The gist: With a move from food hall Avanti to their own brick and mortar, which opened January 2021, this fast-casual concept is making it really, really easy to eat flavorful and healthy food when you’re not up for another night of doing the dishes.
The food: The menu here is built around a trio of rotisserie proteins: chicken, pork, and salmon. You can load those into a bowl, or opt for a sandwich or salad alongside super fresh veggies and any (or all) of their flavor boosting sauces. From there, add on any of their standout sides that go way beyond the typical fries or salad—think blistered green beans with garlic and fried capers or grilled polenta with wild mushrooms and shaved parm. They also offer a lineup of beer, wine, and ready-to-pour cocktails from The Family Jones.
The cost: Plates and bowls range from $14 - $20 and a la carte sides are $3.50 - $7.50
How to order: Use their app to order for pickup and delivery
The gist: This new food hall packed with food and drink options is located in a historic building on the banks of Clear Creek and has downtown Golden’s first and only rooftop patio.
The food: There are five concepts inside: Republik of Chiken, which serves elevated takes on burgers, chicken sandwiches, and other comfort food classics; Tacos al Chile for Mexican; sushi from Sushi Sora; smoked meats from Rolling Smoke BBQ; and ice cream from Happy Cones. The space also features two self-pour walls where you can serve yourself up local beer, wine, cocktails, and a selection of sake.
The cost: Burgers and sandwiches are $13 - $16, tacos are $3, sushi rolls start at $6, BBQ plates are $14 - $18, and ice cream is $4.49 - $5.99
How to order: Visit in person
The gist: With homey, '70s retro vibes and a killer rooftop deck with mountain views, this is a top spot to grab a pizza and drinks.
The food: The 12” pies here are made with naturally leavened sourdough and are cooked in the brick oven for the perfect charred yet chewy crust, which is topped with options like local bison, cupping pepperoni, and castelvetrano olives. There’s also a selection of apps (just say yes to the pepperoni rolls) and salads. And while the pizza may be some of the best in town, don’t miss out on their beverage program which includes cocktails made with local spirits, craft beers, and natural and organic wines.
The cost: Appetizers and salads are $8 - $14, pizzas are $12 - $18
How to order: Order pickup via Toast
The gist: A Denver favorite for soul food, Corafaye’s has been serving up southern homestyle eats since 2006 but after a long closure due to the pandemic, recently reopened in a new location on Colfax and Chambers.
The food: The original menu is currently condensed a bit, but all the crowd favorites including fried chicken, catfish nuggets, and smothered pork chops are accounted for. Most mains are available as plates with two sides and bread, and there’s also a selection of sandwiches. And of course, don’t skip dessert, especially if that dessert is peach cobbler.
The cost: Plate meals are $4.95 (for a fried chicken leg and one side) to $16.99 and burgers and sandwiches are $6.99 - $12.49
How to order: Call 303-333-5551 to order for pickup or get delivery via Postmates, GrubHub, or DoorDash
The gist: Located inside the Rally Hotel at the new McGregor Square development next to Coors Field, this retro-inspired eatery is a bright and fun spot to grab a bite.
The food: Classic diner eats get a playful, modern makeover with options that range from the all-American cheeseburger and the BLT amped up with raclette to crab and trout dip served with a bag of bugles and everything bagel deviled eggs complete with house made salmon bacon. The drinks also get a nostalgic twist, with non-alcoholic options like Yoohoo, root beer floats, and of course, milkshakes (which you can definitely get a boozy version of). And yes, there is pie.
The cost: Appetizers are $5 - $15 and entrees are $12 - $36
How to order: Order online via their website for pickup
The gist: From hockey player to attorney, owner Natascha Hess took a winding path to the food scene and made a big splash with her food truck turned recently opened brick and mortar location.
The food: Inspired by her time living in China and traveling to Thailand, Japan, Malaysia, and the Philippines, Hess’ street food inspired dishes go big on bold flavors. From the snackable Bangkok Balls to the playful Cheeseburger Fried Rice, the entire menu is full of crave-worthy temptations. But if you have to pick one place to start, it’s a bestseller from her food truck days, the tantalizing Char Siu pork with smashed cucumber salad.
The cost: Appetizers are $8, and entrees range from $13 - $17.
How to order: They are open for dine-in or you can order for pickup via Toast