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Tavern Uptown

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

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.

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.

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.

Thai House

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

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.

Seoul BBQ

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

Renegade Burrito (Thornton)

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

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.

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.

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.

240 Union

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

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.

The Village Cork

303-282-8399
Dark wood and exposed brick give this wine bistro a charming feel. Patrons can enjoy artisanal cheeses and antipasto plates like the warm Brie and roasted garlic.

El Parral

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

Marco’s Coal-Fired Pizza

303-296-7000
Formerly known as Racca's Pizzeria Napoletana, this spot serves Neapolitan-style pies with imported artisanal cheeses and local produce. Start your meal with an order of the coal-fired limoncello wings. Multiple locations.

Grammy’s Goodies

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

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.

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.

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.

Roo Bar

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

Tandoori Grill

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

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.

Fresh Thymes Eatery

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

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.

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.

Mizu Izakaya

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

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.

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.

Crema Coffee House

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Smiling Moose Deli

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

Pita Fresh

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

Your Pie

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

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.

The Goods

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

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.

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.

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.

Wystone’s World Teas

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

Cava Greens

720-274-0434
Premium salads hand-tossed with your choice of greens, toppings, and vinaigrettes made from extra-virgin olive oil.

Satchel’s on 6th

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

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.

Tavern Lowry

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

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.

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.

Socorro’s

303-777-8226
Street tacos, tortas, and smothered burritos are the fare at this colorful Mexican eatery. Refresh your palate with the cantaloupe agua fresca.

Prost Fine Beers and Sausages

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

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.

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.

Crave Real Burgers

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

Post Chicken & Beer

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

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.

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.

Souk Shawarma

720-269-4778
Chef Jon Robbins of Bistro Barbès puts his twist on the classic shawarma at this Avanti Food & Beverage spot. Customers can choose fillings such as spit-roasted beef or chicken and sauces like carrot harissa and chermoula to build a perfect pita sandwich.

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.

Quiero Arepas

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

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.

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.

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.

Hops & Pie

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Thai Flavor

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

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.

Shells & Sauce

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

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.

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.

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.

New Image Brewing Co.

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

Kahlo’s

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

Greek to Me

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

La Loma

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

Birdcall

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

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.

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.

Abyssinia

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

Uber Sausage

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

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.

Nectar House

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

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.

Pizza Republica

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

Jason’s Deli

303-243-5599
Order at the counter at this casual deli. The sandwiches are giant and so is the salad bar. Multiple locations.

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.

Cafe Paprika

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

Buchi Cafe Cubano

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

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.

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.

Cafe Aion

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

Post Oak Hall

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

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.

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.

Crepes a la Carte (Boulder)

303-444-4191
This casual restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and sweet dessert crepes made-to-order. Also enjoy appetizers like escargot and frog's legs (only at this location).

Zoës Kitchen (Boulder)

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

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.

Pho-Yo

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

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.

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.

DJ’s 9th Avenue Cafe

303-386-3375
DJ's second location offers breakfast and lunch in the Golden Triangle. Try one of their Benedicts—including smoked salmon, crab cake, and chorizo varieties—alongside a Bloody Mary. Multiple locations.

Atticus

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

The Hive Garden Bistro

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

Karma Asian

303-871-0167
Go out to this trendy Asian eatery for a variety of Asian tapas (such as spicy edamame), or get more bang for your buck with the Thai bang bang chicken and shrimp.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Marco’s Coal-Fired Pizza (Englewood)

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

Jelly (Capitol Hill)

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

Mosaic

720-305-0994
Every Sunday owner Eric To and chef Mabry Kennedy visit local farmers’ markets for the freshest ingredients. They bring this produce back to their eclectic restaurant where they make dishes like chipotle lobster macaroni and cheese and roasted fennel and lentil soup.

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.

Cedar Creek Pub

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

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.

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.

Sunny’s

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

Chow Morso

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

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.

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.

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.

Brio Tuscan Grille

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

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.

Brava! Pizzeria

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).

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.

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.

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.

Cody Inn Restaurant

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

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.

