No trip to Denver is complete without enjoying the Mile-High restaurant scene. If you want to avoid the packs of tourists in the 16th Street Mall and LoDo areas, take note of the places the locals love best — and show up with an appetite!
Larimer Square is where locals go to taste what some of the nation’s best chefs are cooking up. You can’t go wrong with any of the eateries in this little slice of foodie heaven. Whether you’re in the mood for casual Italian (Osteria Marco), New American (Milk & Honey), tapas (Rioja), or seafood (Ocean Prime), you can find something for every craving — and every budget. To sum it up, Larimer Square is a hands-down favorite when you want great food and a fun atmosphere.
Beatrice & Woodsley
You’ll feel like you’re in a cozy Colorado cabin from the moment you step foot inside Beatrice & Woodsley. Located on Broadway outside downtown, this intimate restaurant has a spot on Zagat’s list of most romantic restaurants in Denver for good reason. Its rustic, low-lit interior sets the mood, but the food is the main event. From small, shared plates like lamb terrine to artful dinner entrees like ricotta pistachio gnocchi, your taste buds are in for a treat. (Bonus: They also serve brunch.)
Work & Class
Want good food and no fuss? Work & Class in Denver’s revitalized Five Points neighborhood is the place. Serving a blend of American and Latin American cuisine, it’s the kind of place where you can really let your hair down and just eat. Work & Class aims for what they call a “crazy delicious” menu, with dishes such as roasted goat (cabrito), whole-fried Idaho trout, and blue corn empanadas — and nearly everything is gluten free. As the name suggests, this is a place for working folks, so your wallet can handle the pressure.
Healthy and delicious go hand-in-hand at Root Down. This local favorite made a name for itself by using organic, natural, locally sourced ingredients, with 20 percent of its vegetables coming from its own gardens and more than 50 percent of ingredients coming from within Colorado. Feast on Colombian arepas, veggie burger sliders, and parsnip gnocchi.
Punch Bowl Social
Where can you find karaoke, bowling, table games, pool, a vintage arcade, and a solid menu all in one place? Denver’s Punch Bowl Social has it all and then some. Popular with locals, this gem offers comfort food — think chicken and waffles, beer braised brats, and cubanos — morning, noon, and night. With its hip, garage-feel interior and fun activities around every corner, the complex offers everything you need to relive the good old days.
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