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Taja Indian

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. 

Bubu

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.

Royal

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. 

Zoe Ma Ma

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

Katsu Ramen

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. 

Denver Deep Dish

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.

Right Coast Pizza

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.

Biju's Little Curry Shop (RiNo)

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.

Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint

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. 

The Corner Beet

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

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