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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Viewhouse (Ballpark)

720-282-1555
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. Try the latest location in Littleton.

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.

Cap City Tavern

720-931-8888
This family-owned tavern serves classic American fare alongside innovative cocktails and beer on tap. The menu is marked by staples like meaty pizzas and cheeseburgers as well as slightly more indulgen takes such as truffle mac 'n' cheese.

Honor Society

720-420-0614
At this fine-casual eatery, guests pick their protein of choice (options include gluten-free chicken and sustainable Scottish salmon) to be enjoyed in a salad, sandwich, or plate.

Moxie Eatery

303-524-9236
Taste local Colorado ingredients in the lamb sandwich or chicken ramen at this globally inspired eatery. Be sure to try the vegetarian acorn squash sandwich.

Royal

303-862-9394
This low-key burger bar from the owner of popular brunch spot Jelly offers fresh takes on American classics. Order a French onion burger and ginger curry chips, and wash it down with one of the boozy shakes.

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.

La Chiva

720-389-9847
The popular Colombian food truck has finally settled into permanent, brick-and-mortar digs. Try the sancocho, a hearty. slow-simmered soup made with chicken, green plantain, yuca, corn, and Colombian spices.

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.

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.

Yum Yum Spice

720-542-9921
Stop in at this cozy spot for authentic Szechuan-style hotpot cuisine customized to your preferences. You choose the size, the protein, and the spice level, and the chefs take it from there.

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.

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.

Go Fish Sushi

303-733-8881
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.

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.

Wynkoop Brewing Company

303-297-2700
Enjoy freshly brewed beer and feast on pub favorites such as the hanger steak or the corn and poblano chowder at one of Denver's original brewpubs.

Ste. Ellie

303-477-1447
Head to this chic subterranean bar beneath Colt & Gray for expertly crafted cocktails and inventive bar snacks.

STK

720-597-8010
This sleek downtown steak house caters to high-end tastes. Indulge in selections from the raw bar, or opt for a foie gras-topped, dry-aged porterhouse steak with sides like Parmesan truffle fries and charred cauliflower.

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.

Ohana Island Kitchen

303-718-6580
This Hawaiian-inspired eatery has relocated across the street from the window counter into a sunny brick-and-mortar. Go for the tuna poke, Spam musubi, and aloha kale salad.

Bistro Vendôme

303-825-3232
This romantic spot on Larimer Square conjures up Paris with crusty bread, excellent coffee, and a tranquil patio. Indulge in French bistro classics, such as steak frites with béarnaise sauce. Weekend brunch is particularly good, with a to-die-for croque madame.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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ChoLon

303-353-5223
Before opening ChoLon, executive chef Lon Symensma spent more than two months in Southeast Asia scouring markets for recipes and inspiration. His culinary expertise and extensive travels inform this contemporary Asian restaurant and its authentic-with a-modern-twist cuisine. Try the soup dumplings.

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

303-623-4867
Based on the "Forrest Gump" movie, this restaurant is earnest in its Americana. Try a variety of Southern recipes, including Dixie-style ribs.

Birdcall

720-361-2976
At this futuristic fast-food joint from the team behind Park Burger, you order all of your food and drink from a kiosk and pick it up at a numbered cubby. Try the Deluxe crispy chicken sandwich with buttermilk herb mayo, bacon, and pepper Jack cheese.

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.

Kobe An

303-989-5907
Everything is traditional at this Japanese restaurant, including the seating. The menu features Japanese favorites, such as tempura, gyoza, and shabu-shabu (Japanese fondue).

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.

Café Marmotte

303-999-0395
This modern-yet-cozy spot in the heart of Washington Park serves up French bistro fare with a contemporary twist. Try the signature coq au vin.
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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 for lunch, when the Royal Rooster pop-up slings crispy fried chicken sandwiches.

Fish N Beer

303-248-3497
Kevin Morrison (founder of Tacos Tequila Whiskey) and chef Aniedra Nichols offer approachable, fresh seafood and a hearty beer list at this casual oysterette. Try the Spanish octopus, grilled oysters, or wood fire grilled whole bass.
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The Plimoth

303-297-1215
This New American restaurant draws from classic Italian and French cuisines for a fresh, unpretentious dining experience. An emphasis on locally farmed and foraged ingredients results in an ever-changing menu of seasonal dishes, like confit heirloom potatoes and cauliflower-turnip gratinée.

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.

Finn’s Manor

Finn’s Manor serves a wide selection of seasonal craft cocktails from the indoor bar. The rotating food trucks on site offer diverse variety of bites such as Filipino specialties, steamed buns, and tacos.

House of Commons

303-455-4832
You will find more than 60 teas on the menu at this international teahouse. Stop by in the afternoon for High Tea: a sandwich, scone, pastries, and your choice of any tea.

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.

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.

Telegraph

720-440-9846
This friendly neighborhood bistro and bar is home to contemporary dishes with worldly influences. Order a bowl of ramen with house-made noodles or try the seafood tower, an edible sculpture of crab, shrimp, mussels, clams, and oysters.

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.

Attivo Libre

303-996-9956
Can't decide between Mexican or Italian? You don't have to at this counter-service spot, where you can snag tacos, burritos, pizzas, and subs.

Blackbelly Butcher

720-479-8296
Located next door to chef Hosea Rosenberg's Blackbelly Market, 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).

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.

