Top 10 Places to Eat While High in Denver
Denver is one of the fittest cities in the United States, but that doesn’t mean the Mile High City eats light. Hearty meals abound in Colorado’s capital and largest city, especially since Denver has a wealth of Mexican food (and is known for that cuisine). Denverites work off those extra calories from Colorado burritos and craft beers while skiing, hiking, and enjoying other outdoors activities, so there’s lots of opportunities to treat yourself to a good meal while in town.
That’s good news for tourists, especially now that Colorado has legalized marijuana and Denver has embraced the cannabis industry. Though early efforts at introducing infused cuisine have gotten the no-no from state authorities, there’s plenty of can’t-miss meals around town after you’ve enjoyed some legal cannabis. Start with these Top 10 Places to Eat While High in Denver.
10. Ace Eat Serve
Source: Ace Eat Serve’s Facebook page
There’s lots of high-quality bars in Denver with a good beer selection and pretty good food. There’s only one that has ping pong. Ace is “Denver’s only dedicated ping-pong hall,” with tables open to play around or enter tournaments. Oh yeah, the food is good too – Asian-inspired cuisine that can also make good bar food in between matches, like the pork bao buns, wontons, and tiger wings.
9. Vesta Dipping Grill
If you’re looking for a warm place to share exotic, exquisite food with friends, look no further than Vesta Dipping Grill. The restaurant has an interesting design – with an exposed grill – and specializes in skewers served with inventive and tasty sauces. It’s kind of pricey (platters $25-35) but dishes are meant to be shared.
Green chili is a Denver favorite, and at Steuben’s, you can get yours on a cheeseburger, smothered in cheese and slapped on a meat patty. It’s one of the best burgers in Denver. Steuben’s is all about “recreating American Regional Classics” – so in addition to the green chili cheeseburger, you’ll find everything from spaghetti and meatballs to meatloaf, all done gourmet.
7. Sam’s No. 3
Denver has become a brunch town, and while you can’t go wrong with newer favorites like Snooze, there’s a reason Sam’s No. 3 has been a breakfast destination since 1927. The three Sam’s locations serve breakfast all day, the kind of greasy spoon meals that can satisfy you all day. Go with one of their huge breakfast burritos that cover a whole plate and are smothered in cheese, gravy, or other goodness.
6. Pinche Tacos/Tacos Tequila Whiskey
You know it’s a good sign when a food truck gets so popular it opens up a brick-and-mortar restaurant. That’s exactly what happened with the former Pinche Tacos, now Tacos Tequila Whiskey, whose open-faced tacos are tiny, cheap morsels with traditional filling and also more adventurous ones like pork belly, lengua, and grilled octopus. Check their Facebook page to find the food truck or look for the two stationary locations, marked by signs that say “Tacos – Tequila – Whiskey.”
5. Denver Biscuit Company
For wake-and-bake food that will put right back to sleep (not a bad thing at all), Denver Biscuit Company is your destination. Their biscuit sandwiches are decadent creations, starting with the flaky, buttery biscuits that sandwich fried chicken, bacon, fried catfish, or whatever else is on the menu. Then it’s all smothered in sausage or vegetarian gravy (and add the gravy if it doesn’t come with it). And then you can lie down somewhere for the afternoon; we’ve got some suggestions here.
4. The Cherry Cricket
Source: Cherry Cricket’s Facebook page
Feeling creative after a Rocky Mountain high? Have the appetite to match? Head on over to the Cherry Cricket, where you can build your own burger with over 30 cheeses, toppings, and sauces. The toppings get inventive – everything from corned beef to cucumber slices – but this burger joint isn’t just a gimmick; patties are grilled to perfection over an open flame.
3. The Original Chubby’s
Denverites know that for a huge, sloppy burrito at most any time of the day or night, the Original Chubby’s is the place to go (note: there’s several unrelated Chubby’s locations around town; hit the one at 38th and Lipan). The Mexican hamburger and ridiculously sloppy green chili cheese fries are available at this takeout spot from 6 AM until 2 AM (and 3 AM on Friday and Saturday nights).
2. Illegal Pete’s
Mexican food chain Chipotle got its start in Denver, which is somewhat of a source of local pride, but if you want a quick burrito, locals will direct you to the nearest Illegal Pete’s. The Colorado chain serves Mission style burritos, tacos, and drinks, and has some of the best late night eats in town.
1. Biker Jim’s Gourmet Hot Dogs
Source: Biker Jim’s Facebook page
There’s no better place to grab a bite in Denver – stoned or otherwise – than Biker Jim’s Gourmet Hot Dogs. The “gourmet” part lives up to the hype: there’s the typical all-beef dogs and brats, and then there’s dogs made from buffalo, veal, pheasant, duck, wild boar, and even Alaskan reindeer. The best, though, may be the elk jalapeno cheddar dog. Top it Biker Jim’s Classic style (cream cheese and caramelized onions) and you’ll go home happy. Visit Biker Jim’s two restaurants or find the cart on the 16th street mall.