1. The Squeaky Bean1500 Wynkoop St, Denver
2. The Cherry Cricket2641 E 2nd Ave, Denver
3. Humboldt1700 Humboldt St, Denver
4. Larkburger1617 California St, Denver
5. Park Burger1890 S Pearl St, Denver
6. My Brother's Bar2376 15th St, Denver
7. Acorn3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver
8. The Populist3163 Larimer St, Denver
9. Steuben's Food Service523 E 17th Ave, Denver
The Squeaky Bean, based in Denver's LoDo neighborhood, is an American restaurant whose menu changes with the seasons, to the heightened satisfaction of your taste buds. If you visit their website, you can even get a 360° peek at the farm on which their ingredients are grown. And while their menu varies from crispy cauliflower one day to sheep's milk ricotta gnocchi another, it's always served in a light-filled space where the intersection of warm wood and orange brick offers your meal a homey context.
Backed by 50 years of burger history, Cherry Cricket's patties are a true legend, and its wings, sandwiches, and chilis are pretty damn good too. A champion of local beer, the bar is stocked with 27 taps of locally brewed craft beer.
Farm fresh ingredients, impressive wine and beer lists, and a menu of land and sea based dishes like a Friday & Saturday-only lobster risotto or a red-wine demi'd filet mignon leaden with Moody Blue cheese.
If burger making is an art, these guys are the artists. They set out to make mouth-watering patties with distinctive and flavorful varieties and they did exactly that. From the namesake Larkburger featuring 1/3lb Black Angus to creative options featuring truffle oil and more, the only challenge will be rolling yourself out once you've downed their parm-drenched fries and all the beef you can handle.
Park Burger in Platt Park is just waiting to hook you up with fancy burgers (like the ahi tuna, truffle burger, and croque burger), as well as regular ones. Delicious guilty pleasures, too --- like their bacon ranch fries and Irish cream shake -- are available to enjoy.
My Brother's Bar, off 15th and Platte, is a city institution that has been pouring booze for Beat Gen folks like Neal Cassady (who still has a tab there) and plenty of other thirsty Denverites forever. MBB also flips a mean burger -- pair that with a solid beer list, and it's no surprise this place is still going strong.
A buzzy, industrial-chic small plates spot, Acorn in River North is offers shareable plates, as well as innovative libations (think alcoholic shaved ice). The eclectic, epicurean-inspired menu features oak-fired game (waygu beef, pork shoulder, and chicken), fresh seafood plates, and roasted vegetable salads. An extensive wine list and cool, artisanal cocktails are also worth checking out.
Located in Denver's Five Points neighborhood, The Populist is an American restaurant perfecting the craft of the small (er) plate (no entree-sized meals). With menu items like the seared kalbi short ribs with soy braised burdock avocado puree and herb papaya salad, and powerhouse, distinctive cocktails, you may find smaller can be better.
Steuben's, an old-school diner with sophistication, serves good ol' American comfort food in Uptown Denver. Class it up with a cayenne etouffee or get down and dirty with some gravy fries.