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Where To Eat In Denver

Well, what do you know? Everyone is talking about Denver all of the sudden. Yes, legal weed has raised the city's national profile lately, but any Denver native (yes, other than Stang) will tell you that there's much more to thiscity than just progressive drug policy. Denver is a great town with anincredible restaurant scene.

To that end, we're happy to announce our Infatuation Denver, and to kick things off, we're here with a Destination Infatuation outlining some of the best restaurants that you need to know right now in the Mile High City.


The Populist

Perfect For:
Outdoor/Patio Situation

The Populist
3163 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80205
720-432-3163
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The Populist has hit pretty much every “best new whatever” Denver list around, and it’s actually well deserved. We love it here. The place has a great vibe and a big communal table in their garden for the warmer months. The menu of small plates changes by the season, but they are always meant to share, so come with some friends and be ready to get your EEEEEATS on. Pro Tip: Happy hour offers cheap drinks and smaller versions of a few of the most popular full menu items for about half the price.


Steuben's

Perfect For:
Chronic Brunch

Steuben's
525 E. 17th Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
303-830-1001
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A Denver staple, especially if you’re looking for brunch. Steuben's is a modern diner-type restaurant with a modern diner-type menu that is at its best on a Sunday afternoon. The Maine lobster roll might sound intimidating given there’s no nearby coast, but it's excellent, and the tortilla soup is one of the best we've ever had. Plus, their ping pong bar Ace is around the corner, so after you eat, you can get a game (and a beer) in and say you “exercised” while you were in Denver.


The Parlor

Perfect For:
Hanging In The Hot Spots

Acorn
3350 Brighton Blvd.
Denver, CO 80216
720-542-3721
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The River North, or “RiNo" area of Denver is about as up-and-coming as it gets, and that’s where you’ll find The Source, a hot spot indoor food marketplace. Inside said marketplace is the restaurant Acorn, one of the most talked about new spots in town. Similar to The Populist, Acorn's game is cocktails and small plates, and as far as recos go, the crudo and ceviches are solid, as are the pastas. If you and a few friends are game for it, they also cook a 38oz bone-in ribeye that will do you right.


Rosenberg's Bagels

Perfect For:
Bagels

Rosenberg's Bagels
75 E. 26th Ave.
Denver, CO 80205
914-234-7800
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Much like most other cities in this country that don't end in the word "York," if you said you were going out to "get bagels" in Denver any time in the last two decades, that meant you were heading to Einsteins to pick up a dozen with some strawberry cream cheese. Not anymore. Rosenberg's is a true New York-style bagel shop, complete with Kippered Salmon and Whitefish Salad on the menu. This place has the entire city up in arms, as you might expect when a few million people taste a real bagel for the first time ever.


Work & Class

Perfect For:
Date Night

Work & Class
2500 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80205
303-292-0700
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"Food and Drink for People that Can Eat" - that’s the Work & Class mantra. We like their style, but more importantly, we love their food. The menu here features upscale but accessible Latin flavors, and it changes kind of randomly. But if you can get it, try the Goat Stew, Cochinita Pibil, or Poblano Goat Cheese Scalloped Potatoes. Also, try everything else.


Uncle

Perfect For:
Ramen

Uncle
2215 W. 32nd Ave.
Denver, CO 80211
303-433-3263
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Denver’s version of NYC’s Momofuku Noodle Bar...almost literally. This place is a near facsimile of that legendary spot, and while the ramen isn’t quite on par with David Chang’s, it's damn good. Uncle is also in a great location in the Lower Highlands with a lot to offer both before and after dinner. There will likely be a long wait, but you can put your name in, then go grab a beer next door at Highland Tap. Shrimp buns > pork buns, and the spicy chicken ramen bowl and bibimbap dishes are our favorite mains. Also don’t sleep on the rotating small plate menu - especially the sushi offerings.


Euclid Hall

Perfect For:
Date Night

Euclid Hall
1317 14th St.
Denver, CO 80202
303-595-4255
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Stationed just off Larimer Square, Euclid’s location can’t be beat if you’re hanging downtown. It's a huge, two-level restaurant with a a whole bunch of pretty/cool/pretty cool people inside. The beer and cocktail list is ridiculous, and while the full menu looks extravagant, you’re probably better served to either start your night here, or end it. The poutines make for great apps to share, and the deserts are dreamy (see, waffle ice cream sandwiches). * * *

Cafe Max

Perfect For:
Lunch and Date Night

Cafe Max
2412 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80206
303-333-0003
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You’re gonna be hanging in Denver, you’re gonna be drinking in Denver, and come Sunday, you’re gonna need a normal, quiet place without a wait so that you can pull your life together. This is your spot. Just know that if you go here, no day-after-drunk-shenanigans. This place is classy. One of Denver’s best (only?) international style coffee houses/cafes, a lot of people come to Cafe Max to work during weekdays - so it’s really laid back. The food however, is not. Keep your sunglasses on, and talk about art or progressive political topics.


Biker Jim's

Perfect For:
Rockies Pre and Post-Game

Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs
2148 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80205
720-746-9355
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You want no-frills bar food? You want Biker Jim's. What started as a hot dog cart on the 16th Street mall is now a full on Denver favorite, home to some of the best and most creative hot dog creations in the country. There's some serious cooking going on here beyond the dogs, too. Try the Rattlesnake & Pheasant or the Alaskan Reindeer varieties. Seriously.


Potager

Perfect For:
Date Night

Potager
1109 Ogden St.
Denver, CO 80219
303-832-5788
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One of our absolute all time favorites. No matter what new restaurants you're visiting in Denver, you need to hit this OG farm to table gem. Potager has been around since way before Denver had any kind of scene, and it's still one of the best the city's got. The menu changes completely every few months, so all we can tell you is to eat one of the pizzas they're featuring, and then everything else.


Sunnyside Burger Bar

Perfect For:
Outdoor/Patio Situation

Sunnyside Burger Bar
3759 Lipan St.
Denver, CO 80211
720-255-2485
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This one’s a bonus (we think). Chef Troy Guard of Tag Burger Bar and Tag RawBar (now bubu) has expanded a bit North of the city to the LoHi/Sunnyside area with Sunnyside Burger bar, which actually opens today. Therefore, we have no idea if this place is going to be good. But based on the this guy's track record, we’re going to make the recommendation. The Tag spots around town have serious respect from people that know and love food, so go here and report back.

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