When in the Mile High City, one is apt to get the munchies. In a fast changing city such as Denver, it’s good to have a few solid spots to go for grub. People often ask me about my favorite spots, and while it’s hard to pick, these places have certainly found a special place on my restaurant go-to’s.
Forest Room Five
2532 15th Street
Forest room five is a unique joint just as you’re making your way into the bustling highlands neighborhood. Rustic vibes, quirky decor, small plates, and elegant cocktails are bound to entrance even the most sober of patrons. While the outdoor patio sports a few cozy fire pits, the ambiance really makes this place special. An occasional discreet toke amidst the campy outdoor scene can really enhance the experience.
Dae Gee Korean
Dae Gee Korean BBQ is a great for small groups, and there’s a ton of food for a relatively reasonable price. Not for the timid, however; the Korean BBQ experience is one of teamwork and trying new things. Making sure no one’s brisket gets burned while testing different side dish combos is a flavorful experience of multi tasking. And while it can sound overwhelming, you find your flow after the first round or two. The lunch time unlimited bbq special is probably my favorite, but come hungry.
6715 W Colfax Ave
Casa Bonita offers an authentic only-in-Colorado experience. The zany theme park esque vibe of this spot is a must for those looking to really get weird in their dining experience. Typical Mexican restaurant cuisine makes up the menu, but this isn’t really a spot you come to for the food. From cliff-diving gorillas, puppet shows to gunfights, this spot even has an arcade to keep the shortest attention span entertained.
2615 Larimer Street
-Sushi Rama in the always growing Rhino district gives those with an appetite for something light an interactive way of choosing their meal. Menu items are made fresh, and circulated around the booths via a slow moving conveyor belt. Take what looks good, and you can request things from the menu as well. The real deal is hitting up this spot for happy hour where cocktails and rolls are appetizingly affordable.
3763 Wynkoop Street
Rebel restaurant offers innovative twists on classic dishes and maybe some brand new favorites as well. While the decor is simple and minimal, the dishes are anything but. While the menu changes seasonally, the combinations are always on point. The complementary drink menu, friendly staff, and always-improving seasonal cuisine make this one of my favorite spots in Denver.