray

303-477-1447
This intimate neighborhood pub presents a superior roster of seasonal farm-to-plate options. Start with the roasted marrow bones with caramelized onions, grilled country bread, green salad, and herb vinaigrette.

Citypub and Burger

303-694-0454
This sports pub serves a mix of American classics and Mexican eats. Stop in any evening for themed specials and the citypub Burger: a half-pound of ground sirloin, melted Swiss, bacon, and special dressing.

Pho Real

720-638-6884
Pho lovers rejoice—"the real thing" has made it to the ’burbs. Choose from a variety of fresh meats and add-ins (like bean sprouts and basil) to decorate your slurpable, large serving of noodles. Take-out works too: Order a mango smoothie to go for a delectable stroll down Littleton's Main Street.

Briarwood Inn

303-279-3121
Enjoy an elegant dining experience featuring award-winning food, service, and atmosphere. There's also an extensive wine list available.

Ali Baba Grill

303-279-2228
At this family-run restaurant, all your favorite Lebanese and Mediterranean favorites are prepared fresh daily. Enjoy traditional kabobs with your choice of lamb, chicken, or beef.

The Rebellion

303-733-4511
This pizza and burger joint tucked along South Broadway prides itself on "revolting" against traditional fast food's sub-par ingredients. The shop makes its eats from scratch with ingredients such as organic flour, organic sugar, and extra-virgin olive oil. Also serves vegan options.

Kahlo’s

303-936-0758
The sister restaurant to nearby Tarasco's, Kahlo's offers southern Mexican dishes such as mole and enchiladas verdes. The vegan-friendly menu also lists 30 different juices and smoothies. For a reviving pick-me-up, try the Vitaminico, a blend of spinach, pineapple, and lime.

Interstate Kitchen & Bar

720-479-8829
This urban roadhouse features familiar American grub with a few twists. Enjoy comfort food favorites like deviled eggs and chicken fried chicken. The full bar boasts more than 150 types of American whiskey, bourbon, and rye.

Tony’s Bistro

720-880-4501
This casual neighborhood spot is known for its Reuben–corned beef or pastrami–and wide assortment of sandwiches. Start your day off right with the eggs Benedict and $5 bottomless mimosas.

Early Bird

303-469-9641
This attractive breakfast and lunch spot offers a well-balanced menu and local ingredients. The all-day breakfast menu includes open-faced omelets and crème brûlée French toast. Also try the Greenwood Village location.

Stanley Beer Hall

(720) 749-5098
Located inside the Stanley Marketplace, this beer hall offers 30 ever-changing beer selections and a menu of approachable-yet-elevated pub fare. Chow down on mussels with french fries, warm pretzels with pimento cheese, and spicy maple-glazed chicken wings.

Pho 79

303-922-2930
Some of the best Vietnamese pho noodle soup you'll find in Denver. Also try the downtown location.

Slice Works

303-993-8127
Try a slice of the green chile pizza made with house-made green chile with cheddar and mozzarella. For an alternative to pizza, try the calamari or the chicken parmesan.

JaJa Bistro

303-798-5389
Located in a charming bungalow, this restaurant serves a rotating menu of classic French entrees. Try the crepes for lunch, or order the boeuf bourguignon at dinner.

Pizzeria Locale (Denver)

720-508-8828
This fast-casual pizza spot offers family-friendly, counter service with premium ingredients—brought to you by the team at Boulder's Frasca Food and Wine.

Chowder Room

303-777-3474
Find plenty of ways to enjoy seafood at this low-key spot, including fresh seafood daily and a variety of riffs on classic chowder. Don't miss the spectacular vegan version.

The Bronze Empire

720-550-7871
This comfortable restaurant specializes in Chinese hot pot, an Asian fondue that features an aromatic, bubbling broth for cooking fresh ingredients right at your table. Dip everything from ramen noodles to steak into the savory cooking liquid.

Salati Italian Street Food

303-307-1695
Rooted in Italian tradition, this welcoming hot spot offers local brews and street food options including prosciutto grilled flatbread, carpaccio, and pork puttanesca.

Tofu House

303-751-2840
Enjoy authentic Korean fare. This neighborhood spot specializes in soups and stews, but also offers a variety of other options. Try the soft tofu soup (sundubu jjigae).

Sushi Sasa

303-433-7272
Enjoy Japanese fusion cuisine—including sushi combos, poke bowls, noodles, and much more—in a sleek, modern setting. Don't miss the seared wagyu beef with cucumbers, foie gras potatoes, and sesame salt.
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Basta

303-997-8775
This wood-fired eatery offers straightforward flavors and good wine. Try the tuna panna cotta if it's on the menu. Save room for the rich and creamy tiramisu.

The Rock Wood Fired Pizza & Spirits

303-454-3282
This classic rock music-playing joint offers up pasta, burgers, and salads. But it's the pizza that really draws the crowds. Order up the "Can't Stop Rockin" made with tomato sauce, pepperoni, pineapple, and extra mozzarella or the "Slow Ride" with shrimp, chicken, and roasted peppers in a Cajun cream sauce.

Okinawa

303-322-8886
Calling all Japanese food lovers: The extensive menu at this spot offers everything from miso soup and sushi to lamb chops with plum-soy marinade.

Pita Fresh

303-955-8711
A fast-casual mediterranean place serving favorites like chicken or beef shawarma, falafel and hummus. Also try an innovative pita-crust pizza. Wash it all down with fresh-squeezed juice. Open late, it caters to the University of Denver crowd.

95a Bistro & Sushi

303-665-3080
You get more than just sushi at this innovative fusion restaurant. Choose between the American bistro kitchen and the sushi kitchen. Enjoy tapas, chicken, pasta, seafood and sushi while sipping a martini.

Park Burger (Highland)

303-862-8461
This neighborhood eatery serves up top-notch burgers, such as the Royale, with carmelized onions, bleu cheese, and bacon, and the Croque, topped with Swiss and a fried egg. Add a milkshake, like the peanut butter chocolate, or a rootbeer float.

Pupusas Sabor Hispano

303-444-1729
This tiny taqueria dishes up authentic Mexican food and Salvadoran pupusas (corn pancakes stuffed thick with cheese, chiles, and other spicy delights). The fresh corn tortillas are made by hand all day long.

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers (Downtown)

720-328-9114
This funky pizza joint cooks up a variety of tasty treats. Take in the psychedelic murals while eating a Kosmic Karma pizza with sun-dried tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, spinach, feta, and pesto. Or try any of the eatery's stacked calzones and hoagies. Multiple locations.

Hops & Pie

303-477-7000
Craft pizza and local brews are this spot’s forte. Load up your pie with toppings such as blackberry barbecue sauce and pickled jalapeño, and wash it all down with a choice of more than 20 beers.

Shells & Sauce

303-377-2091
Italian-American food with flair. The cozy dining room is decorated in warm Mediterranean style and complements the lively flavors in the dishes.

Cafe Prague

303-697-9722
A piece of elegance in small-town Morrison. The hearty Czech menu features classics like wiener schnitzel and Hungarian beef goulash.

Large Marge’s Philly Cheesesteaks

303-463-4549
When Marge, a native of South Philadelphia, retired from the Coast Guard and police force, she opened this restaurant to pay homage to the food of her childhood. Try cheesesteaks in authentic Philly amoroso rolls, hogies, green chile, and Tasteykake.

Sunny’s

303-477-0005
Sunny's is a neighborhood diner that serves breakfast all day. Try the mangia: roasted potatoes, broccoli, zucchini, tomatoes, and spinach, topped with eggs, pesto, and pecorino romano cheese.

Hodsons Bar & Grill

720-457-3852
Toast to the good life at this sleek brunch-through-dinner spot that serves classic American fare, like a prime dip sandwich and a rotisserie chicken salad.

The Regional

303-842-4094
Located in Avanti Food and Beverage, this new stall from chef Kevin Grossi takes customers on a culinary road trip. Try the Andouille sausage po' boy with Tabasco aïoli and pickled shrimp, and don't miss simple seasonal desserts like peaches and cream.

Mangia Bevi Cafe

303-763-1980
Snack on sweet potato fries or a Rusty's Sicilian burger, grilled salmon with onions and mushrooms, at this Italian cafe. There is an atmosphere to please everyone, grab a seat at the bar and see the kitchen or watch TV while you dine, or sit in a comfy chair by the fireplace.

The Universal

303-955-0815
This breakfast and lunch spot enjoys an industrial farmhouse-chic home. Breakfast foods, including eggs Benedict and biscuits and gravy, are served all day. Lunch provides a good mix of Southern flavors with house-smoked pulled pork and shrimp and grits.

The Melt

720-893-0589
This fast-casual eatery from California specializes in American classics, including burgers, chicken sandwiches, and grilled cheese.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

303-226-1540
This watering hole offers a vintage-inspired vibe and a menu curated by Old Major's Justin Brunson. Wash down your burger or fried chicken with one of 95 whiskeys.

Chinook Tavern

720-266-6000
Indulge in signature European-inspired dishes like Jaeger schnitzel and Wasabi Pea Crusted Halibut. Sit in the Zermatt Room for traditional Swiss fare such as fondue and raclette.
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Cattivella

303-645-3779
Former Panzano chef Elise Wiggins offers rustic, wood-fired Italian fare from a sprawling chef’s counter. Go for grilled oysters, seasonal pizzas, and house-aged steaks.