Cantina Laredo (Boulder)

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

Tokio

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

Aji Restaurant

303-442-3464
Colorful flavors in a vibrant environment—Latin American art complements the cuisine, while the wine list hails from such exotic climes as Argentina, Chile, and Spain. Try the agave chipotle-glazed pork tenderloin with cilantro-garlic farro, chayo
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Basta

303-997-8775
This wood-fired eatery offers straightforward flavors and good wine. Try the "cart-driver" pizza with house-made sausage, rapini, mozzarella, fennel pollen, and chiles. Save room for the chocolate-hazelnut bread pudding.

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.

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.

Edge Restaurant & Bar

303-389-3343
Choose your cut, sauce, and side—like a porterhouse steak with brandy-peppercorn sauce and battered onion rings—at this upscale, contemporary steak house.

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.

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.

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.

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.

GB Fish & Chips

303-333-4551
Traditional fish and chips (cod, tilapia, prawns, and more) plus other English fare (shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash, and Cornish pasties) is all made in-house. European soccer and rugby games are televised.

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.

Tamayo

720-946-1433
This spot's modern menu is derived from authentic Mexican roots and ingredients. Check out the rooftop lounge and the selection of more than 100 tequilas.

Tacos Tequila Whiskey

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

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.

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.

Toppings & More

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

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.

New Saigon Bakery & Deli

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

Machete Tequila & Tacos

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

Rackhouse

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

Solera

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

Bru Handbuilt Ales & Eats

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

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.

Dio Mio

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

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

The Rock Wood Fired Pizza & Spirits

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

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.

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.

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.

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".

Blue Parrot

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Comfort Cafe

303-728-9251
This nonprofit eatery whips up a different breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu daily using simple, minimal, easy-to-say ingredients. The atmosphere is casual, but the food is gourmet, and best of all, you pay whatever you think the meal was worth.

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.

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.

Love, Peace & Sol

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

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.

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.

Comal

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

Ambli

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

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.

D’Corazon

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

Brothers BBQ

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

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

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.

Masalaa

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

Bara Sushi & Thai

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

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.

Brick House Tavern & Tap

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

Jaya Asian Grill

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

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.

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.

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.

Blue Pan Pizza

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

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.

Modern Market (Boulder)

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

Mimi’s Café

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

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

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

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.

5280 Burger Bar & Creamery

303-825-1020
All-natural beef, bison, and turkey burgers on fresh buns crafted by an in-house baker. Try the signature 5280 burger, a classic topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, and special sauce. Don't miss the boozy ice cream treats at the adjoining creamery.

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.

Bistro Al Vino

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

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.

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.

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).

Uno Mas Taqueria y Cantina

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

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.

Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen

303-595-4255
This historic hall has been transformed into an expansive two-story bar and kitchen. Innovative and high-quality international pub food is on the menu, including house-made sausages, schnitzels, and po' boys. Try the poutine: hand-cut fries smothered in gravy and cheese curds.

Postino

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

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.

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.

Abejas

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

Kobe An

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

Sputnik

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

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.

Bucksnort Saloon

303-838-0284
This rustic mountain bar is decorated with business cards on the ceiling and writing on the walls. Find glorified bar food such as juicy burgers, sandwiches, and t-bone steaks.

Ernie’s Bar & Pizza

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

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.

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.

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.

Zolo Grill

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

House of Commons

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

Mt. Fuji Japanese Cuisine

303-860-8088
Find your way to this Japanese cuisine kingdom, and sit back at the hibachi grill or sushi bar to watch the chef do all the work. Try the Mt. Fuji box with lobster, teriyaki shrimp, vegetables, tempura, and California rolls. Multiple locations.

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.

Bonfire Burritos

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

DJ’s Berkeley Cafe

303-482-1841
This hip neighborhood cafe, with exposed brick walls and a long coffee bar, dishes up breakfast (think crab cake eggs Benedict), sandwiches, espresso, and 74 kinds of loose-leaf tea. Multiple locations.

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.

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.

Viewhouse (Ballpark)

720-282-1555
This is your place to catch the game and enjoy a variety of bar bites, from burgers and hot dogs to steak. Watch your favorite sports team while enjoying a draft beer and a plate of nachos, or catch a view of the city from the rooftop bar. Try the latest location in Littleton.

Punch Bowl Social

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

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.

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.

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.

Mediterranean

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

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.

