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The Top 5280 Dining Guides of 2023

Forget scrolling on Yelp. Our 10 most popular food-and-drink stories of the year will dispatch you straight to the best spots for brunch, burgers, noodles, and more across the Mile High City and beyond.

1. The Best New Restaurants and Bars Heating Up the Denver Dining Scene

Find our favorite hotspots on this ever-evolving, seasonally updated list.

Braised pork belly and Sichuan fish in hot chile oil at Shanghai Kitchen. Photo by Riane Menardi Morrison
Photo by Riane Menardi Morrison

2. The 20 Best Chinese Restaurants in Denver and Beyond

Hungry? You’ve come to the right place. The Denver metro area is rife with excellent Chinese restaurants slinging noodle soups, roast duck, wontons and dumplings, and other regional specialties. Here are the best we found.

3. The 23 Best Coffee Shops in Denver and Beyond

Our destination-worthy picks for great beans, well-made drinks, friendly baristas, and cozy vibes in Denver and its surrounding ’burbs.

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4. The 30ish Best Places to Brunch in and Around Denver

Local culinary pros have made this weekend ritual more fun—and delicious—than ever before. From the tastiest fried chicken to the fluffiest pancakes to the most flavorful chilaquiles, here, in no particular order, are our 30-plus favorite spots quelling midmorning hanger across the Denver metro area. (Yes, Bloodies, too.)

5. The 12 Best Sandwiches in Denver, According to Colorado’s Favorite Stoner Foodie

Kip Wilson, the host of the “Stoned Appétit” podcast, dishes on the dankest spots to grab a sub in the Mile High City.

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6. The 11 Best Things You Need to Eat (or Drink) at Coors Field

Move over, Cracker Jack. From peach-stuffed chimichangas with whipped cream cheese to handheld Doritos nachos specially crafted for eating on the go, these delicious baseball bites are reason enough to head to the diamond.

7. The 18 Best Ramen Spots in and Around Denver

From traditional tonkotsu to birria ramen, we’ve rounded up the best places to devour crave-worthy noodle soup in the city.

Photo by Sarah Banks

8. The 15 Best Food Trucks That Post Up in Denver and Beyond

Beep, beep! From mobile kitchens serving everything from Detroit-style pizza to Scandinavian sandwiches to chorizo-egg-and-cheese tacos, here (in no particular order) are 15 must-try trucks on the Front Range.

9. A Local’s Guide to Eating and Drinking in Downtown Denver

From a decadent hotel brunch to that final nightcap after the big game, here’s are 28 spots worth eating and drinking at in the Mile High City’s downtown area.

10. The 31 Best Burgers in Denver and Beyond

Check out our updated list of favorite restaurants serving crave-worthy renditions of the bun-and-protein combo, including 15 new additions.