Breckenridge on Blake

303-297-3644
This Ballpark neighborhood pub serves up crowd-pleasing appetizers, burgers, and sandwiches. Choose from 32 American craft beers on tap, including Breckenridge Brewery's beers.

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.

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.

12 at Madison

720-216-0190
With a menu offering 18 small plates meant for sharing (plus one large format plate meant to feed two to four people), Jeff Osaka's new iteration of his celebrated restaurant is ideal for dining with a group. Don't miss the quinoa congee or parsley-garlic calamari.

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.

Menya Noodle Bar

303-607-8888
This noodle bar offers eight ramen bowls and traditional small plates such as steamed shrimp dumplings and fried squid legs. Finish your meal with the mochi ice cream.

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.
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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).

Bramble & Hare

303-444-9110
This farmhouse kitchen and pub offers American Nouveau dishes and cocktails inspired by local, farm-fresh ingredients. Try the creative charcuterie or the confit wings in a vintage, industrial-style atmosphere.

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.

The Occidental

720-536-8318
This neighborhood hangout, the younger, more casual sibling of famed speakeasy Williams & Graham, serves up clever cocktails, draft brews, and country fair-inspired food.

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.

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.

Aloy Modern Thai

303-397-9497
This Ballpark spot is bringing in fresh, local ingredients to create modern Thai dishes. Stick with small plates like the tartare tuna or the smoked Verlasso salmon, which is served in a jar with Asian pear, yuca chips, and orange aïoli.

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.

The Nickel

720-889-2128
Enjoy a build-your-own charcuterie platter before digging into entrées such as Colorado bass. Don't miss the barrel-aged craft cocktails.

Maria Empanada

303-934-2221
Go straight for the empanadas. The 15-plus flavors range from the beef classico to vegan veggie to tango. Buy them in singles or share a dozen, but save room for the alfajores. New expanded menu includes tartas, breakfast medialunas, and espresso. Also try the DTC location.

Postino

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

Matsuhisa Denver

303-329-6628
This legend of a restaurant has hit Denver. Chef Nobu Matsuhisa kicks Japanese staples up to the next level with Peruvian and Argentine ingredients. Start with signature uni shooters and don't miss the black cod with sweet miso.

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.

Arabesque

720-242-8623
Sip homemade chai tea while sampling Middle Eastern delights—such as hummus, shawarma wraps, and baba ghanoush—in this charming, sun-filled lunch spot.

Quality Italian

303-532-8888
This upscale spot inside the Halcyon Hotel serves a smart mix of steak house fare and American-Italian favorites. Chow down on a dry-aged, bone-in sirloin steak or try the baked lasagna for two with Robiola cheese and filet mignon meatballs. For dessert, finish with the cannoli, which are prepared tableside.

Wild Standard

720-638-4800
Chef Bradford Heap brings the seven seas to Boulder with his enticing array of responsibly sourced seafood dishes. Sip a carefully crafted cocktail and sample from the oyster bar as you peruse the globally inspired menu.

Annette

720-710-9974
Acorn’s former sous chef, Caroline Glover, brings a cozy-yet-upscale dining experience to the Stanley Marketplace with Annette. Enjoy a family-style dinner menu featuring dishes such as wood-grilled fish and seasonal pastas.

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.

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.

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.

Pizza Republica

303-623-2811
This Italian fare is made from scratch. Try a Neapolitan pizza or the stuffed shells. Also try the Greenwood Village location.

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.

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.

Arcana

303-444-3885
This gathering spot aims to explore the roots of American heritage through food. In addition to the seasonal fare, Arcana boasts a variety of on-tap ciders. Our recommendation: Pair your cider with the Colorado trout or the bison rib-eye.

Hops & Pie

303-477-7000
Handmade pizza and craft brews are this spot’s forte. Have your fill of pies with toppings like blackberry-barbecue sauce and pickled jalapeño. Wash the eats down with your choice of more than 20 handcrafted brews.

Acero

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

Mangiamo Pronto!

303-297-1229
Order a simple and fresh salad, pizza, or panini at this bistro. Try the pollo pesto panini, chicken breast with arugula, roasted red bell peppers, basil pesto and goat cheese. Stop in before work for a veggie frittata.

Lazy Dog Sports Bar and Grill

303-440-3355
With delicious bar food favorites, plenty of screens to watch the big game, live music, and rooftop dining this is the perfect place to relax and enjoy living in Boulder.

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.

The Lobby

303-997-9911
Appropriately located in the lobby of the former Paris Hotel. At this American grill, order the blue cheese balls and a specialty cocktail.

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.

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.

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.

Sushi Cup

303-832-8008
Find sushi in every form imaginable (rolls, burritos, bowls, and even doughnuts) at this casual joint. Try the red and orange bowl, made with salmon, tuna, pickled radish, chopped nori, and poke sauce.

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.

Matador Restaurant and Tequila Bar

303-561-2855
This Seattle-based Tex-Mex eatery focuses on fresh produce and house-made marinades, rubs, and sauces. The signature picante sauce pleases heat and flavor seekers alike. Also try the Fort Collins location.

Olive & Finch (Uptown)

303-832-8663
Discover wholesome, inspired meals at this restaurant, bakery, and juice bar, where you'll find a full coffee bar, artisan sandwiches, hearty soups, tasty salads, and house-made pastries made daily. Also try the Cherry Creek location.

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.

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.

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.

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.

