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FNG

Phone:
303-963-5931

Troy Guard offers elevated comfort food with a side of rock ‘n roll at this neighborhood spot. Try the house-made charcuterie.

Sera’s Ramen Enclave

Phone:
720-646-1114

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.

House of Commons

Phone:
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.

Empanada Express Grill (Highland)

Phone:
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.

Lechuga’s Italian Restaurant (Highland)

Phone:
303-455-1502

This old-school Italian joint has been serving its special savory cannolis (dough pockets stuffed with sausages and meatballs) and buckets of spaghetti with marinara sauce since 1961. Multiple locations.

Highland’s Asian Grill

Phone:
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.

Forest Room 5

Phone:
303-433-7001

Get your game on with hearty Western-influenced fare like bison burgers and antelope and pulled pork sandwiches. Hot spot for film and art shows. Great view of the city.

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Spuntino

Phone:
303-433-0949

Enjoy the locally sourced menu at this Italian-inspired spot. Try the seasonal pasta or any dish with Southern Indian influences. Don't miss the house-made gelato for dessert.

Spatola Italian Restaurant

Phone:
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.

Brazen

Phone:
720-638-1242

This neighborhood restaurant and bar offers high-end, seasonal fare and craft-made cocktails. Try the housemade ramen on its new late-night menu.

Los Carboncitos (Highland)

Phone:
303-458-0880

Enjoy fresh, authentic Mexican food cooked in an open kitchen. Order the alambre—Mexican stir-fry with your choice of tortilla, meat, cheese, and vegetables.

My Brother’s Bar

Phone:
303-455-9991

Enjoy beers and burgers with classical music in one of Denver's oldest bars.

Chow Morso

Phone:
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.

Sushi Ronin

Phone:
303-955-0741

Sushi Ronin's casual and comfortable vibe complements the traditional, omakase-style Japanese cuisine.

Williams and Graham

Phone:
(303) 997-8886

Walk through a secret door in the bookstore that fronts the bar and you will be transported to the prohibition era. Order specialty cocktails like the Blackberry Sage: Whiskey plus muddled blackberries, sage, and lemon. Chef Max MacKissock and sous chef Blake Edmunds (formerly of the Squeaky Bean) head up the culinary program.

Wooden Spoon Cafe & Bakery

Phone:
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.

Duo Restaurant

Phone:
303-477-4141

With Duo, owners Stephanie Bonin and Keith Arnold have captured the true essence of the neighborhood restaurant: simple food, a low-key but polished ambience, and the hum of neighbors trading stories. The seasonal cuisine constantly surprises and comforts, and dessert is worth a visit in itself.

Prost Fine Beers and Sausages

Phone:
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.

Pho Fusion Asian

Phone:
303-455-1111

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

Bar Dough

Phone:
720-668-8506

Tuck into wood-fired pizzas and comforting pastas from chef-owner Max Mackissock and executive chef-owner Carrie Baird at this casual gathering spot.

El Camino Tavern

Phone:
720-889-7946

This lively Mexican joint boasts all-natural meats and house-made green chile, guacamole, salsa, and desserts. In the summer, fresh herbs and spices from the organic rooftop garden flavor the shrimp tacos and other dishes.

Nick’s Diner

Phone:
720-443-2878

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

Crush Pizza & Tap

Phone:
720-619-3337

This casual joint serves up three different styles of pizza (including authentic Chicago-style deep-dish, Sicilian, and hand-tossed) as well as smoked wings, salads, and sandwiches. Wash down your meal with one of the many craft brews available.

Federal Bar & Grill

Phone:
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.

Mead St. Station

Phone:
303-433-2138

Guinness-battered fish and chips is the signature item. Also serving salads, burgers, pasta, sandwiches, and more.

Paris Wine Bar

Phone:
303-455-2451

Serving wines without attitude. More than 20 affordable, quality, international wines by the glass and tapas-style food.

Ste. Ellie

Phone:
303-477-1447

Head to this chic subterranean bar beneath Colt & Gray for expertly crafted cocktails and inventive bar snacks.

Sushi Sasa

Phone:
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.

