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  • The Best Local Food on the 16th Street Mall

    Forget the chains eateries and join the queue at one of these locally owned kiosks instead.

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    1. Philadelphia Filly

    Go For: The cheesesteak ($8), which has been built on a crusty hoagie roll with tender, thinly shaved steak, white American cheese, and grilled onions since husband-and-wife team Dale Goin and Sally Rock opened the cart in this spot in 1996. Mon.–Fri.

    2. Planet of the Krepes

    Go For: Creative crêpes—barbecue chicken with spinach and cheddar ($6.95), a savory egg-and-hash-brown breakfast number with a side of maple syrup for dipping ($5)—that are as cleverly conceived as the cart’s name. Mon.–Fri.

    3. Liang’s Thai food

    Go For: Thai favorites such as spicy green curry or “pad see ew” (stir-fried noodles) with your choice of chicken, pork, or beef ($7.50 to $9)—always made to order at this tiny, single-burner stall. Mon.–Fri.

    4. Shondiz

    Go For: The classic Turkish sandwich doner kebab ($7.25), a #lunchgoals combination of rotisserie lamb and beef, hummus, and fresh veggies atop a warm pita. Mon.–Sat.

    5. Lil D’s Mini Donuts

    Go For: Fresh-from-the-fryer, one-bite doughnuts in a bag ($4.35 to $5) or a cup ($6) with your choice of sweet sauces, glazes, and toppings—our go-to is chocolate sauce, caramel, whipped cream, and nuts—and a big smile from owner Rafael Barcacel, too. Mon.–Sun.

    6. Lechuga’s Italian

    Go For: This local OG’s (58 years and counting at its LoHi brick-and-mortar) signature savory cannoli, stuffed with meatballs or sausage, with marinara on the side ($5.45). Mon.–Sat.

    7. Asada Rico

    Go For: One of Denver’s best breakfast burritos. Whether you opt for an express, prerolled version ($4 with bacon, sausage, chorizo, or veggies) or a made-to-order marvel (for $4.75, you can augment your eggs with the likes of carne asada and spicy beef green chile), you’ll wait in a long line to place your order, but it’s worth it. Mon.–Fri.

    8. Calle 16 Peruvian Joint

    Go For: “Pollo a la brasa,” or tender Peruvian roast chicken, which comes with fries and a salad ($8) or tucked into toasted French bread as a mayo-and-mustard-bound chicken salad sandwich ($5). Tue.–Sat.

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