Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Top 10 Lunch Places in Denver


Chefs in training get a chance to prove their mettle at Assignments, which is affiliated with The Art Institute of Colorado. Regulars agree that the food is first-class and that culinary students really love what they do. Gourmet sandwiches and salads can be had, along with meat and seafood entrees. A la carte and prix fixe dining options are both...


Address: 2406 S Parker Rd, Aurora, CO 80231

Dora's is an easygoing Mexican café where you can indulge in south of the border comfort food in spacious environs. Feast on chiles rellenos, burritos, and enchiladas to your heart's content. If that's not your style, plenty of other options are sure to suit. Adding character to the interior are Indian blankets, warm peach tones, and vibrant blue...

Jay's Patio Café

Address: 2563 15th St, Denver, CO 80211

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...

Landry's Seafood House

Address: 7209 S Clinton St, Englewood, CO 80112

No matter how you like seafood, Landry's delivers, and their hearty portions make what is already a good experience even sweeter. Diners can order grouper, flounder, tuna, crab, shellfish, and other delicacies. Meals come with rice and a salad and are substantial – you may find yourself leaving with a to-go box. Landlubbers are pleased to find...

M & D's Bar-B-Que & Fish Palace

Address: 2004 E 28th Ave, Denver, CO 80205

Plan ahead and ask for a doggie bag as soon as you enter, because you're certain to get more food than you can handle. From brisket to chicken to pork, you're sure to find a plate to please. The cafe also serves a mean fried catfish platter and must-have peach cobbler, so sweet and gooey you'll think it came straight from a Southern kitchen. Sweet...

New York Deli News

Address: 7105 E Hampden Ave, Denver, CO 80237

This deli transports a slice of the Big Apple to Denver, and regulars applaud the variety of fresh, delicious deli foods. The menu includes everything from bagels and lox to cheese blintzes and stuffed cabbage. Hefty, well-filled sandwiches are also terrific, and rich, satisfying desserts are as good as you'd imagine. Friendly service is a plus,...

The Briarwood Inn

Address: 1630 8th St, Golden, CO 80401

Quintessentially American, this Golden treasure recollects a bygone age with antique furnishings and gentrified decor. In fact, the country club setting seems to have leapt right from the pages of a Gilded Age novel. Traditional fare earns nods thanks to house specialties like lobster Thermidor, veal Oscar, and prime rib; locals also laud the...

Virgilio's Pizzeria Napoletana

Address: 7986 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood, CO 80226

Got the midday munchies? Head to this casual pizzeria for a scrumptious, brick oven-baked slice or two. Bring friends and split a delectable pie, or opt for an 8" individual size. With varieties like the Portofino (spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, and black olives) and the Mezzo Mezzo (half red sauce, half white sauce), it's hard to go wrong. Daily...


Address: 206 E 13th Ave, Denver, CO 80203

Probably better known for its fantastic breakfasts, WaterCourse also serves delicious, filling lunches. The high-ceilinged, pleasant room quickly becomes noisy as the lively noontime crowd files in, so be prepared to wait unless you're willing to grab a chair at the community table. The place serves vegetarian food done right, neither aspiring to...

Yorkshire Fish & Chips

Address: 7275 Pecos St, Denver, CO 80221

A self-service lunch stop, Yorkshire boasts some of the best fish and chips this side of the Atlantic – or in Denver, at least. Fresh filets (fried to perfection) can be had at rock bottom prices, along with chips done UK-style. Don't forget to sprinkle them with vinegar to add extra zing! The simple decor directs focus to the tasty seafood and...


  1. Ahhh, I am so glad you put Water Course in there! I love reading your reviews but you do not often give many options for vegetarians :-) Also, Virgilio's is one of the only reasons I go out to the suburbs! They have the BEST white pizza I have ever had. Period.