Restaurants in Denver are quite varied and in the last several years Denver Colorado Restaurants have earned a reputation for ambitious chefs that rival many big city chefs with prize winning creativity all in our midst!
One example is the weeklong (actually 2 weeks now) celebration starting in 2005 called “Denver Restaurants Week” where people can purchase a fixed price and experience a new restaurant…the multi course dinner was priced at $52.80 per couple. The idea was hatched by the Denver Visitor’s Bureau and became an instant hit that endures to this day.
Denver kind of suffered from an image of being a “cow town” that wasn’t very sophisticated and over the years the movers and shakers tried to get the world to look at Denver Colorado Restaurants in a way that reflected the tremendous local talent. The numbers turned out to be impressive with steady growth every year.
But…speaking as an insider who lives here but does not work in the industry I can say that there are a few different ways to experience the offerings in town.
First of all…get off the beaten path and see the neighborhoods and go where the locals eat…like I do.
Not everyone is able to eat in downtown Denver or Cherry Creek because of their budget…the restaurants are fantastic with a lot of variety but I consider them a little out of reach unless it is a special occasion.
I cannot provide authentic Denver Restaurants review complete with pricing information and in depth study of the chef’s skills…but I can eat pretty well and never run out of places to go. Denver Restaurants as I experience them..first my special occasion places on a budget.
Zaidy’s Deli in Cherry Creek:
Very consistent place where you can expect a memorable meal in a busy but friendly atmosphere. You can have a business lunch, take your mother there for her birthday or explore every Kosher delicacy you can think of…this place is a treasure both for the food and the tradition. You won’t be disappointed and 2 people can eat well and not break the bank.
Racine’s near Governor’s Park
An institution for many years with a consistent level of service and a menu designed to appeal to those with a wide range of tastes. The atmosphere is comfortable yet you wouldn’t be out of place wearing your best clothes.
Central Denver- Breakfast/Lunch
(6th Avenue and Grant St east of Broadway) Get the Italian toasted bagel with plain cream cheese
(Colfax and Detroit near East High School)
Get any omelet they have or try some souvlaki with eggs if you want Greek Food…their potatoes are out of this world.
West Denver- Breakfast/Lunch
(38th and Lipan)
Green chile is what made them famous and I am not going to debate anyone who says the other locations are good…that may be true but I know this one…never curious to try the others. Limited seating LOL..2 tables..but who cares? These folks produce great food and if you have to get it to go you will gladly do whatever it takes to eat their food.
Order 2 at a time of whatever you get because if you don’t you will just end up coming back as soon as you finish the first one.
Federal is a great place to find restaurants and this is quite good. You can get boba which is a drink that has tapioca pearls at the bottom…pineapple, mango and a host of other flavors are available. Pho is a hearty noodle soup. Get beef pho and carefully add basil, jalapeno and bean sprouts…whatever was on your mind when you entered will be gone…eat your troubles away.Denver Colorado Restaurants are many…in the future there will be more written about restaurants!