Foodie Finds in Denver
If you are visiting Denver, you must check out the local food scene. These restaurants feature chef-driven concepts in hip neighborhoods. Whether you are looking for craft-cocktails, locally-brewed beer, or locally-inspired dishes, there is a little bit of everything here in Denver. Check out some of my top bites and drinks you don’t want to miss out on.
Farm House at Breckenridge Brewery
Just a short drive south of Downtown Denver in Littleton, Colorado, the Farm House at Breckenridge Brewery is the hip place to visit. This restaurant is spacious, featuring a beer garden and rustic dining room and beautiful views of the Rocky Mountains on the back porch. The menu truly embodies local, fresh Colorado flavors, plus they have all their beers on tap. They also offer free tours of the brewery, and you will want to check out how their beer is made. My personal favorite is meat and cheese board. The flavors are awesome; it’s fun to pair them with the different beers, and there is enough to share! The Farm House partners with local vendors making it truly farm to table
Who doesn’t like tacos? El Jefe is the place to be for delicious yet affordable Mexican food. This fun little Mexican restaurant in the Sunnyside neighborhood in Denver truly has something for everyone. The menu rotates with the seasons, and there is always something new to try. One other cool fact is that the tortillas are homemade daily, and you can tell the difference. Don’t overlook El Jefe for brunch on the weekends, as their Breakfast Tacos are just as good as their dinner tacos. I love the Chicken Brunch Tacos; they are the perfect balance of spice and flavor. The best day to visit is, of course, Taco Tuesday, which features four different $1 tacos!
If you have a sweet tooth, D Bar is the restaurant for you. Located in uptown Denver, D bar is Food Network’s Celebrity Chef Keegan Gerhard’s restaurant. His team brings seasonal dishes and specializes in craft drinks and creative desserts. The ‘D’ in D Bar stands for drinks, dining, and dessert, and the experience does not disappoint. Ask to sit at the dessert bar to watch the chefs work their magic. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, and I always love the Cake and Shake option.
If beer is not your thing and you are more of a cider person, Stem Ciders in River North is a cute little shop making delicious fresh ciders daily. They are local to Lafayette, Colorado, but opened this Tap House in 2014. The craft cidery has unique flavors and styles, and they always have seasonal options to try. Be sure to order a flight so you can explore everything that Stem has to offer, but they also sell cans so you can take some home!
When thinking about all the local restaurants and bars in Denver, there are just too many good ones to try out. I could go on and on about different places to try. These four make the list for something unique and not on the typical “best places to eat” list.
Know Before You Go:
- If you are staying downtown, many restaurants are within walking distances! Be sure to bring comfortable shoes and avoid the parking hassle.
- Don’t be afraid to explore. There are so many local restaurant groups that feature amazing restaurants. Check out local places!
- If you are traveling at the end of February, Denver Restaurant Week is a great way to explore different offerings at an affordable price. Denver Restaurant Week happens yearly either the last week of February or the First week of March.
- Staying at a Hilton Hotel? Be sure to have a meal at their restaurant. Some of my favorite restaurants are inside the Hilton Hotels. Knife & Board, The Corner Office, Amberstone Bar & Grill, and Prospects to name a few.