Cart Driver
Work and Class
Rebecca Feder
The BSide
Mercantile Dining & Provision
Bistro Barbes
Argyll Whisky Beer, A Gastropub
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1. Cart-Driver 2500 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205

The name may conjure up thoughts of race cars, but Cart-Driver is actually named for the old-school Italians that would travel to various villages with a cart of food and make meals for people. This neighborhood pizza place is a tiny spot made up of shipping containers which aim to do the same: serve a simple but good meal at an affordable price. Wood-fired pizzas and oysters make up the simple menu along with a small but carefully chosen drink list.

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2. Work & Class 2500 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205

Work & Class keeps it simple: a choose-a-meat-and-side menu with delicious options like Stout-Braised Short Ribs and two types of Rotisserie Chicken, a respectably large beer, wine, and spirits menu, and a no-nonsense attitude all make this spot an easy pick for an after-work hangout.

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3. Brazen 4500 West 38th Ave, Denver, CO 80212

Tucked away next to a Comfort Dental, Brazen could almost go unnoticed -- but it shouldn't. A tiny patio surrounding a fire pit outside and a cozy, intimate space inside make you feel right at home. They offer a simple menu of American dishes like meatballs, deviled eggs, and duck confit, plus a build-your-own s'mores platter for dessert.

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4. Gozo 32 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209

A Mediterranean restaurant with a relaxed fine dining feel, Gozo churns out delicious eats like grilled prawns over mashed cauliflower, and braised pork shoulder with preserved lemon and mustard greens.

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5. The BSide 1336 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80218

In the old building of Serioz Pizza and Pasquini's, Bside is a casual bar and restaurant. Homestyle cooking with a twist on good old American comfort food is the theme, and the coconut milk fried chicken is not to be missed. There are old school favorites like Salisbury Steak and Meatloaf Wellington, as well as some interesting dishes that will be your new favorite, like chicken chicharrones. There are 30 beers on tap so there is definitely something to be paired with every single dish.

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6. Mercantile Dining & Provision 1701 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO 80202

This European-inspired restaurant has a menu made up of pickled veggies, seafood, meats and family-style entrees that are made to share between several people. Come for breakfast or come for a dinner that will quickly rack up the expense account, but come ready for a carefully prepared meal that will be made with a lot of love and fresh ingredients from their very own Fruition Farms.

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7. Bistro Barbès 5021 E 28th Ave, Denver, CO 80207

This 30-seater French bistro packs in the flavors, utilizing Spanish, African, and Middle Eastern influences to inspire its cuisine.

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8. Atticus 1125 E Evans Ave, Denver, CO 80210

Atticus is an all-day neighborhood spot that's got delightfulness like pork belly biscuits, wild boar chili, and a ton of craft cocktails made from locally distilled spirits.

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9. Leña 24 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203

Housed in a former furniture store, Leña serves dishes that seamlessly weave together the flavors of Latin America. Expect dishes in forms you already know but with an extra level of innovation: empanadas with green plantain dough and poblano, goat tacos, and chicken chilaquiles. While Leña isn't a tapas bar per se, small plates are the go-to order, and most groups (at least the ones who know what they're doing) end their meal with a shared plate of gooey chocolate pelotas fritas made with yucca flour and served with a glass of horchata.

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10. Argyll Whisky Beer Gastropub 1035 E 17th Avenue, Denver, CO 80218

Argyll's Uptown location has a menu full of traditional British fare -- don't miss their version of the Scotch egg, or their extensive beer and whiskey lists.

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11. range 918 17th St, Denver, CO 80202

American Western fare doesn't have to be kitschy. Take, for example, the menu at Range, where gamey meats like bison are creatively served with root beer BBQ, sweet potato steak fries, and pickled green tomatoes. The space resembles an old-school whiskey saloon and pulls off a modern interpretation of the American West with leather accents and trendy art pieces. As with any Western throwback, the liquor menu is comprehensive and includes Colorado bourbon and whiskey.