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Pete’s Kitchen

Phone:
303-321-3139

A Denver landmark and a staple for late-night comfort food, Pete's is known for its breakfasts but also serves burgers, gyros, and souvlaki sandwiches any time of day.

Weathervane Cafe

Phone:
303-355-5863

Enjoy a small but sumptuous menu of breakfast items, sandwiches, and salads at this cozy Uptown cafe. We recommend a black bean, egg, and red pepper burrito at breakfast or a citrusy kale salad for lunch.

Tstreet Roadhouse

Phone:
303-936-5179

Stop in for breakfast, lunch, and then again for dinner. This gathering spot offers a variety of eats—from fresh oysters to the more simplistic Roadhouse Burger, a Colorado-raised beef patty topped with melted Gruyére cheese and caramelized onions on a brioche bun.

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Annette

Phone:
720-710-9975

Acorn’s former sous chef, Caroline Glover, brings a warm dining experience to Stanley Marketplace with Annette. Enjoy a family-style menu featuring seasonal salads, toasts, and wood-grilled fare.

Rackhouse

Phone:
720-570-7824

Sharing the Bindery on Blake space with Bierstadt Lagerhaus and C-Squared Ciders, the Rackhouse's menu focuses on foods that pair well with beer and cider. Try the indulgent mac and cheese, which combines six creamy cheeses and is finished with a topping of pork "dust."

Revelry Kitchen

Phone:
303-455-3132

You'll find healthy options as well as hearty brunch favorites at this breakfast-focused eatery. Start your day off right with the green chile cheddar biscuits smothered in chorizo gravy.

Snarf Burger

Phone:
303-444-7711

What's not to love about Snarf's new concept, the Snarf Burger? This spin-off of Boulder's legendary sandwich shop hosts a new menu: hamburgers, deep-fried hot dogs and bologna sandwiches, and frozen custard. Look for the Lafayette location to open soon.

Social Fare

Phone:
303-253-3000

Social Fare serves American comfort food seven days a week from inside Cherry Creek's J. W. Marriott. Check out the brunch booze bar, where you can create your own a.m. cocktail from a spread of different mixers and garnishers.

Recess Beer Garden

Phone:
720-638-0020

Located in the heart of the LoHi neighborhood, this spot offers an oasis to sample the 25 local and international cold brews on tap. Between beers, nibble on the peach and crispy prosciutto salad or tuck into a hearty burger.

The Curtis Club

Phone:
720-420-9898

This cozy eatery serves up unique gastropub-style fare—like saffron risotto croquettes and bison Bolognese—made with local and sustainable ingredients.

Bucksnort Saloon

Phone:
303-838-0284

This rustic mountain bar is decorated with business cards on the ceiling and writing on the walls. Find glorified bar food such as juicy burgers, sandwiches, and t-bone steaks.

Nocturne

Phone:
303-295-3333

Sip on a Sazerac cocktail as you take in live musical performances at this sleek jazz and supper club. The food is no afterthought, with a jazz-inspired six-course tasting menu and small plates like Western Slope lamb collar and fritto misto.

Esters Neighborhood Pub

Phone:
303-955-4904

In addition to its 22 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.

Park & Co.

Phone:
720-328-6732

This casual tavern serves sandwiches and salads but specializes in gourmet burgers made with all-natural Harris Ranch beef. Try the El Chilango burger.

Chances Grill

Phone:
720-771-6055

Toss back sweet-potato tater tots as you kick back with friends at this upscale sports bar featuring classic American food with an international flair. Try the bacon-wrapped jalapenos with Jamaican relish cream cheese or the Italiano panini with mozzarella and red pepper.

240 Union

Phone:
303-989-3562

This upscale, upbeat restaurant serves continental American food, including seafood, pastas, and wood-fired pizzas. Try the chicken fried lobster tail with lemon-chive whipped potatoes and tarragon cream.

Ste. Ellie

Phone:
303-477-1447

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

Citypub and Burger

Phone:
303-694-0454

This sports pub serves a mix of American classics and Mexican eats. Stop in any evening for themed specials and the citypub Burger: a half-pound of ground sirloin, melted Swiss, bacon, and special dressing.

North Side Tavern

Phone:
303-466-8643

This bar and restaurant features local craft beer and spirits to wash down its sizable burgers and other pub fare. Try the BBQ pulled pork sandwich or the fish and chips.

Royal

Phone:
303-862-9394

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.

Tocabe

Phone:
720-524-8282

American Indian food goes Chipotle-style at this quick service restaurant. Try the fry bread taco loaded with beef, buffalo, or chicken, and beans, lettuce, cheese, and salsas. Also try the Greenwood Village location.

Etai’s Bakery Cafe at Anschutz

Phone:
303-340-3388

Enjoy a menu of breakfast and lunch favorites at this campus cafe. Try the California breakfast sandwich with egg, tomato, avocado, and herb cream cheese for breakfast or enjoy a savory panini for lunch.

Annie’s Cafe and Bar

Phone:
303-355-8197

Stop by this old-school cafe in the morning for fluffy, cinnamon-dusted French toast and a Bloody Mary. For lunch, don’t miss Mattie's Grilled Cheese—a grilled sandwich piled with bacon, guacamole, and pepper jack cheese on sourdough.

Bogey’s on the Park

Phone:
720-865-3418

Bogey's offers a friendly atmosphere and satisfying fare with a great view of City Park Golf Course. You may wan't to call ahead for the hours, as they vary considerably in the winter months.

Bird

Phone:
303-777-0500

This elevated diner offers comfort food for anytime of day. Regulars love the meatloaf sandwich, fried chicken, and savory pot pies.

Riffs Urban Fare

Phone:
303-440-6699

This super-social dining experience emphasizes local vendors. Try the Brussels sprouts with brown butter sauce, roasted hazelnuts, and fried shallots or the lobster risotto.

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Acorn

Phone:
720-542-3721

First-class Boulder eatery Oak at Fourteenth dials it down a bit with this Denver iteration, located in the urban environment of the Source. Contemporary American cuisine is served from an oak-fired oven and grill, and you'll notice some familiar dishes, like the kale salad. Don't miss the bar's inventive cocktails.

Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery (Lowry)

Phone:
303-364-1102

The second location of this fast casual American grill focuses on fresh ingredients and innovative techniques to construct its seasonally crafted menu. Pair the 48-hour slow-cooked short ribs with a draft beer.

Bistro Al Vino

Phone:
303-400-3166

Enjoy live entertainment six nights a week at this neighborhood bistro. Or, if you prefer a more low-key dinner, ask for one of the quiet tables. Start with your choice of more than 175 wines before digging into dishes like bacon-wrapped scallops, lamb meatballs, and seared ahi tuna.

Bar Louie (Denver Tech Center)

Phone:
720-213-7080

This casual restaurant features awesome sandwiches,  such as the Luigi (shaved sirloin, lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, and olive oil on a hoagie roll). For dessert, try the key lime shiner—a key lime parfait layered with strawberries and cake.

Stout Street Social

Phone:
720-214-9100

LoDo's beer-centric social bar features more than 40 brews on tap and a diverse variety of eats, including a raw bar, sushi, and elevated variations on classic pub fare. Share some sushi rolls and crudo or dig into the Social Burger topped with bourbon-glazed bacon, truffle aïoli, jalapeño-raspberry jam, and crispy onions.

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.

Henry’s Tavern

Phone:
720-399-8466

This American tavern features an extensive tap list of craft beer and an eclectic menu. Food selections range from Bavarian soft pretzels to kung pao chicken to flatbread pizzas.

