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Katsu Ramen

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

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.

Birdcall (Five Points)

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

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.

Native Foods Cafe

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

Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

303-623-5432
Natural ingredients, fresh produce, and unique flavors characterize this Mexican spot. Enjoy the famous margaritas, but be careful—they cut you off at three. Multiple locations.

Cracovia

303-484-9388
Try traditional Polish meals, like pierogi and kielbasa, at this Eastern European restaurant. Polish vodka and European beers are also on the menu.

Kona Grill

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

Santo

303-442-6100
Hosea Rosenberg’s second restaurant brings bold New Mexican flavors to Boulder. Dig into farm-to-table comfort food such as bison lengua tacos or a green chile cheeseburger.

Slice Works

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

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.

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.

D’Corazon

720-904-8226
Known for the authentic, slow-simmered carnitas, this locale offers Mexican comfort food at its best.

Poka Lola Social Club

720-460-2725
Come to this stylish bar located inside the Maven Hotel for soda fountain-style cocktails such as the Poka Phosphate (mezcal, raspberry phosphate, lime, rosemary, and seltzer water). The small food menu changes regularly, but includes dishes like smoked chipotle Colorado lamb ribs.

Steuben’s

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

California Wrap Runner

805-453-7777
This healthy food truck's brick and mortar location, located on University of Colorado Anschutz campus, brings California flavors to Denver with tasty wraps, salads, and rice bowls. Try the fajita rice bowl, and be sure to get it with cauli-rice for an extra-healthy flair.

The Cruise Room

303-628-5400
This sleek art deco bar in the Oxford Hotel is Denver's oldest watering hole. Sip on the Cruise Room special cocktail, made with cognac, lemon juice, maraschino liqueur, absinthe, and Champagne, and nibble on the braised beef bourguignon bites.

Makan Malaysian Cafe

720-524-8093
Enjoy traditional Malaysian cuisine at good prices. Try the curry puff, a fried flaky pastry filled with curried vegetables or chicken.

Fruition Restaurant

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

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.

Tavern Downtown

303-299-0100
The fare holds true to the ballpark neighborhood. Choose between Chicago hot dogs and Polish sausages. Great rooftop patio--voted among the top 10 in the country by Playboy--for both drinks and dinner.

Public School 303 Restaurant & Bar

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

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.

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.

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.

Stack Subs

303-295-7827
Enjoy a perfectly layered sandwich at this neighborhood deli. Try the Stack sandwich, a baguette filled with roast beef, turkey, honey ham, salami, and your choice of cheese. Also try the Lakewood location.

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.

Neighbors

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

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.

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.

Post Brewing Co. (Boulder)

720-372-3341
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. Multiple locations.

Freshcraft

303-758-9608
Head to this spot for an extensive beer selection with more than 100 bottles and 20 on tap, and an innovative twist on comfort pub food.

My Other Bar

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Blue Sky Grill

303-405-6090
Located on the ground floor at the southern entrance to the Pepsi Center, this restaurant has a true mountain lodge atmosphere.

Choice Market

720-459-7233
This 24-hour gourmet convenience store offers fresh, made-to-order fare (try the meatball sub) and locally sourced groceries and snacks. Check out the rotating craft beer taps.

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.

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.

Nile Ethiopian Restaurant

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

Right Coast Pizza

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

Junz

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

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.

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.

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.

Table 6

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

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.

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.

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.

Palace Arms

303-297-3111
Denver's grande dame restaurant, located inside the Brown Palace Hotel, whisks diners to a different era with its tableside Caesar salad, bananas Foster, and strolling martini cart.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rockabillies

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

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.

Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar (Northglenn)

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

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.

Tom’s Urban

720-214-0516
This modern comfort food ranges from breakfast burritos and char-grilled burgers to salads and pizzas. Don't miss the house-made Pop-Tarts (try the goat cheese and fig variety).

Corner Office

303-825-6500
Find global comfort food—from chicken tikka masala to shrimp ceviche—and every type of martini you can imagine at this trendy spot.

Riffs Urban Fare

303-440-6699
This super-social dining experience emphasizes local vendors. Try the Brussels sprouts with brown butter sauce, roasted hazelnuts, and fried shallots or the lobster risotto.

Oven

303-934-7600
Delicious, house-made, wood-fired pizzas made with organic ingredients. Everything from the marinara sauce to the mozzarella, from the pizza dough to the desserts are made in-house. Good wine selection.

Grimaldi’s

303-623-3271
Grimaldi's is a New York institution with a century of serving coal-fired, build-your-own pizzas and calzones behind it.

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.

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.

Bubu (16th Street Mall)

303-573-4919
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, roasted carrots, green chili, pumpkin seeds, and house dressing. Also, try the original location on Larimer Street.

Tavern Littleton

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

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.

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.

Mezcal

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

303-333-3256
Justin Cucci's fifth Edible Beats concept boasts panoramic views of the city and mountains, creative and traditional tapas, and Spanish-style gin and tonics. Order the green gazpacho or cauliflower yufka.

Yellowbelly Chicken (Aurora)

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. Multiple locations.

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.

Snarf Burger

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

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.

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.

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.

