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Bamboo Sushi

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.

Homegrown Tap & Dough (Arvada)

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

Cowboys Saloon American Bar & Grill

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.

Lucky Cat

Restaurateur Troy Guard has transformed the former Bubu space into Chinese-inspired Lucky Cat. Sit back, sip a sake cocktail, and choose between the spring onion pancakes with roasted duck, the steamed fish, or the dan dan noodles. Or just order it all.

Sera's Ramen Enclave

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

Menya Sushi Bar

Find fresh, authentic Japanese eats from the sushi bar as well as bento boxes and ramen. For dessert, snag some of the matcha green tea fried ice cream.

Midwestern Saloon

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

Marion Street Tavern

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.

The Way Back

Three Denver restaurant veterans (Chad Michael George, Kade Gianinetti, and Jared Schwartz) offer comfort food, including dishes like snail stroganoff, bass crudo, and roasted chicken. Drinks are simple in ingredients yet complex in flavors. Try the Forager: a concoction of roasted mushroom fernet, an egg-washed angostura bitters, and a lemon-poppy seed syrup shaken with lemon juice and egg white.

Pop's Place

This quirky cafe is the brainchild of chef Steven Kleinman (father of the Inventing Room's Ian Kleinman) and Jim Pittenger (founder of Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs). Try the short ribs loco moco Hawaiian breakfast or the sour cream waffles in the morning, or drop in for Thai-inspired dinner plates.

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