Old Capitol Grill

Phone:
303-279-6390

A tasty menu of ribs, chicken, steak, sandwiches, and salads ensures there's something for everyone.

Birdcall (Union Station)

Phone:
720-572-8800

Order your meal via a self-serve kiosk at this futuristic fast-food joint from the team behind Park Burger, located inside Whole Foods. Try the deluxe crispy chicken sandwich with buttermilk herb mayo, bacon, and pepper Jack cheese. Also try the Five Points location.

Citizen Rail

Phone:
303-323-0017

This chic eatery offers in-house dry-aged proteins and wood-fire cooking. Try the grilled escarole salad or the bone-in smoked short rib.

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.

Crave Real Burgers

Phone:
303-534-5878

This welcoming spot in the heart of downtown offers a wide selection of creative and award-winning burgers. Indulge in the Sin City, which features a locally sourced patty topped with tempura-fried cheddar, candied bacon, avocado, and bourbon-glazed onions.

Birdcall (Five Points)

Phone:
720-361-2976

Order your meal via a self-serve kiosk at this futuristic fast-food joint from the team behind Park Burger. Try the deluxe crispy chicken sandwich with buttermilk herb mayo, bacon, and pepper Jack cheese. Also try the Union Station location.

Humboldt Farm Fish Wine

Phone:
303-813-1700

This varied menu offers re-interpreted American classics and an impressive fresh oyster selection. If you're not opting for the sustainable seafood, try the burger.

Toppings & More

Phone:
303-217-8010

Try the Kamakazi hot dog with pickled ginger, crispy sting onions, Asian mix and togarashi or a house-made salmon dog. For dessert, choose from eight flavors of frozen yogurt and more than 40 toppings.

The Preservery

Phone:
303-298-6821

This family-owned communal hub offers seasonal sandwiches, snacks, and pastries. Join them for its brand new brunch program, which features savory omelets and zesty ginger mimosas.

Four By Brother Luck

Phone:
719-434-2741

You might recognize chef Brother Luck from season 15 of Top Chef. At his flagship Colorado Springs restaurant, he serves seasonal, Four Corners-influenced dishes such as red wine-braised beef cheek, blue cornbread, and rabbit pot pie.

Diego Zhang’s Burger Cafe

Phone:
303-484-9802

Global flavors and burgers are this restaurant's inspirations. Try chicken patties with chimichurri and roasted red peppers; mesquite-rubbed pork with caramelized barbecue sauce; or beef with bacon and onions.

Relish It

Phone:
303-798-3344

Try the guac-rocket, a burger piled high with guacamole, pepper jack cheese, and bacon, with a side of sweet potato fries.

Silvi’s Kitchen at Olde Town Arvada

Phone:
303-421-8000

Enjoy classic sandwiches and delicious baked goods, but try something new when the cafe transforms into an artisanal pizza place at night. The large, comfortable eatery also includes a quick-service frozen yogurt shop.

Cherry Cricket (Ballpark)

Phone:
303-297-3644

The Cherry Cricket has been a casual mainstay in Cherry Creek since 1945. Its second location is much larger, but the menu of classic burgers and green chile is identical.

River and Woods

Phone:
303-993-6301

Settle into the cozy dining room for a relaxed dinner including dishes such as chicken-fried calamari steak. Chef Daniel Asher's eclectic menu features community-sourced cuisine—submit your recipe online in hopes it will land on the menu.

Fate Brewing Company

Phone:
303-449-3283

This east Boulder Brewpub—located along the bike path—boasts 30 taps featuring house-beers and a rotating selection of domestic and international guest brews. Try the barbecue burger.

The Pint Room

Phone:
720-283-3200

Wash down the signature Hangover burger (topped with Ohio smoked cheddar, bacon, hashbrowns, and a sunny-side egg) with one of this pub's 175 beer tap offerings.

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.

Cap City Tavern

Phone:
720-931-8888

This family-owned tavern serves classic American fare alongside innovative cocktails and beer on tap. The menu is marked by staples like meaty pizzas and cheeseburgers as well as slightly more indulgen takes such as truffle mac 'n' cheese.

The Garden Terrace

Phone:
303-799-5800

Located in the Inverness Hotel, this breakfast and lunch spot has a popular buffet weekdays and Saturdays. Enjoy the champagne brunch on Sundays.

Newk’s Eatery (Lone Tree)

Phone:
720-630-7871

This casual dining spot hails from Mississippi and uses Newcomb family recipes with the freshest ingredients. Order the Newk's Q chicken sandwich, topped with bacon, swiss cheese, and white barbecue sauce, with a side of soup. Also, try the Arvada location.

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.

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.

Cold Crush

Phone:
303-292-1906

A restaurant, bar, and lounge dishing up healthful, locally sourced food. Fresh sandwiches, panini, soups, salads, and entrees decorate a playful menu and are available from lunch until late. Try an appetizer (or as they call it, foreplay) like spinach and artichoke rangoons.

Crimson and Gold

Phone:
720-379-5454

This casual college bar specializes in burgers. Order the Pioneer with haystack onion rings, pepperjack, bacon, and barbecue sauce, or the Boon, with green-chile strips, cheddar, avocado, and chipotle aioli.

Etai’s Bakery Cafe at DIA

Phone:
303-342-6682

This local fixture emphasizes simple, authentic dishes. Try made-to-order salads, paninis, burgers, and sandwiches on their signature artisan breads, baked fresh daily. Find it near Gate B22.

Tavern Downtown

Phone:
303-299-0100

The fare holds true to the ballpark neighborhood. Choose between Chicago hot dogs and Polish sausages. Great rooftop patio--voted among the top 10 in the country by Playboy--for both drinks and dinner.

24 Carrot Bistro

Phone:
303-828-1392

Boston-born chef Kevin Kidd brings fresh and local products from Oxford Gardens, Isabelle Farm, as well as the restaurant's own farm to this garden-driven restaurant. Customer favorites include the crispy calamari, warm Parmesan-kale dip, and duck confit.

Hayter’s & Co.

Phone:
303-297-8279

This sports joint serves classic bar fare (think cheese, fries, and wings), but also serves other treats, such as the homemade green chili and the 90 Shilling mac and cheese. Take a gander at their extensive drink collection and order the “Hayterade,” with huckleberry and citrus vodkas, lemonade, and a splash of cranberry.

Viewhouse (Littleton)

Phone:
303-797-4829

This is your place to catch the game and enjoy a variety of bar bites, from burgers and hot dogs to steak. Watch your favorite sports team while enjoying a draft beer and a plate of nachos, or catch a view of the city from the rooftop bar. Multiple locations.

Bonnie Brae Tavern

Phone:
303-777-2262

This tavern has been dishing up all-American eats, including fried chicken, green chile, and apple pie, since 1934—but it’s most famous for its golden-crusted pizza.

Wystone’s World Teas

Phone:
303-407-9040

This calming coffee and tea shop boasts a variety of teas and offers a full alcohol bar. In addition to the libations, there cafe serves tea-centric dishes, such as the Chinese chicken barbecue sandwich, infused with smoky Lapsang souchong tea. Also try the Lakewood location.

Humble Pie

Phone:
720-479-8690

A charming neighborhood pie shop specializing in sweet and savory varieties. Stop in for a slice with a cup of coffee or take an entire pie to go. Try Farmer Dave's famous buttermilk banana cream, chocolate chess, or opt for savory with a beef short rib pie.

Silvi’s Kitchen at CitySet

Phone:
303-758-9061

Start your day off with fresh squeezed juices and smoothies or swing by in the afternoon for happy hour and enjoy a mini cheese pizza. Don't miss brunch on the weekends with a menu of omelettes, pancakes, and more.