Pizzeria Locale (Boulder)

303-442-3003
Inspired by the pizzerias of Napoli, Italy, this contemporary pizza joint offers a modern take on a traditional classic. It also features the first Stefano Ferrara oven in the state. Try the mais pizze with prosciutto cotto, sweet corn crème, and fresh mozzarella. Also try the fast-casual locations in Denver.

Rackhouse

720-570-7824
Sharing the Bindery on Blake space with Bierstadt Lagerhaus and C-Squared Ciders, the Rackhouse's menu focuses on foods that pair well with beer and cider. Try the indulgent mac and cheese, which combines six creamy cheeses and is finished with a topping of pork "dust."

Denver Central Market

This RiNo marketplace features 11 vendors with dining options ranging from ceviche to ice cream. Take your pick from Crema Bodega, Culture Meat & Cheese, Curio, Green Seed, High Point Creamery, Izzio Artisan Bakery, Tammen's Fish Market, SK Provisions, Temper Chocolates, Vero Italian, and the Local Butcher.

Pints Pub

303-534-7543
Burgers, fish and chips, and 11 kinds of beer (including two cask-conditioned ales) brewed in-house make up the menu. Their 300 plus single malt whiskey selection is one of the largest in the world.

Flagstaff House

303-442-4640
Located atop Flagstaff Mountain, this restaurant has a huge wine list and a spectacular view of Boulder. Try the ahi tuna tartare and, for dessert, have a piece of seasonal cheesecake.

Right Coast Pizza

303-431-6077
Enjoy New York-style pizza with a wide selection of craft brews. Try the Laughing Buffalo for a classic Margherita pie, or the Black and Bleu (topped with steak and bleu cheese) for a Western vibe.

Solitaire

303-447-4732
This Highland spot, housed in adjoining Victorian houses, dishes up imaginative and ethically sourced global cuisine. Expect creative plates like Pacific uni shooter with quail yolk and tobiko.

Public School 303 Restaurant & Bar

303-446-8671
Offering traditional American fare, this restaurant brings the school-house theme into every aspect of the experience. Head over during recess (happy hour) to enjoy reduced prices on brews and tipples, as well as small bites including chorizo mac and cheese, crispy buffalo cauliflower, and PB&J burger bites.

Thai House

303-430-8424
Authentic curries and appetizers burst with flavor at this affordable and family-friendly establishment.

Arugula Bar e Ristorante

303-443-5100
This upscale Boulder restaurant serves natural, contemporary Italian cuisine. Try the Colorado bison Bolognese with orecchiette pasta, fresh herbs, and shaved Grana Padano.

Federal Bar & Grill

303-728-9479
A neighborhood hangout for the beer enthusiast, featuring a hefty list of craft brews from around the country. Sip on something gluten-free or peruse the traditional tavern-style menu of appetizers, sandwiches, and burgers.

Pino’s Neighborhood Pizzeria & Wine Bar

303-761-9917
A casual, family-friendly spot loved for their hand-tossed thin crust pizzas, featuring fresh ingredients. Try the Calabrese, a pie with white sauce, Gorgonzola, soppressata, red pepper flakes and red onions. Be on the look out for the "pizza of the week".

Rebel Restaurant

303-297-3902
Eastern European flavors mingle with contemporary influences in Rebel Restaurant's flavorful small plates. Menu selections change frequently, but include dishes like a rye pancake with fried chicken livers, foie gras pierogi, and whole roasted lamb's head. During lunchtime, Obey Sandwichery delivers take-out sandwiches from Rebel's kitchen window.

Viewhouse (Littleton)

303-797-4829
This is your place to catch the game and enjoy a variety of bar bites, from burgers and hot dogs to steak. Watch your favorite sports team while enjoying a draft beer and a plate of nachos, or catch a view of the city from the rooftop bar. Multiple locations.

Cantina Laredo (Boulder)

303-444-2260
An upscale Mexican restaurant that utilizes quality ingredients to make tasty plates like brisket tacos and enchiladas made with artichoke hearts and avocado. Be sure to try their Sunday brunch.

Bistro Al Vino

303-400-3166
Enjoy live entertainment six nights a week at this neighborhood bistro. Or, if you prefer a more low-key dinner, ask for one of the quiet tables. Start with your choice of more than 175 wines before digging into dishes like bacon-wrapped scallops, lamb meatballs, and seared ahi tuna.

Love, Peace & Sol

303-304-8849
Count on an eclectic mix of African and Southern cookery at this vegan, cash-only cafe. Favorites include a lentil patty with barbecue sauce and a side of collard greens. Once the food is gone, the doors close.

True Food Kitchen

720-509-7661
You can count on this health-inspired cuisine to make your mouth and body happy. The menu features nutrient-dense foods such as kale and quinoa as well as fresh juices.

The Walnut Room

303-295-1868
At this laid-back live music venue, the most popular drink is PBR. Try the Mile High Pizza made kitchen sink-style with more than 10 toppings.

Sazza (Aurora)

303-797-3048
This fast-casual restaurant utilizes sustainable ingredients and mills its own ancient grains in-house. Order the chicken enchilada pizza, a winning combo of chicken, enchilada sauce, cheese, and fresh vegetables. Also try the Greenwood Village location.

The Pint Room

720-283-3200
Wash down the signature Hangover burger (topped with Ohio smoked cheddar, bacon, hashbrowns, and a sunny-side egg) with one of this pub's 175 beer tap offerings.

Citron Bistro

303-771-5800
Two Greek brothers own this romantic American-Mediterranean restaurant. Entree options include lemon pepper chicken, adobo grilled chicken salad, and shrimp linguine.

El Trompito Taqueria

720-540-3483
Indulge in one hundred percent true Mexican food, from tacos al pastor and carnitas to barbacoa. The menudo (a chile, hominy, and tripe soup) is a traditional hangover cure.

Cafe Paprika

303-755-4150
A casual dining area and a varied menu of Middle Eastern, Moroccan, and Mediterranean dishes will satisfy your appetite and your dietary needs, from gluten-free dishes to halal food.

Carelli’s Restaurant

303-938-9300
Casually elegant contemporary ristorante serving classic northern and southern Italian dishes. In-house creperia bar features made-from-scratch desserts.
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Work & Class

303-292-0700
This elevated meat-and-three concept offers a unique hybrid of American and Latin cuisine in raucous, repurposed-shipping-container digs. Our pick: the Cajun rotisserie chicken, chickpea croquettes, cochinita pibil, and peppers five ways.

Cold Crush

303-292-1906
A restaurant, bar, and lounge dishing up healthful, locally sourced food. Fresh sandwiches, panini, soups, salads, and entrees decorate a playful menu and are available from lunch until late. Try an appetizer (or as they call it, foreplay) like spinach and artichoke rangoons.

La Polleria

720-583-1051
This fast, casual eatery whips up Peruvian style chicken in a brick-lined, charcoal-burning oven imported from Peru. If you want something traditional, try the pollo a la brasa, or "rotisserie chicken" with an aji chili pepper sauce, the empanadas, or barbecue sandwiches.

Ajuua

720-374-9001
Head to this Mexican mainstay for a variety of fresh favorites, like fajitas or sizzling discada. The exciting flavors continue with a dessert menu featuring sweet treats including fried ice cream and tres leches cake.

Zoe Ma Ma

303-545-6262
This cozy, counter-service spot offers Chinese home-style cooking. Order the Szechuan braised beef noodle soup, which features the homemade noodles. Also try the Boulder location.

Azitra

303-465-4444
Taste Indian fare with contemporary twists as you explore the varied menu. Try the goat curry, made with goat meat on the bone braised in a traditional Northern Indian-style curry sauce.

Blue Pan Pizza

720-456-7666
Masterfully crafted Detroit-style pizza is the draw at this tiny spot. Try the Brooklyn Bridge, topped with pepperoni, Italian sausage, and ricotta and pecorino cheeses. Also, try the Congress Park location.

Comal

303-292-0770
You'll find family dishes from El Salvador, Mexico, and Syria, at this restaurant, which provides job experience to women living in Globeville and Elyria-Swansea neighborhoods.

R Taco

303-369-1125
R Taco (formerly known as Rusty Taco) started as a food truck in Dallas, and it maintains its Texan influence. Enjoy breakfast tacos all day or try the fried chicken taco with a margarita for dinner.

Blue Island Oyster Bar

(303) 333-2462
With décor inspired from childhood memories of small coastal towns, Blue Island Oyster Bar offers a seaside escape in the heart of the Cherry Creek neighborhood. Come for the shareable appetizers, the cleverly crafted cocktails, and the fresh seafood entrées.

Steak ‘n Shake

303-221-4550
Enjoy steak burgers and hand-dipped milk shakes. Try the grilled portobello mushroom steak burger—served with swiss cheese, caramelized onions, and garlic mayo—with a cookies 'n cream milk shake.

Old Capitol Grill

303-279-6390
A tasty menu of ribs, chicken, steak, sandwiches, and salads ensures there's something for everyone.

Tavern Littleton

303-730-7772
Enjoy American food with Asian, Mediterranean, and Italian influences at this laid-back restaurant. Grab a seat on the rooftop patio and enjoy the food and drink specials, or watch the game on one of the many high-definition TVs.

Biju’s Little Curry Shop (RiNo)

303-292-3500
Get your fill of southern Indian food at this RiNo curry shop. Top a bowl of biriyani—a dish of fruits, nuts, spices, and rice—with Indian-spiced chicken, beef, or veggies. Multiple locations.

Dae Gee (Speer)

720-542-3164
Enjoy bold and authentic Korean flavors at this Broadway eatery. Order the spicy pork bulgogi or try the bibimbap—a stone pot filled with steamed rice, vegetables, a sunny-side up egg, and your choice of protein. Multiple locations.

