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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Formerly known as Marco's Coal-Fired Pizza, this spot serves Go for Neapolitan-style pies with imported artisanal cheeses and local produce. The Brooklyn or Abruzzo, plus an order of coal-fired lemoncello chicken wings, make for a satisfying meal. Multiple locations.
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.
Transport yourself to the South with this gastropub's sophisticated take on down-home staples such as buttermilk-fried chicken and po' boy sandwiches stuffed with oysters and andouille sausage.
Chef Justin Brunson's new American bar and grill features familiar favorites from Masterpiece Deli and Old Major. Dig into standards like truffle egg salad and fried chicken, or sample new items such as nachos, meatballs, and chicken wings.
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.