Thai Flavor

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

Smashburger

720-292-5121
These customizable burgers come with the convenience of a fast-food joint but the full flavor of a gourmet restaurant. Order a Colorado burger or build your own with add-ons like haystack onions, fried pickles, and guacamole. Don't miss the root beer floats. Multiple locations.

Steak ‘n Shake

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

Iwayama Sushi & Da Big Kahuna Bistro

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

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.

Parkway Bar and Grill

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

Corridor 44

303-893-0044
This elegant lounge offers more than 125 bottles of champagne and 20 cocktails. Try the pomegranate or black velvet (Guinness with champagne) varieties. Its American menu features perfect champagne compliments, such as smoked salmon and caviar potato chips.

Roma Cucina e Piazza

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

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.

Bayou Bob’s

303-573-6828
The menu at this downtown spot boasts Southern and Cajun cooking as well as American traditionals. Go for a bowl of shrimp, sausage, and okra gumbo served over steamed rice.

Augustine Grill

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

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.

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.

Denver Biscuit Company

303-377-7900
At this brunch spot in the Atomic Cowboy, enjoy smothered biscuits with house-made sausage or vegetarian gravy. Pair the dish with crispy buttermilk-fried chicken for a southern-style breakfast.

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.

Baker St. Pub & Grill

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

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.

Element Kitchen & Cocktail

303-353-1172
Enjoy elevated cuisine curated by James Beard nominee and Top Chef contestant John Tesar. Share the bacon board with Tender Belly bacon, bacon jam, and lavash crackers, or aim for a locally sourced filet served with pepper-cream sauce.

Via Perla

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

Fate Brewing Company

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

Wild Bangkok Bar and Grill

303-623-4999
For a bona fide Thai experience, dine at this zen locale where the decor was imported from Thailand. Grab a cushion at the traditional khontoke seating area and order the Money Bags appetizer. Later, enjoy coco salmon in a spicy red curry.

Naked Pizza (Denver)

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

To The Wind Bistro

303-316-3333
This cozy neighborhood restaurant offers a fresh, casual take on bistro fare and a top-notch craft beer selection. You'll find eclectic plates like cornmeal waffles with roasted pork shoulder, kampachi poke, and buttermilk chicken with pink banana squash.

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.

North

720-941-7700
This restaurant offers a variety of made-from-scratch Italian meals, from inventive pastas and to vibrant pizzas. Try the Bolognese or Short Rib Radiatori.

Wyman’s No. 5

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

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, roasted carrots, green chili, pumpkin seeds, and house dressing. Also, try its sister-location on 16th Street Mall.

Table Mountain Inn Grill & Cantina

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

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.

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.

Cafe Paprika

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

Okinawa

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

Bru Handbuilt Ales & Eats

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

Dae Gee

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

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.

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.

El Camino Tavern

720-889-7946
This lively Mexican joint boasts all-natural meats and house-made green chile, guacamole, salsa, and desserts. In the summer, fresh herbs and spices from the organic rooftop garden flavor the shrimp tacos and other dishes.

Matsuhisa Denver

303-329-6628
Legendary 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.

Atomic Cowboy

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

Goosetown Tavern

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

Mamma Mia Trattoria

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

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.

Brider

303-455-3084
The team behind Oak at Fourteenth and Acorn offers high-quality, fast-casual dining. Settle in for a savory sandwich or salad and be sure to try their rotisserie chicken.

Fork & Spoon

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

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.

QuickFish Poke Bar

720-269-4778
This poke joint situated inside Avanti F&B offers 100 percent sustainable fish. Try out one of the six signature bowls or build-your-own-bowl by choosing from the long list of bases, fish, and add-ins.

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.

Tahona Tequila Bistro

303-938-9600
This contemporary Mexican eatery offers up hand-crafted margaritas (try the prickly pear variety) and more than 100 different kinds of tequila. Chow down on the chicken, pork, and beef taco samplers or the pork green chili cheese fries.

Patxi’s Pizza

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

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.
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Work & Class

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

Cook’s Fresh Market

303-893-2277
This deli/grocery/meat counter/coffee bar seems to have it all. Popular for its grab-and-go entrees, the market offers healthy food at a quick pace. Try their house-made soups and salad bar for lunch or pick up dinner to take home.

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.

Los Carboncitos (Aurora)

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

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.

El Parral

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

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.

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.

Tofu House

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

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.
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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.

Zen Asian Sushi Bar & Grill (Stapleton)

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

Delizios

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

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.

India’s Castle

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

Pho 96

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

Angelo’s Taverna

303-744-3366
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.

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.

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.

El Trompito Taqueria

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

Crimson and Gold

720-379-5454
This casual college bar specializes in burgers. Order the Pioneer with haystack onion rings, pepperjack, bacon, and barbecue sauce, or the Boon, with green-chile strips, cheddar, avocado, and chipotle aioli.
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Oak at Fourteenth

303-444-3622
This bright, open space just off the Pearl Street Mall offers a diverse, ever-changing menu of seasonal, oak-fired eats from chef Steve Redzikowski and creative cocktails from Bryan Dayton. Order the kale-apple salad, braised meatballs, or smoked brisket.