Pei Wei

303-942-3445
Pei Wei combines high quality, delicious cuisine with convenient dining options. Try the ginger broccoli beef. Multiple locations.

Modern Market

303-789-6096
Enjoy freshly prepared salads, soups, sandwiches, and pizza made from simple and whole ingredients. Try a brick-oven baked pizza or the flatiron salad with steak, Gorgonzola cheese, and caramelized onions. Multiple locations.

La Cour

303-777-5000
A French bistro serving classics like quiche lorraine alongside a French wine and cocktail menu.

J’s Noodles Star Thai 2

303-922-5495
This traditional Thai spot has developed a cult following over the years. The tom yum soup (spicy lemon soup), drunken noodles and pad thai are the regulars' picks. Warning: Hot means hot.

Fresh Thymes Eatery

303-955-7988
From taste to nutritional value to environmental impact, this food sings "kumbaya." As a community-supported restaurant, this eatery offers yearly memberships starting at $250. The noncomittal can simply walk in and try the grass-finished burger with housemade pickles and corn and arugula salad.

Birdcall

720-361-2976
Order your meal via a self-serve kiosk at this futuristic fast-food joint from the team behind Park Burger. Try the deluxe crispy chicken sandwich with buttermilk herb mayo, bacon, and pepper Jack cheese.

Post Oak Hall

303-834-7048
Take a quick trip to Houston, Texas with these authentic po' boy sandwiches, which come topped with Southern chow-chow, cheese, and pickles. This shop doubles as Helliemae's retail outlet, so make sure to pick up some salt caramels while you're there.

Junz

720-851-1005
A Japanese-French fusion restaurant making a splash in the southeast metro area.

The Crafty Fox Taphouse + Pizzeria

303-455-9666
This isn't your typical beer-and-pizza joint. The Crafty Fox menu features more than 60 rotating beers, categorized by geography and charted out on two wall-sized maps. Dine on the second-floor deck for views of the city and mountains.

Miners Saloon

303-993-3850
Grab a beer from one of the 24 on draft and enjoy the atmosphere of a modern-day saloon complete with a Victorian parlor. Try the ten-hour roast beef, grilled cheese, or charcuterie plate.

Angelo’s Taverna (Littleton)

720-532-1389
This neighborhood nook dishes up a selection of raw and fried oysters alongside elevated Italian cuisine. Try the lobster gnocchi served with leeks and a lobster tomato sauce. Multiple locations.

Zoës Kitchen (Westminster)

303-466-9658
This chain's menu is inspired by fresh, Mediterranean flavors. Try the rosemary, ham, and mozzarella piadina—a thin, crispy Italian street sandwich. Don't leave without a slice of YaYa's Chocolate Cake. Also try the Littleton location.

Lazo Empanadas

303-296-6710
The fresh-out-of-the-oven empanadas at this spot are irresistable. The most popular flavor of the Argentine stuffed pastry is the traditional ground beef variety, served with a chimichurri sauce.

Boulder Cork

303-443-9505
Established in 1969, this is Boulder's oldest steak house. The varied menu also features prime rib, teriyaki sirloin, and scallops.

Han Kang Korean Restaurant

303-873-6800
This family-owned and operated restaurant serves authentic Korean cuisine. The menu features photos of every dish to help you choose the perfect one. Try the barbecue ribs.

Biju’s Little Curry Shop (Berkeley)

303-975-6886
This second location of this curry shop brings traditional plates from southern India to a cozy dining room. Fill up on curried chicken or masala beef, or create your own bowl with spiced meats and veggies. Multiple locations.

Wyman’s No. 5

303-996-0842
The Chicago-style bar boasts deep-dish pizzas, like the Kickin' Chicken. They also offer thin-crust pies, calzones, salads, and stacked sandwiches.

Saucy Noodle Ristorante

303-733-6977
A family-owned restaurant since 1964 serving simple, traditional Italian food. Enjoy a generous portion of pasta with one of the three house-made red sauces or a delicious pizza like the margherita. Be sure to try one of the specialty giant meatballs.

The Fort

303-697-4771
This Colorado institution offers fine buffalo, beef, seafood, and game. Enjoy breathtaking views of the mountains and Denver's city lights while you dine.

Tengu

303-749-0109
Quick, casual, and concise make this modern Asian eatery a great lunch spot in the RiNo neighborhood. Order from the short but sweet menu of ramen bowls and noodle dishes.

Cafe Brazil

303-480-1877
This colorful South American restaurant specializes in seafood and shellfish and is great for those with dietary restrictions; the menu is almost entirely gluten free.

Go Fish Sushi (Broomfield)

720-593-1888
This neighborhood sushi restaurant also offers Japanese rice and noodle dishes like the unagi don—white rice topped with smoked eel. Be sure to try the low-carb Go Fish Naruto roll with tuna, salmon, yellowtail, avocado, and masago.

Japon Sushi & Sake Bar

303-460-8868
A long list of special rolls are artfully prepared at this Japanese restaurant. Don't pass up on the Godzilla Roll: Tempura shrimp, crabmeat, and avocado topped with unagi, tempura crunch, and two sauces.

Masterpiece Delicatessen

303-561-3354
This masterpiece of a deli serves sandwiches such as white truffle egg salad, braised beef brisket, Cubano, and smoked turkey—all are far from ordinary.

Amira Bakery

303-756-7700
At Amira Bakery, it's best to show up with an empty stomach to sample the menu's many delights. Indulge in chicken or beef shawarma sandwiches and snacks like grape leaves, baba ghanouj, and a labneh plate served with pita.

Range

720-726-4800
Range serves true Western food: wood-fired ranch meats with Native American influences. Try the rabbit croquetas with chutney and parsley salad.

Cafe Jordano

303-988-6863
This authentic Italian spot offers generous portions of good food (try the gnocchi). A relaxed atmosphere and moderate pricing make it perfect for family dining.

Weber

303-377-8577
Casual fine dining with choices such as pan-seared diver scallops with root vegetables, wild mushroom hash, pea shoots, and vanilla-poached foie gras. Plus, sip on a glass of wine or specialty mojito.

Latke Love

303-995-9708
This modern yet cozy deli presents a variety of Eastern European style fare including blintzes and corned beef hash. Make sure to order a few of the signature latkes.

Table Mountain Inn Grill & Cantina

303-216-8040
Settle into this vibrant dining room for a smorgasbord of southwestern delights. Start the day with huevos rancheros, take a break with fire-roasted chiles rellenos, or mix it up with a bowl of green chili mac and cheese. If you still have room, top it all off with an apple pecan empanada.

Native Foods Cafe

303-442-0213
Native Foods Cafe touts an all-vegan menu featuring their famed house-made seitan and tempeh. Try the butternut polenta bites or the classic deli reuben, wash it down with a lavender lemonade or a watermelon fresca.

Four Friends Kitchen

303-388-8299
This breakfast-and-lunch spot offers a mix of healthy and indulgent eats with Southern flair. Start your morning off right with an order of the warm beignets slathered with wild berry preserves.

Buchi Cafe Cubano

303-458-1328
During the week, this tiny cafe dishes up traditional Cuban coffee and pressed sandwiches. On Sundays, drop in for all-day happy hour and authentic Cuban plates, like flan cubano and empanadas.

Pho Saigon 66

303-745-1123
Get your pho fix by ordering large noodle bowls filled with meat and veggies. Try the rare steak version, which comes with thinly sliced meat that continues to cook slowly in the broth, jalepenos, and Thai basil.

Beau Jo’s Pizza

303-758-1519
This Colorado tradition spawned from the original Beau Jo's in Idaho Springs. Pies feature mountains of ingredients and a hand-rolled edge. Multiple locations.

Cherry Hills Sushi Company

303-761-1559
This quick-service sushi spot specializes in made-to-order hand rolls. Order a temaki (hand roll) set and chose from a variety of fresh fillings like blue crab, spicy tuna, lobster, and uni.

The Preservery

303-298-6821
This family-owned communal hub offers seasonal sandwiches, snacks, and pastries. Join them for its brand new brunch program, which features savory omelets and zesty ginger mimosas.

India’s Castle

303-782-9700
Do you prefer mild, medium, or spicy? At this authentic eatery, enjoy the tantalizing flavors of unique herbs and exotic Indian cuisine. Try the chicken ticca kabob.

Tavern Tech Center

303-221-4660
Enjoy American food with Asian, Mediterranean, and Italian influences at this laid-back restaurant. Sit out on the patio or catch the game on one of the many high-definition TVs surrounding the bar.

Bangkok Cafe

303-806-9354
Get an authentic taste of Thailand at this restaurant where all dishes are made to order. Try the traditional pad thai or kick up the heat with an order of the BlackJax chicken with jalapeño, Thai chile, black pepper, and vegetables.

Palenque Mezcaleria

303-778-1294
Tucked behind Adelitas Cocina y Cantina rests Colorado's first mezcaleria. Learn more about mezcal (and sip on more than 100 varieties of the libation) and snack on small plates like shrimp and mango ceviche.

Ali Baba Grill

303-779-0026
At this family-run restaurant, all your favorite Lebanese and Mediterranean favorites are prepared fresh daily. Enjoy traditional kabobs with your choice of lamb, chicken, or beef.

Cantina Laredo

303-444-2260
An upscale Mexican restaurant that utilizes quality ingredients to make tasty plates like brisket tacos and enchiladas made with artichoke hearts and avocado.