Uber Eats

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

Russell’s Smokehouse

720-524-8050
Diners flock to this subterranean smokehouse for classic 'cue. Try the fall-off-the-bone rib combo, which features both baby back beef and pork ribs.

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.

Adelitas Cocina y Cantina

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

Marion Street Tavern

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

Acero

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

Chuburger

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

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.

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.

Breakfast King

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

Cafe Europa

303-722-1024
You'll want to sit and stay a while at this casual, European-style coffee house and bakery. Order the croissant breakfast sandwich with bacon.

D Bar

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

Parma Trattoria Mozzarella Bar

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

Sushi Hai

720-855-0888
A neighborhood restaurant serving delicious sushi and hibachi. Bamboo floors and mahogany seats.

Cantina Laredo

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

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.

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.

Bar Red

303-573-0223
Stop in at this modern Italian spot for lunch or dinner, and stay late for cocktails and more. Try the prosciutto di parma pizza and sip on a signature cocktail after your meal.

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.

Han Kang Korean Restaurant

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

Stout Street Social

720-214-9100
LoDo's beer-centric social bar features more than 40 brews on tap and a diverse variety of eats, including a raw bar, sushi, and elevated variations on classic pub fare. Share some sushi rolls and crudo or dig into the Social Burger topped with bourbon-glazed bacon, truffle aïoli, jalapeño-raspberry jam, and crispy onions.

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.

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.

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.

Anthony’s Pizza & Pasta

303-573-6236
Enjoy pizzas by the slice or order a whole pie with your choice of toppings. Choose between a thin, Neapolitan-style crust or go thick with a slice of Sicilian.

Kaos Pizzeria

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

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.

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.

Vert Kitchen

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

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.

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.

Nonna’s Chicago Bistro

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

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.

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.

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.

Thai Monkey Club (Baker)

303-248-3334
Experience authentic Thai cuisine in a family atmosphere. Try the green curry with eggplant, basil, and red and green peppers.

Blooming Beets Kitchen

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

Salt & Grinder

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

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.

Pepper Asian Bistro

303-388-8377
This Asian bistro is worth a stop. Try classic Chinese dishes like Szechuan chicken as well as a variety of Thai curries. For something with a bit of a kick, order the General Tso’s chicken.

Modern Market (Lakewood)

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

Cochino Taco

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

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.

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.

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).

Empanada Grill (Park Hill)

303-862-8185
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.

Pete’s Kitchen

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

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.

Marquis Pizza

303-292-2829
This Ballpark pizza joint keeps it simple with a menu featuring four signature pizzas and a build-your-own option in addition to salad and a calzone. Drop in for lunch or late night and share a pie with friends. Try the Charlie loaded with pepperoni, mushroom, onion, tomato, and fresh basil.

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.

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.

Komotodo Sushi Burrito

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

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.

Protein Bar

303-893-0898
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.

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.

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.

Globe Hall

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

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.

Bubu

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

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.

Stoney’s Full Steam Tavern

720-465-9830
A Colorado sports bar located in the heart of the Mile High City with classic video games and HD TVs. The eclectic menu includes duck tacos, pork green chile, fried cheese curds, burgers, and more.

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.

Sunrise Sunset (Sixth Ave.)

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Elway’s (Downtown)

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

Denver Central Market

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

Pub on Penn

303-861-8638
Head to this neighborhood pub for food specials such as all-you-can-eat wings on Wednesday nights and happy-hour drink specials all day, every day. Try the tater tots—ask for them loaded with green chile and cheese.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

French 75

303-405-7575
Mizuna's younger, more casual sibling features approachable French bistro fare. Try the half-rotisserie chicken served with buerre fondue sauce and pommes frites.

Park Burger

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

B.side Lounge

303-473-9463
Live jazz and DJs pump up this urban lounge. Nosh on small plates of spinach pie or pierogies, and entrees of Colorado lamb and bison filet.

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.

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.

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.

Pho 79

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

Saigon Fusion

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

Pizzeria da Lupo

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

Bar Car

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

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.

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.

Tavern Wash Park

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Modern Market (16th St. Mall)

303-534-0190
Enjoy freshly prepared salads, soups, sandwiches and pizza made from simple and whole ingredients. Try a brick-oven baked pizza or the flatiron salad with steak, Gorgonzola cheese, and caramelized onions. Multiple locations.