White Pie

303-862-5323
The brothers behind Dos Santos bring New Haven–style pizza and hand-made pastas to Denver. Pair the Porker Porkerino—made with soppressata, mozzarella, pickled chiles, and spicy honey—with a frozen Negroni.

Adrift Tiki Bar

303-778-8454
The team behind Little Man Ice Cream has given Broadway's tiki bar a makeover. You'll find the same beach-ready rum drinks and kitschy setting, but with upgraded food (try and fresh poke). For dessert, opt for the pineapple upside cake with rum raisin ice cream.

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.

Que Bueno Suerte

720-642-7322
The menu at this vibrant restaurant offers familiar items like tacos and fajitas as well as upscale, regionally inspired Mexican fare. Try the pulpo a la parrilla (grilled citrus-garlic octopus with huitlacoche-butter sauce) or the achiote roasted pheasant.

The Village Cork

303-282-8399
Dark wood and exposed brick give this wine bistro a charming feel. Patrons can enjoy artisanal cheeses and antipasto plates like the warm Brie and roasted garlic.
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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 Buffalo-style rotisserie chicken, chickpea croquettes, cochinita pibil, and peppers five ways.

Sol Mexican Cocina

303-953-2208
This Baja-inspired Mexican restaurant specializes in fresh, coastal fare. Try the beer-battered shrimp tacos and one of the specialty margaritas.

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.

Rhein Haus

303-800-2652
The stein's the limit at this German-style pub. Play a game of bocce as you sip your chosen bier and nibble on menu items like chicken schnitzel sliders, bourbon buffalo pork sausage, and seasonal spätzle.

Bonfire Burritos

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

Machete Tequila & Tacos

720-612-7698
This classic Mexican cuisine is infused with creative culinary twists. Enjoy an extensive list of fine tequilas, and don't forget to order some sumptuous tacos al pastor.

The Pig & the Sprout

720-535-9719
Tucked behind Union Station, this dichotomous eatery offers something for everyone. Order the sliced brisket with grilled scallions from the Pig side of the menu, or opt for lighter fare, such as a fresh crudité platter, from the Sprout side.

Abejas

303-952-9745
Enjoy seasonal new American plates at this community restaurant. The ever-changing menu features farm-fresh produce, sustainable fish, and organic meats, and the bar highlights small wineries and local brewers.

Avelina

720-904-6711
This upscale LoDo restaurant offers a sleek atmosphere and beautifully composed plates with worldly flavors. Sample everything from Peruvian shrimp to striped bass sashimi to roasted vegetable tagine.

Blue Sushi Sake Grill

303-640-3655
Sushi meets American grill at this fusion restaurant with 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.

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.

Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House

303-825-1021
Try brick oven Neapolitan-style pizzas such as the Prosciutto, made with wild arugula, Grana Padano cheese, and house-made mozzarella. Also try the Louisville location.

Butcher’s Bistro

303-296-2750
The New American menu at this spot focuses on whole animals, seasonal ingredients, and local products. Try the Butcher Burger prepared to order with toppings that change daily and sip on the Old Butcher—a variation on an Old Fashioned using Colorado spirits.

Next Door (Union Station)

720-460-3730
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.

La Cour

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

Lo Stella

303-825-1995
Lo Stella is the sister restaurant to the acclaimed original of the same name in Portofino, Italy. Don't miss the authentic, ingredient-driven Italian dishes like house-made ravioli with walnut sauce, or the scratch-made desserts.

1515 Restaurant

303-571-0011
Experience innovative, contemporary cuisine featuring local ingredients, plus fresh seafood, steak, and game. Stop by for lunch and try one of their popular burger options.
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Blackbelly Market

303-247-1000
Chef Hosea Rosenberg's meaty menu focuses on charcuterie, small plates, and daily butcher specials. Try the Boulder local chicken served with grilled apricot and spicy mustard greens. Check out the butcher shop and grab-and-go market, Blackbelly Butcher, located next door.

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.

Next Door (Boulder)

720-542-8159
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Millers & Rossi

720-257-5342
Located inside a former manufacturing warehouse, this RiNo art gallery doubles as a speakeasy. order a smoked old fashioned and indulge in chef Casey Miller's tapas-style shared plates, such as the wagyu steak taco topped with Twisted Sister hot sauce aïoli and pickled jicama slaw.

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.

Mad Greens

720-468-4173
A concept restaurant featuring fun salads like the Don Quixote and the Ty Cobb as well as soups and sandwiches. Multiple locations.
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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.

Tupelo Honey Southern Kitchen & Bar

720-274-0650
This Asheville, North Carolina import serves a wide-ranging menu of cheeky Southern fare. Nosh on re-imagined versions of down-home dishes such as the signature honey-dusted fried chicken, venison with foie gras dirty rice, and cured heritage pork belly with grapefruit marmalade.
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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.

Brio Tuscan Grille (Cherry Creek)

303-329-0222
This restaurant satisfies with Italian as well as steak house fare. Begin a meal with roasted red pepper bruschetta, then dig into grilled salmon fresca, carbonara, or filet mignon. The large banquet room can accommodate parties of up to 60.

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.

Your Pie

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

Centro Mexican Kitchen

303-442-7771
The Mexican-inspired menu is straightforward: corn, chile, meat, shrimp, veggies, chicken—and it's spectacular. Enjoy authentic dishes such as Tijuana street-style tacos and poc chuc (grilled, marinated pork).

