We’ve all heard the saying, “You are what you eat, so don’t be fast, cheap, easy, or fake,” but we may not necessarily agree on all counts. What’s so wrong with being cheap? (If you’re a food item, that is.) There’s almost nothing more satisfying than finding a wonderfully delicious meal that’s also affordable, and in fact, in a world where a $14 cocktail and $46 filet is somehow considered to be acceptable, it’s almost like discovering the Holy Grail. Fortunately for hungry Mile Highers we’ve got some truly tasty restaurants in Denver where you can fill ‘er up for under $10.
This uniquely tasty shop on South Pearl has some of the most delightful soups, sandwiches, and popsicles your taste buds have ever tasted, and I can guarantee that after just one visit, you'll be hooked. Their handcrafted sandwiches are packed with fresh, high quality ingredients like slow roasted pork tenderloin, grilled shrimp, shaved brussel sprouts, black eyed pea relish, homemade marmalade, and a whole host of other fantastic fixings.
Tucked away in Mayfair, is this charmingly eclectic cafe and coffeehouse that whips up some of the best quiche in the city, not to mention their toothsome burritos, breakfast sandwiches, and baked goods. In fact, they bake everything in-house from their mother's recipes, so you can bet your bottom dollar they'll be worth every bite!
3. Las Tortas
Enough praises cannot be sung for the heavenly creations at Las Tortas on Leetsdale. Fresh, fast, deliciously authentic tortas overflowing with hearty meats, melty cheeses, garden-fresh veggies, and housemade sauces. Pure perfection in every bite!
4. Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs
Biker Jim is a former repo man turned Colorado Sausage Czar and is slinging elevated street food at his brick and mortar downtown and a handful of carts scattered all over the city. Choose from 15 gourmet sausages, including rattlesnake, reindeer, wild boar, and even vegan, all for about $7. As an added bonus, they use all-natural, sustainably raised meat and no artificial preservatives. No nitrates here, folks! Thanks, Jim! We dig your dogs so keep up the good work!
5. Liang's Thai Food
Track down some of the most affordable, delectable Thai food in Denver at Liang's cart at 16th and Tremont, and you may very well weep over your Pad Thai. Yelper Lee M. says it's, "Phenomenal. So good I almost cried. Quite simply the best Thai food that I have ever had. Great food in generous portions at cheap prices cooked to your desired degree of spiciness by a really nice woman in a meticulous food cart. It simply does not get any better than this."
Monday through Friday from 11am-2pm, you can pocket tasty, healthy pitas made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients at an unbelievably reasonable price, right below the clock tower on the 16th Street Mall. Go forth, my friends, and feast eagerly on their flavorful, falafel-filled creations.
7. City Bakery
This Cap Hill cafe has a sandwich, soup, salad, or baked good to satisfy every palette and has been rumored to make the best ham and swiss in town. They've also got mouthwatering melty paninis grilled to perfection and served with chips and a cookie for just $8.99. Now that's a deal you can be proud of!
8. La Calle Taqueria Y Carnitas
Perhaps home to Denver's most authentic street taco, La Calle Taqueria Y Carnitas, should be considered a Mile High must eat...even if you can't pronounce it. Any spot where you can grab five tacos for less than $9 is simply solid gold.
9. Yatai Food Cart
Overcome your fear of eating sushi from a food cart and grab a protein packed hand roll from Yatai's in Denver's CBD. They've got fresh, sustainable reasonably priced rolls in generous portions with a heavy dose of friendly service. It's clean, convenient, and oh so perfectly delicious.
10. Taqueria La Familia
It truly is a family affair over at Taqueria La Familia, and if cozy, mom-and-pop style food and ambiance is what you're after, this Highland haven will be your new neighborhood haunt. Hurry up and stop by Taqueria La Familia and scarf down all their glorious guacamole, tasty tacos, and bomb breakfast burritos before everyone else catches on!