The Melt

Phone:
720-893-0589

This fast-casual eatery from California specializes in American classics, including burgers, chicken sandwiches, and grilled cheese.

Wally’s Wisconsin Tavern

Phone:
303-800-2652

Find a slice of Wisconsin located next to sister-restaurant, the Rhein Haus. Don't miss the tempura-fried cheese curds or Friday wall-eye fish fry dinners.

Cafe 180

Phone:
303-761-4510

"Eat what you want and pay what you can" is the motto at this nonprofit restaurant. A favorite is the hearty meatball sandwich made with Italian marinara sauce on a toasted baguette.

Bridgewater Grill

Phone:
303-279-2010

Located in Historic Downtown Golden, this chic spot serves seasonal salads, sandwiches, burgers, and entrees. Try its award-winning pork green chile.

Jackson’s (LoDo)

Phone:
303-298-7625

With its huge rooftop patio, TV screens in the bar, and close proximity to Coors Field, Jackson's is the place to be on Rockies' game days. There's also an extensive beer list and all-American bar food. Try the Five O, Jackson's signature burger, which is topped with pork belly, arugula, mushrooms, and Swiss cheese.

Gather

Phone:
303-823-4172

This coffee house and cafe is located inside Galvanize, a co-working community. Pop by for a coffee and build-your-own breakfast sandwich, or hearty soups and sandwiches later in the day.

Hard Rock Cafe

Phone:
303-623-3191

Rock 'n' roll memorabilia graces the walls, and burgers and other American faves fill the tables. Find Coloradan fare such as striped bass and bison burgers in its new test kitchen.

American Bonded

Phone:
303-942-1201

Go to this casual RiNo bar for drinks crafted by cocktail pro Sean Kenyon (of Williams & Graham fame) and food from J Street Kitchen. Try the signature mac and cheese.

Etai’s Bakery Cafe at CU Boulder

Phone:
303-735-6500

Enjoy breakfast and lunch options at this on-campus bakery and cafe. Grab coffee and a breakfast burrito on the go or enjoy the artichoke brie grilled cheese for a leisurely lunch.

Mosaic

Phone:
720-305-0994

Every Sunday owner Eric To and chef Mabry Kennedy visit local farmers’ markets for the freshest ingredients. They bring this produce back to their eclectic restaurant where they make dishes like chipotle lobster macaroni and cheese and roasted fennel and lentil soup.

Table 6

Phone:
303-831-8800

This space’s warm and cozy atmosphere extends to chef Mike Winston’s American bistro cuisine, which is elevated by haute foodie touches.

Bar Louie (Centennial)

Phone:
720-214-3400

Check out this casual restaurant for your sandwich needs, like the Luigi loaded up with shaved sirloin, lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, and olive oil, on a hoagie roll. For dessert, sample their key lime shiner -- a key lime parfait layered with strawberries and cake. Or throw back one of their 32 specialty drinks, like the…

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.

Range

Phone:
720-726-4800

Range serves true Western food: wood-fired ranch meats with Native American influences. Try the rabbit croquetas with chutney and parsley salad.

Meadowlark Kitchen

Phone:
303-953-1815

Located adjacent to Meadowlark Bar, this rustic eatery boasts a tightly edited menu focused on local offerings. Try the wild mushrooms with soft boiled egg, curry hollandaise, English muffin, and lemon chips, or one of the barrel-aged Manhattans.

Lucy

Phone:
720-274-6868

Located above the Comedy Works Greenwood Village, this revamped eatery serves classic American dishes. Sample their signature mac and cheese.

Washington Park Grille

Phone:
303-777-0707

This neighborhood spot serves contemporary American food. Try the seared ahi tuna with wasabi aioli, rice, and stir-fry vegetables. Enjoy live music with your meal on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings.

Miners Saloon

Phone:
303-993-3850

Grab a beer from one of the 24 on draft and enjoy the atmosphere of a modern-day saloon complete with a Victorian parlor. Try the ten-hour roast beef, grilled cheese, or charcuterie plate.

Carbon Cafe & Bar

Phone:
720-428-8565

This fun, quirky cafe (the sister restaurant to Habit Doughnut Dispensary, which is located next door) offers fully customizable drinks for any time of day and an eclectic menu of eats. Try the Wu Tang Tots.

Bar Louie Denver

Phone:
303-457-5900

Check out this casual restaurant for your sandwich needs, like the Luigi loaded up with shaved sirloin, lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, and olive oil, on a hoagie roll. For dessert, sample their key lime shiner -- a key lime parfait layered with strawberries and cake. Or throw back one of their 32 specialty drinks, like the…

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.

Public School 303 Restaurant & Bar

Phone:
303-446-8671

Offering traditional American fare, this restaurant brings the school-house theme into every aspect of the experience. Head over during recess (happy hour) to enjoy reduced prices on brews and tipples, as well as small bites including chorizo mac and cheese, crispy buffalo cauliflower, and PB&J burger bites.

Peaks Lounge

Phone:
303-486-4810

This rooftop bar (atop the Hyatt Regency hotel) offers incredible views of downtown Denver and the Rocky Mountain skyline. Enjoy the view with a cocktail and hearty appetizers (they don't serve entrées), such as the Colorado cheese plate, seared jumbo scallops, or beef tenderloin sliders.

Palace Arms

Phone:
303-297-3111

Denver's grande dame restaurant, located inside the Brown Palace Hotel, whisks diners to a different era with its tableside Caesar salad, bananas Foster, and strolling martini cart.

TAG Burger Bar

Phone:
303-736-2260

An inventive burger bar that lets you choose your protein: classic beef, lamb, bison, turkey, veggie, or salmon. The popular Los Chingones burger comes topped with baja slaw, chicharrones (fried pork rinds), griddled cotija cheese, black bean puree, and Cholula aioli. Don't miss the adult (read: alcoholic) milkshakes.

My Other Bar

Phone:
720-389-8773

Try a cocktail made from house-infused alcohol such as cucumber gin, pickled vodka, citrus vodka, and jalapeño vodka. Food options include an Angus burger, chicken wings, fried pickles, and parmesan fries. Located inside Campagna Pizzeria.

Steuben’s (Arvada)

Phone:
720-282-3308

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.

Seasons 52

Phone:
303-799-0252

This fresh grill and bar features an award-winning wine list and a seasonal menu. Enjoy signature flatbreads or mini desserts paired with a selection from the extensive wine list.

Chuburger

Phone:
720-668-9167

Oskar Blues Brewery is behind this burger joint, which serves certified Angus beef patties, beer-spiked shakes, and bar snacks such as shishito pepper fries. Check out the attached coffee shop, Hotbox Roasters CBD Cafe, for java and doughnuts in the morning.

There Denver

Phone:
720-500-3254

Order one of the jam-based cocktails, then indulge in a variety of eclectic small plates like tostadas, steamed buns, and lettuce wraps. You'll want to try everything at this quirky Telluride-born eatery.

Viewhouse (Ballpark)

Phone:
720-282-1555

This is your place to catch the game and enjoy a variety of bar bites, from burgers and hot dogs to steak. Watch your favorite sports team while enjoying a draft beer and a plate of nachos, or catch a view of the city from the rooftop bar. Try the latest location in Littleton.

Warhorse Inn

Phone:
303-841-4018

Old school bar dishes up Mexican food, sandwiches, steak, ribs, and super nachos. Order a cold beer to wash your meal down.

American Grind

Phone:
970-420-8484

Located within Avanti Food & Beverage, this counter-service joint serves burgers, fries, and ice cream all made with locally sourced ingredients—even the ketchup and mustard are made in house.