Arcana

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

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.

City Bakery Cafe

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hickory & Ash

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

Appaloosa Grill

720-932-1700
This American grill and bar serves up classic sandwiches and salads as well as hearty entrees. Try the Reuben at lunch, then go big with a Bloody Mary bison sirloin for dinner.

Bar Louie (Northeast Metro)

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

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.

Pei Wei

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

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.

Dos Santos

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

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.

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.

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.

GB Fish & Chips (Wash Park)

720-570-5103
Traditional fish and chips (cod, tilapia, prawns, and more) plus other English fare all made in-house, such as shepherd's pie, bangers and mash, and Cornish pasties. European soccer and rugby games televised. Multiple locations.

Big Smoke Burger

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

Cookery at Myrtle Hill

303-733-7448
Formerly known as Devil's Food Cookery, this neighborhood bakery and restaurant offers scratch-baked goods and coffee drinks as well as a sit-down experience. Don't miss the eggs Benedict of the chicken and waffles and check out its new bakery four doors down.

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.

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.

Telegraph

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

Brider

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

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.

Mile High Italian Deli

303-328-9701
Enjoy authentic Italian fare and classic deli items like panini sandwiches and stromboli at this deli. If you’re in the mood for some big flavor, try the sausage and pepper panini with marinara sauce.

Duck Soup

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

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

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.

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.

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.

The Crafty Fox Taphouse + Pizzeria

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

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.

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.

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.

Izu Sushi

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

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.

The Hornet

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

Fat Sully’s Pizza (Baker)

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

Mangia Bevi Cafe

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

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.

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.

Renegade Burrito (Westminster)

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

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.

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.

Bamboo Sushi

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

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.

Nick’s Diner

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

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.

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.

Dozens

303-572-0066
This breakfast spot features a wide variety of omelets and other egg dishes, French toast, BLTs, and chicken sandwiches.

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.

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.

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.

Fire on the Mountain

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

Patxi’s (Uptown)

303-832-8000
This San Francisco-born restaurant specializes in deep dish pizza and focuses on creating a welcoming neighborhood restaurant feel.

Park & Co.

720-328-6732
This casual tavern serves sandwiches and salads but specializes in gourmet burgers made with all-natural Harris Ranch beef. Try the El Chilango burger.

1-2-3 Pho

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

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.

Bud’s Bar

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

Eliot St. Cafe

720-423-6645
Denver Public Schools' high-school students operate this eatery during their culinary arts elective. With the guidance of three chefs and one teacher, students serve a variety of international foods.

Modern Market (Glendale)

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

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.

Modern Market

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

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.

Maria Empanada

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

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.

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.

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.

Babajoon’s Kabobs and More

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

Amira Bakery

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

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.

Edgewater Inn

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

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.

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.

The Market

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

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.

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.

Key’s on the Green

303-674-4095
Log building built in 1925 with a four-sided fireplace. Located on the Evergreen golf course, by the lake and Bear Creek.

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.

Dunbar Kitchen & Tap House

720-630-7641
This barbershop-turned-restaurant-and-bar serves up Colorado craft brews and solid cocktails alongside Southern-tinged eats. Order the pimento cheese and a shrimp po' boy on the spacious patio or enjoy the historical ambiance inside at the massive bar.

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.

The Post Brewing Co.

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

Avelina

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

Root Down DIA

303-342-6959
Globally inspired cuisine for an international airport. Dine there morning, noon, or night; but if it's breakfast you're after—choose the fried egg BLT, made with local Tender Belly bacon and served with home fries, and pair it with the blood orange mimosa.

Plaza Beer Garden

720-460-3701
Located at Union Station, this beer garden offers a convivial setting for German-inspired bites such as bratwurst, pretzels, and chicken shnitzel fingers.

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.

Bremen’s Wine & Tap

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

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.

Land of Sushi

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

The Melt

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

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.

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.

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.

Bar Louie

303-928-7400
Check out this casual restaurant for your oversized sandwiches needs, like the meatball hoagie loaded up with meatballs, pepperoni, marinara, giardiniera, mozzarella, and parmesan. For dessert, sample their Trio Tini-- carrot cake, brownie bites, and donut holes all on one plate. Or throw back one of their 24 specialty drinks, like the mango mojito.

