Denver October 16, 2017
10 Foods That Every Denverite Craves When They Leave the Mile High City
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could pack up our favorite Denver foods in a suitcase when we leave the city? Maybe you’ve actually tried, and had unfortunate, messy results. Nevertheless, at some point after leaving the Mile High city, you will find yourself craving some of the local Denver flavors that tease your taste buds and are hard to forget. Below is a list of some of those unforgettable foods that hungry visitors are in search of when they are in Denver.
1. A flight of mouth-watering pancakes from Snooze.
Denver and brunch go hand and hand, and the long lines on the weekends at
are proof that you aren't the only one craving their pancakes. Go big and order the Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes or the Blackberry SubLIME variety. But really, you should probably just try a flight of pancakes where you can choose any three of the uniquely delicious flavors on their menu.
2. Wild game from the Buckhorn Exchange.
If you've ever had the pleasure of dining at Denver's oldest restaurant, the
, you probably had the opportunity to enjoy unique meats such as elk, bison, and rattlesnake. Maybe you were even brave enough to give Colorado's famous rocky mountain oysters a try. Whatever the case, your experience at the Buckhorn Exchange will probably leave your mouth watering for those delicious delicacies for some time.
3. A mountain of Nachos from Racine's.
has been a Denver favorite since 1983, and nothing beats their Mile High Nachos. You will be dreaming of the tower of homemade tortilla chips loaded with melted white cheddar cheese, black or refried beans, black olives, jalepenos, pico de gallo, sour cream, guacamole, and salsa.
4. Fried bread with a side of cliff divers.
Let's be honest... most of us don't associate
with fond food memories. But for some reason, we just can't get those freshly fried Sopapillas dripping with sweet honey out of our mind. So, while we may go for the entertainment (mariachi bands, cliff divers, etc.) we stay for the sweet memories of dessert as well.
5. We'll take it smothered in green chile.
Green Chile is a staple in Denver, generously ladled onto burritos, burgers, and fries in countless restaurants and taverns around town. One of the local favorite places to devour a dish smothered in green chille is
El Taco de Mexico
6. A classic cheeseburger, with a twist.
My Brother's Bar is one of Denver's oldest bars, and the experience that comes with age has made them pros at grilling up delicious hamburgers wrapped in wax paper and served with a condiment cart. You will find yourself having a hankering for their JCB burger topped with American, Swiss, and cream cheese, jalepenos, and grilled onions.
7. Not just any hot dog....a gourmet hot dog from Biker Jim's.
You can get a decent hot dog just about anywhere, but
Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs
are deliciously distinct with unique flavors such as reindeer and wild boar topped with anything from roasted cactus to cream cheese and caramelized onions.
8. Trout from Steuben's.
is one of those places where you just feel at home in Denver and trout is one of our city's most popular seafood dishes. Put those two together, and you've got a meal that will make memories that leave you feeling homesick for local flavor when you are away.
9. A Breakfast Burrito from Santiago's.
Breakfast burritos have quite a following in the Mile High City. So much so, that the mayor of Denver recently named the second Saturday in October the official Breakfast Burrito Day of our city. You have numerous choices when this craving hits you, but
is kind of a legend in the world of breakfast wrapped up in a warm, delicious tortilla (again, with green chille).
10. Honey-dipped pizza crust.
No food list for Denver would be complete without mentioning the pillar of pizza here on the front range,
Colorado style pizza. Sinking your teeth into a hearty slice of mountain pie (that comes by the pound) and then dipping your crust in sticky honey will change you. Eating pizza will never be the same.
As you can see, Denver residents like a variety of foods, and it’s often the memories of both the food and the experience that makes us want to return to these places for a taste of home.
What Denver foods keep you coming back for more? Please share in the comments.