El Parral

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

Fat Jack’s Supersubs (Baker)

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

The Kitchen

303-544-5973
This community bistro serves seasonal, rustic classics. Head over during community hour for the green salad with chévre and hazelnuts, mushrooms on toast, and curry-spiced nuts; be sure to peruse the extensive beer and wine lists.

El Chingon

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

Taste of Thailand

303-762-9112
This family-owned owned restaurant offers authentic northern thai cuisine featuring freshly harvested produce and herbs from its in-house garden. Order the pad thai, and if you're a spice-lover, don't miss the flu shot soup.

Zaidy’s Deli

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

Campus Lounge

720-535-7021
This renovated watering hole features elevated college-food classics. Pair one of the 12 specialty cocktails with the Adult Spaghetti-O's: beef, lamb, and pork bolognese, served with white beans, Calabrian chiles, and ditalini pasta.

NY Pizza Pub

303-639-9675
Pizza place meets pub with a social atmosphere, dog-friendly patio, gluten-free pies, and various options by-the-slice.

Arada

303-329-3344
Get a taste of authentic Ethiopian cuisine at this cozy restaurant. Try the Doro Wot—a traditional dish of spicy, stewed chicken.

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.

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.

Flagstaff House

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

Sputnik

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

Foolish Craig’s Cafe

303-247-9383
An intimate cafe serving delicious homemade food in a casual setting. For breakfast try the scrumptious crepes and omelets, and for dinner feast on the grilled center cut pork chop.

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.

Bar Louie (Centennial)

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

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.

New World Cheese

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

Infinitus Pie

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

Baker’s Way

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

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.

Annie’s Cafe and Bar

303-355-8197
Stop by this old-school cafe in the morning for fluffy, cinnamon-dusted French toast and a Bloody Mary. For lunch, don’t miss Mattie's Grilled Cheese—a grilled sandwich piled with bacon, guacamole, and pepper jack cheese on sourdough.

T|ACO

303-443-9468
This urban taqueria serves fresh chips, house-made salsas, and cocktails. Try the ahi taco made with ahi tuna, mango salsa, guacamole, and cilantro.

The Hornet

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

Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar

303-377-3032
This laid-back restaurant takes burgers to the next level with combinations like the Pastrami Reuben Burger topped with pastrami, Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing, and sauerkraut. Don’t miss the craft beers and handspun shakes.

Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery

303-893-5458
Stop by this Celtic-themed pub for fish and chips, a ”Big Arse” burger, or shepherd’s pie. Plus, order from the eatery's large selection of whiskey.

The Walnut Room

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

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.

Fat Sully’s Pizza (Colfax)

303-333-4440
Tucked inside the Atomic Cowboy, the spot's menu is small (just three pizza varieties, including a gluten-free version), but it's cheap and servings are enormous.

Kitchen Table BBQ

303-399-9703
This Kentucky-style barbecue spot located inside of Goosetown Tavern serves up some tasty meat plates, from sliced brisket to bison jalapeño cheddar sausage. Be sure to order a basket of the house-made cornbread.

Hopdoddy Burger Bar

303-446-2337
This fast-casual chain serves made-to-order burgers with fresh and creative toppings. Try the Buffalo Bill bison burger with blue cheese, bacon, Frank's Hot Sauce, and Hopdoddy's signature Sassy Sauce. Wash it down with a house cocktail or draft beer.

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.

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.

Jelly (University Hills)

Order the Molly Hot Brown: two slices of French toast with house-roasted turkey, green-chile-cheese sauce, bacon, and tomato—or sip a Bloody Mary on the outdoor patio. Also try the Capitol Hill location.

Spicy Basil Asian Grill

303-871-8828
A winning combination of Thai entrees and curries, tempura, and other Asian soups, salads, and entrees. The peanut sauce curry is a must-try.

Banzai Sushi

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

Taki Sushi

303-282-0111
Stop into this West Washington Park locale for Japanese fusion cuisine and a crisp glass of saki. Sushi is the signature dish, but the restaurant also serves noodle bowls and teriyaki.

Palettes

303-534-1455
After visiting the Denver Art Museum's galleries, make time to dine in the attached restaurant. Start the meal with something refreshing like the beef tenderloin carpaccio.
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Cattivella

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

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.

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.

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.

Rioja

303-820-2282
James Beard award-winning chef Jennifer Jasinski creates Mediterranean-influenced cuisine with juxtaposing tastes and textures. Try the artichoke tortelloni or the pork belly with curried garbanzo bean purée.

New Saigon

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

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

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).

Platform T (Speer)

303-777-5687
This tea shop and cafe offers more than 50 varieties of natural loose-leaf tea and small plates. Try the fresh-baked scones in the morning, or visit in the evening for a salumi plate and an old fashioned cocktail made with chai-infused syrup.

Providence Tavern

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

Peaks Lounge

303-486-4810
This rooftop bar (atop the Hyatt Regency hotel) offers incredible views of downtown Denver and the Rocky Mountain skyline. Enjoy the view with a cocktail and hearty appetizers (they don't serve entrées), such as the Colorado cheese plate, seared jumbo scallops, or beef tenderloin sliders.

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.

Zoe Ma Ma

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

Azitra

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

Wasabi Sushi Bar

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

Bonfire Burritos

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

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.

Seoul BBQ

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

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.

