Tired of your current restaurant routine? Need a refresher on Denver's best eats? Bored at work and looking to procrastinate by planning dinner tonight?
We're here to serve, with our current favorite things to eat in Denver. This rundown includes some of what you're used to, and some of what you're not - all of which we'll keep updating on a regular basis. We do this mostly for you, but also for the semi-legitimate excuse of gorging ourselves across the city every month - aka "doing research." Here's your October 2016 update.
What To Eat: Wings
Calling this place unassuming would be an understatement, but after sampling their wings (with "crack sauce"), we're putting Roo Bar high atop our best wings in Denver list. Hidden away and kind of tricky to find under the I-25 & I-70 interchange, but this is a scavenger hunt worth playing.
What To Eat: Aye Conyo
Bulking up the standard Cubano with pepperoni, sliced turkey, peppers and a tangy key lime mayo might sound like a bit much to Cuban sandwich purists, but trust us - it works when they do it at Buchi. Add a double cortadito to your order to counteract your need for an immediate nap afterwards.
What To Eat: Bone Marrow Fried Rice
Exactly as advertised - fatty, rich and buttery. Really good. Our only complaint is that it doesn't come with a saucy pork topper, but that’s a small complaint.
What To Eat: St. Peter's Fish
A good fish sandwich is hard to find. But after doing some trolling up on Tennyson, we managed to hook a real winner. Flaky, blackened tilapia with lettuce and tomato, and some “Royal” sauce on a bun. Simple and delicious, and even better when you add pickles. This is one of our favorite lunch moves right now.
What To Eat: Coconut Crème Brûlée Vegan Ice Cream
Ignore the fact that the dessert is vegan - this ice cream is out of control. Ridiculously creamy and rich, and the crunchy caramel chunks will make you bow to whatever vegan god made this scoop possible.
What to Eat: King Crab
Mister Tuna is Denver's best new reason to get dressed up for date night, or to take advantage of an expense account. But regardless of the reason behind your visit, you want the King Crab. The meat itself is impressive on its own, but add in the brown butter and peaches and things get pretty insane. They mean for you to share this dish, but we wouldn't judge you for ordering a couple of these for yourself.
What to Eat: Italian Meatball
The highly anticipated and highly delayed re-opening of Denver's favorite Italian sandwich shop finally happened. Carbones is back, and sitting happily inside the new Monkey Barrel Bar in Sunnyside. And maybe it's nostalgia playing tricks on us, but this sandwich tastes like they never left. A simple person's meatball sub, with equal parts meatball, cheese, bread, sauce and banana peppers. Nothing over the top, except the taste. Welcome home.
What to Eat: Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe
Fall is almost here. Which means you officially have an excuse to double down on pasta (not that you needed it). Every pasta at Coperta is made from scratch, and all are worth ordering. But the simplicity of the Pepe let's the freshness of the noodles shine most. Ask for extra pepper.
What to Eat: Avocado Toast
True glory is a simple breakfast done right, and this is one of our favorites. The avocado toast from Alpine is a must before heading up Chautauqua.
What to Eat: Cracklin' Chicken
The Plimoth never fails us, and the Cracklin' Chicken is one of the biggest reasons why. If you're looking to keep things on the lighter side but still eat something satisfying, this should be on your radar.
What to Eat: Croque Madame
Greens are healthy, even if they're topped with a fried ham & cheese sandwich and eggs. Vert Kitchen has the best version of the Croque in town.
What to Eat/Drink: The White Russian Bar
Leave it to The Nickel to kick the bottomless brunch debauchery up a notch by adding a cereal milk booze bar. Styled after the bloody mary self-serve bars you've seen around, this make-your-own-White-Russian-station features cereal-flavor-infused milks and crunchy toppings. The Dude would definitely approve, and so do we.
What to Eat: Poke Bowl
Another super simple dish that's super necessary right now. You won't find a Denver lunch option more suited for summer. Get here early, because these have a tendency to sell out.
What to Eat: Banh Mi
We used to scream blasphemy at the vegetarian version of our favorite Vietnamese pork sandwich, but Vital Roots' showing does not disappoint. A ton of fresh flavors and textures (sweet, tang, spice, crunch, etc.), and a healthy portion that is definitely worth a trip to Berkeley.
What to Eat: Salmon Tartar w/ American Caviar Handroll
Handrolls are not designed to share. Good thing, because this bad boy will make you all kinds of greedy.