Vital Root

303-474-4131
Justin Cucci's newest eatery focuses on quick, healthy food. Grab a seat in the airy space and nosh creative, wholesome fare such as chilled carrot-ginger soup or a veggie dosa.

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.

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 both ricotta and pecorino cheeses.

Prosper Oats (Highland)

303-995-8444
This daytime cafe specializes in Instagram-worthy breakfast bowls and fresh juices and smoothies. Try the PB & B, made with peanut butter, banana, sunflower seeds, and agave nectar. Also, try the Broomfield location.

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.

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.

Milk & Honey

303-997-7590
You'll find seasonal charcuterie and small plates at this underground restaurant in Larimer Square. Craft cocktails and a solid wine list complement modern American dishes such as seared scallops with black garlic.

Cochino Taco

720-542-9829
The menu at Johnny Ballen’s (of the Squeaky Bean) taqueria features 16 different taco options and a poblano chile-topped burger. Try the Squealers: brined, braised, and crisped pig tails.

Organic Sandwich Company

720-639-3986
This hoagie spot's curated menu of organic sandwiches includes plenty of vegan and gluten-free options. Try the ever-popular turkey sandwich with house-made bacon jam on a pretzel loaf, and make sure to grab a Boulder Organic ice cream sandwich for dessert.

Leña

720-550-7267
Inspire your palate with the rich and vibrant flavors of Latin America. The menu features authentic favorites like chilaquiles—layered tortillas with braised chicken, roasted tomato salsa, cheese, and a fried egg.

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.

Hickory & Ash

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

Kaos Pizzeria

303-733-5267
A wood-fired oven, gourmet ingredients, and wine to-go make a perfect pizzeria for dine-in or delivery. If the weather's nice, eat outside in the spacious garden area.

Brown Palace Atrium

303-297-3111
The atrium offers tea service daily from noon until four, with pastries, finger sandwiches, and chocolates. After four, enjoy cocktails and appetizers beneath the stained glass skylight.

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.

Vitality Bowls

303-393-2967
Give your body what it's craving with healthy açaí bowls, smoothies, soups, or panini. Try the Warrior Bowl, a fresh combo of berries, bananas, almonds, and organic granola.

Yard House

303-572-9273
A fun and casual American eatery which features a center island bar and classic rock tunes. Try the porcini crusted halibut or the ahi crunchy salad. Also try the Lakewood location.

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.

Brider

303-455-3084
The newest installment from James Beard Foundation Best Chef, Southwest finalist Steven Redzikowski of Acorn features fast-casual dining with a focus on rotisserie meats such as chicken, pork, and lamb leg. Settle in for a savory meal, or grab a house-made apple fritter to go.

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.

Izakaya Den

303-777-0691
It's been dubbed Sushi Den II, but Izakaya Den is more than a replica of its popular cousin. You can still order ultrafresh sushi and sashimi, but the most exciting dishes come in the form of small plates.

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…

Avanti Food and Beverage

720-269-4778
Visit this collective eatery to sample new and exciting restaurant ideas. Current tenants include Kaya Kitchen, American Grind, Brava! Pizzeria, Bamboo Sushi, Quiero Arepas, Chow Morso, and the Regional.

The Melt

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

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.

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.

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.

Denver Biscuit Company (Baker)

303-377-7900
This hotspot serves deliciously indulgent biscuit sandwiches. Try the Franklin, which comes stacked high with buttermilk fried chicken, bacon, cheddar cheese, and gravy. Multiple locations.

Thrive360 Eatery

720-407-6965
Grab a quick, healthy breakfast or lunch at this fast-casual spot, the sister restaurant to the Protein Bar. We recommend the Asian-inspired Jenny's Noodle Bowl.

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.

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.

American Grind

970-420-8484
Located within Avanti Food & Beverage, this counter-service joint serves burgers, fries, and ice cream all made with locally sourced ingredients—even the ketchup and mustard are made in house.

Ignite Kitchen and Cocktails

303-296-2600
This Ballpark bar and restaurant is an elevated take on your typical burger joint. Enjoy creative burgers, fresh salads, and wood-fired fare. Don't miss the Colorado burger with chipotle mayo, green chile relish, and guacamole.

Bar Max

303-333-0003
Formerly known as Cafe Max, this European bistro offers a simple, curated menu. Pair the prosciutto, Brie, and fig spread sandwich with a glass of Prosecco.

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.

Mateo

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

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.

Hudson Hill

303-832-0776
Head to this upscale-yet-casual bar for crafted cocktails like the 8 a.m., a blend of espresso, whiskey, amaro, and lemon peel. Enjoy your drink with a cheese plate or the pork terrine.

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.

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.

First Draft

303-736-8400
With tasty eats like brisket grilled cheese sandwiches and an innovative self-serve draft system (featuring 40 taps of craft beer, wine, and cider), First Draft will quickly become your favorite hang out spot.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Gozo

720-638-1462
Find a rustic Mediterranean menu of wood-fired pizzas, house-made pastas, and Spanish-style tapas at this wine-focused eatery.

Hard Rock Cafe

303-623-3191
Rock 'n' roll memorabilia graces the walls, and burgers and other American faves fill the tables. Find Coloradan fare such as striped bass and bison burgers in its new test kitchen.

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.

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.

