This page is dedicated to exposing all of those elusive hole-in-the-wall food places that often remain unseen. I'm talking about the small mom and pop shops that serve up a dish that could probably give you a heart attack, but is worth the risk because it tastes Sooooo Good.
A little background on my tastes. I come am from Chicago originally so Meat is definitely a favorite of mine. I am not a big salad, seafood or Mexican/Tex/Mex/Southwest food person so you will not see any recommendations from me in those categories, Sorry. Check out my suggestions and let me know what you think. I am of course open to any suggestions / reviews you may have of your own.
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The Best of Denver Area Food
Rodizio's Grill-Truly a Meat lovers paradise. Served Brazilian style (Roasted on a skewer over a fire pit). The supply of food is endless, and very flavor full. Turkey wrapped in bacon, top sirloin, sirloin tip, mmmm I could go on and on. The best part is you get to try them all for one price (around $16). They bring the food to you fresh and hot off the "grill". This place has also been awarded best salad bar in Denver. Hmm a meat lovers paradise AND a good salad bar.
Suggested Meal: The Rodizio (all you can eat), Turkey wrapped in Bacon, Mash potatoes (at salad bar and to drink-Guarana, Brazilian lemonade or lemon ice (alcoholic).
Carpozis-New Yorkers opened this gem near on Holly near County Line in Littleton. If you like Gyros, I know no other place that serves them up fast and delicious. They also offer sandwiches and pizza. I find the Gyros steal the show though.
Suggested Meal: Gyros Sandwich with Feta, Garlic knots and Baklava for dessert.
Chicago Mike's- Wonder Why I like this place? Now this place really reminds me of home except that it is located east of I-25 on Arapahoe (south side) . They serve up the best hot dogs and burgers in Colorado period. You will find this place teeming with people from the tech center during lunch so expect a wait or go off hours. If you are a native Chicagoan don't forget to put a pin (where you used to live) on the big map. Yes they also have -I-talian Beef.
Suggested Meal: Cheese Burger, Hot Dog (with celery salt) Fries and a Coke. Simple but Tasty.
Mustards Last Stand- Same type of place as Chicago Mikes But the Dogs are slightly smaller, BUT to make up for it they make their own fries from scratch. This Tasty delight is located on university and Evans. Look for the big Blue V.
Suggested Meal: Polish or a Jumbo, Cheese fries and a Coke.
Rocky Mountain Pie- Now here is a real treat. If you are from Chicago you miss Pizza, real Pizza. This my friend is the real thing. Real Chicago style pizza. I know it sounds unlikely but trust me, this is good stuff. For those of you not from Chicago, give it a try, you will not go back to "regular" pizza ever again. Make sure you order the Chicago style and give yourself 45 minutes (perfection takes time).
Suggested Meal: Chicago Style Pizza (small for 2 people, Large for 3 or more).
Planet Sub- The Best Subs you will ever have. With just a few locations, consider yourself lucky if you live near one. (worth a 30 min. drive if you don't) Hot subs in several varieties, you will leave with a stuffed belly. Click the link for more info and locations.
Suggested Meal: The Planet Sub, Foot (if you're really hungry), some chips and a coke. Don't forget your stamps, you will be back.
Laughing Dog Deli- Great original sandwiches. Truly unique creations. If you are in LODO (between 18th and 19th on Blake) you'll have to stop in for Lunch. I used to frequent this place and it is well worth the $7 sandwiches.
Suggested Meal: Hot Corned Beef with Swiss and Dijon, Jalapeno Boulder Chips and Sobe.
The Original Pancake House- I first discovered this small chain in Chicago under the name Walker Brothers. The line would go out the door (Hour wait) every Sunday. Similar situation here in Colorado at the Belleview (Just east of I-25) location. This is the type of breakfast place you can go to for lunch (and is open for lunch). It will fill you up but more importantly it is VERY tasty. Click the link for more info and locations.
Suggested Meal: The Apple Pancake-BIG juicy and delicious. Trust me, this is their specialty.
Pasquini's- Not located in the nicest part of town (on Broadway 1 mile north of Evans) , this small gem has fantastic Calzones. Get them with whatever you want in them, they will arrive hot and BIG. The free breadsticks are a pleasant plus and very Tasty as well.
Suggested Meal: Calzone and a Pasquini's red ale.
Claim Jumper- I hope you are hungry, because this place serves you HUGE portions. I would recommend against an appetizer. Instead, try one of their many unique and Tasty Drinks from their drink menu. If you like sandwiches and are hungry you might want to try the Mother Load and for dessert, well you really have to see it to believe it.
Suggested Meal: Mother Load, Cheese Soup, Midori Margarita, and split a dessert, they are all good!
Woody's Wings and Things- Located in Aurora on Buckley north of Iliff, this wings place is good. They serve them up hot and fresh. Don't forget the fries they are tasty too. Woody's also sells fried fish stuff too but you know how I feel about seafood.
Suggested Meal-Lunch special (if I recall correctly) 15 wings, fries and a coke for cheap.
Americas Bar and Grill- Just like the website says, best happy hour in Denver. $ .15 hotwings. And they are GOOD! Don't forget the fries they are fantastic and always arrive "burn your mouth hot" and fresh. Drink specials are great too. This is a true Sports Bar with pool tables and lots of TV's showing just about every game imaginable. If you are bothered by smoke this place may not be for you (unless you eat outside in the summer). For me it is a small sacrifice for their tasty Wings.
Suggested Meal: (for 2) 20 Wings Denver Hot with Ranch, fries, and a pitcher of your choice.
Benders Brats- Who better to make FRESH bratwurst then a Wisconsin native? Bob makes them and cooks them fresh every day. I have to argue that it is the best brat place in the Denver Area (6th and Chambers in Aurora) It is making me drool as I write this. You shouldn't miss this one folks, it's worth the trip.
Suggested Meal- Double Brat with Cheese, chips and a coke.
BD's Mongolian BBQ- Another all you can eat place, sound scary? Not this place. Located near 16th and Wazee street in LODO, at BD's You make your meal, they cook it. Just pick the ingredients put them in a bowl add oil and other seasonings give it to the chef and watch him throw it on the HUGE grill, cooking it right in front of you. Don't forget to tip the chefs, its hot where they are standing.
Suggested Meal-The Mongolian BBQ, with MEAT ; ). Add a couple ladles of sesame oil, garlic and ginger, a little red pepper sauce for heat.