Silvi’s Kitchen at CitySet

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

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.

TAG Burger Bar

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

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.

Bar Fausto

720-445-9691
This hip, industrial, neighborhood hangout serves seasonal craft cocktails and shareable plates, both cooked and raw, like their rotating selection of oysters.

Emmerson

303-953-9852
This all-day "neo-bistro" on the Pearl Street Mall offers eclectic fare from an all-star cast of industry vets. Go for a house-baked pastry in the morning, a pastrami brisket reuben sandwich for lunch, or fresh pasta and imaginative cocktails in the evening.  

Snooze (Southglenn)

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

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.

Saigon Basil

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

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.

Marlowe’s

303-595-3700
Casual favorite with a great patio on the 16th Street Mall. Seafood, chops, steaks, and a huge martini list. Stop in on a sunny for a weekend brunch.

Sushi Sasa

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

Tuk Tuk Thai Grill

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

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.
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Departure Denver Restaurant & Lounge

720-772-5020
Located inside the Halcyon Hotel, this Portland import serves stunning 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.

Jamaican Grill

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

Cafe Prague

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

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.

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.

Ajuua

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

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.

Parry’s Pizzeria & Bar

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

Honey Bee Asian Bistro

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

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.

Rosie’s Diner

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

Stoney’s Bar and Grill

303-830-6839
This Colorado-themed sports bar features 16 ales from local breweries. Pick your favorite to wash down the Buffalo Bill, a local buffalo slider, or the Colorado Bass fish tacos. Plus, watch your favorite teams on 38 plasma-screen TVs.

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.

Root 25 Taphouse & Kitchen

303-779-1234
This upscale pub—with traditional (soups, sandwiches) and adventurous (trio of hare, scallop gnocchi) fare—emphasizes locally-sourced ingredients.

Naked Pizza (Boulder)

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

Highland’s Asian Grill

303-433-3317
A casual Thai, Japanese, and Chinese restaurant. Top picks include fried rice, golden fried sesame tofu (gooey on the inside, crispy on the outside), and the zippy basil chicken with veggies.

Bar Car

720-524-8099
The latest addition to Leigh Jones' restaurant sphere, this spot is fashioned after an antique train car and sells Colorado craft beers. Don't miss the 'Awesome Burgers' and fries cooked under the same roof.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill

303-623-0316
Around the corner from Union Station lies pub-food heaven: Half-pound burgers, sandwiches, steaks, and even wood-fired pizzas make up the menu. Also try the new Cherry Creek location.

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.

Humble Pie

720-479-8690
A charming neighborhood pie shop specializing in sweet and savory varieties. Stop in for a slice with a cup of coffee or take an entire pie to go. Try Farmer Dave's famous buttermilk banana cream, chocolate chess, or opt for savory with a beef short rib pie.

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.

Brothers BBQ

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

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.

The Melt

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

McDevitt Taco Supply

720-573-4194
This taco-cart-turned-restaurant offers “super heady tacos,” aka an original and exciting American twist on classic tacos. Be sure to order a McDevitt margarita with your kale salad-topped taco and Mexican street corn.

Eat + Drink Denver

303-477-3288
Specializing in a global array of cheeses, as well as charcuterie, rustic breads, hard-to-find chocolates, and olive oils, this shop/bistro is a little slice of food-loving heaven. They also offer small plates and a moderate but well-edited wine list.

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.

Roaming Buffalo Bar-B-Que

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

Red Sauce

303-974-5304
Chef Jon Robbins, of Bistro Barbès, brings scratch-made Italian-American favorites to this casual Park Hill eatery. Choose from a wide selection of entrées, from spaghetti and meatballs to veal parmigiana.

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.

Platform T (Glendale)

303-756-1464
This tea shop and cafe offers more than 50 varieties of natural loose-leaf tea and small plates. Try the fresh-baked scones in the morning, or visit in the evening for a salumi plate and an old fashioned cocktail made with chai-infused syrup.

The Universal

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

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.

Your Pie

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

Juicy Burgers & Dogs

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

Pica’s Mexican Taqueria

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

95a Bistro & Sushi

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

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.

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.

Root Down

303-993-4200
Located in a refabbed 1950s service station, this hip restaurant serves globally inspired cuisine, with a focus on veggies and sustainable meats. Also try the DIA location.

Mizuna

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

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.

Snooze

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

Jett Asian Kitchen & Sushi

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

Denver Central Market

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

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.

Blue Pan Pizza

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

3 Guys Pies

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

Tavern Tech Center

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

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.

Locanda Del Borgo

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

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.

Avanti Food & Beverage

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

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.

Osaka Ramen

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

Hearth & Dram

303-623-0979
This modern saloon features more than 350 whiskey selections from all over the world. The menu offers wood-fired proteins such as pork ribs and duck breast as well as plenty of creative vegetable plates (grilled broccoli with yuzu, hen of the woods mushroom with celeriac).

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tres Pupusas

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

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.

Saucy Noodle Ristorante

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

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.

Fourleaf Chopped Salads

303-662-1200
Pick from more than 40 different fresh ingredients, 18 dressings, and several grilled meats to make your own salad. The atmosphere is casual and the service is fast and friendly.

