Brider is our favorite upscale fast-casual spot for lunch in the city- fast-casual because you order at the counter, upscale because the food is restaurant-quality. There’s a fresh rotisserie chicken right behind the checkout counter, sweet potato and avocado salads, porchetta and kimchi sandwiches, rotating pizza options daily, and freshly baked pastries to finish off the meal. If you want to stay awhile, there’s also a full bar with a good happy hour deal. The only downside is that the parking situation isn’t great, so plan accordingly.
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There aren’t a lot of spots where you can get oysters, pad thai pig ears, and short rib kielbasa. Thankfully, one of them is right here in downtown Denver.
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Black Eye Coffee
We don't typically review coffee shops, but we do when they have good food. Black Eye Coffee will hook you up for more than just a beverage.
Olive & Finch
An excellent breakfast and brunch spot in Uptown from the folks behind P17. Get Olive & Finch in your AM rotation.
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El Five’s tapas in the Lower Highlands are pricey but great. And the view makes them even better.
Every city needs a go-to sandwich shop, and Masterpiece is Denver’s best. Go to the LoHi location and bring your sandwich to Confluence Park.
The Monkey Barrel
The most important thing about Monkey Barrel in Sunnyside is that they’re serving Carbone’s sandwiches. Hit it for your lunch or late night needs.
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