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Legendary Bar Burgers at The Cherry Cricket in Denver

A Hamburger Today Todd Brock 10 comments

The Cherry Cricket is strictly a build-your-own burger place, with over 30 cheeses, toppings, and sauces—and exactly zero pre-designed kitchen creations to choose from. You'll find plenty of the usual suspects here, but also oddball options like cucumber slices, corned beef, and...grape jelly. More

8 New Denver Breweries to Visit During GABF

Drinks Sean M. Buchan Post a comment

If you're planning on visiting the Mile High City during the Great American Beer Festival this year, you may notice that a lot has changed since your last visit. Eight new breweries have opened up within Denver city limits in the last year (bringing the grand total to 22), not including the dozen or so that have begun pouring outside the metro area. The product of favorable liquor laws and an atmosphere that cultivates and encourages young breweries, Denver—and Colorado as a whole—is quickly becoming an epicenter for craft beer in the United States. More

Top Sips from Colorado Beer Week

Drinks Sean M. Buchan 1 comment

The 3rd Annual Colorado Beer Week was held May 12-19 across the city of Denver, offering a plethora of choices for craft beer fans. Piggy-backing off of American Craft Beer Week, the goal of Colorado Beer Week is to "host events that bring you great beer and educate everyone on the versatility of this tasty beverage", says founder Scott Kerkmans. Here are a few of the highlights. More

Denver: A Great Burger Deal at Marczyk Fine Foods (Marczyk's II)

A Hamburger Today Daniel Zemans 6 comments

Early every Friday night all summer, both locations of Marczyk Fine Foods—Denver's premier gourmet food shop and deli—give their respective neighborhoods a little burger gift. Much more "elevated backyard cookout" than "fancy-pants burger" offering, it's a tradition the people of Denver are lucky to have. More

Denver: Fast Casual Deliciousness at Park Burger

A Hamburger Today Daniel Zemans 10 comments

Park Burger became a Denver institution almost immediately after opening its doors less than three years ago. Based on my visit, I'd have to say it definitely lives up to the hype. More

Burger Works, Red Robin's Fast Casual Concept, Opening Soon in Denver

A Hamburger Today Robyn Lee 7 comments

Red Robin is getting into the fast casual business with Burger Works, opening its first location November 21 in Northfield Stapleton in Denver (map). Compared to Red Robin, Burger Works features a simpler and lower priced menu of 1/3-pound burgers and also offers beer and wine. Some burgers from Red Robin appear on Burger Works' menu, along with original burgers and a build-your-own-burger option with choice of beef or chicken patty, 13 free toppings, and 10 "fancy" toppings. More

Centennial, CO: Five Star Burgers

A Hamburger Today An AHT Field Agent 3 comments

Today's reader recommendation comes from Ben Haley of Denver-based burger review blog Pure Burger. Thanks, Ben! If anyone else wants to share some burger intel, here's how to do it. More

Daily Slice: Spring Vegetable Flatbread at Rioja, Denver

Slice Daniel Zemans 2 comments

Chef Jennifer Jasinski takes full advantage of Spring's bounty with the Spring Vegetable Flatbread currently on the menu. The pizza includes grilled asparagus, fava beans, roasted tomatoes and pine nut pesto, fresh buffalo mozzarella and Manchego cheese, and a pea shoot salad, all atop a thick crunchy crust. There's a whole lot going on, but every single bit works well. More

Daily Slice: Sonny at Brava! Pizzeria Della Strada, Denver

Slice Daniel Zemans 6 comments

Brava! Pizzeria Della Strada is run out of a mobile wood-burning pizza oven with a semi-permanent home at the base of the clock tower at 16th and Arapahoe in downtown Denver. More

Daily Slice: Margherita at Osteria Marco, Denver

Slice Daniel Zemans 1 comment

Osteria Marco puts out very solid pizzas, including a Margherita that features housemade mozzarella. But the star of the show at this outpost in Chef Frank Bonanno's Denver culinary empire is the chili oil that sits on each table, patiently waiting to make everything it touches taste better. More

Is Denver the Next Big Pizza Town?