Low Country Kitchen

720-512-4168
Low Country Kitchen brings the flavors of the South to LoHi. This Steamboat-born restaurant is known for its fried chicken, bourbon cocktails, and down-home plates like Mississippi catfish.

Aung’s Bangkok Café

303-806-9354
This comfortable, bright Englewood spot features a menu of authentic Thai favorites. Don’t miss the papaya salad, the drunken noodle, the crab fried rice, or the creamy pumpkin curry.

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.
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Bar Dough

720-668-8506
Tuck into wood-fired pizzas and comforting pastas from chef Max MacKissock (formerly of the Squeaky Bean) at this casual gathering spot.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

El Five

303-333-3256
Justin Cucci's fifth Edible Beats concept boasts panoramic views of the city and mountains, both creative and traditional tapas, and Spanish-style gin and tonics. Start with the matzo ball soup dumplings and green gazpacho, then order a platter of paella to share.

Jelly (Capitol Hill)

303-831-6301
Order the Molly Hot Brown: two slices of French toast with seared turkey, green-chile-cheese sauce, bacon, and tomato. Or, sip a Bloody Mary on the outdoor patio. Also try the University Hills location.

Little Man Ice Cream

303-455-3811
This sweet parlor is located inside a giant milk can, and all the ice cream and the baked goods that are mixed in are hand-made just a few blocks away. In the summer, salted Oreo and Mexican chocolate are favorites. For every scoop of ice cream you buy, a three-ounce scoop of rice is donated…

Hedge Row

720-642-8292
The team behind the Kitchen and Next Door Eatery focuses on wood-roasted, seasonal fare at this bright Cherry Creek spot. Order an array of vegetable dishes, such as grilled carrots with ricotta or avocado-pea salad.

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."

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.

Dos Santos

303-386-3509
Two brothers are behind this fresh taqueria. The menu features light, seafood-centric dishes like a green taco made with butter lettuce, raw tuna, fried leeks, and poppy seeds.

Tycoon Ramen and Sushi Bar

303-832-2367
With its young, hip vibe, Tycoon Ramen and Sushi Bar specializes in Japanese classics with a twist. Stop by for a bowl of savory sukiyaki ramen, topped with rib-eye steak, corn, enoki mushrooms, and a fish cake.

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.

Cafe Aion

303-993-8131
This tucked away bistro is styled after a European tapas bar. Enjoy a menu of small plates filled with local, seasonal ingredients. Try the season's latest house-cured salame.

Rialto Cafe

303-893-2233
Located on the 16th Street Mall, this stylish and upbeat destination features carefully crafted American dishes, specialty cocktails, and local brews on draft.

US Thai Cafe

303-233-3345
Classic, fresh ingredients, spicy-hot recipes, and a chef straight from Thailand make for an authentic, if mouth-tingling, dining experience. Try the green curry.

Henry’s Tavern

720-399-8466
This American tavern features an extensive tap list of craft beer and an eclectic menu. Food selections range from Bavarian soft pretzels to kung pao chicken to flatbread pizzas.

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.

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.

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.

There Denver

720-500-3254
Order one of the jam-based cocktails, then indulge in a variety of eclectic small plates like tostadas, steamed buns, and lettuce wraps. You'll want to try everything at this quirky Telluride-born eatery.

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.

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.

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.

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.

British Bulldog Pub

303-295-7974
This pub serves up a mélange of fare—from English shepherd's pie, to Pakistani curries, to all-American burgers—in a casual setting.

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.

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.

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.

Wooden Spoon Cafe & Bakery

303-999-0327
Start your morning off right with hot drinks, fresh baked goods, and pastries. Or, stop in for a hearty sandwich at lunchtime. To satisfy your sweet tooth, pick up a mini Boston creme pie.

Bubu

303-996-2685
This fast-casual concept from Troy Guard focuses on healthy build-your-own bowls. Locally sourced ingredients go into bowls like the OG Colorado, which includes quinoa, avocado, carrots, steak, and lettuce. Also, try its sister-location on 16th Street Mall.

Agave Taco Bar

303-425-6225
This street-style taqueria tops house-made corn tortillas (including a squid-ink variety) with anything from nopalitos to grilled shrimp to poblano peppers. For maximum effect, head to the patio to sip on a margarita or one of the fresh, authentic agua fresca juices.

Spatola Italian Restaurant

303-477-4820
The owner of Dolce Sicilia brings his authentic Italian cuisine to Highland. Start with the crispy arancini (fried risotto balls stuffed with cheese) and don't miss the pasta carbonara.

El Jefe

720-389-7615
Farm-to-table Mexican fare will lure you to this welcoming Sunnyside haunt. Pair a house margarita with the four-cheese queso dip, and don't miss the organic mushroom tacos or the brisket enchiladas.

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.

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.

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.

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, kim chi fried rice, and quinoa waffles.

Uncle Joe’s Hong Kong Bistro

720-330-8487
This fast-casual spot takes inspiration from Hong Kong's melting pot of cusine, serving a playful mix of Asian favorites in a relaxed setting. Try the BBQ pork, pan-seared scallops, or spicy Szechuan dishes.

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.

Chow Morso

303-952-7819
A more casual offshoot of Denver's popular Barolo Grill, Chow Morso serves Italian street food and fresh pastas. Dig into the fritto misto and beef agnolotti with sage brown butter. Finish with the house-made pistachio gelato.

Sushi-Rama

720-476-4643
This high end sushi joint in the heart of the RiNo neighborhood features a fun, conveyer belt style dining experience.