Port Side

Phone:
720-549-0622

Grab a slice of avocado toast and a market salad (both made with ingredients from local farms) to pair with your Huckleberry Roasters espresso at this bright cafe.

Old Major

Phone:
720-420-0622

Go for owner Justin Brunson's bistro-style, seasonal dining with an emphasis on locally raised heritage meat. If you're a steak aficionado, try the 24-ounce, bone-in rib-eye. Also, swing by during lunch for Royal Rooster crispy fried chicken sandwiches and other classics such as steak frites.

Bob’s Atomic Burgers

Phone:

This locally-owned burger joint offers classic American foods: burgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, and fries. The menu also includes a quinoa burger and creative toppings like Anaheim peppers and guacamole.

Boulder Baked

Phone:
303-444-4999

Get your sugar fix at this bakery, where you can choose from more than 30 baked-to-order cookies like chocolate chip and ginger doodle. If you're in the mood for something savory, go for tomato bisque and a grilled-cheese sandwich.

Stoney’s Bar and Grill

Phone:
303-830-6839

This Colorado-themed sports bar features 16 ales from local breweries. Pick your favorite to wash down the Buffalo Bill, a local buffalo slider, or the Colorado Bass fish tacos. Plus, watch your favorite teams on 38 plasma-screen TVs.

Corridor 44

Phone:
303-893-0044

This elegant lounge offers more than 125 bottles of champagne and 20 cocktails. Try the pomegranate or black velvet (Guinness with champagne) varieties. Its American menu features perfect champagne compliments, such as smoked salmon and caviar potato chips.

Merle’s

Phone:
303-797-6008

This burger bar also serves casual comfort eats such as ribs, pulled pork, and fresh-cut fries.

Shanty Supper Club

Phone:
303-830-6637

This casual comfort-food locale soothes both stomach and soul with Midwestern classics such as buttery chicken pot-pie, tender pot roast, and creamy mac and cheese with prosciutto.

The Melt (Littleton)

Phone:
720-606-2605

This fast-casual eatery from California specializes in American classics, including burgers, chicken sandwiches, and grilled cheese. Multiple locations.

LoHi Steakbar

Phone:
303-927-6334

Steak is an obvious favorite at this casual bar, but you can find burgers, chicken, and fish on the menu, too. Try a specialty cocktail, like a Moscow mule or a lavender '75.

Punch Bowl Social

Phone:
303-765-2695

This restaurant is perfect for food and play. Dine any time of day off of the diner-inspired menu while entertaining yourself with bowling, ping pong, shuffleboard, and more. Also try the Stapleton location.

Post Oak Hall

Phone:
303-834-7048

Take a quick trip to Houston, Texas with these authentic po' boy sandwiches, which come topped with Southern chow-chow, cheese, and pickles. This shop doubles as Helliemae's retail outlet, so make sure to pick up some salt caramels while you're there.

Steak ‘n Shake

Phone:
303-221-4550

Enjoy steak burgers and hand-dipped milk shakes. Try the grilled portobello mushroom steak burger—served with swiss cheese, caramelized onions, and garlic mayo—with a cookies 'n cream milk shake.

Wingin’ It

Phone:
720-207-2435

Choose from more than 22 flavors of wings (try the mango-barbecue) with dressings and sauces made from scratch.

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12 at Madison

Phone:
720-216-0190

With a menu offering 18 small plates meant for sharing (plus one large format dish meant to feed two to four people), Jeff Osaka's cozy restaurant is ideal for dining with a small group. Don't miss the lamb shoulder.

Tavern Tech Center

Phone:
303-221-4660

Enjoy American food with Asian, Mediterranean, and Italian influences at this laid-back restaurant. Sit out on the patio or catch the game on one of the many high-definition TVs surrounding the bar.

BurgerFi

Phone:
720-390-5046

This fast-casual, farm-to-tray restaurant offers burgers, hot dogs, and frozen custards made with fresh, natural ingredients. Order the signature BurgerFi Cheeseburger with a side of fresh-cut fries and a strawberry shake for a classic American combo.

Etai’s Bakery Cafe (Downtown)

Phone:
303-295-7700

Fresh-baked breads made daily are the highlight of this fast and casual café. For breakfast try the smothered green burrito with a fresh-brewed coffee. Enjoy a mango chicken salad or a French dip sandwich for lunch.

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Work & Class

Phone:
303-292-0700

This elevated meat-and-three concept offers a unique hybrid of American and Latin cuisine in raucous, repurposed-shipping-container digs. Our pick: the Cajun rotisserie chicken, chickpea croquettes, cochinita pibil, and peppers five ways.

Fresh Thymes Eatery

Phone:
303-955-7988

From taste to nutritional value to environmental impact, this food sings "kumbaya." As a community-supported restaurant, this eatery offers yearly memberships starting at $250. The noncomittal can simply walk in and try the grass-finished burger with housemade pickles and corn and arugula salad.

Fruition Restaurant

Phone:
303-831-1962

Executive chef Alex Seidel's tiny kitchen focuses on seasonal dishes—many ingredients come from Seidel's farm—that are big on flavor. Diners flock for the pasta carbonara.

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.

Early Bird

Phone:
303-469-9641

This attractive breakfast and lunch spot offers a well-balanced menu and local ingredients. The all-day breakfast menu includes open-faced omelets and crème brûlée French toast. Also try the Greenwood Village location.

Arcana

Phone:
303-444-3885

This gathering spot aims to explore the roots of American heritage through food. In addition to the seasonal fare, Arcana boasts a variety of on-tap ciders. Our recommendation: Pair your cider with the Colorado trout or the Caribou Ranch steak.

Cedar Creek Pub

Phone:
303-537-4210

A strong sense of state pride is served at this restaurant which serves products from 40 different Colorado-based food companies. Try the specialty items such as fish and chips, bangers and mash, or the tuna and pear salad with gorgonzola cheese, bacon, and a raspberry vinaigrette.

Grind Kitchen & Watering Hole

Phone:
720-749-4158

This rustic watering hole offers an eclectic menu and a full bar. Stick with classic American eats such as fried chicken or a double cheeseburger, or switch things up with the pork belly banh mi and potstickers.

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The Plimoth

Phone:
303-297-1215

This New American restaurant draws from classic Italian and French cuisines for a fresh, unpretentious dining experience. An emphasis on locally farmed and foraged ingredients results in an ever-changing menu of seasonal dishes, like confit heirloom potatoes and cauliflower-turnip gratinée.

Rackhouse Pub

Phone:
720-570-7824

Located in the Bindery on Blake, this gastropub serves contemporary comfort food like mac and cheese, soft pretzels, burgers, and duck fat fries. Try the ciders offered in the bar from neighboring C Squared Ciders.

Hudson Hill

Phone:
303-832-0776

Head to this upscale-yet-casual bar for crafted cocktails like the 8 a.m., a blend of espresso, whiskey, amaro, and lemon peel. Enjoy your drink with a cheese plate or the pork terrine.

Uber Sausage

Phone:
303-862-7894

With a modern approach to traditional European sandwichery, this contemporary eatery offers gourmet house-made sausages topped with crisp produce and unique sauces.

Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery (City Park)

Phone:
720-550-7665

This fast casual American grill focuses on fresh ingredients and innovative techniques to construct its seasonally crafted menu. Pair the 48-hour slow-cooked short ribs with a draft beer. Try their new location in Lowry.

Hodsons Bar & Grill

Phone:
720-457-3852

Toast to the good life at this sleek brunch-through-dinner spot that serves classic American fare, like a prime dip sandwich and a rotisserie chicken salad.