Slice Adam Kuban 5 comments

Don't ask me why, but I used to get, and continue to get, inquiries about "the best pizza in Denver" and/or Colorado. I don't know what it is about the Mile High City that has pizza lovers asking for advice, but damn if the Centennial State isn't adding pizzerias at a good clip. Yesterday, the Denver Business Journal listed a number of new places opening there. More

The Search for America's Best Hot Dog: The West

The Serious Eats Team 26 comments

So far, we've told you about the East Coast contenders, the Midwest ones, and those down South. Let's head west, shall we? More

A Sandwich A Day: Sausage at Carbone's Italian Sausage Market in Denver

Carey Jones 4 comments

You have to love an Italian meat shop with posters of saints on the walls and a friendly neighborhood crowd and chatty counter staff, where a bag of chips with your sandwich costs 30 cents. It's the sausage sandwich at Carbone's Italian Sausage Market that's worth an order, as they make the starring meat in house, flattened into a juicy slab with red pepper flakes and fennel. More

Denver: H Burger's Potential Greatness Hindered by Overcooking

A Hamburger Today Daniel Zemans 7 comments

If all it took to make outstanding food were great ideas, then H Burger would be a treasure. Unfortunately, some problems with execution got in the way of greatness on my visit. The fries and the shake, however, were good enough to convince me that the burgers are worth another shot. More

Virgilio's: A Slice of New York in Denver

Slice Daniel Zemans 14 comments

In researching pizza in Denver, I have yet to come across anyone who claims it's a great pizza city. Equally clear is that the past few years have seen a radical improvement in the local pizza scene, and Virgilio's certainly deserves some of the credit for that. More

The Denver Burger Battle: Ten Restaurants Compete for Best Burger in the City

A Hamburger Today An AHT Field Agent 10 comments

Today, fellow burger blogger Carsten Howitz, aka Burger Doctor, brings us his recap of last week's Denver Burger Battle. You can read more of his articles and Texas-based reviews about burgers at burgerdoctor.com. [Photographs: Carsten Howitz] At last Tuesday's Denver... More

United States of Pizza: Colorado (Denver)

Slice Pizzalicious Lauren 27 comments

Denver seems to dominate the Centennial State for the best pizza, but great pies can be found all over Colorado. Whether you are looking for vegan pizza, a New York slice or a Colorado mountain pie, you can be sure that there is a spectacular place in the colorful state for you. More

Street Food Profiles: Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs in Denver, Colorado

Erin Zimmer 7 comments

Note: It's time for another edition of Street Food Profiles. This week we scoot to Denver to meet Biker Jim and his gourmet tube steak. Biker Jim himself at the cart. [Photographs: Biker Jim's] Name: Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs Twitter: @bikerjimsdogs Vendor: Jim Pittenger Modeling one of the dogs. What's on the menu? Hot dogs made made with reindeer, elk, wild boar, buffalo, pheasant, rattlesnake, veal and a variety of rotating brat specials such as Boudin and Linguisa. Location and hours? The intersection of 16th and Arapahoe Streets in Denver (map) from 11 a.m. to 3 or 4 p.m.... More

Encore Restaurant in Denver Makes A Burger That Deserves a Standing Ovation

A Hamburger Today Daniel Zemans 20 comments

[Photographs of exterior/interior: encoreoncolfax.com; other photographs: Daniel Zemans] Encore Restaurant 2550 E. Colfax Avenue, Denver CO 80206 (map); 303-355-1112‎; encoreoncolfax.com Cooking Method: Grilled Short Order: Restaurant that specializes in local food and pretty people puts out an outstanding burger.... More

Marco's Coal-Fired Pizzeria: A Misnomered Gem in Denver

Slice Daniel Zemans 8 comments

Daniel Zemans, our man in Chicago, checks in with another piece of intel from the road, this time from Denver. —The Mgmt. Marco's Coal-Fired Pizzeria 2129 Larimer Street, Denver CO 80205 (map); 303-296-7000; marcoscoalfiredpizza.com Pizza Style: Neapolitan Oven Type: Wood The Skinny: Colorado's only VPN-certified pizzeria with an oddly deceiving name puts out some very good pies with a variety of unique toppings Price:Pies average around $14 I have two thoughts after eating at Marco's Coal-Fired Pizzeria. First, the place serves some excellent Neapolitan pizzas with some unique topping combinations that many traditionalists would run away from. Second, because their... More

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