Denver January 30, 2017
11 Irrestible Restaurants That Define Denver
When it comes to dining in Denver, there is no shortage of delicious options to go around. From incredible green chili to fancy fare to fast casual, patrons are guaranteed to find something to please their palate. However, when it comes to these 11 restaurants in particular, there is truly something about them that is quintessentially Denver. Let’s have a look:
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1.) Casa Bonita (Lakewood)
Quite possibly one of the most (in)famous restaurants in all of Denver is that of Casa Bonita; the Disneyland of Mexican restaurants that serves up inedible fare with a side of cliff divers, large arcade, and even a crazy gorilla man who runs amuck through the 5,000+ square foot building.
2.) Buckhorn Exchange (Lincoln Park)
Denver's longest running restaurant is not only known for serving delicious entrees and appetizers, but also for serving 5 sitting presidents (Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan)!
3.) Cherry Cricket (Cherry Creek)
Denver is known for being the home of the cheeseburger (it was first served at the Humpty Dumpty Barrel in 1935) and Cherry Cricket is known for being the home to the best cheeseburger in the city... therefore, you should go! (Please note: The restaurant is currently closed due to a fire, but will *hopefully* be up and running again soon.)
4.) Snooze (Several Denver Locations)
Denveries like their brunch (AKA the most important meal of the day) and LOVE their Snooze! Thank goodness we can get our fix at one of their many locations!
5.) Elway's (Cherry Creek)
Okay, so the food might be just a little (or a lotta) overpriced, but by golly, we still love it because it's owned by the greatest quarterback of all time!
6.) Sam's No. 3 (3 Denver Locations)
Why does Denver love Sam's? For starters, the food is affordable, the portions are huge, and they serve what is arguably the best green chile in the city! (I mean, are you seeing this burrito? YUM.)
7.) Bonnie Brae Tavern (Bonnie Brae)
Since 1934, Bonnie Brae has been the city's one-stop-shop for not just drinks, but breakfast foods, Mexican cuisine, and pizza as well! Speaking of pizza...
8.) Beau Jo's (Southeast)
...you can't have a list of the most iconic Denver restaurants without mentioning the deliciousness that is Beau Jo's Colorado Style Pizza (which everyone knows is far superior to the New York or Chicago pie).
9.) The Fort (Morrison)
Known as much for the Old West ambiance as it is for its yummy menu, The Fort serves what is quite possibly some of the best local game selections in the entire state.
10.) Columbine Steak House & Lounge (Valverde)
The columbine is the Colorado state flower and the institution that is the Columbine Steak House is the BEST place to get a steak in the entire city. Coincidence? We think not.
11.) Racines (Capitol Hill)
We couldn't think of a better way to end this list than by mentioning Denver's go-to spot on Speer. (Psst... Order this bacon breakfast burrito with one of their famous Bloody Mary's! You can thank me later...)
For even more deliciousness,
Try These 15 Denver Restaurants For A Magical Outdoor Dining Experience.