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10 El Taco de Mexico
Tiny and brightly painted, this corner eatery is home to traditional Mexican eats offered at very affordable prices. The menu is expansive and in Spanish, but even first-timers can order a delicious meal without too much trouble. Favorites include tacos filled with your choice of cabeza (beef cheeks), carnitas, and even brains. Cilantro, lime, salsa, and onion dress them simply but flavorfully. Chiles rellenos, burritos, huevos rancheros, and green chili also turn customers into regulars. Refreshing fruit drinks and flan are among the sweet options at the end of your meal. (303-623-3926)

9 Kaladi Brothers Coffee
Located a few blocks from the Denver University campus, Kaladi Brothers brews only java that is certified as having been organically grown on farms that promote environmentally sustainable practices. Their vendors also attest to promoting fair trade. Furthermore, Kaladi Brothers roasts their own beans, so every cup has its own rich distinct flavor. (720-570-2166)

8 Moe's Broadway Bagel
Moe's Bagel keeps breakfast simple but interesting — you'll find variety in both type of bread and in luscious spread. Try a plain bagel topped with lox spread or goat cheese, or opt for a poppy-seed bagel skimmed with honey. From whole wheat to chocolate chip, you're sure to find an offering to fit your taste buds and lifestyle. The bright interior and upbeat music will help get you going early in the morning. (303-733-7331)

7 Rheinlander Bakery
This bakery believes in doing things the old-fashioned way — from scratch. You won't find anything pre-packaged or processed, just sinfully delicious homemade goodies. Seven-layer tortes, hand-decorated cookies, and traditional layer cakes line the shelves, and German and European recipes are the specialty. (The kitchen has been perfecting them since 1963.) They even offer a full line of sugar-free and low-carb desserts. (303-467-1810, 866-479-2253)

6 Village Roaster
Consistent, high-quality coffee and tea products — that's the name of the game at Village Roaster. Gourmet coffee lovers find themselves returning again and again to peruse the selections of this Lakewood store. A selection of candies and brewing accessories is also available, and a great gift shop offers products sure to bring a smile to the coffee junkie you know. (303-238-8718, 800-237-3822)

5 Common Grounds
Local artwork adorns exposed brick walls in this Highland Park area coffee shop. Regulars know it as a good place to order a fragrant coffee drink and a pastry and spend time catching up with old friends. Live music and poetry readings are often scheduled in the evenings, and books abound so you can peruse one of your favorites while sipping a steaming cup of hot chocolate and munching on a bagel. WiFi available. (303-458-5248)

4 St. Mark's Coffeehouse
For breakfast, lunch or a simple coffee stop, St. Mark's fits the bill. The trendy, artistic interior contributes to an atmosphere of casual cheer, and a large garage door opens to balmy breezes on warm days. Coffee drinks, especially mochas and cappuccinos, are fabulous, and guests add in cookies, pastries, desserts, soups, and panini sandwiches when they need a little something extra. WiFi available. (303-322-8384)

3 Hooked on Colfax
This artsy coffee shop does all the things that hip patrons love: They exhibit local art, offer free WiFi, let folks linger over their laptops and journals, and showcase area bands and performers. Plus, the owners are widely reputed to be incredibly friendly and neighborhood-focused, which always provokes a good measure of loyalty. As if that's not enough, the locally-roasted coffees are fantastic, and snacks and baked goods are available for nibbling. To top it all off, Hooked on Colfax promotes green living and puts its money where its mouth is — cups and straws are made of biodegradable corn! (303-398-2665)

2 Jay's Patio Café
Located across Commons Park from the bustle of LoDo, this little shop provides well-crafted, savory sandwiches and satisfying soups. Grab a seat on the pleasant patio if the weather permits, and sample the chipotle turkey sandwich with yellow peppers, spicy cheese, and chipotle-infused mayonnaise. Freshly-grilled paninis include Jamaican jerk chicken and Emily's roast beef and brie. A decent variety of salads and soups completes the menu; the spinach, feta, and bacon salad is a unity of pleasing tastes and textures. (303-455-9275)

1 Tamales by La Casita
Tamales by La Casita is considered the best place to grab your breakfast tamale in Denver, if not in all of Colorado. La Casita is in northwest Denver, a neighborhood commonly called Highlands that's home to a large Mexican community with deep roots here. The tamales come vegetarian — green chile and cheese — or red chile with pork. (303-477-2899)

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El Taco de Mexico 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Cuisine: Latin, Mexican
Kaladi Brothers Coffee 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Coffee Shop
Dining Options: Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: SOUTH DENVER
Moe's Broadway Bagel 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: ALAMO PLACITA
Rheinlander Bakery 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Bakery, European, German
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: ARVADA
Village Roaster 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Coffee Shop
Dining Options: Live Music, Take Out
Neighborhood: LAKEWOOD
Common Grounds 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Coffee Shop
Dining Options: Live Music, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: Highlands
St. Mark's Coffeehouse 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: Uptown
Hooked on Colfax 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Coffee Shop
Dining Options: Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: City Park
Jay's Patio Café 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: COMMONS PARK
Tamales by La Casita 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Latin, Mexican
Dining Options: Take Out
Neighborhood: Highlands