Food & Drink

An editor's guide to eating around town

Published On 04/18/2013 Published On 04/18/2013
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1. Snooze 700 N Colorado Blvd, Ste A, Denver, CO 80206 (Northwest)

The ever-popular brunch spot has expanded to five Colorado locations. Enjoy their mouth-watering pancakes or their brunch menu featuring The Fungus Humungous Burger, all in a low stress environment.

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2. Steuben's Food Service 523 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80203 (Uptown)

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.

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3. Masterpiece Delicatessen 1575 Central St, Denver, CO 80211 (Uptown)

This Uptown spot has mastered the art of the sandwich. The freshness of the menu offerings here is unparalleled: from bacon to roast beef, all of the meats are cured in-house, along with all the accoutrements (aiolis, slaws, soups, even potato chips). Notorious egg salad gets a major come-up here, prepared fresh with hard-boiled eggs, mayonnaise, red onions, and capers, made decidedly decadent with white truffle oil and romaine on toasted locally-made bread. If there’s no available seating in the sleek, modern eatery, we suggest snagging a can of craft beer and heading outdoors to the patio, where ample sunlight and fresh air make for a great meal on the go.

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4. CAUTION: Brewing Company 12445 East 39th Avenue, Denver, CO 80239 (Stapleton)

Throw it to the wind and try these awesomely weird micros that are surprisingly drinkable, like the famous Lao Wang Lager, named for the beloved noodle house in Denver and brewed with the same secret Asian spices used in their beef soup.

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5. Osteria Marco 1453 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202 (Lodo)

Here're 3 reasons to consider cruising by this approachable LoDo staple: a menu full of great Italian eats, a sick patio, and an appealing happy hour with cheap meatball sliders. Stop by and try one of their incredible handcrafted pizzas, cheese plates, and cured meats. Why aren't you there yet?

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6. Los Carboncitos 720 Sheridan Blvd, Denver, CO 80214 (Northwest)

Because everything in life is better with bacon, this pork heavy menu is sure to please. Open on the weekends till 1:30 a.m., sweat out the booze with a round of their chips and homemade spicy salsa.

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7. Uncle 2215 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211 (Highland)

Uncle is a pleasantly boisterous Asian Fusion restaurant in the Highland Parks neighborhood. The chefs' creative takes on ramen dishes are becoming local favorites on its lengthy, diverse menu.

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8. The Cherry Cricket 2641 E 2nd Ave, Denver, CO 80206 (Cherry Creek)

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.

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9. Crave Real Burgers 9344 Dorchester St, Highland Ranch, CO 80129 (Highland)

A Denver Burger Battle winner, Crave Burger may not reinvent the wheel, but darn it do they try, and dare you to do the same. Their Nutty Professor burger features peanut butter and chances are, you won't notice until you'll have belched in satisfaction and rubbed your belly buddha-style.

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10. Linger 2030 W 30th Ave, Denver, CO 80211 (Highland)

If you think an ex-mortuary can't serve up some killer apothecary-esque cocktails, you're dead wrong. Ok, ok, but seriously, the views at Root Down's fancy sister spot are spectacular, and with a rooftop patio and dinner menu featuring gourmet dishes from around the world, you will definitely be tempted to linger.

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11. Jack-N-Grill 2524 Federal Blvd, Denver, CO 80211 (Northwest)

You may have seen this joint on a number of channels, boasting a 7lb burrito or some of the best burgers in the nation. See and taste it all for yourself at their original location!

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12. Gather 1062 Delaware St, Denver, CO 80204 (Golden Triangle)

Pair their rich, slow drip coffee from the single origin boutique producer Ninety Plus with Gather's home made scones, muffins and croissants, stir in a little witty conversation with the tech-y geniuses from the adjacent Galvanize, a digital startup hub, and who knows, you might just find yourself awake before 1 p.m.

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13. Barolo Grill 3030 E 6th Ave, Denver, CO 80206 (Congress Park)

Definitely a date night spot, this upscale Italian restaurant has a huge selection of wines that are all good enough to make you look like a connoisseur.

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14. Illegal Pete's 270 South Broadway, Denver, CO 80202 (Lodo)

Illegal Pete's is always buzzing with hungry diners picking from an assembly line of ingredients that'll be rolled into Mission-style burritos.

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15. Jelly U Cafe 1700 E Evans Ave, Denver, CO 80210 (University)

Stemming from its predecessor on Cap Hill, Jelly U's got a walk-up donut and coffee window in addition to the standard (but not standard at all) bacon pancakes, beet/bacon/red potato Red Flannel Hash, and maple bacon donut bites.

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16. Elway's Downtown 1881 Curtis St, Denver, CO 80202 (Cbd)

Elway's Downtown location, nestled snugly into The Ritz-Carlton Denver, serves up a seasonally rotating menu and an extensive wine list in an atmosphere as chic and sophisticated as The Ritz Carlton itself. Their bone-in filet is the choicest plate, even if the meat isn't actually choice, because clearly Mr. Elway wouldn't accept anything less than all USDA Prime hand-cut steak. If you're worried that won't be enough protein, lamb chops dipped in green chili cheese fondue make for a fine start.

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17. 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.

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18. Glaze 1160 Madison St, Denver, CO 80206 (Congress Park)

Refined in Japan via Germany, the Baum has landed in Denver at the Baum Cake Shoppe. The Japanese call it the "tree of life" and it promises to be everything and more, plus Cointreau glazes. Sign me up.

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19. The Buckhorn Exchange 1000 Osage St, Denver, CO 80204 (Lincoln Park)

Open since 1893, the Buckhorn Exchange Since has been serving the Lincoln Park community prime-grade steak and other slabs of top-notch meat. Walking inside feels like visiting an Old West museum that happens to make food. Taxidermy lines the walls and Teddy Roosevelt's hangs prominently framed. He's eaten here, as have a few other Presidents. You should eat here too -- try something you'd be hard-pressed to find elsewhere, whether it's Rocky Mountain Oysters, rattlesnake, or buffalo, a Colorado favorite.

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20. ChoLon Bistro 1555 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202 (Lodo)

The lauded "modern Asian bistro"'s name stands for "big market", which is perfect, because the amount of delicious food they're serving up would lead you to believe that you are choosing from an actual Vietnamese market. It's everything you know and love about Asian food, with a modern-day flare.

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21. Marco's Coal-Fired Pizzeria 2129 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205 (Five Points)

Hailed as one of the best pizza's in the Mile High City, stop by this Ballpark joint for a pre-game pie (and beer!), and choose from a huge selection of toppings and styles.

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22. bittersweet 500 E Alameda Ave, Denver, CO 80209 (Wash Park)

This artisanal eatery serves up hearty dishes, including short rib with a rutabaga puree, monkfish in a lemon gastrique, and confit Maple Leaf Duck, aka what Toronto hockey players do when confronted by disgruntled fans.

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