Pizzeria Locale (Boulder)

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

Duo Restaurant

303-477-4141
With Duo, owners Stephanie Bonin and Keith Arnold have captured the true essence of the neighborhood restaurant: simple food, a low-key but polished ambience, and the hum of neighbors trading stories. The seasonal cuisine constantly surprises and comforts, and dessert is worth a visit in itself.

Denver Bicycle Cafe

720-446-8029
This eatery offers full-service bike tune-up and repairs. Enjoy local craft beers or a steaming cup of Pablo's coffee while you wait.

Mi Cocina

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

Yurihana

303-530-0499
Enjoy authentic flavors from Asian countries including Japan, China, Korea, and Thailand. Try the Mongolian beef or opt for a lighter selection of fresh sushi.

The Cooper Lounge

720-460-3738
This Union Station speakeasy overlooks the Great Hall, serving craft cocktails and an extensive wine list. Order luxurious bites including wagyu steak tartare with truffled yolk and tableside Caesar salad with Parmesan fondue from chef Lon Symensma. Try the Coloradier cocktail with bourbon, bitters, and sweet vermouth.

Motomaki

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

D Bar

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

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.

Wine Beer Fat

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

ZanZiBar Billiards

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

Rice Bistro & Sushi

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

Blue Spruce Brewery

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

The Fort

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

Hashtag

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

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers (Southglenn)

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

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.

Next Door (Stapleton)

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

Protein Bar

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

Rackhouse Pub

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

Denver Diner

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

Shanghai Kitchen

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

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.

Pho 95 (Centennial)

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

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.

Sarto’s

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

Old Major

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

Maloney’s Tavern

303-825-1990
This pop culture-themed bar and grill with a lively and comfortable atmosphere serves up a variety of burgers, steaks, salads, and pasta, plus the signature jumbo martinis.

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.

Lucy

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

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.

Will Call

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

Oceanaire Seafood Room

303-991-2277
This upscale restaurant (decorated in a 1930s ocean liner-style) does seafood right. Order your selection to your liking: broiled, grilled, fried, steamed, or sauteed.

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.

Federal Bar & Grill

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

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. Multiple locations.

Thyme on the Creek

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

Growler USA

720-387-7965
Beer enthusiasts rejoice: this Sloan’s Lake pub offers over 100 taps of draft beer, sourced locally and from around the country, along with a beer-themed menu. Dig into dishes such as the Nitro BBQ cheddar burger or skillet mac and beer cheese.

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.
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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.

GB Fish & Chips

303-333-4551
Kick back to watch a European soccer or rugby match with a few pints and some traditional English fare. Choose from fish and chips, shepherd's pie and Cornish pasties. Multiple locations.

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.

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.

The Market

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

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.

Miyabi Jr. Japanese Express

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

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.

Pierre Michel Cafe

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

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.

Crema Coffee House

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

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.

Yabby Hut

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

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.

Acero

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

Pho on 6th

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

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.

Brava! Pizzeria Bella Strada

303-835-1611
Gorgeous wood-fired pizzas anchor the menu at this quick-service spot. Try the Bianca Fresca or the Fun Guy, but don't miss the colorful seasonal salads or desserts such as crostata marmaletta (a shortbread tart filled with seasonal preserves and whipped cream).

Pho Saigon 66

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

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.

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers (Downtown)

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

Farro Italian Restaurant

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

Tacos Tequila Whiskey (Highland)

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

Ariana Kabob Cafe

303-745-6262
Grab a taste of authentic Afghan cuisine at this bustling spot. Go for the chicken kabobs and bolani (fried turnovers stuffed with mashed potatoes).

Punch Bowl Social

303-765-2695
This restaurant is perfect for food and play. Dine any time of day off of their diner-inspired menu while entertaining yourself with bowling, ping pong, shuffleboard, and more. Also try the Stapleton location.
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Bar Dough

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

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.

Chile Verde

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

Citizen Rail

303-323-0017
Located in the Hotel Born, this chic eatery offers in-house dry-aged proteins and indulgent wood-fire cooking. Try the hickory smoked oxtail and rice porridge.

Cookery at Myrtle Hill

303-733-7448
This neighborhood restaurant offers breakfast all day, including a mean chicken and waffles. Its sister spot, Devil's Food Bakery, is located just four doors down and serves scratch-baked goods and coffee drinks.

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.
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Hop Alley

720-379-8340
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 garlic shrimp noodles.

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.

Etai’s Bakery Cafe (Downtown)

303-295-7700
Fresh-baked breads made daily are the highlight of this fast and casual café. For breakfast try the smothered green burrito with a fresh-brewed coffee. Enjoy a mango chicken salad or a French dip sandwich for lunch.

Egg Shell

303-322-1601
Fabulous pancakes and great omelets make this a perennial breakfast favorite. For lunch, sip a mimosa on the heated patio, and try the tasty Reubens and hamburgers.

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).

Torchy’s Tacos (Westminster)

303-495-1115
This Texas-born taco shop offers an option for any appetite. Don't miss the breakfast tacos, the taco of the month, or any of the many pork, beef, sausage, and chicken options. Multiple locations.

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.

Snooze (Boulder)

303-225-7344
Sip a mimosa in this hip breakfast eatery's chic orange booths. Choose between pineapple upside down pancakes and huevos rancheros. Multiple locations.