Cherry Hills Sushi Company

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

The 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.

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.

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.

Cowboys Saloon American Bar & Grill

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

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.

Midopa

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

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.

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.

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.

Basil Flats

303-776-1777
This quick-casual restaurant features flatbread sandwiches, pizzas, salads, and tapas using the fresh and robust flavors of Mediterranean ingredients, like tzatziki, goat cheese, and roasted tomatoes.

Departure Restaurant

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

Thai Wrap @ Tuk Tuk

303-988-5885 ext.3
Enjoy some of your favorite Thai dishes wrapped in a flour shell. The famous Thai iced coffee is available at this and Tuk Tuk's other locations.

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.

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.

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.

Port Side

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

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.

Lowry Beer Garden

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

Pho 95

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

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.

Freshii

720-541-7345
Enjoy fresh salads, wraps, rice bowls, burritos, soups, and more at this fast-casual health hub. Customize your own order, or try a fast-ticket meal like spicy lemon grass soup or the Warrior Chicken Bowl.

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.

Black Eye Coffee (Capitol Hill)

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

Diego Zhang’s Burger Cafe

303-484-9802
Global flavors and burgers are this restaurant's inspirations. Try chicken patties with chimichurri and roasted red peppers; mesquite-rubbed pork with caramelized barbecue sauce; or beef with bacon and onions.

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.

Zoës Kitchen (Westminster)

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

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.

Avanti Food and Beverage

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

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.

Tengu

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

Beso de Arte

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

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.

Lazo Empanadas

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

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.

Bar Louie (Westminster)

720-214-3300
Check out this casual restaurant for your oversized sandwiches needs, like the Luigi with shaved ribeye, lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, and olive oil. For dessert, sample their Trio Tini-- carrot cake, brownie bites, and donut holes all on one plate. Or throw back one of their 24 specialty drinks, like the mango mojito.

Blue Ocean

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery (Lowry)

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Emily’s Coffee

720-423-4797
Try a creamy latte and a fresh pumpkin muffin for a good cause. This shop, a part of the Emily Griffth Technical College, employs refugees and immigrants who earn necessary employment experience. It contains a full espresso bar and pastries baked fresh by the college's baking program. Bonus: The fair trade espresso beans are roasted…

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.

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.

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.
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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…

A Taste of Haiti

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

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.

Sink

303-444-7465
Located in the basement of an old house, this restaurant has been a Boulder staple since 1923. Guests are encouraged to leave a piece of themselves behind and graffiti the six-and-a-half feet high ceilings. Try the texas onion straw burger, with provolone and cheddar cheeses, jalapenos, and a chipotle mayonnaise, or the buddha basil pizza,…

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

Thai Diamond Cafe

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

Finley’s Pub

303-282-4790
This neighborhood Irish pub specializes in craft beer and whiskey. Try the chef's tribute to his Cajun roots with the creamy shrimp and grits.

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.

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.

Lyfe Kitchen

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

Sushi-Rama

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

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.

Banzai Sushi

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

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.

Four Friends Kitchen

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

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.

The Rosedale

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

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.

Hana Matsuri Sushi

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

Mateo

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

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.

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.

Taco Junky

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

Hacienda Colorado

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

The Post Chicken & Beer

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

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.

Vital Root

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

Erawan Thai Cafe

303-388-3226
Experience the fresh and authentic flavors of Thailand at this Congress Park eatery. Chef-owner Art Suthithanin uses natural herbs and spices to create traditional selections of Asian curries, noodles, and more.

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille

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

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.

Attivo Libre

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

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.

Annette

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

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.

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.

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.

Elm

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

Rocky Top Tavern

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

Larkburger

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

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.

The Ghost BBQ and Spirits

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

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.

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.

US Thai Cafe

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

Henry’s Tavern

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

Broken Rice

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Stefano’s Bakery & Deli

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

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.

British Bulldog Pub

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

So Perfect Eats

303-862-9074
Everything from sandwiches and salads to the dips are made-to-order from scratch. Don't miss the sweets and baked goods: Try the chewy oatmeal cookie, which contains dried cranberries and golden and dark raisins.

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.

Hutch & Spoon

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

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.

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.

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.