The Hornet

Phone:
303-777-7676

This innovative pub fare boasts an international influence, served in a casual atmosphere.

The Hive Garden Bistro

Phone:
720-865-3501

Enjoy seasonal fare inside Denver Botanic Gardens. Local ingredients are incorporated into the menu for offerings like Colorado quinoa pilaf or the blue cheese jalapeño burger.

Dunbar Kitchen & Tap House

Phone:
720-630-7641

This barbershop-turned-restaurant-and-bar serves up Colorado craft brews and solid cocktails alongside Southern-tinged eats. Order the pimento cheese and a shrimp po' boy on the spacious patio or enjoy the historical ambiance inside at the massive bar.

Augustine Grill

Phone:
303-814-3663

Relax in the meandering garden and enjoy lamb and fresh seafood selections and an extensive wine list. Don't miss the classic steak au poivre with au gratin potatoes and asparagus.

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.

Sink

Phone:
303-444-7465

Located in the basement of an old house, this restaurant has been a Boulder staple since 1923. Guests are encouraged to leave a piece of themselves behind and graffiti the six-and-a-half feet high ceilings. Try the texas onion straw burger, with provolone and cheddar cheeses, jalapenos, and a chipotle mayonnaise, or the buddha basil pizza,…

WaterCourse Foods

Phone:
303-832-7313

This vegetarian icon has been serving wholesome food since 1998. The zesty soups, salads, and wraps are healthy and delicious. Don’t miss the brunch specials.

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 such as the "Caught in the Rain (coconut-infused Bols Genever, pineapple juice, orange flower water, egg white) and nosh on small plates such as roasted bone marrow with bacon jam.

Avelina

Phone:
720-904-6711

This upscale LoDo restaurant offers a sleek atmosphere and beautifully composed plates with worldly flavors. Sample everything from charred Octopus to tuna tartar to short ribs with a yuzu glaze.

The Walnut Room

Phone:
303-295-1868

At this laid-back live music venue, the most popular drink is PBR. Try the Mile High Pizza made kitchen sink-style with more than 10 toppings.

Choice Market

Phone:
720-459-7233

This 24-hour gourmet convenience store offers fresh, made-to-order fare (try the meatball sub) and locally sourced groceries and snacks. Check out the rotating craft beer taps.

Breakfast King

Phone:
303-733-0795

This 24-hour diner serves giant plates of bone-in ham steaks, pancakes, and salads. The hash browns are made daily, and they go through more than 90 gallons of green chile each week.

Le Peep

Phone:
303-759-3388

This Colorado chain doesn't just dish up bacon and eggs; it serves unique and tasty breakfast (and lunch) items that even vegetarians will delight in. Multiple locations.

Tavern Uptown

Phone:
303-830-9210

In an atmosphere that feels more like a living room than a tavern (think comfy couches, a stone fireplace, and plasma TVs), sit back and relax.

Larkburger

Phone:
303-444-1487

The idea at this eatery is a fast casual—not fast food—version of the burger, fry, and shake combo. Try cooked-to-order burgers made from all-natural Black Angus beef, excellent all-natural, gluten-free milkshakes, and hand-cut truffle-and-Parmesan fries. Multiple locations.

Sierra

Phone:
303-662-8800

This upscale Lone Tree eatery from the team behind La Loma focuses on wood-fire cooking. Try the slow-cooked, chipotle-glazed baby back ribs with an Oaxacan Sunset cocktail.

Bud’s Bar

Phone:
303-688-9967

A burger shack in the truest sense, this 60-year old eatery serves only juicy grilled hamburgers and cold drinks to wash them down.

The Melt (16th Street Mall)

Phone:
720-204-3040

This fast-casual eatery from California specializes in American classics, including burgers, chicken sandwiches, and grilled cheese. Multiple locations.

Beatrice & Woodsley

Phone:
303-777-3505

Inspired by the love story of a winemaker's daughter and a lumberjack, the space is designed to resemble a cabin in the woods. Small-plate dishes offer a modern, eclectic mix of regional American cuisine.

Pat’s Philly Cheesesteaks

Phone:
303-534-1333

Fresh-baked "East Coast" rolls, oven-roasted turkey, and fresh meats make for some stellar subs. Also check out the homestyle pizzas and the all-you-can-eat "Wing Wednesdays." Multiple locations.

The Nickel

Phone:
720-889-2128

Enjoy a build-your-own charcuterie platter before digging into entrées such as Colorado bass. Don't miss the barrel-aged craft cocktails.

Juicy Burgers & Dogs

Phone:
303-741-3647

You don’t have to go back in time to enjoy all-American meals. At this minimalist diner, try the cheddar char burger with sharp, spreadable cheddar on a white or pumpernickel bun. Pair it with home-cut, Idaho potato fries.

The Lobby

Phone:
303-997-9911

Appropriately located in the lobby of the former Paris Hotel. At this American grill, order the blue cheese balls and a specialty cocktail.

First Draft

Phone:
303-736-8400

With tasty eats like pork belly BLT sandwiches and an innovative self-serve draft system (featuring 40 taps of craft beer, wine, and cider), First Draft will quickly become your favorite hang out spot.

Fire Restaurant

Phone:
303-572-8000

Located inside the Art, a Hotel, Fire Restaurant serves contemporary American dishes made with locally sourced ingredients, including a Colorado lamb chop.

RiNo Yacht Club

Phone:
720-443-1135

Enjoy classic and creative cocktails at this loungelike RiNo bar. The menu includes a raw seafood bar and Southern-inspired fare.

Sub Culture

Phone:
303-420-3232

Choose from a menu with more than 50 sandwich offerings. The Colorado beef used in many of the subs is slow-cooked in house for seven hours. For vegetarians, try the Mega Veggie made with tempeh, grilled vegetables, and pesto. Pair your sub with the house's specialty bourbon and lemonade.

Cinema Grill

Phone:
303-344-3456

The ultimate dinner and a movie experience. Good food and entertainment in a fun and friendly environment.

The Pig & the Sprout

Phone:
720-535-9719

Tucked behind Union Station, this dichotomous eatery offers something for everyone. Order the sliced brisket with grilled scallions from the Pig side of the menu, or opt for lighter fare, such as a fresh crudité platter, from the Sprout side.

Lazy Dog Sports Bar and Grill

Phone:
303-440-3355

With delicious bar food favorites, plenty of screens to watch the big game, live music, and rooftop dining this is the perfect place to relax and enjoy living in Boulder.

Interstate Kitchen & Bar

Phone:
720-479-8829

This urban roadhouse features familiar American grub with a few twists. Enjoy comfort food favorites like deviled eggs and chicken fried chicken. The full bar boasts more than 150 types of American whiskey, bourbon, and rye.

Fork & Spoon

Phone:
303-847-0345

Enjoy a full menu of modern American breakfast and lunch favorites every day of the week. Don't miss out on the hearty biscuits and gravy.

Egg Shell

Phone:
303-322-1601

Fabulous pancakes and great omelets make this a perennial breakfast favorite. For lunch, sip a mimosa on the heated patio, and try the tasty Reubens and hamburgers.

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.

Brider

Phone:
303-455-3084

Go for high-quality, fast-casual dining. Be sure to try the rotisserie chicken.

Hopdoddy Burger Bar

Phone:
303-446-2337

This fast-casual chain serves made-to-order burgers with fresh and creative toppings. Try the Buffalo Bill bison burger with blue cheese, bacon, Frank's Hot Sauce, and Hopdoddy's signature Sassy Sauce. Wash it down with a house cocktail or draft beer.