Pizzeria Locale (Highland)

303-302-2451
Drop into this fast-casual pizzeria concept for contemporary neapolitan-style pizza. Build your own pizza or choose from one of Pizzeria Locale's classics, such as the crudo topped with mozzarella, prosciutto, tomato sauce, and arugula.

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.

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.

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.

Pat’s Philly Cheesesteaks

303-534-1333
Fresh-baked "East Coast" rolls, oven-roasted turkey, and fresh meats make for some stellar subs. Also check out the homestyle pizzas and the all-you-can-eat "Wing Wednesdays." Multiple locations.

Washington Park Grille

303-777-0707
This neighborhood spot serves contemporary American food. Try the seared ahi tuna with wasabi aioli, rice, and stir-fry vegetables. Enjoy live music with your meal on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings.

Wewatta Point

303-893-6779
You'll quickly forget that you're in landlocked Colorado at this seafood-centric LoDo spot. Indulge in a lobster roll or a crab cake and embrace the coastal vibes.

The Truffle Table

303-455-9463
Given that this wine bar is an offshoot of the Truffle Cheese Shop, cheese is the answer. A variety of cheese boards and small plates color the menu, while artisan desserts offer a delightful end to your meal.

The Bistro at Stapleton

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

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.

Four Friends Kitchen (Stapleton)

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 Also try the University location.

Backcountry Delicatessen

303-534-7900
This LoDo deli serves up sandwiches, soups, and salads for the lunch crowd. Try the fan-favorite Turkey Trailhead with Swiss cheese, avocado, red onion, lettuce, and tomato for your lunch break or next hike.

Moe’s Original Bar-B-Que

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

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.

Pizzeria Lui

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

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.

Lechuga’s Italian Restaurant (Lakewood)

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

Jozi’s Kitchen & Shebeen

303-840-7971
This vibrant restaurant's unique menu features South African cuisine. We recommend starting with the vegetable samosas and completing your meal with either the beef or chicken kebabs. If you can't make it to the restaurant, be on the look-out for Jozi's food truck.

Sforno Trattoria Romana

303-449-1787
Like its sisters Bacco Trattoria and Parma Trattoria, Sforno serves hearty, family-style Roman fare. Try the house-made paperdalle bolognese or the bison ossobuco alla Romana, served with house-made gnocchi.
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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.

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 tortelloni with herbed goat cheese, or try the mussels cooked in garlic and white wine.

Ohana Grille

303-232-0787
This Hawaiian eatery offers classic island favorites with a Colorado flair. Say aloha to the grilled mahi mahi street tacos and Spam fried rice.

Ali Baba Grill

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

L’Atelier

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

Williams and Graham

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

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.

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.

Torchy’s Tacos

Born in the heart of Austin, Texas, this eatery slings tacos featuring eclectic ingredients like jerk chicken, ahi tuna, and fried avocado. Try the breakfast tacos, and don't miss the chips and queso.

Etai’s Bakery Cafe at DIA

303-342-6682
This local fixture emphasizes simple, authentic dishes. Try made-to-order salads, paninis, burgers, and sandwiches on their signature artisan breads, baked fresh daily. Find it near Gate B22.

Five Points Pizza Denver

720-771-9626
Located within the Temple Bakery collective, this spot serves 12 tasty varieties of thin-crust pies, all named after characters in Quentin Tarantino's film Reservoir Dogs. Try the Mr. Purple, made with eggplant and peppers.

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.

Early Bird

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

Govinda’s Garden Café

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

Arugula Bar e Ristorante

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

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.

Tocabe

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

Howl at the Moon

303-291-0880
Eat, drink, and experience the most celebrated piano show in town. Pianists face off in musical acts of showmanship that beg you to become part of the fun. Munch on a variety of appetizers, from quesedillas, to pizza, or try the house-favorite buffalo wings.

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.

Ellyngton’s

303-297-3111
Located in the Brown Palace Hotel, this is the home of Denver's power meal. Indulge in the lavish Dom Perignon brunch on Sundays.

Ale House at Amato’s

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

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.

Trattoria Stella

303-320-8635
Dine on homemade pastas and other delights at this colorful Italian restaurant. Take the kids in before 6 p.m. and get their meals for $2.

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.

Etai’s Bakery Cafe on Broadway

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

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.

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.

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.

Postino

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

Ali Baba Grill

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

Trattoria Stella

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

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.

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.

The Garden Terrace

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

Vines Wine Bar

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

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.

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.

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.

Ristorante L

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

Osteria Marco

303-534-5855
This casual tavern features deep-set wooden booths, a spacious bar, and simple Italian cuisine. The menu lists approachable eats such as fresh house-made mozzarella, paper-thin cured meats, rustic pizza, and stacked panini.

R Taco

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

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.

Abyssinia

303-316-8830
This Park Hill eatery serves up authentic Ethiopian cuisine. Try the tilapia with chickpea sauce or a traditional lamb dish.

Tahona Tequila Bistro

303-938-9600
This contemporary Mexican eatery offers up hand-crafted margaritas (try the prickly pear variety) and more than 100 different kinds of tequila. Chow down on the chicken, pork, and beef taco samplers or the pork green chili cheese fries.

