T.There are so many great restaurants here Denver, Colorado, including a full list of local and regional places to get great and unique food. So of course Guy Fieri had to see for yourself. The star of the Food Network brought diners, drive-ins and dives to Denver several times. If you are planning a trip to the Mile High City, you need to put these pizza pubs, food trucks, delis, and brunch spots on your itinerary.
Here are the best places to visit from the Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives stops in Denver.
3400 Navajo St., Denver, CO
The neighborhood tavernas aren’t always known for their bar food, but the Highland Tavern stands out in this section. Like Guy, try the Bombshell Sammich, which is made from house pastrami, Swiss cheese and a fried egg and then topped with coleslaw and brown mustard on rye bread. Put the Tavern Tots aside and try the rinds for a starter, which Guy said were the best he’s ever had.
Tocabe American Indian Eatery
Two locations: North Denver and Greenwood Village
Tocabe is Metro Denver’s Native American restaurant specializing in local and indigenous cuisine. Guy made a triple-d stop for hearing about hominy salsa. All on the must-try list are the roast bread, bison ribs, and Indian tacos.
Sam # 3
Three locations: Downtown Denver, Aurora and Glendale
Sam’s # 3 is a local favorite, especially when it comes to green chili. Diners, drive-ins and dives had to make it a stop in Denver. Their signature Kickin ‘Green Pork Chili is served on everything, including the Kitchen Sink Burrito (and this burrito is filled with bacon, ham, sausage, mushrooms, green peppers, and gyro meat). They also have a popular vegetarian green chili.
1515 Adams St. Denver, CO
The Atomic Cowboy is home to two restaurants: the Denver Biscuit Company and Fat Sully’s Pizza. On the biscuit side of the house, Guy tried the Elmer biscuit sandwich with smoked pork on the cob and homemade barbecue sauce. At Fat Sully’s, the crispy thin-crust pizza is a definite winner.
Blue pan pizza
3930 W 32nd Ave., Denver, CO
Diners, drive-ins, and dives have visited many pizzerias, but this Denver pizzeria offers something unique. This pizzeria owned by Michigan locals who bake their authentic Detroit-style pan pizza in blue steel pans imported direct from Detroit. About the caramelized crust and deep cookware quality, Guy said, “It’s dynamite.”
504 E Colfax Ave. Denver, CO
You can have a cheeseburger with your cocktail, or you can have a slow cooked short rib burger braised with balsamic vinegar. It’s got the Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives seal of approval on Guy’s Visit to Denver, and we can definitely see why.
Dae Gee Korean BBQ
827 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO
The Unlimited Korean Barbecue, which Guy called “superb,” star of the show at the Dae Gee Korean BBQ. Here you will find a wonderful selection of meats such as beef bulgogi, chicken bulgogi, kimchee pancakes and fish cakes, as well as a whole range of delicious side dishes.
Il Porcellino Salumi
4324 W 41st Ave., Denver, CO
This Denver restaurant makes its salumi – over 45 different varieties – in-house. About the hoggie sandwich with ham, soppressata, capicola, pickled peppers, tomatoes, romaine and garlic aioli on ciabatta bread, Guy said: “This is the definition of an Italian deli sandwich.”
Steubens Food Service
523 E 17th Ave., Denver, CO
This neighborhood place has everything from fried chicken and hand-cut fries to an excellent lobster bun that Guy loved. Also stop here for the weekend brunch for cast iron French toast and a burrito with smothered breakfast. (Note: the downtown location is currently open while the Arvada location is temporarily closed.)
1298 S Broadway Ave., Denver, CO
Maria Empanada makes up to 1,500 empanadas a day and fills the dough with beef, chicken, spinach, corn or mushrooms, as well as some other delicious flavors. You can also get breakfast empanadas. Guy loved the beef, onion, and red pepper empanada. “It’s easy … easy; that’s what an empanada is supposed to be like,” he said.
4408 Lowell Blvd., Denver, CO
When diners, drives-ins and dives came to Denver, Guy called the food at Cafe Brazil “delicious”. He loved the Bolinhos, fried balls made from mashed sweet potatoes, prawns, eggs, two Spanish salumi and three types of cheese.
Areyto Food Truck
Check the truck’s website for its current location.
This food truck is a bit of Puerto Rico in Denver. One of the specialties at Areyto is the Chicken Mofongo. It has chicken marinated in homemade sofrito, cooked in a pressure cooker, and then served in a bowl made of fried plantains. “It’s better than dynamite,” said Guy. “It’s as legitimate as any mofongo I’ve ever had.”
The Bagel Delicatessen & Restaurant
6439 E Hampden Ave., Denver, CO
The Bagel Deli is the oldest continuously owned deli in Denver. Everything you would expect from a Jewish deli can be found here, including bagels and salmon, matzo ball soup, and minced liver. You should also try the brisket with red horseradish. This is Deli Comfort Food at its finest.
Hops & Cake
3920 Tennyson St., Denver, CO
Another pizza place in Denver that is frequented by diners, drive-ins, and dives is Hops & Pie. As the name suggests, their specialties are beer and great pizza. But Guy noticed one pizza. The brisket pizza braised with beer combines brisket, pickled jalapeno with bacon and caramelized onions for a dynamite flavor.
Just be kitchen
2364 15th St., Denver, CO
Everything on the menu is gluten-free, as well as free of dairy, refined sugar, soy, and corn. They’re even Whole30 approved too. While you might think it’s impossible to make a healthy version of chicken and dumplings, Guy was delighted. “This is real chicken and dumplings,” he said. “I’ll have it by the fourth!”
Cora Fayes Cafe
16251 E Colfax, Denver, CO
This family-run soul food restaurant was on diners, drive-ins and dives in 2013. It has a great taste of the south on the menu, including fried chicken and waffles, fried catfish, pork chops, and frog legs.
Some Denver favorites featured on the Food Network TV show have now closed, including Axios Estiatorio (where Guy loved the rack of lamb). Biju’s little curry shop has a notice on its website that it is closed for the time being.
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