Restaurant Guide–Denver

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  • Date indicates the most recent update of the restaurants listed
  • Bold indicates my recommendations; others come from what I consider to be good sources (see bottom of page for further explanation)

Arvada

Yak & Yeti–7803 Ralston Rd. (Nepali) Open Daily.  Some way it’s world class, some say it’s inconsistent.  Has buffet, but some say the best food is found when you order from the menu.  Similar to Indian food–chai, naan, and samosa are good.  Vegetable korma is recommended.  This restaurant is also a brewpub. (12-26-15)

Aurora

Cafe Paprika–13160 E. Mississippi Ave. (Moroccan) Closed Sun (and closed between 3 and 5 pm).  Very good tagines, but has other good items on the menu. (12-26-15)

Han Kang Korean–1910 S. Havana St. (Korean) Open Daily.  Authentic.  Reviewers say it tastes like home cooking. (11-14-15)

La Cueva–9742 E. Colfax Ave. (Mexican) Closed Sun.  Recommended by a reader as one of the best in Colo.  Green chile recommended on Urbanspoon.  Some say it is too expensive, though, and not a good value for Mexican food. (12-26-15)

Boulder

Amu–1221 Spruce St. (Japanese) Open daily (dinner only).  Good sushi, but it’s one of the few places in the Denver area that’s also known for Izakaya. Some say the sushi, though, is a “life changing experience” (and I think you have to pay big bucks for it). (4-3-17)

China Gourmet–3970 Broadway St. (Chinese) Closed Sat. lunch.  Top quality Chinese food.  Ask for the Chinese menu.  Hotpot and noodle dishes are good. (4-3-17)

Dushanbe Teahouse–1770 13th St. (Middle Eastern & Asian) Open daily 8 am to 9 pm.  Dushanbe is the capital city of Tajikistan, but reviewers say if they serve Tajik style food it is not emphasized (but they do have Tajikistan plov, a dish of grilled beef and rice). Instead there is an eclectic menu of Middle Eastern dishes (such as Moroccan beef) and Asian dishes (such as breakfast banh mi). Serves different styles of tea (which pair with the different types of food served). (4-3-17)

Ras Kassa’s–550 30th St. (Ethiopian) Dinner only (closed Sun & Mon).  Food is excellent, and a good value. Also in Lafayette (802 S. Public Rd). (4-3-17)

Rincon Argentino–2525 Arapahoe Ave. (Argentine) Closed Sun.  Reviewers find the food delicious, as an authentic ethnic restaurant should be. Empanadas are popular, but the chicken milanesa sandwich is said to be very authentic and very good. (4-3-17)

The Buff–2600 Canyon Blvd. (American) Breakfast & lunch only (open daily).  Popular for breakfast–emphasis is on high quality and flavor (this is not a greasy spoon joint). Dogs are allowed on the patio. (4-3-17)

Commerce City

La Casa del Rey–7035 E. 72nd Ave. (Mexican) Open daily 8 am to 9 pm.  It is hard to find a review of this place that is not five stars.  Many say it is the best Mexican restaurant in Colorado.  Pictures indicate that it is not totally authentic, but is “Colorado style” (if there is such a thing)–many items have green chile (probably not as spicy as in New Mexico). (12-27-15)

Denver

Hong Kong BBQ–1048 S. Federal Blvd. (Chinese) Closed Sat.  Authentic restaurant for everyday Chinese food (noodles, porridge, etc.). (12-26-15)

Makan Malaysian–1859 S. Pearl St. (Malaysian) Closed Tue (closed between 2:30 and 5:00 PM every day).  Reviewers say it is fantastic. (11-13-15)

New Saigon–630 S. Federal Blvd. (Vietnamese) Closed Mon.  Very popular Vietnamese restaurant with an extensive menu–this is a a very rare opportunity to try a large range of authentic Vietnamese food. (12-27-15)

Rioja–1431 Larimer St. (Spanish) Dinner daily; lunch Wed-Sun.  Upscale restaurant on the expensive side, but it’s very good.  Can order small plates, get very enjoyable food, and not spend as much money. (12-27-15)

Samarkand–1842 S. Parker Rd. (Uzbek) Open Daily.  Small, family owned, authentic food.  This is Middle Eastern food with some Russian dishes. (12-26-15)