Uncorked Kitchen

720-907-3838
This one-of-a-kind space offers interactive cooking classes in a wine bar setting. After you're done with your class, you can enjoy your culinary creation over a glass of wine.

Uno Mas Taqueria y Cantina

303-777-2866
This taqueria bolsters classic street tacos with contemporary ingredients. The key: smoked whole, locally raised animals, including duck and pork. Try them with one of the many tequilas.

24 Carrot Bistro

303-828-1392
Boston-born chef Kevin Kidd brings fresh and local products from Oxford Gardens, Isabelle Farm, as well as the restaurant's own farm to this garden-driven restaurant. Customer favorites include the crispy calamari, warm Parmesan-kale dip, and duck confit.

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.

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, Silva's Fish Market, SK Provisions, Temper Chocolates, Vero Italian, and the Local Butcher.

Via Perla

720-669-0100
Although related to Brasserie Ten Ten and the Mediterranean Restaurant, Via Perla is its own breed. Go for the tagliatelle bolognese or ricotta gnocchi.

Vert Kitchen

303-997-5941
Salads and sandwiches (think curry chicken or skirt steak with arugula and walnut mustard) dot the small menu at this European-influenced cafe.

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.

D Bar

303-861-4710
Chef Keegan Gerhard and his team produce exquisite desserts and modern comfort food. Bonus: Check out the grab-and-go coffee and pastries.

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.

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.

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.

Max’s Wine Dive

303-593-2554
Max's Wine Dive features a casual environment, solid wine list, and Southern comfort food with an upscale twist. Try the famous fried chicken or the shrimp and grits, or order from the seasonal menu of rotating specials.

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.

Los Chingones (RiNo)

303-295-0686
Los Chingones offers shareable Mexican cuisine with distinctive style. Find a menu marked by ceviches, funditos, and tacos. Multiple locations.

Komotodo Sushi Burrito

303-534-0500
This fast-casual spot dishes up inventive fusion cuisine in the form of sushi burritos. The giant nori rolls are stuffed with the likes of salmon, tuna, flank steak, fruits, vegetables, and sauces. Try the house specialty: a deep-fried sushi burrito.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bacon Social House

Chef Brian Crow brings the restaurant's beloved namesake ingredient, bacon, to the forefront of many of his dishes. You'll find bold flavors and plates crafted with fresh and local ingredients on the innovative menu.

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.

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.

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.

Cafe Paprika

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

Rush Bowls

720-287-8244
Head to this spot anytime of day for a nutritious meal-in-a-bowl. We suggest the Yoga Bowl with mango, pineapple, banana, and green tea topped with granola and honey.

Modern Market (16th St. Mall)

303-534-0190
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.

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.

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.

Comida (Aurora)

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

Carbon Cafe & Bar

720-428-8565
This fun, quirky cafe (the sister restaurant to Habit Doughnut Dispensary, which is located next door) offers fully customizable drinks for any time of day and an eclectic menu of eats. The breakfast sandwich on fluffy fried brioche with Spam and American cheese is a must.

Hutch & Spoon

303-296-2317
Cheer up your palate at this funky cafe with an uncomplicated menu that focuses on natural flavors.

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.

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.

BookBar

720-443-2227
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 a delicious Corvus Coffee hops-brewed beverage.

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.

Marco’s Coal-Fired Pizza

303-296-7000
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.

Brasserie Ten Ten

303-998-1010
The bustling environment and unpretentious food pay homage to a traditional French brasserie. Try the poulet en brique or steak frites.

Nocturne

303-295-3333
Sip on a Sazerac cocktail as you take in live musical performances at this sleek jazz and supper club. The food is no afterthought, with a jazz-inspired six-course tasting menu and small plates like Western Slope lamb collar and fritto misto.

Mile High Hamburger Mary’s

303-993-5812
Whether you're hanging out for a Bronco's game or enjoying a night out with the family, this perfectly quirky spot is ideal. Don't miss the Power Hour salad with quinoa, arugula, and a lemon preserve vinaigrette or the Hula Girl burger with house-made pineapple chutney.

The Curtis Club

720-420-9898
This cozy eatery serves up unique gastropub-style fare—like saffron risotto croquettes and bison Bolognese—made with local and sustainable ingredients.

Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs

720-746-9355
This spot's unusual menu includes rave-worthy dogs in adventurous flavors (think duck-cilantro and Alaskan reindeer). Toppings include unique combinations like wasabi aïoli, caramelized apples, and shaved Irish cheddar cheese.

Black Cat

303-444-5500
Diners can be assured that the produce, dairy, and meats are sourced from nearby land—sometimes even from executive chef Eric Skokan's farm.

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.

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.

Dio Mio

303-562-1965
One thing you can count on at Alex Figura and Spencer White's new fast-casual Italian eatery: pasta. Try approachable takes on traditional plates such as cacio e pepe with pink peppercorns.

Cho77

720-638-8179
Chef Lon Symensma (of the acclaimed ChoLon) has created a more casual environment at the approachable Cho77. The Asian-inspired menu features winners like the Thai chicken curry as well as shareable plates such as the Vietnamese caramel grilled wings.

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.

Fat Sully’s Pizza (Baker)

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.

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.

Gather

303-823-4172
Enjoy a traditional New York City bagel from Rosenberg's Bagels & Delicatessen in the morning, then stay for lunch with a light but hearty menu of soups, salads, and sandwiches.

