March 1, 2021
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Best Restaurants and Food in Denver

The Mile High City is home to some surprisingly elevated cuisine. While stick-to-your-ribs fare is popular among locals and tourists during ski season, Denver’s restaurant scene also includes a range of cuisines, including Latin American and Asian fusion.

What Food is Denver Known for?

Colorado is a major cattle producer and you’ll find some fantastic steakhouses in the city. Denverites also like their sweets. There are many bakeries and ice cream shops in town for those who want to enjoy creative treats and desserts.

What to Expect from Denver Restaurants

The city attracts outdoor enthusiasts who come to enjoy winter sports, mountain biking, hiking, and the state’s magnificent natural beauty. Restaurants frequently cater to tourists, but there are plenty of places where locals gather, including restaurants that offer some of the best food in Denver.

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Best Restaurants in Denver

Work & Class: This restaurant is incredibly popular for Latin-influenced comfort food: Green chili cheddar sausage and peppers five ways are appetizer standouts. Dinners include carnitas, coriander-roasted Colorado lamb, and stout-braised short ribs.

Jelly Cafe: Jelly Cafe is popular among the breakfast and brunch crowd for its fresh takes on morning cuisine. Blueberry pancakes with lavender/blueberry preserves, anyone? Lunchtime is also busy, but most regulars tout the freshly-made mini-doughnuts as the best reason to pay this place a visit.

The Buckhorn Exchange: If you are looking for a historical experience, enjoy traditional fare at The Buckhorn Exchange, which has been serving steak and other meats since 1893. Founded by Henry H. "Shorty Scout" Zietz, a compatriot of "Buffalo Bill" Cody and Chief Sitting Bull, The Buckhorn Exchange has been visited by President Theodore Roosevelt and is home to a fascinating collection of artifacts.

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