Moe’s Original Bar-B-Que

303-630-1980
Don't miss the pulled pork at this Southern-style barbecue joint where specialty sides like house-made baked beans and cornbread. A large patio and a party vibe complement the freshly smoked meat.

Parker Garage

720-389-8105
Located in the heart of Parker, this modern space offers up hearty entrées made with locally sourced produce and livestock. Look out for the charcuterie plate and the grilled yellowfin tuna sandwich with wasabi mayo.

North End at 4580

303-448-1500
Weekly specials, all-night Sunday happy hour, small and large plates, gluten-free options, and weekend chef-choice dishes keep this local joint interesting. Best bets include the red wine-braised short ribs, bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with chorizo, and pan-seared salmon.

Neighbors

303-333-1149
Enjoy the feel of a cocktail party without the stress of being a host. With this small eatery's widespread array of tapas and appetizers, the atmosphere of this cozy restaurant ensures good conversation over a glass of wine or a cocktail.

Crema Coffee House

720-284-9648
At this hip cafe, you'll find beans from the country’s top roasters and an all-day menu that offers flavorful picks like sweet potato waffles and a Korean reuben sandwich.

Babajoon’s Kabobs and More

303-974-5400
Westminster gets a taste of the Middle East at this classic fast-casual kabob spot. Your choice of grilled, seasoned meats are served with rice, grilled vegetables, and a salad. Don't miss the house-made pita.

Zen Asian Sushi Bar & Grill (Stapleton)

303-371-4644
Formerly known as Ling and Louie's Asian Bar and Grill, this sushi bar offers more than just sushi. Zen also specializes in filleted beef and noodle dishes, all of which are enhanced by in-house speciality sauces.

Mamma Mia Trattoria

303-963-5305
Enter a classic Italian eatery and try the roast beef carpaccio with arugula and marinated Roman-style artichokes. Pizza lovers will dig the hand-tossed pies with scratch-made sauces.

Fat Sully’s Pizza (Berkeley)

303-393-1515
Grab a slice of New York–style pizza at this casual spot, which shares space with the Denver Biscuit Company and the Atomic Cowboy bar. Multiple locations. Multiple locations.

Chocolate Lab

720-536-5037
Expect to find chocolate in just about every dish on the menu, whether savory or sweet. Try the slow-roasted pulled pork sandwich which is served with bourbon-chocolate barbecue sauce.

Broken Rice

720-399-6698
Inspired by Asian street food, this fast-casual dining spot features pho, bahn mi sandwiches, stir-fried noodle entrées, and more. Order the tangy yuzu lemonade and the crispy beef stir fry.

The Goods

303-355-5445
Whether you're a vegetarian or a full-fledged carnivore, the Goods has something for you. The wood-fired fare includes everything from burgers to vegetarian lasagna to braised short ribs.

Ristorante L

303-442-1300
The menu boasts Italian classics like salsiccia pizza with house-made fennel sausage, sea scallop risotto, or veal parmigiana.

Linger

303-993-3120
Set in the former three-story Olinger Mortuary's parking garage, this restaurant takes you around the world with a menu of small plates. Enjoy fabulous views of downtown while choosing from inviting menus of food and cocktails.

Berkshire

303-321-4010
This cozy spot specializes in "swine, wine, and a good time." Favorites include the bacon-wrapped jalapenos and the heritage breed bacon flight.

Baker’s Way

303-770-1966
This bakery is known for excellent breads, pastries, sandwiches, and espressos. Stop in for lunch and order the Baker's Club with turkey, ham, bacon, lettuce, and tomato on house-made bread.

Onefold

303-954-0877
This eatery does breakfast justice with hearty meals house-made from organic and local ingredients. Order a cup of bone broth to sip on, and enjoy plates like the fried rice with Tender Belly bacon or the breakfast burrito stuffed with duck fat fried potatoes.

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers (Southglenn)

720-353-4300
This funky pizza joint cooks up a variety of tasty treats. Take in the psychedelic murals while eating a Kosmic Karma pizza with sun-dried tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, spinach, feta, and pesto. Or try any of the eatery's stacked calzones and hoagies. Multiple locations.

Pho Fusion Asian

303-455-1111
This fast-casual restaurant serves up favorites like lettuce wraps, pho soup, pad Thai, sesame chicken, and coconut curry chicken.

Mizuna

303-832-4778
Chef-owner Frank Bonanno's seasonal cuisine capitalizes on fresh ingredients, and service is prompt, friendly, and knowledgeable. Don't miss the decadent beef Wellington or the legendary lobster mac and cheese.

Etai’s Bakery Cafe on Broadway

720-420-8249
Enjoy breakfast and lunch sandwiches on fresh-baked breads at this casual cafe. Have a classic egg and cheese sandwich with coffee for breakfast. Try the reuben panini with potato salad at lunch.

Fate Brewing Company

303-449-3283
This east Boulder Brewpub—located along the bike path—boasts 30 taps featuring house-beers and a rotating selection of domestic and international guest brews. Try the house-smoked barbecue.
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Sushi Den

303-777-0826
Sushi Den offers fresh, vibrant seafood flown in daily from Japan and a hip, lively scene. To the tune of urban beats, diners slurp lobster ramen and watch as platters piled high with tuna, mackerel, and salmon are whisked to lucky tables. Sit at the bar and watch the masterful sushi chefs, led by Toshi…

Renegade Burrito (Thornton)

303-280-7052
Make your own burritos, tacos, and bowls at this fast-casual Mexican eatery. Try Jeff's Desperado burrito (chile verde, carnitas, beans, and strawberry habañero salsa stuffed in a Raquelita's jalapeño-cheddar tortilla). Multiple locations.

The Hive Garden Bistro

720-865-3501
Enjoy seasonal fare inside Denver Botanic Gardens. Local ingredients are incorporated into the menu for offerings like Colorado quinoa pilaf or the blue cheese jalapeño burger.

Homegrown Tap & Dough (Arvada)

303-284-6087
Head here for Italian food with some Colorado charm. Pick from salad, pasta, and—of course—pizza options. Try the burgers, which feature Harris Ranch beef on Grateful Bread buns. Also try the Washington Park location.

Sushi Bay 17

303-321-1805
Wide variety, quality presentation, and attentive service have earned this sushi locale the right to be called a destination. Enjoy happy hour fare—including oysters, sashimi, rolls, and drinks—on the outdoor patio. We suggest trying their daily special.

Recess Beer Garden

720-638-0020
Located in the heart of the LoHi neighborhood, this spot offers an oasis to sample the 25 local and international cold brews on tap. Between beers, nibble on the peach and crispy prosciutto salad or tuck into a hearty burger.

Izu Sushi

303-284-7981
This trendy and cozy sushi parlor serves traditional Japanese fare with innovative twists. Check out the happy hour specials for reduced prices on rolls, sashimi, and sake cocktails.

Denver Deep Dish

720-619-3337
This casual joint serves up authentic Chicago-style deep-dish pizza, hot and cold subs, and hot dogs. Order the smoked chicken wings and Italian beef sandwich and wash it down with a house-made Bloody Mary.

Luca

303-832-6600
Convivial hospitality and exquisite Italian dishes greet you at this sophisticated spot. Favorite dishes include the pappardelle Bolognese and the house-made Burrata cheese.

Seasons 52

303-799-0252
This fresh grill and bar features an award-winning wine list and a seasonal menu. Enjoy signature flatbreads or mini desserts paired with a selection from the extensive wine list.

El Chingon

303-248-3641
Serving traditional Mexican dishes, this bistro emphasizes fresh ingredients and house-made chiles.

Phoenician Kabob

303-355-7213
This quiet restaurant serves a solid menu of Middle Eastern and Lebanese fare. Try the sabanekh, pastries stuffed with spinach, onion, and pine nuts.

Steuben’s (Arvada)

720-282-3308
Steuben's wouldn't be Steuben's without the homemade mac and cheese and fried chicken. This location features the same comfort food favorites and 1950s retro feel—plus a few new surprises on the menu. Also try the Uptown location.

The Hornet

303-777-7676
This innovative pub fare boasts an international influence, served in a casual atmosphere.

Providence Tavern

303-462-5280
Located in a restored 1930s corner spot, this neighborhood hub puts a tasty twist on typical pub food. Try the seared ahi tuna plate. Grab a spot on the semi-enclosed patio.

Post Chicken & Beer

720-588-2883
This fast-casual venue—the younger sibling to Lafayette's Post Brewing Company—offers good ol' Southern comfort food and great beer. The one-of-a-kind fried chicken can be enjoyed either on a sandwich or as a platter accompanied by a biscuit and side dish. Dig into fresh-baked cherry pie for dessert.

Blue Ocean

303-220-0577
This Chinese Restaurant, which also goes by the name Little Chengdu, specializes in noodles and hot pot. Try the "Lanzhou pulled noodle," a rich beef soup swimming thin, chewy strands of house-made noodles.

Mateo

303-443-7766
This casually elegant and bustling neighborhood Provençal restaurant offers a seasonal menu that uses local ingredients.

Atelier by Radex

720-379-5556
Longtime chef and restaurateur Radek Cerny serves traditional French and Mediterranean fare in a cozy spot. Try classics such as the lobster ravioli or duck carpaccio.

Vines Wine Bar

303-736-8463
This premier wine bar boasts more than 100 wines by the glass. Come for the wine, but stay for the tapas. Certified sommeliers offer wine paring with a variety of high-end tapas, including Colorado Elk.

El Parral

303-798-4586
A Mexican steakhouse offering a variety of menu items like crispy chile rellenos and a big, juicy steak.