Parkway Bar and Grill

Phone:
303-693-6200

American cuisine, food and games for the whole family. On Fridays if you can't find a place to park close, they will come escort you to the restaurant in a golf cart.

Marion Street Tavern

Phone:
720-638-2461

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.

Acres

Phone:
303-593-1003

This Englewood neighborhood joint offers cozy American favorites, including "Bruce's Biscuits"—buttermilk biscuits served with Colorado honey and local Tender Belly Bacon carbonara.

Eureka!

Phone:
720-259-3636

You'll find an thoroughly American menu with a modern twist at this casual eatery. Grab a burger and a craft beer with a side of the crispy brussels sprouts.

Shake Shack

Phone:
720-543-8609

Colorado's first Shake Shack serves the chain’s signature smash burgers, concretes, and crinkle fries. Check out the Denver exclusive Green Chile CheddarShack burger.

Lowry Beer Garden

Phone:
303-366-0114

This traditional, German-style beer garden celebrates Colorado breweries with 16 draft lines (almost all of which serve local beer). Try the burgers or bratwurst with house-cut french fries.

Viewhouse (Centennial)

Phone:
303-835-0658

This is your place to catch the game and enjoy a variety of bar bites from burgers and hot dogs to pizza and steak. Watch your favorite sports team while enjoying a draft beer and a plate of nachos or catch a view of the city from the rooftop bar. Try the latest location in…

Mister Tuna

Phone:
303-831-8862

Troy Guard's chic RiNo spot offers modern, eclectic cooking inspired by his Hawaiian upbringing. Go for rotisserie-roasted meats or try the oak-grilled shiitake mushrooms.

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Bittersweet

Phone:
303-942-0320

Chef Olav Peterson's American farm-to-table restaurant has its own 600-square-foot garden. The decor is both old and new, while the constantly changing menu takes classic dishes and gives them a fresh twist. Try one of the seasonal pastas.

Blackbelly Butcher

Phone:
720-479-8296

Located next door to chef Hosea Rosenberg's Blackbelly restaurant, this butcher shop and lunch counter sources local animals for the in-house butchery program. The quality meats shine in the stacked sandwiches (we recommend the house bologna).

Tavern Lowry

Phone:
303-366-0007

Enjoy American food with Asian, Mediterranean, and Italian influences at this laid-back restaurant. Catch a game on one of the many high-definition TVs surrounding the bar.

Park Burger (Platt Park)

Phone:
720-242-9951

This neighborhood eatery serves up top-notch burgers, such as the Croque, topped with Swiss, a fried egg, and a slice of ham. Add a milkshake or root beer float. Multiple locations.

Etai’s Bakery Cafe at Stapleton

Phone:
303-329-8888

Enjoy every meal of the day at this casual Stapleton eatery. Start your day off with a Denver omelette and coffee. Try the paleo plantain sandwich at lunch and end your day with the crispy fried chicken sandwich.

Big Smoke Burger

Phone:
303-756-3145

Diners can customize handcrafted burgers with toppings like jalapeño havarti and roasted peppers, or opt for one of the signature creations. Order the Colorado lamb burger crowned with a cilantro-feta spread with a side of poutine.

New World Cheese

Phone:
303-484-8110

Enjoy more than just artfully composed cheese plates at this cafe. Choose from a full menu loaded with gems like a gouda waffle, stuffed figs, and macaroni and cheese grilled cheese.

Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar (Northglenn)

Phone:
303-452-3999

This laid-back restaurant takes burgers to the next level with combinations like the Pastrami Reuben Burger topped with pastrami, Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing, and sauerkraut. Don’t miss the craft beers and handspun shakes.

Fat Jack’s Subs (Baker)

Phone:
303-757-7827

Every hour, on the hour, fresh bread emerges from the oven for these premium subs. Stop in and gulp down the Big Bird (turkey) or the PB&J sandwich, which comes with with apricot jam and bacon.

The Fort

Phone:
303-697-4771

This Colorado institution offers fine buffalo, beef, seafood, and game. Enjoy breathtaking views of the mountains and Denver's city lights while you dine.

Chow Urban Grill

Phone:
303-597-0624

Specializing in putting creative twists on American classics, this restaurant offers everything from flatbreads to chargrilled East Coast oysters. We recommend the braised pork belly bahn mi with Sambal aïoli or the Colorado lamb burger served on a brioche bun.

Ellyngton’s

Phone:
303-297-3111

Located in the Brown Palace Hotel, this is the home of Denver's power meal. Indulge in the lavish Dom Perignon brunch on Sundays.

Rialto Cafe

Phone:
303-893-2233

Located on the 16th Street Mall, this stylish and upbeat destination features carefully crafted American dishes, specialty cocktails, and local brews on draft.

J. Alexander’s

Phone:
303-708-8432

Specialties include award-winning prime rib, hardwood-grilled aged steaks, and fresh seafood served by friendly professionals.

Hearth & Dram

Phone:
303-623-0979

This modern saloon features more than 350 whiskies. The menu offers a wood-fired take on New American cuisine.

Rockabillies

Phone:
303-421-1799

This American burger bistro is known for, well, its handmade burgers, but don't miss the hot rod sandwich: chicken breast, buffalo sauce, lettuce, tomato, ranch, and blue cheese crumbles.

Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar

Phone:
303-377-3032

This laid-back restaurant takes burgers to the next level with combinations like the Pastrami Reuben Burger topped with pastrami, Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing, and sauerkraut. Don’t miss the craft beers and handspun shakes.

Dazbog Coffee Company at Emily Griffith

Phone:
720-423-4797

Try a creamy latte and a fresh blueberry muffin for a good cause. This shop, a part of the Emily Griffth Technical College, is starting up a barista internship for refugees and students at Emily Griffiths who earn necessary employment experience. It contains a full espresso bar and pastries from nearby Aspen Baking Company and…

Handy Diner

Phone:
619-730-5264

This diner serves up American comfort food—vegan style. Described as a dive, Handy Diner offers an extensive menu of inexpensive breakfast plates, sandwiches, and desserts.

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.

Rosie’s Diner

Phone:
303-752-3663

Take a trip back to the '50s at this classic American diner. Enjoy breakfast all day, burgers, and milkshakes while listening to tunes from the jukebox at your booth.

Officers Club

Phone:
303-284-0714

Nosh on American staples like Maryland crab cakes, a prime rib French dip, and the juicy Big Boy bacon burger at this neighborhood dining room and bar, which is inspired by the military legacy of the Lowry Air Force Base.

Atomic Cowboy

Phone:
303-377-7900

You can't go wrong with delicious pub food in a friendly and lively atmosphere. Now that Fat Sully's Pizza has joined forces with Atomic Cowboy and Denver Biscuit Company, enjoy huge slices of New York-style pizza or a biscuit sandwich along with your brew.

The Regional

Phone:
303-842-4094

Located in Avanti Food and Beverage, this new stall from chef Kevin Grossi takes customers on a culinary road trip. Try the Andouille sausage po' boy with Tabasco aïoli and pickled shrimp, and don't miss simple seasonal desserts like peaches and cream.

Hashtag

Phone:
303-996-9985

Prolific Denver chef Troy Guard takes on the breakfast joint with Hashtag. Wake up on the right side of the bed with lamb neck eggs Benedict, kimchi fried rice, and quinoa waffles.

The Post Brewing Co.

Phone:
303-593-2066

This Lafayette brewery pairs unique brews with (gluten-free) fried chicken, slow-cooked pork shoulder, freshly baked cheddar-rosemary biscuits, and other comfort food. Seasonal produce is supplied by the nearby Isabelle and Oxford Farms.

