5 Bites of Denver Slideshow
Where to go: Sam’s No. 3
Although there is some speculation about its exact origin, the country knows this omelette combination as the Denver omelette, and many restaurants throughout the city serve the classic American brunch item. The omelette was popular before the 1920s and '30s when it first appeared in print, and originally appeared with bread as a Western sandwich. The combination is simple, but delicious: eggs, diced ham, onion, bell pepper, and cheese.
Where to go: The Fort
Colorado is a state known for game meat, specifically elk and buffalo. The Fort is one of Denver’s best-known establishments and sells more buffalo steaks than any other independently owned restaurant in the country. The menu is based off food consumed on the Santa Fe Trail, including staples like buffalo, elk, and quail.
Where to go: Wynkoop Brewing Company
Denver locals are big supporters of local beers, and with good reason — Denver brews more beers than any other city. Wynkoop Brewing Company was Colorado’s first brewpub, established in 1988. Led by Governor John Hickenlooper, this establishment is known for having the best pool hall. Their specialty is the Patty’s Chile Beer, which is a light and spicy German-style beer made with Anaheim chiles and smoked ancho.
Where to go: The Blue Bonnet
Denver is home to some seriously good Mexican-American restaurants, but The Blue Bonnet stands out as a local favorite with their stuffed poblano peppers. While the family-owned restaurant has many specialties, the stuffed peppers lead as a fan favorite. The peppers are all stuffed with vegetables and your choice of chicken, shrimp, beef, or chorizo.
Gourmet Hot Dog
Where to go: Biker Jim’s
Denver is home to many unique places serving up these savory meats. This gourmet hot dog stand is a local favorite, featuring hot dogs made from elk, buffalo, wild boar, pheasant, yak, and reindeer. The dogs are served with a signature smear of cream cheese and Coca-Cola-soaked onions.