Pantaleone’s

303-757-3456
Since 1985, this casual, family-friendly restaurant has served up Italian classics like pizza, lasagna, and spaghetti. The owner/chef is Greek, so also try the Greek salad.

Naked Pizza (Denver)

303-355-2443
This take-out or delivery pizza place is convenient and healthy. The crust is always made with 10 different grains and seeds for a probiotic, chemical free, all-natural, whole-food dining experience. Try the Superbiotic, a mix of spinach, artichoke, bell pepper, mushroom, garlic, and cilantro, or the Smokehouse made with barbecue sauce, onion, and chicken.

Machete Tequila & Tacos

303-333-1567
Classic Mexican cuisine is infused with creative culinary twists. Enjoy an extensive list of fine tequilas, and don't forget to order the sumptuous tacos al pastor. Also try the Union Station location.

Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House

303-666-5743
This casual joint serves thin-crust, organic brick-oven pizza and offers 21 taps of American craft and imported Belgian beer. Order the mozzarella pizza with fresh herbs or the proscioutto pizza with arugula and Grana Padano.

Yellowbelly Chicken

720-259-2393
At this fast-casual spot inside the Stanley Marketplace, free-range poultry is fried (or rotisserie roasted) to perfection and served with an array of seasonal side dishes and salads. Try the West Vail, a sandwich made with crispy chicken tenders, lettuce, pickles, and a zesty house sauce.

L’Atelier

303-442-7233
Indulge in tender lamb or the succulent lobster. The best values are at lunchtime, but these flavors are worth every penny.

Adelitas Cocina y Cantina

303-778-1294
Cuisine originating from the Michoacan area of southwestern Mexico served amid fanciful murals. Most of the family recipes are gluten-free or can be prepared gluten-free. To start, try prickly pear margarita with the ceviche appetizer.

Blue Parrot

303-666-0677
This fourth-generation Italian restaurant opened in 1919, and it's been churning out favorites like the spaghetti with red sauce ever since.

Baker St. Pub & Grill

303-953-5510
This London-style pub features family dining by day and pub atmosphere by night. Navigate an extensive menu including various lunch combos and the ever-popular fish and chips, made with beer-battered Atlantic cod.

Larkburger

720-285-1995
The idea at this eatery is a fast casual—not fast food—version of the burger, fry, and shake combo. Try cooked-to-order burgers made from all-natural Black Angus beef, excellent all-natural, gluten-free milkshakes, and hand-cut truffle-and-Parmesan fries. Multiple locations.

Punch Bowl Social

303-765-2695
This gastro-diner is perfect for food and play. Dine any time of day while entertaining yourself with bowling, ping pong, shuffleboard, and more.

Spice China

720-890-0999
Stop in at this comfortable Asian bistro in Louisville to sample from a large menu that showcases traditional Chinese entrées, warm soups, and sushi platters.

Satchel’s on 6th

303-399-2560
This cozy spot serves American comfort food with original twists. Try the roasted halibut with braised artichokes, roasted Yukon golden potatoes, preserved lemon, and tomato concassè.

Silla

303-338-5070
You can't go wrong ordering from the menu at this Korean eatery. Try the seafood dish, haemul pajeon.

Walter’s Pizzeria

303-864-9000
Grab a slice and a pint at this pizza parlor. Order the Big Fizz if you are craving meat or the Panama Not-So-Red if you want everything but the tomato sauce.

1-2-3 Pho

303-471-2228
Enjoy house-made pho, the Vietnamese noodle soup, with a wide variety of offerings including pork, shrimp, chicken, and vegetable.

Jett Asian Kitchen & Sushi

303-333-5007
Order a variety of Chinese and Japanese dishes to enjoy in the sleek dining room or in the comfort of your own home. Try the Thai red curry with coconut milk or the sesame-honey-style chicken. Also serves sushi.

Gurkhas Restaurant

303-530-1551
This restaurant's Indian and Nepalese food transports you right to Southern Asia. Try the chicken tikka masala, their most popular dish.

Atomic Cowboy (Berkeley)

303-377-7900
You can't go wrong with delicious pub food in a friendly and lively atmosphere. Now that Fat Sully's Pizza has joined forces with Atomic Cowboy and Denver Biscuit Company, enjoy huge slices of New York-style pizza or a biscuit sandwich along with your brew.

Delizios

720-897-6550
Sample elegantly arranged tapas and choose from more than 40 wines at this coffee and wine bar. Try the sicily panini with thinly sliced salami, ham, and provolone layered with tomato and olive tapenade.

New Saigon Bakery & Deli

303-935-7859
Specializing in delicious Vietnamese sandwiches such as the pork belly sandwich. For dessert, choose from a variety of French pastries and cakes. Don't miss the refreshing house-made sugar cane juice.

City Bakery Cafe

303-861-0809
City Bakery's bread is now the star of its own sandwich shop. Try the East Coast classic: salami, ham, provolone, lettuce, tomato, and vinagrette on a baguette, or opt for one of the inventive grilled paninis.

Masalaa

303-755-6272
A vegetarian's heaven, Masalaa has delicious Southern Indian cuisine.

Englewood Grand

303-568-9941
Although the focus at this comfortable bar is on the booze, you'll also find vegetarian chili and a classic Midwest-style ground beef sandwich.

Marco’s Coal-Fired Pizza (Englewood)

303-790-9000
Formerly known as Racca's Pizzeria Napoletana, this spot serves Neapolitan-style pies with imported artisanal cheeses and local produce. Start your meal with an order of the coal-fired limoncello wings. Multiple locations.

Villagran Restaurante

303-379-9927
This south Mexican spot is run by the same owner of the popular Villa Real food truck. Order the campechana, a refreshing cold seafood dish made with octopus and shrimp.
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Beast & Bottle

303-623-3223
The "farm to fork" mantra permeates a menu featuring small plates like Dungeness crab gnocchi and crudo, creative vegetable dishes, and dinner-size plates (including pan-roasted halibut and heritage pork).

Mezcal

303-322-5219
Fresh lime margaritas, an extensive tequila list, and traditional Mexican food. The ambience is warm, festive, and fun.

Postino

303-433-6363
This wine bar offers an approachable list of vinos paired with casual fare, including bruschetta, panini, and small plates.

Carboy Winery

720-532-1389
With wine offerings including Sauvignon Blanc, rosé, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon and shared plates such as charcuterie and salmon crudo, this winery (which is connected to the Littleton location of Angelo's Taverna) is the perfect happy hour spot.

Next Door (Stapleton)

720-930-4366
This casual community pub focuses on nutritious and affordable cuisine. Select from small plates, bowls, and locally sourced burgers such as the Pineapple Express (topped with pineapple, arugula, and honey-Sriracha sauce). Multiple locations.

Protein Bar

303-284-4954
The Protein Bar is healthy food on the go. Choose from quinoa bowls and wraps with chicken, tofu, and veggies. Raw juices and breakfast round out the menu.

Honey Bee Asian Bistro

303-400-6117
Satisfy your hankering for Asian food with dishes from China, Thailand, Vietnam, and Japan. Try the Mongolian beef with stir-fry veggies and special sauce.

Brio Tuscan Grille

303-662-9727
This restaurant satisfies with Italian as well as steakhouse fare. Begin a meal with roasted red pepper bruschetta, then dig into pasta alla vodka, filet mignon, or shrimp Mediterranean.

Nile Ethiopian Restaurant

720-748-0239
The authentic community dining traditions of Ethiopia can be found inside this discrete locale. Eat from the same platter as your company and use injera, the spongy Ethiopian bread, as a substitute for utensils. Try the lamb tibs: pieces of tender lamb in a red chile sauce joined by cooked spinach and creamy sweet corn.…

Acme Delicatessen

720-460-3706
Located inside Union Station, this deli serves high quality sandwiches and salads (including breakfast sandwiches all day). The Railroad Reuben sandwich with house-made corned beef, Acme sauerkraut, and Swiss cheese, is a must.

Yard House

303-278-9273
Pull up a seat at this fusion restaurant's oval bar and order one of the 130 beers on tap, plus the stacked California roll, pizza, or wings.

Il Posto

303-394-0100
The new location of this Uptown favorite features Andrea Frizzi’s upscale Italian cuisine in sleek, urban environs. Don't miss the seasonal risotto.

Bara Sushi & Thai

303-221-8880
Get the best of both worlds at this restaurant that features Thai cuisine and sushi. Try the DTC roll with smoked salmon, cream cheese, avocado, and caviar or have an order of the traditional pad thai.

Parma Trattoria Mozzarella Bar

303-284-2741
Serving pastas, paninis, seafood, and pizzas with inspiration straight from Naples. Try the chef's favorite: the white pizza made with arugula, prosciutto, shaved parmesan, and extra virgin olive oil.

Lowry Beer Garden

303-366-0114
This traditional, German-style beer garden celebrates Colorado breweries with 16 draft lines (almost all of which serve local beer). Try the burgers or bratwurst with house-cut french fries.

Kline’s Beer Hall

303-351-7938
This casual beer hall offers 48 craft beers in total. Pair your choice with a house-made sausage, and sit back and relax at one of the community tables.

Bar Louie (Northeast Metro)

303-457-5900
Check out this casual restaurant for your oversized sandwiches needs, like the meatball hoagie loaded up with meatballs, pepperoni, marinara, giardiniera, mozzarella, and parmesan. For dessert, sample their Trio Tini-- carrot cake, brownie bites, and donut holes all on one plate. Or throw back one of their 24 specialty drinks, like the mango mojito.

