I love restaurants. I love pouring over the menu online before arriving. I love interacting with servers and bartenders. And of course, I love trying new food combinations that I’ve not yet imagined. Denver does all right with the restaurant scene. In a city of 2.5 million people, you’re bound to find some delicious options. I use a variety of sources to find the best places; Yelp is my favorite, Denver Eater is an easy runner-up.
My favorite thing (well, other than raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens) is when you, my friends, text me, e-mail me, Facebook me, or use those old-school tin cans with strings attached to ask me where you should eat while visiting the Denver metroplex. Without further ado, here are just a few my favorites, with a link to my Yelp Review for more detail.
- Ocean Prime – LoDo (Downtown)
- Acorn – Five Points Neighborhood (Northwest)
- Domo – Lincoln Park Neighborhood (South of Downtown)
- Work & Class – Five Points Neighborhood (Northwest)
- Marco’s Coal Fired Pizza – Englewood (near Denver Tech Center)
- Doug’s Day Diner – Centennial (South)
- The Kitchen – LoDo (Downtown Denver)
This is one of my favorite restaurant experiences here – hands down. This one is a splurge restaurant, but worth every penny. The entire experience, from the service to the ambiance to the amazing food and cocktails, rates up there with one of the finest.
Housed in a hip common building called the Source, the Acorn has received critical acclaim from chefs and restaurant critics nationwide. It’s hip; it’s avant garde; it’s amazingly delicious. This one is also spendy, and if you are someone who needs big hearty portions, this probably isn’t your place. We shared six or seven dishes between the two of us, each one consisting of a few perfect bites of interesting, but well balanced flavors (which is totally all you need). The craft cocktails are also amazing.
Domo is an authentic Japanese old-country restaurant. The gardens are absolutely beautiful in the spring and summer. The meal starts with 7 sharable appetizer dishes, each unique and fresh. The entrees include sushi, sashimi, sukiyaki, noodle bowls, tempura, but they are not like an American-ized version you may know. Check out my Yelp review; it made Review of the Day!
This is a funky, approachable neighborhood joint. You select your meat in different portion sizes to fit your appetite, and pair it with sides. The conchita pibil and jalepeno cornbread are my favorites. They also make great craft cocktails (do you see a theme in my reviews?). This place is pretty busy. It is quite loud and crowded, but it’s full of energy and delicious “working class” meals.
*Don’t confuse with Marco’s pizza, I can’t vouch for that. Marco’s Coal-Fired is near the DTC and also has a location downtown. We frequented the DTC joint when we lived in temp housing at the Inverness so much that we became friends with the staff! They are VPN certified (read my review, it’s a high honor that only a handful of restaurants in the US have earned). The pizzas have a crisp crust that is tender inside and are topped with fresh ingredients. Sit at the bar – the bartenders here are the best in town. This Yelp review also made Review of the Day!
They had me at New Mexican food, which rates among my most favorite ethnic cuisines. I almost always get the Cowboys Papas – crisp hash browns dotted with sausage, bacon, and ham, and smothered (I get Christmas – red and green – trust me, it’s awesome sauce). It comes with 2 eggs and cheese, which I always forgo. I get a deliciously flaky, buttery biscuit with homemade jam instead. They have traditional breakfasts, but you can add the New Mexican flare (and I recommend you do). They also serve gigantic burgers, burritos, and salads. It’s a very busy diner, so don’t be afraid to sit at the counter if it opens up first (the best service is at the counter).
The Kitchen features New American cuisine, sourced locally and fresh. The menu is creative. The craft cocktails are intriguing and well-blended. The bartenders and servers are all dressed almost Prohibition-like old school. It’s a great place if you are walking around LoDo to catch an awesome local meal.
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