For homegrown emerald-colored substances, there's none more famous or well-liked in Mile High than
those plants you're legally growing in your closet green chile. In fact, it's SO well liked (by us), we put together the tastiest green chile crawl ever created, highlighting both institutions like Jack-n-Grill and newcomers like Corner House. Stop #1: Los Farolitos 1593 Peoria St; Aurora; 303.367.2739 Your journey begins in the heart of Aurora at long-time green chile staple Los Farolitos, a spot famed for their green chile barbacoa burrito. It's packed with lamb that's been stewed low-and-slow with fresh tomatillos and a ton of heat. They open at 9a on weekdays, so start your day right. Stop #2: Pete's Kitchen 1962 E Colfax Ave; Northeast; 303.321.3139 Cruise down Colfax on a cruiser bike (you'll need the exercise), duck into 24hr joint Pete's Kitchen, and grab their green chile smothered Breakfast Burrito Supreme. It's complete with ham, bacon, sausage, AND gyro meat all smothered in green goodness.
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Stop #3: The Cherry Cricket
2641 E 2nd Ave; Cherry Creek; 303.322.7666
If your bike is still there, ride down Williams St to The Cherry Cricket for their Green Chile Cheeseburger. Enjoy a top Denver burger with fresh Hatch green chiles and a countless number of topping combos.
Stop #4: El Taco De Mexico
714 Santa Fe Dr; Southwest; 303.623.3926
Call that friend you did that one thing for, and hitch a quick ride on Speer to get burrito-fied again at El Taco De Mexico, as it's bound to impress with their multitude of Mexican dishes to slather green chile on. Grab the Cheeksmeat Burrito if you're feeling saucy.
Stop #5: Corner House
2240 Clay St; Northwest; 720.287.1895
Punch Jefferson Park into the Tom-Tom and set course to JP newcomer Corner House, as they're serving a custom burrito with house-made green, Polidori chorizo, red potatoes, lime creme, and a Fresno chile pico de gallo.
Stop #6: Jack-n-Grill
2524 Federal Blvd; Northwest; 303.964.9544
Around the corner on Federal is Jack-n-Grill, offering up a New Mexico-style green chile (aka no tomatoes) that is bound to delight. Order it stuffed inside their chicken quesadilla for some variation from the norm.
Stop #7: Park Burger
2643 W 32nd Ave; Highland; 303.862.8461
Just a little further up Federal in Highland (so hot right now) are the burger masterminds at Park Burger. The Mariachi burger features roasted greens, pepper jack cheese, and a chile lime sour cream that will make you want to strum a guitar really fast.
Stop #8: The Original Chubby's
1231 W 38th Ave; Northwest; 303.455.9311
Follow Speer downtown and journey to the amigos at The Original Chubby's. Green chile is not only deliciously paired with burritos and hamburgers, they also never fail to impress atop their totally-not-paleo-at-all smothered cheese fries. If you haven't already, say adios to your washboard.
Stop #9: Euclid Hall
1317 14th St; LoDo; 303.595.4255
Another quick jaunt on Speer takes you to the LoDo home of a James Beard winning chef. Euclid Hall now offers Carnitas Papas Fritas, a Canadian staple that's been given a Mexican facelift with tomatillo green chile, cheddar curds (WHAT!?), goat cheese, and chile lime fries. Make sure you pair it with one of their stellar beers.
Stop #10: Tom's Urban 24
1460 Larimer St; LoDo; 720.214.0516
Right around the corner is a place for one last tasty green treat. Good thing that no matter what time it is, Tom's Urban 24 is open and pumping out delicious eats like their Green Chile Carnitas Mac 'n Cheese. This comfort food has a South of the border twist, and is a great way to end the crawl, so you can finally claim the title of "El caballero verde". Edible perfection.
1. The Cherry Cricket2641 E 2nd Ave, Denver
2. Los Farolitos1593 Peoria St, Aurora
3. Pete's Kitchen1962 E Colfax Ave, Denver
4. El Taco De Mexico714 Santa Fe Dr, Denver
5. Corner House2240 Clay St, Denver
6. Jack-N-Grill2524 Federal Blvd, Denver
7. Park Burger2643 W 32nd Ave, Denver
8. Chubby's1231 W 38th Ave, Denver
9. Euclid Hall1317 14th St, Denver
10. Tom's Urban 241460 Larimer St, Denver
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.
Los Farolitos is cooking up some maaaad green chili in the back, and serving it on just about anything you can read on their menu.
Pete's Kitchen is Mediterranean food done really, really deliciously. They've been in Denver for over 50 years, and are pretty adamant on not leaving before they serve you some of their tasty eats.
This quintessential Mexican dive attracts everyone from local regulars, to out-of-town travelers to its diner-like space for the most authentic versions of all the Mexico City classics, like chilaquiles, tongue tacos, and smothered chile relleno burritos. There's not much more than few plastic booths indoors, but anything smothered in the fresh green chile is likely better enjoyed in the breezy outdoor patio.
This bistro-inspired restaurant serves up modern American cuisine crafted from farm-fresh locally-sourced ingredients. The impressive array of beers is balanced by Corner House's signature cocktails and wine list, so drinks abound in this place. Seriously, they totally abound.
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!
Park Burger is like a mecca for burger connoisseurs: its extensive menu satisfies any/all watering tastebuds. An advanced tip? Include their green chile in anything you order. Oh, and don't forget to wash it all down with one of their milkshakes (we suggest the boozy mudslide).
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.
Snack on schnitzel, sausage, and poutine at this beer bar on 14th St.
24hr dining from the Smashburger folks, Tom's shows off a space with retro touches like enormous, colorful booths and coin tiling, while providing "hand-crafted modern comfort food" sourced from 30+ scary-good CO food-makers/ farmers.