Iwayama Sushi & Da Big Kahuna Bistro

303-948-1199
From Vietnamese egg rolls to kalbi (Korean short ribs) and spicy tuna rolls, Iwayama offers an array of Asian fare, as well as a few Hawaiian entrées. Fresh fish is flown in from Hawaii and Tokyo, so order any of the weekly specials. Try the spicy grilled chicken with hoisin-barbeque sauce.

Thai Flavor

720-859-7648
Exemplary Thai food and gracious service. Try the pla goong and the creamy Thai tea.

Bud’s Bar

303-688-9967
A burger shack in the truest sense, this 60-year old eatery serves only juicy grilled hamburgers and cold drinks to wash them down.

Nonna’s Chicago Bistro

303-399-2000
This quaint bistro offers a dose of Chicago and Italy in a cozy, Tuscan-style dining room. Favorites include the delicate marinara, homemade meatballs, and rustic ciabatta. Don't miss the live musical entertainment.

Revelry Kitchen

303-455-3132
You'll find healthy options as well as hearty brunch favorites at this breakfast-focused eatery. Start your day off right with the green chile cheddar biscuits smothered in chorizo gravy.

WoodGrain Bagels

303-284-0396
Enjoy breakfast all day at this Canadian-inspired cafe. This fast-casual spot offers a selection of Montreal-style bagels as well as sandwiches, poutine, and drinks made with Boxcar Coffee Roasters beans.

Kona Grill

720-974-1300
This Asian-inspired modern American grill offers classics—like the pork tenderloin and the chicken caprese sandwich—and a wide selection of housemade sushi and sashimi. The drink menu includes skinny cocktails and 10 choices of saké.

Flatz Restaurant

303-465-0153
Enjoy modern American foods in a comfortable Colorado-themed dining room. Try the indigenous Mixed Grill entrée featuring three types of Colorado wild game, au gratin potatoes, and seasonal vegetables. Select a wine from the extensive list.

Fooducopia

303-722-7838
Most of the ingredients in these American dishes are locally sourced from small producers. Go for breakfast and order the wild mushroom omelet, made with fresh eggs picked up from a farm about five miles down the road. For dinner, try the High Point Farm bison filet with herb-whipped Colorado organic potatoes.

Zaidy’s Deli

303-333-5336
A kosher-style deli and a Denver mainstay, serving a wide range of traditional favorites, including breakfast, sandwiches, and homemade pastries.

Brewery Bar II

303-893-0971
Legions of customers are loyal to this casual joint's signature chiles rellenos, award-winning green chile, solid margaritas, and great specials.

Silvi’s Kitchen at Olde Town Arvada

303-421-8000
Enjoy classic sandwiches and delicious baked goods, but try something new when the cafe transforms into an artisanal pizza place at night. The large, comfortable eatery also includes a quick-service frozen yogurt shop.

Esters Neighborhood Pub

303-955-4904
In addition to its 23 craft beer tap handles, Esters offers fresh pub eats. Try the popular Fee pizza, a pie topped with Fat Tire-braised pork, caramelized onions, jalapeños, bacon, and barbecue sauce. Lighter options include salads and sandwiches.

Cody Inn Restaurant

303-526-0232
For an evening of romance, settle into a table around this mountain restaurant's rock-moss fireplace and order the crispy pepper duck or veal piccata.

Lucile’s Creole Café (Platt Park)

303-284-5230
What was once a neighborhood post office is now home to Creole-style breakfasts. Dig into a gravy-smothered buttermilk biscuit, nibble on some sweet beignets, or sip on a Bloody Mary. The ample outdoor seating is ideal for the Denver sunshine.

Le Peep

303-759-3388
This Colorado chain doesn't just dish up bacon and eggs; it serves unique and tasty breakfast (and lunch) items that even vegetarians will delight in. Multiple locations.

Tokio

720-639-2911
This traditional Japanese eatery offers a raw bar of sashimi and nigiri, six styles of ramen, and a variety of small plates. Order some Kobe beef from the bincyo-tan Japanese charcoal grill.

Fat Jack’s Supersubs (Baker)

303-757-7827
Every hour, on the hour, fresh bread emerges from the oven for these premium subs. Stop in and gulp down the Big Bird (turkey) or the PB&J sandwich, which comes with with apricot jam and bacon. Multiple locations.

The Source

720-443-1135
This industrial-sleek food hall is home to seven distinct eateries and bars, as well as a variety of shops. Tenants include Acorn, Comida, the RiNo Yacht Club, Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, Babette’s Artisan Breads, Western Daughters Butcher Shop, Boxcar Coffee Roasters, and Mondo Market.

Wystone’s World Teas

303-407-9040
This calming coffee and tea shop boasts a variety of teas and offers a full alcohol bar. In addition to the libations, there cafe serves tea-centric dishes, such as the Chinese chicken barbecue sandwich, infused with smoky Lapsang souchong tea. Also try the Lakewood location.

Texas de Brazil

720-374-2100
Inspired by traditional Brazilian churrascarias, this South American hot spot features sizzling cuts of beef, lamb, pork, chicken, and sausage, slow roasted and seasoned to perfection. Try the signature caipirinha cocktail.

Banzai Sushi

303-329-3366
Choose from menus featuring traditional Japanese dishes and 100 sushi options. Order the sushi and sashimi combo for a sampling of tuna, octopus, and more.

Rockabillies

303-421-1799
This American burger bistro is known for, well, its handmade burgers, but don't miss the hot rod sandwich: chicken breast, buffalo sauce, lettuce, tomato, ranch, and blue cheese crumbles.

Roo Bar

303-455-8700
This laid-back bar is bustling with great deals, games, and an American menu. Go for some jalapeno poppers, and be sure to grab a side of grape jelly for dipping.

Comida (RiNo)

303-296-2747
Find creative tacos and lounge on the large patio at this Mexican-inspired cantina. Stop by for happy hour and order the spicy shrimp and a hibiscus margarita. Multiple locations.

Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery (Lowry)

303-364-1102
The second location of this fast casual American grill focuses on fresh ingredients and innovative techniques to construct its seasonally crafted menu. Pair the 48-hour slow-cooked short ribs with a draft beer.

Billy’s Inn

303-455-9733
This bar has a huge selection of tequila as well as tasty tacos, quesadillas, and burgers. A favorite is the Sante Fe burger, topped with pepper jack cheese, roasted poblano chiles, and onions.

Etai’s Bakery Cafe at Stapleton

303-329-8888
Enjoy every meal of the day at this casual Stapleton eatery. Start your day off with a Denver omelette and coffee. Try the smoked chicken sandwich at lunch and end your day with an order of fried chicken with mashed potatoes and Brussels sprout slaw.

Pho 95 (Centennial)

303-797-9535
Authentic Vietnamese cuisine is served up every day at this noodle house. Try your pho in any of the 21 different ways that are offered. Also try the Lakewood location.

D Bar

303-861-4710
Chefs Keegan Gerhard and Lisa Bailey produce exquisite desserts and modern comfort food. Bonus: Check out the grab-and-go coffee and pastries.

Hashtag

303-996-9985
Prolific Denver chef Troy Guard takes on the breakfast joint with Hashtag. Wake up on the right side of the bed with lamb neck eggs Benedict, kimchi fried rice, and quinoa waffles.

Sunrise Sunset (Sixth Ave.)

303-996-4635
This casual and sunny breakfast spot is famous for its fluffy pancakes, but the enchilada sunshine skillet and black-bean burrito with vegetarian green chile are tasty, too.

Cart-Driver

303-292-3553
Inspired by Italy's roadside cafes, Cart-Driver slings oysters, wood-fired pizzas, and Prosecco on tap. Finish with the house-made soft-serve gelato.

3 Guys Pies

303-623-4897
Located inside the Streets of London pub, this spot tosses New York-style pies starting at $2.75 a slice. Try a Neapolitan pie with tomato sauce, crispy crust, and your choice of toppings.

Fatburger

303-363-6996
At this gourmet, cooked-to-order hamburger joint, your burgers are charred on an open grill. Multiple locations.

Pierre Michel Cafe

303-471-4828
The seasonal menu at this French bakery changes almost daily. Every day there is a lunch special, such as pizza. For dinner, the chef makes a new three-course meal. Try a chocolate croissant in the morning.

Mi Cocina

303-795-3552
This fast-casual restaurant serves traditional Mexican food. Early birds should take one of their breakfast burritos to go—a steal at $2.50.

Hideaway Kitchen + Bar

303-526-0556
A chic yet comfortable mountain spot offering modern Southern comfort food with Asian flair. Favorites include crab macaroni and cheese, braised octopus with house-made Andouille sausage, and braised beef short ribs with hush puppies.

Bones

303-860-2929
This noodle bar dishes up savory duck confit egg rolls, candy-like black cod tempura, and addictive steamed buns stuffed with either suckling pig or (our fave) pork belly. Noodle bowl selections are always changing.

Steuben’s

303-830-1001
With food like homemade mac and cheese and fried chicken, plus retro booths, this restaurant makes the 1950s feel right around the corner. Also try the Arvada location.

Cedar Creek Pub

303-537-4210
A strong sense of state pride is served at this restaurant which serves products from 40 different Colorado-based food companies. Try the specialty items such as fish and chips, bangers and mash, or the tuna and pear salad with gorgonzola cheese, bacon, and a raspberry vinaigrette.

Locanda Del Borgo

303-388-0282
This modern setting offers authentic house-made pasta and entrées such as sea bass cooked on a wood-burning grill.

Blueprint Bar

303-927-6804
Grab a drink from the extensive bar menu while enjoying small bites such as oysters and croquettes or larger menu items like burgers and fresh pastas.

