Even with the global pandemic still bearing down on everyone, no other city can bounce back to life with a vengeance than Denver. Its proximity to some of the most magnificent natural wonders, as well as its fast-growing economy, has brought together a wide range of people from trendy millennials to thrill-seeking folks who all call the Mile-high City home. The diversity of the population has resulted in an equally-diverse food and restaurant scene, some of which have become institutions in the Denver lifestyle.
Here’s a list of some of my choice Denver restaurants that people keep coming back to:
1487 South Pearl Street
Since opening on Christmas 1984, Sushi Den has remained as one of the most-visited Japanese restaurants not only in Denver but in the rest of the country. Brothers Toshi and Yasu Kizaki first opened their restaurant’s doors to the public when raw fish wasn’t even a Denver delicacy.
Fresh fish is flown in daily from the city of Fukuoka on Kyushu Island to maintain the highest standards of food quality here. They have a number of Japanese dishes to choose from, plus a robust list of cocktails, but the stars of their show are their sushi and sashimi – all freshly prepared.
El Taco de Mexico
714 Santa Fe Drive
Established in 1985, this no-frills taqueria has kept its system simple but service excellent. Thus, it comes as no surprise that it is frequently visited by residents for sating their Mexican food cravings. Worth trying out are their chile relleno burritos, the enchiladas, as well as their cabeza or lengua tacos.
The said restaurant has earned an award from the James Beard Foundation for its scrumptious food offerings – quite a feat for a cozy neighborhood taqueria.
1962 East Colfax Avenue
Started by the late Pete Contos in 1988, this 24-hour diner has remained an institution for your late-night cravings. Pete’s kitchen is a comfortable diner that serves classic American dishes, as well as Mexican and Greek favorites with a twist. This diner is best known for its breakfast burrito supreme, which Pete specially created back in 1989. They are also known for their tasty cowboy burgers, gyros, souvlaki, and breakfast burritos.
3030 East Sixth Avenue
Dubbed as the “Best Italian Go-to” by Denver’s Westword, Barolo Grill has been providing the best fine-dining experience in Cherry Creek since 1992. A 2018 Wine Spectator Grand Award winner, this restaurant brings you the authentic flavors of the Italian countryside. Visit the restaurant every November as it showcases seasonal black and white truffles across six decadent courses.
630 South Federal Boulevard
Voted as “The Best Vietnamese Restaurant in Denver,” this restaurant has been in business since 1987. New Saigon has also been named “Denver’s Best Pho” and included in the list of “Top 50 Best Restaurants in Denver” by Zagat.
New Saigon offers delicious and authentic Vietnamese cuisine in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. You’ll be spoilt for choice with their lunch and dinner menus that feature a wide array of dishes from fondues and firepots to their specialty noodle bowls.
Denver’s well-loved restaurants are just among the reasons why this city is worth considering as the venue for your new home. Call me – Anne Dresser Kocur – at 303.229.6464 or email me at adresser(at)livsir(dotted)com so we can discuss your real estate goals.