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Although the Denver fine dining is far short of world class, there are some amazing casual eats well worth trying. Beyond casual eats, Denver has a budding cocktail scene. My recommendations for all are below.
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Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs
Description: Divey, weekday-only lunch spot serving up fancy hot dogs ranging from the commonplace (beef hot dog) to the bizarre (rattlesnake and pheasant sausage).
Address: 2148 Larimer Street, Denver
Telephone: (720) 746-9355
The Uber Sausage
Description: Refined sausage-making and global flavors come together in a casual setting to great affect.
Address: 2730 East Colfax Avenue, Denver
Telephone: (303) 862-7894
Slope & Hatch
Description: Thoughtfully composed, 14 inch hot dogs and jumbo tacos with playful, globally-inspured toppings and flavors, paired with inexpensive craft cocktails.
Address: 208 7th Street, Glenwood Springs
Telephone: (970) 230-9652
Masterpiece Deli LoHi
Description: Lovingly prepared hot and cold deli sandwiches, unpretentiously presented.
Address: 1575 Central Street, Denver
Telephone: (303) 561-3354
Description: Contemporary, refined small plates and craft cocktails in a fun, industrial-chic setting.
Address: 3350 Brighton Boulevard, Denver
Telephone: (720) 542-3721
El Calle Taqueria Y Carnitas
Description: Counter service, traditional street tacos, birria, among other fare, all made with care and skill, served in a diner setting.
Address: 1565 West Alameda Avenue, Denver
Telephone: (720) 583-6586
Denver Biscuit Company
Description: Fatboy hipster biscuit sandwiches and platters featuring rich and delicious items such as fried chicken, bacon, pulled pork and sausage.
Address: 3237 East Colfax Avenue, Denver
Telephone: (303) 377-7900
Williams & Graham
Description: World class craft cocktails served with food pairings by an impecable staff amidst refined decor.
Address: 3160 Tejon Street, Denver
Telephone: (303) 997-8886
Union Lodge No. 1
Description: Cocktail lounge with a Pre-Prohibition era focus and relaxed vibe.
Address: 1543 Champa Street, Denver
Telephone: (720) 389-0447
The White Whale Room
Description: Geek-credible coffee house and craft cocktail lounge offering a variety of delicious snacks in a beautifully designed space.
Address: 415 S Cherokee Street #125 (across from the Alameda Street Station), Denver
Telephone: (415) 656-8997