1. Olive & Finch1552 E 17th Ave, Denver
2. Stout St. Social1400 Stout St, Denver
3. Salt & Grinder3609 W 32nd Ave, Denver
4. Butcher's Bistro2233 Larimer St , Denver
5. Cart Driver2500 Larimer St, Denver
6. Fuel Cafe3455 Ringsby Ct, Denver
7. Freshcraft1530 Blake St, Denver
8. Maci Cafe1575 Boulder St, Denver
Olive & Finch is a rare bird -- an establishment devoted to using local, organic, and sustainable ingredients in order to make fast, convenient dishes for you when you're on the run. Get your hands on a pulled pork breakfast scramble or a Reuben made with house-cured pastrami without even leaving your car -- they have curbside delivery to make things as easy as possible.
This high-energy hangout lays down a standard Reuben beat -- swiss, sauerkraut, and zesty mayonnaise-based dressing (in this case, 1000 Island rather than Russian) -- then changes the whole tune with thick slices of panko-breaded and fried cauliflower in lieu of the usual corned beef.
Frank Bonanno's newest concept is an Italian deli loaded with simple sandwiches done right (think meatball subs, Reubens). Don't shy away from breakfast either -- they've got options like the Italian (fresh mozz, prosciutto, arugula, and fried egg on a Kaiser roll) just waiting for you.
This butchery-themed eatery gets the meat-party started with snacks like beef-heart crostini and short rib-stuffed potato skins, then seals the deal with tricked-out cheesesteaks for lunch, thoughtfully executed dinner entrées, and the option to choose your own cut from the retail case. Vegetarian tidbits like the spinach croquettes are just as great as the menu's meat options, and the steak offered here is some of the best in Denver. We highly recommend stopping here for lunch or dinner.
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.
Fuel Cafe is a casual American eatery, with a frequently changing menu. The stylish venue prides itself in sourcing high-quality local ingredients.
LoDo beer temple Freshcraft, aptly named because they're serving up "fresh food, craft beer", switches it up with 25 beers on tap and snacks like BBQ crepes and garlic chili chicken wings to get your mouth watering, so you'll fix that by ordering more beer.
The pulse of daily life in Italy is measured in thousands of little storefronts just like Maci, whose owner Massimo Ruffinazzi - a native of Lombardy - keeps it real with a full slate of coffee drinks and sandwiches that are satisfyingly simple.