Flatz Restaurant

Phone:
303-465-0153

Enjoy modern American foods in a comfortable Colorado-themed dining room. Try the bacon-wrapped filet or the cast-iron chicken. Select a wine from the extensive list.

School House Kitchen and Libations

Phone:
720-639-4213

This school-themed restaurant offers more than 1,100 whiskeys behind the bar and a rooftop patio. Enjoy fun menu selections like chicken and waffle sandwiches, bacon-wrapped hot dogs, and build-your-own macaroni and cheese.

The Bitter Bar

Phone:
303-442-3050

Snuggle up in this lounge for dinner, late-night nibbles (such as baked ricotta and lamb chops), dessert, or just enjoy the craft cocktails. Whether it's happy hour or late at night, this is the perfect place to unwind and indulge.

Appaloosa Grill

Phone:
720-932-1700

This American grill and bar serves up classic sandwiches and salads as well as hearty entrees. Try the Reuben at lunch, then go big with the bison sirloin agnolotti for dinner.

Ale House at Amato’s

Phone:
303-433-9734

Choose from 40 Colorado craft beers on tap, an extensive wine list, and cocktails made with Colorado spirits. Try the elk sausage macaroni and cheese or the Breckenridge IPA-battered fish and chips.

Parker Garage

Phone:
720-389-8105

Located in the heart of Parker, this modern space offers up hearty entrées made with locally sourced produce and livestock. Look out for the charcuterie plate and the grilled yellowfin tuna sandwich with wasabi mayo.

Midwestern Saloon

Phone:
303-455-0954

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.

Atomic Cowboy (Berkeley)

Phone:
303-377-7900

You can't go wrong with delicious pub food in a friendly and lively atmosphere. Now that Fat Sully's Pizza has joined forces with Atomic Cowboy and Denver Biscuit Company, enjoy huge slices of New York-style pizza or a biscuit sandwich along with your brew.

Steuben’s

Phone:
303-830-1001

With food like homemade mac and cheese and fried chicken, plus retro booths, this restaurant makes the 1950s feel right around the corner. Also try the Arvada location.

Gold Hill Inn

Phone:
303-443-6461

The menu at this eatery is reborn nightly, but expect local, seasonal flavors that take French-inspired dishes and fuse them with mom’s home cooking. Be sure to save room for the desserts, like sour cream apple pie. Closed from January through April, will reopen in May and stay open through December.

The Universal

Phone:
303-955-0815

This breakfast and lunch spot enjoys an industrial farmhouse-chic home. Breakfast foods, including eggs Benedict and biscuits and gravy, are served all day. Lunch provides a good mix of Southern flavors with house-smoked pulled pork and shrimp and grits.

Inga’s Alpine Lounge

Phone:
720-389-6203

Inga's has an apres-ski vibe complete with board games, lounge chairs, and a dozen beer taps. The menu features straight-forward pub classics like grinders, Chicago dogs, pizzas, and BLTs, plus legendary smothered fries from its sister restaurant, Jonesy's.

Wendell’s

Phone:
720-485-3901

This breakfast and lunch joint serves modern takes on diner food, featuring everything from classics chicken-fried steak to updated fare like avocado toast with pickled beets and herbed ricotta.

Jill’s Restaurant

Phone:
720-406-7399

Serving fresh, organic, and free-range menu items with a selection of international wines. Check out the vegan tasting dinner on Mondays.

Atticus

Phone:
720-459-8273

Atticus, like its literary namesake, values community—a fact reflected on its menu of Colorado-focused food, beer, and spirits. Try the braised short ribs with lemon risotto, broccolini, and a whiskey demi-glace.

Denver Diner

Phone:
(303) 825-5443

This casual, old-school joint on West Colfax is open at all hours and draws in night owls and early birds alike for comforting, home-style entrées.

Chocolate Lab

Phone:
720-536-5037

Expect to find chocolate in just about every dish on the menu, whether savory or sweet. Try the slow-roasted pulled pork sandwich which is served with bourbon-chocolate barbecue sauce.

Smashburger

Phone:
720-292-5121

These customizable burgers come with the convenience of a fast-food joint but the full flavor of a gourmet restaurant. Order a Colorado burger or build your own with add-ons like haystack onions, fried pickles, and guacamole. Don't miss the root beer floats. Multiple locations.

Tree Haus Bistro

Phone:
303-484-9728

A traditional bistro emphasizing soups, salads, sandwiches, and tapas. Each sandwich is named after a tree such as the Aspen, a hot pastrami sandwich, or the Poplar, a roast turkey sandwich with a cranberry relish and toasted sage leaves. For dessert, try a house-made chocolate tort on the expansive front patio.

Stanley Beer Hall

Phone:
(720) 749-5098

Located inside the Stanley Marketplace, this beer hall offers 30 ever-changing beer selections and a menu of approachable-yet-elevated pub fare. Chow down on mussels with french fries, warm pretzels with pimento cheese, and spicy maple-glazed chicken wings.

Tables

Phone:
303-388-0299

A glass of wine, flickering candlelight, and mismatched tables set the tone at this cozy neighborhood restaurant.

Greenbriar Inn

Phone:
303-440-7979

Nestled in the foothills of Boulder, this spot promises a romantic getaway. In a dining room of white tablecloths and chandeliers, order meals like beef Wellington and filet mignon while you choose a vino from the 1,000-label wine cellar.

Cheesecake Factory

Phone:
303-858-1111

More than 200 menu items, including steaks, seafood, pasta, pizza, salads, and more. Plus more than 35 varieties of cheesecake.

Blake Street Tavern

Phone:
303-675-0505

This Ballpark-Area favorite is great for the huge plates of nachos, award-winning green chile, and Colorado craft beer selection. Enjoy the patio when the weather is warm.

Epernay Lounge

Phone:
303-573-5000

This contemporary fusion restaurant features high-end diner style food like sandwiches and mac n cheese, to charcuterie and shrimp cocktails.

Foolish Craig’s Cafe

Phone:
303-247-9383

An intimate cafe serving delicious homemade food in a casual setting. For breakfast try the scrumptious crepes and omelets, and for dinner feast on the almond crusted brie stuffed salmon.

Howl at the Moon

Phone:
303-291-0880

Eat, drink, and experience the most celebrated piano show in town. Pianists face off in musical acts of showmanship that beg you to become part of the fun. Munch on a variety of appetizers, from quesedillas, to pizza, or try the house-favorite buffalo wings.

Mile High Hamburger Mary’s

Phone:
303-993-5812

Whether you're hanging out for a Bronco's game or enjoying a night out with the family, this perfectly quirky spot is ideal. Don't miss the Power Hour salad with quinoa, arugula, and a lemon preserve vinaigrette or the Hula Girl burger with house-made pineapple chutney.

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.

Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs

Phone:
720-746-9355

This spot's unusual menu includes rave-worthy dogs in adventurous flavors (think duck-cilantro and Alaskan reindeer). Toppings include unique combinations like wasabi aïoli, caramelized apples, and shaved Irish cheddar cheese.

The Post Brewing Co. (Rosedale)

Phone:
720-466-5699

Colorado-style fried bird is the specialty at this laid-back joint. Diners flock for the crispy fried chicken as well as the creative sides, tasty craft brews, and down-home desserts. Multiple locations.

Bar Louie (Westminster)

Phone:
720-214-3300

Check out this casual restaurant for your sandwich needs, like the Luigi loaded up with shaved sirloin, lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, and olive oil, on a hoagie roll. For dessert, sample their key lime shiner -- a key lime parfait layered with strawberries and cake. Or throw back one of their 32 specialty drinks, like the…

Weber

Phone:
303-377-8577

Casual fine dining with choices such as pan-seared diver scallops with root vegetables, wild mushroom hash, pea shoots, and vanilla-poached foie gras. Plus, sip on a glass of wine or specialty mojito.