Firenze a Tavola

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

Icehouse Tavern

303-292-3775
Historic photographs line the walls at this pub, reminding diners that the space was once an ice storage warehouse. The menu consists of American fare, such as burgers and sandwiches as well as housemade desserts. Try the open-faced turkey sandwich, topped with cranberry sauce and gravy.

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.

Piatti Ristorante & Bar

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

Empanada Grill (Highland)

303-955-8362
This Venezuelan grill incorporates elements of African, Indian, and European flavors to create dishes like sancocho soup, made with different meats, potatoes, plantains, and yucca. Wash your meal down with a passion fruit smoothie.

The Post Brewing Co. (Rosedale)

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. Multiple locations.

Bar Louie (Westminster)

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

Hops & Pie

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

Denver Biscuit Company

303-377-7900
At this brunch spot in the Atomic Cowboy, enjoy smothered biscuits with house-made sausage or vegetarian gravy. Pair the dish with crispy buttermilk-fried chicken for a Southern-style breakfast. Multiple locations.

Tables

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

Organic Pizza Company (Downtown)

303-534-2223
Specializing in pizza and calzones made from gourmet, local, and all-natural ingredients. Try the Sicilian calzone made with pepperoni, sausage, green peppers, red onions, and black olives.

Sub Culture

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

Protein Bar (Boulder)

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

Hinman’s Bakery

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tokyo San Bowl

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

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.

Comida (Aurora)

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

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.
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Beast & Bottle

303-623-3223
The "farm to fork" mantra permeates a menu featuring small plates like pappardelle and grouper crudo, creative vegetable dishes, and dinner-size plates (including butter poached sole and heritage pork).

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.

Warhorse Inn

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

Weathervane Cafe

303-355-5863
Enjoy a small but sumptuous menu of breakfast items, sandwiches, and salads at this cozy Uptown cafe. We recommend a black bean, egg, and red pepper burrito at breakfast or a citrusy kale salad for lunch.

Cold Crush

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

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.

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.

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.

The Corner Beet

720-295-4447
Enjoy fresh, organic cold-pressed juices and other vegetarian fare. Stay a while to try a cup of potato leek soup and a southwest salad for lunch or drink a glass of Bon Vivant (made of kale, spinach, romaine lettuce, cucumber, and parsley juice) if you're in a hurry.

Living Room

303-339-6636
This comfortable and classy wine bar serves Mediterranean tapas, like chickpeas with chard and filo-wrapped zucchini. Test out the Enomatic wine sampling system—a first in Denver—that lets you taste more than 20 wines with the touch of a button.

Hapa Sushi Grill and Sake Bar

720-354-5058
The modern menu features traditional items–like teriyaki chicken–as well as unique combinations such as the #9 roll, made with shrimp, crab, salmon, cucumber, and avocado. Multiple locations.

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.

Solutions Lounge and Restaurant

303-653-9183
Once you've made your way out of an escape room, celebrate by enjoying a meal at Solutions' steampunk-themed, cheese-centric restaurant. No need to puzzle over what to order: Try the mac n' cheese or Raclette.

BookBar

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

Wystone’s World Teas

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

Crú A Wine Bar

303-708-8053
With 50 wines by the glass and 250 more by the bottle, the greatest challenge at this chic locale is narrowing your choices. Try the pan-seared scallops or Australian lamb.

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.
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Bittersweet

303-942-0320
Chef Olav Peterson's American farm-to-table restaurant has 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.

Duck Soup

303-825-1440
Grab a panini or wrap—plus a rotating daily selection of soups—at this quick-service, downtown eatery.

Ivy at the Glenn

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

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.

Fogo de Chao

303-623-9600
A Brazilian steakhouse where gaucho chefs bring the meat to your table, cutting and serving it right in front of you. Enjoy endless sides of polenta and mashed potatoes.

Flatz Restaurant

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

Syrup

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Caribou Ranch steak.

Whittier Pub

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

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.

Chances Grill

720-771-6055
Toss back sweet-potato tater tots as you kick back with friends at this upscale sports bar featuring classic American food with an international flair. Try the bacon-wrapped jalapenos with Jamaican relish cream cheese or the Italiano panini with mozzarella and red pepper.

Meadowlark Kitchen

303-953-1815
Located adjacent to Meadowlark Bar, this rustic eatery boasts a tightly edited menu focused on local offerings. Try the wild mushrooms with soft boiled egg, curry hollandaise, English muffin, and lemon chips, or one of the barrel-aged Manhattans.

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.

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.

Dion’s Pizza

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

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 Bitter Bar

303-442-3050
Snuggle up in this lounge for dinner, late-night nibbles (such as baked ricotta and lamb chops), dessert, or just enjoy the craft cocktails. Whether it's happy hour or late at night, this is the perfect place to unwind and indulge.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

RiNo Yacht Club

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

La Polleria

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

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.

Elway’s (DIA)

303-342-7777
Dining at DIA? Forget compromise—upscale steakhouse fare awaits. Order from the same menu you'd find at Elway's other locations. Early bird travelers can reap the benefits of a take-out breakfast menu with dishes like beef hash, chicken-fried steak burrito, omelets and even housemade granola.