Blackbelly Butcher

720-479-8296
Located next door to chef Hosea Rosenberg's Blackbelly restaurant, this butcher shop and lunch counter sources local animals for the in-house butchery program. The quality meats shine in the stacked sandwiches (we recommend the house bologna).

Toast Fine Food & Coffee

303-797-9543
Don't miss the pancake flights: stacks of warm flapjacks prepared in four signature flavors, including strawberry-banana cheesecake and Oreo cookie. Also serves lunch.

Handy Diner

619-730-5264
This diner serves up American comfort food—vegan style. Described as a dive, Handy Diner offers an extensive menu of inexpensive breakfast plates, sandwiches, and desserts.

India’s Restaurant

303-755-4284
This spot serves traditional Indian fare, including flavorful dishes like tandoori chicken. Take advantage of the lunch buffet, and be sure to try the cinnamon bread pudding.

Hasu Sushi & Grill

303-722-9968
Try the aptly named Amazing Roll: chopped fatty tuna, cucumber, and scallion on the inside; avocado, crispy kani, eel, and special sauce on the outside.

Bistro Barbès

720-398-8085
Jon Robbins, host of the popular pop-up Gypsy Kitchen, has created a menu inspired by the French, North African, and Middle Eastern flavors of Barbès, the Paris neighborhood where he spent three years.

Seoul BBQ

303-632-7576
Cook your own meat on tabletop grills at this authentic Korean restaurant. Short ribs are the house fave.

Snooze (Southglenn)

303-734-9655
Sip a mimosa in this hip breakfast eatery's chic orange booths. Choose between pineapple upside down pancakes and huevos rancheros. Multiple locations.

Hickory & Ash

720-390-4400
Famed Denver chef Kevin Taylor—and his son, executive chef Ryan Taylor—bring a modern, wood-fire “meatery” to Broomfield. Try the short rib pastrami.

Drakes Haus

303-473-9000
Home of the Merlot Burger. Choose from a variety of internationally-inspired patties, or build your own. Chicken sandwiches, small plates, and a festive selection of fries also decorate the menu.

ZanZiBar Billiards

303-308-9999
Along with traditional bar fare—like the burger-and-beer deal for $7—this laid-back hub, featuring free pool and an extra-long happy hour, dishes out fresh Middle Eastern dishes, like hummus, falafel, and shish kebabs.

WaterCourse Foods

303-832-7313
This vegetarian icon has been serving wholesome food since 1998. The zesty soups, salads, and wraps are healthy and delicious. Don’t miss the brunch specials.

GB Fish & Chips (Wash Park)

720-570-5103
Kick back to watch a European soccer or rugby match with a few pints and some traditional English fare. Choose from fish and chips, shepherd's pie and Cornish pasties. Multiple locations.

Saigon Basil

720-502-3040
House-made Vietnamese cuisine with an extensive menu that easily accomodates vegetarians. Try the jasmine iced tea and a combination rice noodle bowl, known as the Hu Tieu Thap Cam.

The Molecule Effect

720-502-6966
This hip art gallery and cafe offers something for every time of day. Start your morning off with a bulletproof coffee and a breakfast burrito or stop by in the evening for specialty cocktails, cheese plates, and panini.

New World Cheese

303-484-8110
Enjoy more than just artfully composed cheese plates at this cafe. Choose from a full menu loaded with gems like a gouda waffle, stuffed figs, and macaroni and cheese grilled cheese.

Edgewater Inn

303-237-3524
This inn has been family owned and operated for more than 50 years. Try the Howdy Pizza, a combo of sausage, green peppers, mushrooms, and jalapeño peppers.

Stones on 32nd

720-328-4270
This casual restaurant offers a lively, friendly atmosphere for comforting fare. Try the poblano chicken pot pie with caramelized onions and au jus in a puff pastry crust.

Taja Indian

720-328-6158
This fast-casual Indian eatery focuses on curries made from scratch using fresh and healthy ingredients. Order the kati roll, a burrito-esque wrap that comes on fresh-baked roti, stuffed with your choice of fillings.

Naked Pizza (Boulder)

303-443-2720
This take-out or delivery pizza place is convenient and healthy. The crust is always made with 10 different grains and seeds for a probiotic, chemical free, all-natural, whole-food dining experience. Try the Superbiotic, a mix of spinach, artichoke, bell pepper, mushroom, garlic, and cilantro, or the Smokehouse made with barbecue sauce, onion, and chicken.

Will Call

720-484-6428
This neighborhood pub features a menu of bar bites, salads, burgers, and Venezuelan arepas. Try the RiNo arepa filled with black bean paste, grilled onions, shishito peppers, and pork with mango habanero sauce.

5280 Burger Bar (Westminster)

720-887-5970
Executive chef Derek Baril (formerly Wild Standard and Salt) brings a scratch-made and seasonal approach to this burger locale. Try the "Perfect" Angus burger with Gruyère cheese, bacon-onion jam, and roasted garlic aïoli. Also try the Denver location.

Tstreet Roadhouse

303-936-5179
Stop in for breakfast, lunch, and then again for dinner. This gathering spot offers a variety of eats—from fresh oysters to the more simplistic Roadhouse Burger, a Colorado-raised beef patty topped with melted Gruyére cheese and caramelized onions on a brioche bun.

Govinda’s Garden Café

303-333-5461
Enjoy an all-you-can-eat vegetarian buffet featuring an array of plant-based dishes. This restaurant's internationally inspired menu changes nightly, but favorites include eggplant parmesan, barbecued tofu, and vegan shepherd's pie.

Mediterranean

303-444-5335
Offering Spanish-, French-, and Greek-inspired cuisine. Sample from one of the 38 tapas on the menu as you sip from a fabulous wine selection.

Tres Pupusas

720-936-8214
This casual Latin bistro serves house-made Salvadoran pupusas (thick cornmeal tortillas stuffed with a variety of ingredients like meats, cheese, and vegetables), tamales, and pasteles.

Wystone’s World Teas

303-663-5775
This charming cafe features an extensive tea menu with dessert, fruit, and cheese pairings. Stop in for a quick cup or a grilled pear salad for lunch. Also try the Stapleton location.

Miyabi Jr. Japanese Express

303-993-2529
Get the full Japanese hibachi experience in a fast-casual setting. Enjoy favorites like a teriyaki chicken bowl or a filet mignon and shrimp plate with rice and steamed vegetables.

Superfruit Republic

720-440-9326
This healthful cafe offers eight superfruit bowls from the blueberry pumpkin to cacao. Pick your own base, fruit, and granola combo to pair with each. There are also hot bowl offerings and smoothies available.

Tacos Tequila Whiskey (Highland)

720-502-4608
Often referred to as Pinche Tacos, this spot offers a variety of Mexican specialties. Try the queso a la plancha made with griddled Cotija cheese, smashed avocado, and roasted tomatillo salsa. A chalkboard displays the extensive tequila menu, and the coin-style margaritas are the perfect accompaniment to any taco.

Yabby Hut

303-985-0231
Transport yourself to the bayou at this seafood joint where you can indulge in Cajun crawfish, king crab legs, blue crab, shrimp, and clams--and then leave your mess behind on the throw-away tablecloths.

Forest Room 5

303-433-7001
Get your game on with hearty Western-influenced fare like elk sliders and antelope and cheddar sausage. Hot spot for independent music, film, and art events. Great view of the city.

Guard and Grace

303-293-8500
Chef Troy Guard's modern steak house offers a chic setting for his innovative fare, which includes a raw bar and delicate salads. Try the flight of filet mignon: Four ounces of prime, Angus, and grass-fed beef all cooked over oak fire.

Avenue Grill

303-861-2820
A mainstay of the Uptown neighborhood, this restaurant offers an eclectic menu that includes seafood, steak, and more. Try the Colorado lamb and bacon burger with boursin cheese and harissa mayo on a brioche roll.

Rusty Taco

303-369-1125
This standby has made its name serving traditional Mexican tacos. Try the fired chicken taco, topped in jalepeño ranch dressing and crunchy slaw.

New Saigon

303-936-4954
This Vietnamese spot serves an extensive menu featuring delicious rice paper wraps, crispy soft shell crabs, soups, salads, and much more. Check out the bakery next door.

Goosetown Tavern

303-399-9703
Located across from the Bluebird Theater, this long-standing Denver bar is a good choice for a pre- or post-concert stop. Order one of the 16 beers on tap and a pizza, sandwich, or salad.

Blue Pan Pizza (Congress Park)

720-519-0944
Masterfully crafted Detroit-style pizza is the draw at this popular pizzeria. Try the Brooklyn Bridge, topped with pepperoni, Italian sausage, and ricotta and pecorino cheese. Also, try the Highland location.

La Choza

303-443-3103
Try this authentic Mexican street food. Stop in for a breakfast burrito that reigns supreme, or opt for the barbacoa tacos later in the day.

Trattoria Stella

303-458-1128
Dine on homemade pastas and other delights at this colorful Italian restaurant. Take the kids before 6 p.m. and you'll get their meals for $2.

Bonfire Burritos

720-556-6269
This tiny Mexican spot is a staple in Golden, serving burritos, street tacos, and "Colorado's finest green chile."

Tandoori Grill

303-543-7339
This Boulder eatery is a reliable favorite serving classic and contemporary Indian favorites. Try the tandoor chili chicken or the biryani kichari (yellow lentils and basmati rice). Gluten-free options available.

Ernie’s Bar & Pizza

303-955-5580
This neighborhood New York-style pizza place features antipasto, 21 signature pies, and calzones. Take a seat at the 40-foot bar and choose among the 30 brews on tap.

