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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Colt & Gray
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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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Federal Bar & Grill
This Jefferson Park hang has better bar food than you'll find in most other spots around town. Maybe this neighborhood is finally coming around.
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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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