By Brandon Jamil
Since the Marijuana boom—Denver restaurants have evolved over the past several years. From average chained steakhouses, buffets, and mom and pop diners, and Tex Mex restaurants dominated the food industry (we must confess that some of that some of them are worthy of a trip). As Denver expanded, so did our taste buds and foodie heart desires. Currently Denver’s food scene has varieties that includes authentic Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Ethiopian, Soul Food, and of course all around American eats.
Weather if you’re in the Cherry Creek neighborhood, downtown Denver, Uptown, LoDo, Highlands Ranch, you’re bound to have your soul delighted.
Famous Philly Cheese Steak & Beer Garden
Famous Philly is a popular restaurant located within the ParkHill neighborhood in Denver. Famous Philly is known for it’s authentic American cuisine such as: Philadelphia Cheese steaks. The owner (Jim) a Philly native provides quick service, delicious food, and crafted beer. All of the ingredients for his mouth watering cheese steaks are imported. That’s right, he’s not shy about serving his guests the best authentic cheese steaks in Colorado. But, it get’s better, Famous Philly has a variety of food on the menu. You can order a variety of cheese stakes. The most purchased cheese steak; which is the classic is served with provolone cheese, peppers and onions. The different selections of cheesesteaks include: mushroom, peppers, classic, bacon, pepperoni, pizza, the works, and the hoagie. You think this is enough? It doesn’t stop here, Famous Philly has hoagies, wings, and salads. Let’s not forget the jalapeño poppers! Over the years the beer selection has changed, usually Famous Philly gears towards beers that are in season, and sometimes per customers request! So when you’re in town stop by this family friendly, local, eclectic restaurant for sports, laughs, and delightful REAL FOOD!
Four Friends Kitchen
Here’s the thing: my mother is from New Orleans, so I know a thing or two about creole food! It’s rare to find authentic creole food in Colorado. Let alone a creole restaurant that truly represents the culture of New Orleans and robust, dynamic flavors.
Imagine walking into a small diner in New Orleans—where your friends and or family are welcomed. An environment where everyone is hungry and isn’t shy about ordering large portioned plates. Well at Four Friends Kitchen, they provide a friendly southern, creole themed atmosphere. A small quant, modern diner that is fairly friendly. Four Friends Kitchen offers many creole food item favorites such as: fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles, creole shrimp omelet, your way po boy, chocolate chip pancakes. Let’s not forget the beignets! You must try these beignets. My favorite dish here is the creole shrimp omelet! The gooey pimento cheese, andouille sausage. OH MY GOD! In-fact it was so good, I literally purchased another plate to take home. Four friends kitchen is located in the Stapleton shopping center—which is literally adjacent to the Park Hill neighborhood and minutes away from the North Field shopping center. At Four Friends Kitchen you truly experience community and lots of love.
Highland Tap and Burger
This hidden gem is located in the highlands area, and the company has expanded to the DTC, Sloans Lake areas. If you’re a lover of burgers and tap beer then this is your spot! The beauty of Highland Tap and Burger—its a normal diner in the daytime, and by night time it’s a full on bar. Outside, there’s a fire pit—to cozy up when it’s snowing. This spot attracts everyone from business professionals to college kids and families. The environment is highly accepting and versatile. At Highland Tap and Burger guests are family, so you better come ready to eat! You can order gourmet burgers such as: The Shroom Luvas burger (TO DIE FOR!) The Caveman, and The TAP BURGER. Of course it doesn’t stop there. Not in the mood for a burger? No problem! Order the Ahi Tuna sandwich or BBQ pulled pork sandwich. The prices are perfect for anyone who wants to indulge in local gourmet food. Here you won’t spend more than $30.00 per person (including cocktail).
CRU Food & Wine
This amazing, decedent establishment is located downtown Denver in Larimer square (two minutes away from 16th street mall). Cru Food & Wine is known for their impeccable service and thorough knowledge of wine. The sommeliers here are down to earth, yet highly energetic and ready to assist you with any food pairings. When you walk into this establishment, you’ll notice the wine cases alongside the walls, and an upscale, classy dinning room vibe. Cru offers hundreds of wines! You will want to bring your credit card and completely indulge in the fine wines and delectable food. You must try to Crab cake benedict (simply delightful). Cru offers myriads of dishes such as: Creme Brûlée, pan roasted Scottish salmon, cast iron seared sea scallops. Also, Cru offers “around the world” dishes such as: Manchego, Bijou, Robiola, and many more. At Cru you can be sure to find your favorite wine, and wines imported from around the world—that you may have never tried or heard of. It’s such a great place to get your palate acquainted with the worldly pleasures in life. When you visit Cru— you’ll want to wear business causal clothing here.
The Capital Grille
This fine restaurant is located downtown Denver in Larimer square. This restaurant offers an elegant, and posh environment—from the African Mahogany paneling, to the art deco chandeliers. The Capital Grille provides warm atmosphere for there nationally renowned dry aged steaks, fresh sea food, and acclaimed world class wines! From the outside looking in, it can feel a bit intimidating (snobbish) but it’s totally not! Think refined sophistication. The Capital Grille believes in DRY AGING. Before the steaks meet the grill they’re carefully aged and hand trimmed with the intention to achieve an incomparable flavor. What does this mean for you? Mouth watering food that is handled with intention, class, and precision. The first time I came here was with my partner, after his briefing with his firm. I must say I was truly impressed with how kind the servers were. My favorite dish here is the: Pan seared sea bass with shiitake mushrooms, asparagus, parsnips puree and lobster bordelaise. The Capital Grille menu is pricy, but I can guarantee you it’s worth every buck! This is a perfect restaurant for your an anniversary, birthday celebration, business celebration or if you’re feeling like splurging a bit.