Food & Drink

The 6 Meatiest Bowls of Chili in Denver

Published On 01/28/2015 Published On 01/28/2015
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
Sage Restaurant Group
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
Ruth Tobias/Thrillist
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1. Second Home Kitchen + Bar 150 Clayton Ln, Denver, CO 80206 (Cherry Creek)

Second Home is a nouveau-comfy Cherry Creek spot serving up "American home cooking with spins on timeless favorites." Think along the lines of tender belly sausage and a Mediterranean frittata, and you know what? You deserve it.

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2. So Perfect Eats 278 Fillmore St, Denver, CO 80206 (Cherry Creek)

This dainty café is the place to go if you’re looking for frosted cupcakes and appliquéd tea towels. But it also has a rib-sticking, kicking bowl of chili. Its staple stew is nice and thick, crammed with chunks of breast meat and white beans, and plenty redolent of spices too.

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3. West End Tap House 3945 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212

With more weekly specials than ski resorts in Colorado, West End Tap House has the drinking scene on lock. But if drinking's not your thing, the menu contains items like the Medjool Dates which are Chorizo-stuffed & wrapped in bacon and a Jalapeño Cheddar Elk Brat.

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4. Elway's 2500 E 1st Ave, Denver, CO 80206 (Cherry Creek)

This Cherry Creek steakhouse, owned by former Broncos quarterback John Elway, offers up delicious steak and sides, as well as beautiful decor and ambiance.

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5. Punch Bowl Social 65 Broadway, Denver, CO 80209 (Baker)

It might advertise itself as a restaurant and bar, but Punch Bowl Social is first and foremost a game hall. The 24,000sqft space features skeeball, shuffleboard, bowling, and a handful of arcade games. Though the whole set-up is kiddish in nature, retro decor gives it a cool, mature boost and polished bites like truffle kettle chips and cauliflower nachos elevate the experience to a tasteful level, making it worthy of the reservations you'll likely have to make.

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6. Vine Street Pub & Brewery 1700 Vine St, Denver, CO 80206

A subsidiary of the Mountain Sun Restaurant Group (Pearl Street's popular pub), Vine Street offers a solid selection of microbrews on tap, as well as delicious pub fare. Just like its extensive collection of housemade craft beers, the interior design here is wholly custom-tailored as well, and features abstract and colorful murals, overhead piping painted with vines, and a patio designated for cornhole matches.