Star Kitchen–2917 W. Mississippi Ave. (Chinese) Open Daily, open for breakfast, open late night.  Dim sum (everyone says it’s good).  Possibly 2nd best dim sum in Denver (reviewers say Superstar is best).  Has congee and other dishes that make it worthwhile even if you don’t get dim sum (but reviewers say you should get the dim sum). (11-14-15)

Super Star Asian–2200 W. Alameda Ave. (Chinese) Open Daily.  Dim sum (best in Denver–comparable to NY or SF).  They have 3 or 4 menus (if you want something other than dim sum). (11-13-15)

Tarasco’s–470 S. Federal Blvd. (Mexican) Open Daily.  I was looking for an alta cocina restaurant that would have very good mole, but it appears that the best may be at this hole-in-the-wall restaurant.  Also good for fish tacos, guacamole, cactus salad, and quite a few other items. (11-14-15)

Golden

Sherpa House–1518 Washington Ave. (Nepali) Open daily for dinner; lunch daily except Sun.  Very good reviews (except for some people’s opinion about the service). Buffet is affordable (and very good). Serves Indian food with a few specialties from Nepal (such as yak stew). Food is spicy like Indian food should be. Sampler plates are available. (4-3-17)

Westfalen Hof–32138 Hwy. 72 (German) Dinner Thu-Sun; lunch Sun only.  A destination restaurant for the Denver area which reviewers say serves authentic German food. Has prices consistent with similar German restaurants located around the US. The biggest problem here is getting a table (reservations are recommended before 7 pm, and maybe not necessary after that time). (4-3-17)

Greenwood Village

Brook’s Steak House–6538 S. Yosemite Cir. (Steaks) Dinner only (open daily).  Good reviews for Denver steakhouses.  I’m putting this on the list because I have found Colorado beef to be very special (but this place is expensive). (12-26-15)

Lakewood

Casa Bonita–6715 W. Colfax Ave. (Mexican) Open Daily.  This is the last remaining restaurant of the Casa Bonita chain that used to be located throughout the Southwest. I’m not really listing this because of the food, but because of the nostalgia. This is highly Americanized Mexican food that may make a good meal if you’re in the mood for this kind of thing (I know I would like to try it again). (4-3-17)

Lao Wang Noodle House–945 S. Federal Blvd. (Chinese) Closed Mon & Tue (closed from 3:30 to 6:00 PM daily).  Xiao long bao dumplings, dan dan noodles.  (11-14-15)

Littleton

Wild Ginger–399 W. Littleton Blvd. (Thai) Closed Sun; closed from 3 to 5 PM every day.  One of the most authentic Thai restaurants in the U.S. (11-14-15)

Morrison

Cafe Prague–209 Bear Creek Ave. (Czech) Dinner only (closed Mon).  Good Czech food but there are two opinions about whether it is worth the price.  Some say it’s peasant food for upscale prices, and some say it is absolutely authentic and worth it.  Dumplings, stew, and streudel are good. (4-3-17)

Westminster

Cracovia–8121 W. 94th Ave. (Polish) Closed Tue.  Beet soup, mushroom gravy, goulash, potato pancakes, kielbasa, pierogie, cabbage roll. (12-26-15)

 

Notes About This List:

This is a “master list” of restaurants that I have seen on the Internet or other sources and would like to try, or that I think would be of interest to others.  I do not mean for this to be an exhaustive list of every good place to eat, but it should represent a good sample of the most interesting or unique restaurants, along with a few that best represent an area’s regional cuisine.  My own recommendations are in Bold.

I am not looking to include:

  • Fine dining (unless they are unique because of regional specialties)
  • Low end restaurants that are popular with locals but may not be of much interest to travelers or people in general (everyone will have to use their judgment on this one)

Extra consideration for the following:

  • The food is organic, fresh, healthy, or farm to table
  • The restaurant serves a relatively hard to find type of ethnic food and reviews are good

In addition to the regular guidelines I try to include:

  • The best Asian restaurants in the area even if they are not totally authentic
  • Particularly good Mexican restaurants (this usually means the food is from a particular state in Mexico or it is one of the best examples of a U.S. regional style)

Please feel free to leave your own comments or suggestions.

 

Sources:

Chowhound (Denver)

City-Data (Denver Favorite Restaurants)

City-Data (Chinese Food)

Roadfood (Colorado Suggestions)

Urbanspoon.com (former web site which I used for preliminary research)

Yelp (Denver)

Zomato (Denver)

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