Pizzeria Locale (Highland)

Phone:
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.

Tap & Burger Highland

Phone:
720-287-4493

A bustling bar and grill specializing in gourmet burgers and local craft beer. Try the green chile cheeseburger with queso and crispy tortilla strips.

Eat + Drink Denver

Phone:
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.

Colt & Gray

Phone:
303-477-1447

This intimate neighborhood spot presents a superior roster of seasonal farm-to-plate options. Start with the roasted marrow bones.

Williams & Graham

Phone:
303-997-8886

Disguised as a book store, Sean Kenyon's Denver speakeasy is one of the city's best cocktail destinations. Sip a seasonal cocktail and nosh on small plates, such as roasted bone marrow with bacon jam.

Acova

Phone:
303-736-2718

Acova brings a friendly neighborhood vibe and American menu to the former location of Denver icon Patsy’s. Try the Honey Stung fried chicken, which comes with a honey-cayenne drizzle and sausage gravy, and don’t miss the $3 Bloody Mary bar on the weekends.

Cebiche

Phone:
303-455-1880

Peruvian food with influences from Italy, France, and Asia serving six different types of ceviche. Also try the aji de gallina—a shredded chicken dish with Parmesan and walnut sauce.

Trattoria Stella

Phone:
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.

Tamales By La Casita

Phone:
303-477-2899

This tiny restaurant delivers great tamales and other New Mexican-style cuisine.

QuickFish Poke Bar

Phone:
720-269-4778

This poke joint situated inside Avanti F&B offers 100 percent sustainable fish. Try out one of the six signature bowls or build-your-own-bowl by choosing from the long list of bases, fish, and add-ins.

Mile High Italian Deli

Phone:
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.

Comfort Cafe

Phone:
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.

Gaetano’s

Phone:
303-455-9852

This comfy neighborhood hangout features old-school favorites, such as chicken Parmesan.

Stones on 32nd

Phone:
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.

Prosper Oats (Highland)

Phone:
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.

Superfood Bar

Phone:
720-855-3493

This 100-percent vegan and gluten-free fast-casual joint is the answer to health-conscious foodies' prayers. Take your smoothie, salad, or wrap to go, or chill out on the small patio.

The Family Jones Spirit House

Phone:
303-481-8185

Denver's first distillery/restaurant features eclectic small plates and handcrafted spirits. Snack on a smoked trout tea sandwich while you sip on the vesper martini.

Sushi Hai

Phone:
720-855-0888

A neighborhood restaurant serving delicious sushi and hibachi. Bamboo floors and mahogany seats.

Dead Battery Club

Phone:
303-477-2444

This all-day cocktail and food lounge has a fun and funky vibe. Try the Battery Buns, which come in five different flavors including spinach and artichoke.

Matador Restaurant and Tequila Bar

Phone:
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.

Salt & Grinder

Phone:
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.

Sassafras American Eatery

Phone:
303-433-0080

Located in a pair of cheery, adjoined houses, this eatery charms. Expect to find Southern classics such as eggs Sardou. Multiple locations.

Park Burger (Highland)

Phone:
303-862-8461

This neighborhood eatery serves up top-notch burgers, such as the Royale, with carmelized onions, bleu cheese, and bacon, and the Croque, topped with Swiss and a fried egg. Add a milkshake, like the peanut butter chocolate, or a rootbeer float.

Avanti Food & Beverage

Phone:
720-269-4778

Visit this collective eatery to sample new and exciting restaurant ideas. Current tenants include Street Feud, Brava! Pizzeria Della Strada, QuickFish Poke Bar, Quiero Arepas, the Rotary, and Bistro Georgette.

Fire on the Mountain

Phone:
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.

NY Pizza Pub

Phone:
303-639-9675

Pizza place meets pub with a social atmosphere, dog-friendly patio, gluten-free pies, and various options by-the-slice.

The Bindery

Phone:
303-993-2364

Linda Hampsten Fox's eatery, market, and bakery offers worldly fare inspired by her travels. Settle in for the smoked rabbit pecan pie with mustard gelato.

Highland Tap and Burger

Phone:
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.

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