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.

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 Kitchen Denver

303-623-3127
This community bistro features consciously sourced ingredients and a raw seafood bar. The food reflects the simple and straightforward preparation of comfortable classics. Also try the Boulder location.

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.

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.

Wayward

720-449-8300
Chef Talia Diele offers regionally sourced, sustainably minded fare at this comfortable neighborhood restaurant. Try the lamb two ways: roasted shoulder and braised neck served with pickled Swiss chard stems.

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.

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.

Japon Sushi & Sake Bar

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

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.

Hodsons Bar & Grill

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

La Choza

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

Denver Deep Dish

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

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.

Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint

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

Ototo

303-733-2503
Sushi Den's Toshi Kizaki has relaunched his Japanese robata-style tapas spot in a remodeled dining space. Market-driven dishes like a catch-of-the-day raw bar and whole grilled fish complement a selection of sashimi, ramen bowls, and yakitori.

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.

Relish It

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

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.

Silvi’s Kitchen at Olde Town Arvada

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

Elway’s (Cherry Creek)

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

Pho Fusion Asian

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

Las Brisas

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

TAG

303-996-9985
Chef Troy Guard describes the food at his Larimer Square restaurant as continental social cuisine. Translation: He serves big and small plates with flavors from around the world.

Drakes Haus

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

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.

Citypub and Burger

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

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.

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.

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.

True Food Kitchen

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

Range

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

Opal Restaurant

303-861-7999
Although its been through many ups and downs since it opened, Opal has finally established itself as a happening spot for sushi and twice-a-day happy hours.

Texas de Brazil

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

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

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.

Fainting Goat

303-945-2323
Guinness, Smithwick's, and corned beef sliders abound at this Irish bar. Grab a drink on the rooftop bar. Sundays are trivia night.

Bar Helix

720-449-8587
Guilty pleasures abound at this sexy RiNo bar. Snack on a blueberry pop tart topped with foie gras parfait or opt for full caviar service replete with Pringles. For dessert? Negroni donut holes, of course.

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.
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Sushi Den

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

My Favorite Muffin

303-623-0060
Serving breakfast and lunch with 14 varieties of bagels and more than 30 muffin varieties. Try the turkey club sandwich with a jumbo chocolate cheesecake muffin.

Tree Haus Bistro

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

The Bindery

303-993-2364
Linda Hampsten Fox's eatery, market, and bakery offers worldly fare inspired by her travels. Stop by the market for house-made sundries, like jam and crackers, or settle in for a dinner of Boulder hen coq au vin or Welsh rarebit made with rabbit.

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.

Phoenician Kabob

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

The Rebellion

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

Hayter’s & Co.

303-297-8279
This sports joint serves classic bar fare (think cheese, fries, and wings), but also serves other treats, such as the homemade green chili and the 90 Shilling mac and cheese. Take a gander at their extensive drink collection and order the “Hayterade,” with huckleberry and citrus vodkas, lemonade, and a splash of cranberry.

Thai House

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

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.

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.

Stoic & Genuine

303-640-3474
Impeccably fresh and creative seafood preparations are the star of this iconic oyster house. Sip on craft cocktails or grower champagnes as you nosh on Alaska king crab legs, Maine lobster, and caviar at the raw bar. For a satisfying entrée, try the paella moderna.

North End at 4580

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

Blackbelly Butcher

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

J’s Noodles Star Thai 2

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

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.

Rusty Taco

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

Vital Root

303-474-4131
Justin Cucci's fourth 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.

Pino’s Neighborhood Pizzeria & Wine Bar

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tuk Tuk Thai Bistro

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

Pub 17

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

WaterCourse Foods

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

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 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.

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.

Pantaleone’s

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

Blue Pan Pizza (Congress Park)

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

Yanni’s Greek Restaurant

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

Portofino Pizza & Pasta

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

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.

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.

Bamboo Sushi

303-284-6600
At this Portland-born sustainable sushi spot, you can feel good about each bite of nigiri or sashimi you take. To start, we recommend the Japanese blanched spinach salad with sesame-soy dressing.

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.

Sushi Zanmai

303-440-0733
Try one of their unique rolls like the Z-No. 9, with shrimp tempura, avocado, salmon, and eel sauce.

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.

Mici Handcrafted Italian (Downtown)

303-629-6424
A perfect combination of family recipes and modern style. Serving salads, pizza, pasta, panini, and more in a quick and casual atmosphere. Dine-in, carry-out, delivery within three mile, and catering.

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.

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.

Weber

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

Solera

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

Spruce Farm & Fish

303-442-4344
Enjoy a farm-and-fish menu of fresh seafood and locally sourced ingredients. Choose libations from an extensive wine list, craft cocktails, and local beers. Don't miss the cornmeal fried oysters and Colorado striped bass.

Bar Louie Denver

303-457-5900
Check out this casual restaurant for your sandwich needs, like the Luigi loaded up with shaved sirloin, lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, and olive oil, on a hoagie roll. For dessert, sample their key lime shiner -- a key lime parfait layered with strawberries and cake. Or throw back one of their 32 specialty drinks, like the…

Bremen’s Wine & Tap

720-504-4410
This chic, spacious spot from chef Isabel Ranney 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.

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.