My Favorite Muffin

Phone:
303-623-0060

Serving breakfast and lunch with 14 varieties of bagels and more than 30 muffin varieties. Try the turkey club sandwich with a jumbo chocolate cheesecake muffin.

Blue Spruce Brewery

Phone:
303-771-0590

Blue Spruce features its own hand-crafted beers along with an ecclectic menu of burgers, German, and Mexican pub fare. Try the Jackalope sausage, made with rabbit, pork, and antelope meats with habanero and dried cherries.

Sloan’s Lake Tap and Burger

Phone:
720-456-6779

Head to the second location of this Colorado-born eatery for gourmet burgers and local craft beer. Pick your patty, bun, and an assortment of toppings for your perfect customizable burger, or opt for the Colorado barbecue.

Growler USA

Phone:
720-387-7965

Beer enthusiasts rejoice: this Sloan’s Lake pub offers over 100 taps of draft beer, sourced locally and from around the country, along with a beer-themed menu. Dig into dishes such as the Nitro BBQ cheddar burger or skillet mac and beer cheese.

Vital Root

Phone:
303-474-4131

Justin Cucci's fourth eatery focuses on quick, healthy food. Grab a seat in the airy space and nosh creative, wholesome fare such as chilled carrot-ginger soup or a veggie dosa.

Little Man Ice Cream

Phone:
303-455-3811

This sweet parlor is located inside a giant milk can, and all the ice cream and the baked goods that are mixed in are hand-made just a few blocks away. In the summer, salted Oreo and Mexican chocolate are favorites. For every scoop of ice cream you buy, a three-ounce scoop of rice is donated…

Hedge Row

Phone:
720-642-8292

The team behind the Kitchen and Next Door Eatery focuses on wood-roasted, seasonal fare at this bright Cherry Creek spot. Order an array of vegetable dishes, such as grilled carrots with ricotta or avocado-pea salad.

Yellowbelly Chicken (Aurora)

Phone:
720-259-2393

At this fast-casual spot inside the Stanley Marketplace, free-range poultry is fried (or rotisserie roasted) to perfection and served with an array of seasonal side dishes and salads. Try the West Vail, a sandwich made with crispy chicken tenders, lettuce, pickles, and a zesty house sauce. Multiple locations.

Fatburger

Phone:
303-363-6996

At this gourmet, cooked-to-order hamburger joint, your burgers are charred on an open grill.

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.

Large Marge’s Philly Cheesesteaks

Phone:
303-463-4549

When Marge, a native of South Philadelphia, retired from the Coast Guard and police force, she opened this restaurant to pay homage to the food of her childhood. Try cheesesteaks in authentic Philly amoroso rolls, hogies, green chile, and Tasteykake.

Brown Palace Atrium

Phone:
303-297-3111

The atrium offers tea service daily from noon until four, with pastries, finger sandwiches, and chocolates. After four, enjoy cocktails and appetizers beneath the stained glass skylight.

Hickory & Ash

Phone:
720-390-4400

Famed Denver chef Kevin Taylor—and his son, executive chef Ryan Taylor—bring a modern, wood-fire “meatery” to Broomfield. Try the short rib pastrami.

Newk’s Eatery (Arvada)

Phone:
303-422-1490

This casual dining spot hails from Mississippi and uses family recipes. Order the Newk's Q chicken sandwich, topped with bacon, swiss cheese, and white barbecue sauce. Also try the Lone Tree location.

Tavern Platt Park

Phone:
303-226-1766

The Tavern offers a comfortable neighborhood gathering spot. Nab a plate of the nachos and pair it with the Citrus Mojito. Multiple locations.

Maloney’s Tavern

Phone:
303-825-1990

This pop culture-themed bar and grill with a lively and comfortable atmosphere serves up a variety of burgers, steaks, salads, and pasta, plus the signature jumbo martinis.

Blue Sky Grill

Phone:
303-405-6090

Located on the ground floor at the southern entrance to the Pepsi Center, this restaurant has a true mountain lodge atmosphere.

Park Burger

Phone:
720-242-9951

Denver's favorite neighborhood gourmet burger joint opens shop in Park Hill, serving favorites like the Royale—a 1/3 lb. burger smothered in caramelized onions, bleu cheese, and bacon.

RiNo Beer Garden

Phone:
303-295-3800

Say, "Prost!" at this German-inspired beer garden. Select a beer from one of the 60 taps to enjoy on the 3,700-square-foot outdoor patio. Be sure to try the chicken and dumplings or schnitzel gnocchi.

Mimi’s Café

Phone:
303-799-1211

Serving a variety of homemade American classics. Other locations in Aurora, Broomfield, Golden. Loveland, Westminster, and Colorado Springs.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Phone:
303-226-1540

This watering hole offers a vintage-inspired vibe and a menu curated by Old Major's Justin Brunson. Wash down your burger or fried chicken with one of 95 whiskeys.

Satchel’s on 6th

Phone:
303-399-2560

This cozy spot serves American comfort food with original twists. Try the roasted halibut with braised artichokes, roasted Yukon golden potatoes, preserved lemon, and tomato concassè.

Bru Handbuilt Ales & Eats

Phone:
720-638-5193

The menu offers diverse selections like Southern-style fried chicken with honey-chile glaze and sausage made with ale. Eats are paired with brewer Ian Clark's unfiltered, hoppy creations.

Berkshire

Phone:
303-321-4010

This cozy spot specializes in "swine, wine, and a good time." Favorites include the bacon-wrapped jalapenos and the heritage breed bacon flight.

Wystone’s World Teas

Phone:
303-663-5775

This charming cafe features an extensive tea menu with dessert, fruit, and cheese pairings. Stop in for a quick cup or a grilled pear salad for lunch. Also try the Stapleton location.

Freshcraft

Phone:
303-758-9608

Head to this spot for an extensive beer selection with more than 100 bottles and 20 on tap, and an innovative twist on comfort pub food.

Denver Bicycle Cafe

Phone:
720-446-8029

This eatery offers full-service bike tune-up and repairs. Enjoy local craft beers or a steaming cup of Pablo's coffee while you wait.

Larkburger

Phone:
720-285-1995

The idea at this eatery is a fast casual—not fast food—version of the burger, fry, and shake combo. Try cooked-to-order burgers made from all-natural Black Angus beef, excellent all-natural, gluten-free milkshakes, and hand-cut truffle-and-Parmesan fries. Multiple locations.

Punch Bowl Social (Stapleton)

Phone:
303-765-2696

This restaurant is perfect for food and play. Dine any time of day off of their diner-inspired menu while entertaining yourself with bowling, ping pong, shuffleboard, and more. Also try the Baker location.

Toast Fine Food & Coffee

Phone:
303-797-9543

Don't miss the pancake flights: stacks of warm flapjacks prepared in four signature flavors, including strawberry-banana cheesecake and Oreo cookie. Also serves lunch.

Tavern Littleton

Phone:
303-730-7772

Enjoy American food with Asian, Mediterranean, and Italian influences at this laid-back restaurant. Grab a seat on the rooftop patio and enjoy the food and drink specials, or watch the game on one of the many high-definition TVs.

So Perfect Eats

Phone:
303-862-9074

Everything from sandwiches and salads to the dips are made-to-order from scratch. Don't miss the sweets and baked goods: Try the chewy oatmeal cookie, which contains dried cranberries and golden and dark raisins.

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