Otra Vez

303-226-1567
This stylish and spacious Mexican lounge boasts more than 200 tequilas and a menu of modern Mexican dishes. Pair your mahi mahi tacos with a signature picante pepino margarita. Don't miss the rich avocado-lime cheesecake for dessert.

Sloan’s Lake Tap and Burger

720-456-6779
Head to the second location of this Colorado-born eatery for gourmet burgers and local craft beer. Pick your patty, bun, and an assortment of toppings for your perfect customizable burger, or opt for the Colorado barbecue.

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.

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 Rosedale

720-961-0320
Formerly Boone's Tavern, the Rosedale is a family-friendly neighborhood spot and a solid hangout for the big game. Chef Jacob Conover whips up high-end pub food, including a seared Colorado bass dish and fried chicken paired with smashed potatoes and collard greens.

Zeal

720-708-6309
Find healthy options any time of day at this spot that caters to health enthusiasts. Try the Conscious Kale salad or one of the many freshly squeezed juices.

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.
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Barolo Grill

303-393-1040
Barolo Grill's waitstaff takes an annual trip to Italy to learn about the cuisine. That dedication to authenticity translates to the food and wine menus, too. Try the agnolotti del plin, or opt for the chef's tasting menu with optional wine pairings for the full experience.

Crave Real Burgers

303-534-5878
This welcoming spot in the heart of downtown offers a wide selection of creative and award-winning burgers. Indulge in the Sin City, which features a locally sourced patty topped with tempura-fried cheddar, candied bacon, avocado, and bourbon-glazed onions.

Il Porcellino Salumi

303-477-3206
This market and deli strives to provide the highest quality, locally raised and cured meats in Colorado. Pick a selection to take with you, or enjoy a fresh salumi platter or sandwich in house.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bar Fausto

720-445-9691
This hip, industrial, neighborhood hangout serves seasonal craft cocktails and shareable plates, both cooked and crudo.

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.

Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox

303-993-8023
The latest endeavor from Justin Cucci's Edible Beats team features quirky design details and a stage for live music. The "gastro-brothel" menu encompasses globally inspired pub fare like flatbreads, small plates, and stone-fire skillets. Try the green chile cornbread with goat cheese.

Saucy Bombay

303-320-3020
Bombay Clay Oven's sister concept is a fast-casual Indian joint where you can build your own bowls, wraps, and plates. Try the chicken tikka masala bowl.

Marg’s World Taco Bistro

303-534-6274
This Mexican bistro offers a casual dining experience, fresh margaritas and salsas, and hand-pressed tortillas. Try the blackened ahi tuna taco. Multiple locations.
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The Populist

720-432-3163
This pared-down, old-fashioned eatery offers thoughtful small plates. Favorites include the bourbon-maple Brussels sprouts, Colorado grass-fed burger, and tandoori chicken. Or, settle in and order the chef's multi-course tasting menu with paired wines.

Globe Hall

720-668-8833
Come to this Texas-style barbecue joint for the foot-stomping musical performances, the authentic, slow-cooked brisket, and the no-fuss cocktails.

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.

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.

Black Eye Coffee (Capitol Hill)

303-955-1205
An expansion of LoHi's beloved coffee shop, this location boasts the same high-quality coffee and fluffy pastries for the early bird. Yet it also caters to the night owl with its evening alter ego, White Lies. Stop by for dinner and a cocktail after 5 p.m.

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.

LoHi Steakbar

303-927-6334
Steak is an obvious favorite at this casual bar, but you can find burgers, chicken, and fish on the menu, too. Try a specialty cocktail, like a Moscow mule or a lavender '75.

Mizu Izakaya

720-372-7100
This contemporary Japanese restaurant offers an impressive bar and a hip atmosphere. Try items from the binchotan (charcoal grill) or the raw bar, or stick with appetizers like the cream pork kim chi.

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.

Marion Street Tavern

720-638-2461
Have a hankering for jalapeño snake bites wrapped in bacon? Maybe not, but this saloon offers a variety of appetizers and entrées, plus 16 beer taps. Stop in for happy hour to nab a $3 crab cake and $4 libation.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

West Flanders Brewing Company

303-447-2739
At this brewpub, patrons can dig into upscale comfort food like the baked Mac n Lobster, which is filled with pulled Maine lobster, sweet potatoes, fresh tarragon, sauce mornay, and Gruyère.

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.

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.

Comal

303-292-0770
You'll find family dishes from El Salvador, Mexico, and Peru, at this Latin American restaurant, which provides job experience to women living in Globeville and Elyria-Swansea neighborhoods. Choose from three scratch-made lunch options each day or try grab-and-go tamales, burritos, and pupusas.

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.

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.

School House Kitchen and Libations

720-639-4213
This school-themed restaurant offers more than 1,100 whiskeys behind the bar and a rooftop patio. Enjoy fun menu selections like chicken and waffle sandwiches, bacon-wrapped hot dogs, and build-your-own macaroni and cheese.

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.

The Ramen House

720-696-7847
There's a new ramen house on the block, and it's offering appetizers like Japanese fried chicken and comforting bowls like the spicy Sichuan beef and noodle stew. Head over for a late night noodle bowl and a pour of sake.

