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8 under-the-radar burgers in Denver

Published On 03/19/2014 Published On 03/19/2014
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1. Grandpa's Burger Haven 23 S Federal Blvd, Denver, CO 80219 (Southwest)

Grandpa's Burger Haven is a hole-in-the-wall on S Federal that serves huge burgers (6" large size). The patties are pretty thin, so consider grabbing a double- or triple-patty number to satisfy your beef quota.

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2. Falling Rock Taphouse 1919 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202 (Lodo)

The phrase "less is more" sometimes can apply to beer bars with a small, curated list of rare, specifically chosen beers, but in the case of Mile High's Falling Rock, more is more. It's not only one of Denver's more important bars, it's easily one of the country's, with 30%+ of the 90 taps featuring CO beers, along with 100+ bottles from around the world. The brick walls are lined with beer bottles and vintage signs, and there's ample couch seating and booth space in addition to pool tables and dart boards.

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3. Highland Tavern 3400 Navajo St, Denver, CO 80211 (Highland)

Highland Tavern has a great patio, ping pong table, and brunch. With endless grits, eggs, and beers. 'Nuff said.

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4. Chubby's 1231 W 38th Ave, Denver, CO 80211 (Northwest)

Chubby's is like your college fraternity best friend that you try to distance yourself from (because they're not the bestttt thing for you), but you are too weak to resist what they're throwing down. Head in for some delicious (and probably addicting) Mexican, and top it with some of their green chili.

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5. Vesper Lounge 233 E 7th Ave, Denver, CO 80203 (Capitol Hill)

Carrying on the vibe and spirit of The Lancer Lounge, its newborn little bro The Vesper Lounge is filling its shoes with beer/ shot combos, hefty bar bites, and signature cocktails.

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6. 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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7. D Bar Desserts 494 E 19th St, Denver, CO 80203 (City Park)

D Bar is a unique Colorado establishment serving up exquisitely unique treats and refreshing libations.

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8. Lola 1575 Boulder St, Denver, CO 80211 (Highland)

This go-to Mexican spot sports sweeping city views, table-side guac, and other traditional Mexican fare, and a daily 4-6p happy hour (Mondays are happy hour all night!) featuring $4 sangria. Step things up with a Fuego Verde cocktail (Corazon blanco, muddled jalapeno, agave).