Lunch in Denver: Best Places to Grab a Mid-Day Bite

By , Local Expert, Denver
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Lunch in Denver might be grab-and-go at The Market at Larimer Square, a power confab at Charcoal or ChoLon Bistro, or simply a reason to sit down and enjoy the surroundings--think Palettes at the Denver Art Museum. It can be outdoors or in, intriguingly ethnic or as American as the wiener slathered in mustard served up at Billy's Gourmet Hot Dogs (Billy's offers many other kinds of dogs as well as the name rightly suggests). While there are enough lunchtime restaurants in Denver proper to keep you eating well for weeks on end, there are also good reasons to venture outside of the city limits as well, not the least of which is...  Read more »

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    Acorn is a great choice in one of Denver's emerging neighborhoods

    Local Expert Tip: "It's an easy bike ride here from LoDo, and many cyclists do just that on the weekends, riding along the South Platte River"

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    The Market at Larimer Square

    It's Denver's one-stop-shop for any lunch (or breakfast or dinner) item you might want.

    Local Expert Tip: "It's a deli, it's a bakery, it's a coffee bar, it's a sit-down restaurant, a specialty grocer and a grab-and-go market. If you can't decide what you want, or your group is divided on what to eat, The Market is the place to go. Everyone will be happy."

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    Comida's food trucks are crazy popular and there's no reason to think the restaurant will be anything else.

    Local Expert Tip: "This is the only Comida location serving a full-on Sunday brunch with such temptations as Lemon Queso Fresco Pancakes, chilaquiles and Comida's take on eggs Benedict."

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    Charcoal Restaurant

    Charcoal offers fast yet chef-prepared foods in a restaurant reminiscent of European bakeries and markets.

    Local Expert Tip: "Mousse is a must: Try the chicken-liver mousse or Greek feta-cheese mousse."

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    Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse

    There is nowhere else like it, at least outside of Tajikistan

    Local Expert Tip: "For fun, look for the names of the artisans who helped create the teahouse carved or painted on the interior."

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    Billy's Gourmet Hot Dogs

    When you just have to have a hot dog, this is the place.

    Local Expert Tip: "Only eat vegan or organic? There's a meat- and dairy-free "dog" and a delectable Colorado organic farm-raised, hormone-free duck sausage topped with caramelized onions and remoulade"

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    Olive & Finch

    It's an eatery, bakery and market that delivers good food and a casual European-style ambiance.

    Local Expert Tip: "Love the cake? Order a whole one for your next family gathering and enjoy it at home. In a hurry? Call ahead, then pull up to the curb and someone will come out and deliver your lunch to your car."

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    Palettes at the Art Museum

    The artistry of the food and presentation is a perfect complement to the artistry of the museum itself.

    Local Expert Tip: "You can pair your meal with wine or the restaurants artistically oriented cocktail list featuring Van Gogh vodkas in all their wildly inventive flavors, including Dutch caramel, peach, pomegranate and espresso."

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    ChoLon Bistro

    ChoLon Bistro offers creative, often unusual, Asian dishes in a visually arresting presentation that begs to be photographed and posted online.

    Local Expert Tip: "Must try: the soup dumplings. First, let them cool a bit. Then pop a whole one into your mouth and revel in the explosion of broth and flavors. Do not try to eat these in more than one bite or you'll end up with liquid all over you."

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    Owner Justin Cucci has a talent for creating buzz-worthy restaurants and this is one of them.

    Local Expert Tip: "Head up to the rooftop patio for happy hour. The views are sweeping and the drinks include a solid list of mostly Colorado brews, wine and cool cocktails."



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