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.
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Midwestern Saloon

303-455-0954
Kick back and enjoy a plethora of Midwestern comfort food eats. Dig into the Juicy Lucy burger, an Aspen Ridge patty stuffed with cheese and brown butter garlic aïoli. Or, stop by for the weekend brunch and indulge in the Graceland French toast—bread topped with bananas, whipped peanut butter, and bacon lardons.

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.

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.

Quiero Arepas

720-269-4778
The popular Venezuelan food truck has found a brick-and-mortar home at Avanti Food & Beverage. Its entirely gluten-free menu offers delicious selections like the reina pepiada arepa, a flatbread that comes stuffed with shredded chicken dressed in a creamy avocado sauce.
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Sushi Ronin

303-955-0741
Sushi Ronin's casual and comfortable vibe complements the traditional, omakase-style Japanese cuisine. For the full experience, opt for chef Corey Baker's seven-course tasting menu.

Fire Restaurant

303-572-8000
Located inside the Art, a Hotel, Fire Restaurant serves contemporary American dishes made with locally sourced ingredients, including a bison eggs Benedict and Colorado lamb chop.

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.

The Market

303-534-5140
Sandwiches, pastries, salads, and other light dishes keep 'em coming back for more. The front patio is fabulous.
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Mercantile Dining & Provision

720-460-3733
Award-winning Fruition chef Alex Seidel and chef Matt Vawter offer a menu full of creative vegetable preparations, contemporary pasta dishes, and family-style shared plates for the table (try the Colorado lamb shoulder). Mercantile also features counter-service dining for breakfast and lunch, as well as a marketplace of locally sourced foodstuffs.

Señor Bear

720-572-5997
The latest from the team behind Bar Dough, this spot draws from the vibrant cuisines of Latin and South America. Expect upscale plates such as hamachi tiradito and a hoja santa tostada with shrimp escabeche.

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.
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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.

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.

Uoki

303-837-4380
This Asian restaurant, whose name means "happy fish" in Japanese, serves Korean and Japanese cuisine. The house favorite is the bibimbap, a rice dish with vegetables and meat cooked in a stone bowl.

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.

Taco Junky

303-443-2300
This eclectic cantina offers an array of infused tequilas and playful tacos like the Cayman, stuffed with curried chicken, coconut guacamole, and mezcal pineapple. Don't miss the standout Poc-Toc-Benny at brunch, which features potato-plaintain fritters as a delicious stand in for English muffins.

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.

Coperta

720-749-4666
Warm up with comforting Italian fare at this restaurant, which celebrates the cuisine of Rome and Southern Italy. Sit at the mozzarella bar and top the house-made cheese with your choice of garnishes like olives, peppers, pesto, and marmalade.

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.

Yard Bird

303-777-0500
This elevated diner offers comfort food for anytime of day. Regulars love the meatloaf sandwich, fried chicken, and savory pot pies.

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.

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.

Clyde

646-275-9967
Bring a group and sample shared plates and tapas, including smoked hummus served with taro chips and tomato salad, lamb and port meatballs with sundried tomato butter, and red trout rillettes. Charcuterie options include both housemade and imported cheeses and meats.

The Ghost BBQ and Spirits

303-998-9350
Tucked inside the Boulder Theater, this casual venue serves up Texas-style barbecue. Look out for menu items like dry-rubbed brisket, scallion deviled eggs, and even a vegetarian pulled "pork" sandwich.

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.

Departure Restaurant

720-772-5020
Located inside the Halcyon Hotel, this Portland import serves stunning coastal Asian fare in a modern, sleek space. Celebrity chef Gregory Gourdet balances flavor, texture, and spice in dishes like crispy whole sea bass with green mango.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Olive & Finch (Cherry Creek)

303-955-0455
Discover wholesome, inspired meals at this restaurant, bakery, and juice bar, where you'll find a full coffee bar, artisan sandwiches and flatbreads, hearty soups, tasty salads, and house-made pastries made daily. Also try the Uptown location.

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.

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.

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.

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.

iFish

303-708-1255
This sushi and pan-Asian restaurant receives fresh fish throughout the week from around the world and uses locally sourced Colorado beef and lamb.

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.

Eureka!

720-259-3636
You'll find an thoroguhly American menu with a modern twist at this casual eatery. Grab a burger and a craft beer, or opt for the lobster tacos.

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.

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.

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.
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Hop Alley

720-379-8340
The newest venture from Tommy Lee of Uncle, this neighborhood hangout serves dishes rooted in Chinese tradition with a touch of Lee’s distinctive flair. Try the steamed eggplant, the chilled tofu, or the bone marrow fried rice.

The Local’ish Market

303-667-8034
This quick-service spot on the platform of Union Station stocks grab-and-go meals, snacks, and other basics, most of which are locally sourced.

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.

Jax Fish House (Downtown)

303-292-5767
Enjoy fresh, sustainable seafood in an upbeat atmosphere. Specialties include raw shellfish, po' boy sandwiches, and seasonally composed plates. Multiple locations.

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.

Vine Street Pub & Brewery

303-388-2337
This pub does a brisk business with two patios, 21 beers on tap, and an affordable menu of burgers, burritos, and veggie specialties like the Reuben (beer-baked tempeh stands in for corned beef).

Beatrice & Woodsley

303-777-3505
Inspired by the love story of a winemaker's daughter and a lumberjack, the space is designed to resemble a cabin in the woods. Small-plate dishes offer a modern, eclectic mix of regional American cuisine.

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