Bombay Clay Oven

303-377-4454
Enjoy savory Indian cuisine and a great lunch buffet at this authentic eatery. Try eating at the divan—sit cross-legged on the platform seating with cushions and candles as you enjoy lamb vindaloo and vegetarian samosas.

Port Side

720-549-0622
Grab a slice of avocado toast and a market salad (both made with ingredients from local farms) to pair with your Huckleberry Roasters espresso at this bright cafe.

Los Carboncitos (Aurora)

303-364-2606
Enjoy fresh, authentic Mexican food cooked in an open kitchen. Order the alambre, a Mexican stir-fry with your choice of tortilla, meat, cheese, and vegetables.

Old Major

720-420-0622
Go for owner Justin Brunson's bistro-style, seasonal dining with an emphasis on locally raised heritage meat. If you're a steak aficionado, try the 24-ounce, bone-in rib-eye. Also, swing by during lunch for Royal Rooster crispy fried chicken sandwiches and other classics such as steak frites.

Tavern Lowry

303-366-0007
Enjoy American food with Asian, Mediterranean, and Italian influences at this laid-back restaurant. Catch a game on one of the many high-definition TVs surrounding the bar.

Augustine Grill

303-814-3663
Relax in the meandering garden and enjoy lamb and fresh seafood selections and an extensive wine list. Don't miss the classic steak au poivre with au gratin potatoes and asparagus.

Protein Bar (Boulder)

303-440-1028
The Protein Bar is healthy food on the go. Choose from quinoa bowls and wraps with chicken, tofu, and veggies. Raw juices and breakfast round out the menu.

Zolo Grill

303-449-0444
This is Southwestern fare with a nice twist. Try the seasonal tamales. Plus, with around 150 tequilas to choose from, ordering a great margarita is a must.

Breakfast King

303-733-0795
This 24-hour diner serves giant plates of bone-in ham steaks, pancakes, and salads. The hash browns are made daily, and they go through more than 90 gallons of green chile each week.

Larkburger

303-444-1487
The idea at this eatery is a fast casual—not fast food—version of the burger, fry, and shake combo. Try cooked-to-order burgers made from all-natural Black Angus beef, excellent all-natural, gluten-free milkshakes, and hand-cut truffle-and-Parmesan fries. Multiple locations.

Ivy at the Glenn

303-730-7200
Settle in with a glass of wine by the fireplace for a romantic evening meal. Try the cherry glazed crisp duck served with a seasonal vegetable and risotto or the garlic-rubbed lamb chops with mint and cured lemon.

Dion’s Pizza

720-345-0600
This comfortable, New Mexico-born hangout serves up hearty subs in addition to sharable pizzas smothered in fresh ingredients (like Hatch green chile). The salad dressings, which have long been favored by guests, are sold by the bottle. Multiple locations.

Brothers BBQ

303-322-3289
This is the original location of the homegrown chain founded by two English brothers. The tasty barbecue combines elements of many different regional varieties, creating a style all their own.

Bread-N-Butter

303-322-0898
Transport yourself to the South with this gastropub's sophisticated take on down-home staples such as buttermilk-fried chicken and po' boy sandwiches stuffed with oysters and andouille sausage.

Big Mac & Little Lu’s

303-404-2722
Big Mac & Little Lu's brings the Florida beaches to the Centennial state with carefully sourced seafood and thoughtfully paired beverages. Try the almond-crusted hogfish with a crab-mustard sauce, Caribbean rice, and vegetables, or select one of four po' boy sandwiches. To start your meal, you can never go wrong with smoked fish croquettes.

The Bistro at Stapleton

303-388-9463
Starting with a European-style continental breakfast, the Bistro's menu morphs into house-made charcuterie and cheese plates, tapas, and paninis as the day goes on. Try the rillettes or country pate, both made in house.

Chile Verde

720-287-2296
This restaurant is modest in appearance, but its plates of traditional Mexican cuisine burst with color. Go for the poblano crepes and classic desserts like tres leches cake.

La Cave

(720) 963-2046
La Cave—located inside the Sheraton Denver West Hotel—is a wine-centric restaurant that riffs on upscale continental cuisine. Order up the New York steak au poivre or the seared sea scallops.

Roaming Buffalo Bar-B-Que

303-722-2226
House-smoked, Colorado craft barbecue is the specialty at this laid-back spot. Innovative meats like bison short ribs and lamb shank are available by the pound, and scratch-made sides like white cheddar and green chile potato chips round out the menu. Make sure to get there early, as Roaming Buffalo closes their doors when they sell…

Charcoal

303-454-0000
The smokeless bincho charcoal fires the grills to more than 2,400 degrees, leaving meats crisp on the outside and tender within. Try the smoked salmon on its new brunch menu.

Renegade Burrito (Westminster)

303-287-7486
Make your own burritos, tacos, and bowls at this fast-casual Mexican eatery. Try Jeff's Desperado burrito (chile verde, carnitas, beans, and strawberry habañero salsa stuffed in a Raquelita's jalapeño-cheddar tortilla). Multiple locations.

Grammy’s Goodies

720-373-8432
After years of working the festival circuit, Grammy's Goodies has hunkered down at a brick and mortar to continue dishing up Italian mainstays like lasagna, garlic knots, and Sicilian pizza. Don't leave without one of the sweet treats baked from the owner's grandmother's recipes.

Sazza

303-797-2992
Named as a cross between salad and pizza, this eatery uses sustainable ingredients and mills its own ancient grains in-house. Order the verdi pizza, topped with spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, pine nuts, and roasted criminis. Also, try its new location at Stanley Marketplace.

Bamboo Sushi

720-269-4778
You'll find this Portland-born sushi spot (the world's first certified sustainable sushi restaurant) located inside Avanti. Feel good about each bite of nigiri, sashimi, or roll you take. To start, we recommend the Japanese blanched spinach salad with sesame-soy dressing.

Park Burger

720-242-9951
Denver's favorite neighborhood gourmet burger joint opens shop in Park Hill, serving favorites like the Royale—a 1/3 lb. burger smothered in caramelized onions, bleu cheese, and bacon.

Toppings & More

303-217-8010
Try the Kamakazi hot dog with pickled ginger, crispy sting onions, Asian mix and togarashi or a house-made salmon dog. For dessert, choose from eight flavors of frozen yogurt and more than 40 toppings.

Bar Louie (Centennial)

720-214-3400
Check out this casual restaurant for your sandwich needs, like the Luigi loaded up with shaved sirloin, lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, and olive oil, on a hoagie roll. For dessert, sample their key lime shiner -- a key lime parfait layered with strawberries and cake. Or throw back one of their 32 specialty drinks, like the…

Land of Sushi

303-779-0608
Happy Hour is all the time at Land of Sushi. Get $1 sushi anytime, anyday of the week. A full choice of fresh ingredients including octopus, salmon, tuna, and eel.

GB Fish & Chips (Northwest Metro)

303-232-2128
Traditional fish and chips (cod, tilapia, prawns, and more) plus other English fare all made in-house, such as shepherd's pie, bangers and mash, and Cornish pasties. European soccer and rugby games televised.

Silvi’s Kitchen at CitySet

303-758-9061
Start your day off with fresh squeezed juices and smoothies or swing by in the afternoon for happy hour and enjoy a mini cheese pizza. Don't miss brunch on the weekends with a menu of omelettes, pancakes, and more.

Sarto’s

303-455-1400
This authentic Italian restaurant serves house-made pastas, soups, and more. Stop into Sarto’s Pantry—the adjacent market—for grab-and-go sandwiches, salads, and pizzas.
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Frasca Food and Wine

303-442-6966
Chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson and master sommelier Bobby Stuckey’s fine-dining mecca has racked up scores of accolades over the years (including nods from the James Beard Foundation). The sumptuous Friulano cuisine, extensive wine list, elegant dining room, and gracious service combine for a memorable dining experience.

Tavern Platt Park

303-226-1766
The Tavern offers a comfortable neighborhood gathering spot. Nab a plate of the nachos and pair it with the Citrus Mojito. Multiple locations.

New Image Brewing Co.

720-900-5620
Head to this modern taproom for brews like the Altura Imperial Coffee Stout and small plates such as pork-kimchi tacos with avocado mousse and crispy Brussels sprouts.

Atomic Cowboy

303-377-7900
You can't go wrong with delicious pub food in a friendly and lively atmosphere. Now that Fat Sully's Pizza has joined forces with Atomic Cowboy and Denver Biscuit Company, enjoy huge slices of New York-style pizza or a biscuit sandwich along with your brew.

Las Brisas

303-792-3212
The menu, which combines Spanish, Mexican, and Caribbean food (paella, cilantro chicken, and fresh fish dishes), is second only to the restaurant's infamous LB margarita.

Midopa

303-745-1373
Fresh, home-style Korean dishes. Dolpa (or hot pots) is the specialty, served large enough for two.

La Cueva

303-367-1422
You'll find excellent chiles rellenos and refried beans at this spot, plus a nice wine list and more than 120 types of tequila.

Bremen’s Wine & Tap

720-504-4410
This chic, spacious spot features more than 30 rotating wines (with eight on tap) and a killer happy hour. Order the prime rib sandwich, piled high with Gruyère, horseradish crème fraîche, and arugula.

Rolling Smoke BBQ

720-573-4142
This popular barbecue food truck found a home at the Stanley Marketplace. Order the Kansas City–style burnt ends or Texas brisket with a side of smoked mac and cheese.

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