The Denver restaurant landscape has been dramatically altered over the last seven weeks once dining-in was halted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. That being said, takeout has blown up in popularity, and for good reason.
The forced closure has disrupted the operation of one of Denver’s heralded economies. For over a decade, the Mile High City has boasted some of the best and most innovative restaurants and eateries. Most people would agree that the selection and variety of restaurants in Denver is on par with much larger cities across the nation.
But, thankfully and not surprisingly, many Denver restaurants have adapted and changed tactics in an effort to continue to serve its residents. Many are now offering a limited menu, takeout and delivery service to provide the same delectable food, albeit without the tableside ambiance. As a result, Denver foodies are still able to enjoy top-notch food options and support restaurants in their greatest time of need.
Usaj Realty encourages everyone to continue their support of our fine Denver eateries. We are truly blessed to have such wonderful restaurants in our community. Not only do these establishments help define Denver, they are often at the forefront when donating meals, facilities and money to charitable organizations. Now, it’s our turn to help them.
Below you will find just a few of our real estate brokers’ favorite restaurants. Whether it’s these listed restaurants or your personal neighborhood favorite, make sure to place an order soon. They’ll love you for it.
This is Kristin Boritzke’s go-to spot! Offering two locations in the LoHi and Baker neighborhoods, this Denver favorite serves up incredible panini and bruschetta, and some amazing appetizers. Although the restaurants began in Arizona, Postino has won over the hearts of Denver’s food afficionados. You’ll love the fresh ingredients and vast wine selection that serves as a perfect accompaniment to a spectacular meal. Curbside service and delivery options available.
2715 – 17th St., 303-433-6363
145 N. Broadway, 303-351-7000
April Andrews put this staple in the ring. Colloquially known as the “Rio,” this venerable establishment has its roots in Tex-Mex cuisine. If you’re a fan of black beans, fajitas and have been in search of a perfect plate of nachos, this is the place for you. For over 30 years, the Rio has had a loyal following, partly due to authentic food, partly due to their delectable margaritas. And you can enjoy both via takeout. Curbside pickup and delivery options are available. Please note, those magnificent margs can be included with curbside pickup but not with delivery.
1525 Blake St., 303-623-5432
Serving the Aurora region, Wood Paddle Pizza and Tap offers outstanding pizza and pasta dishes to its customers. They have even created a take and bake kit which allows you to make a Wood Paddle pizza at home. This is a perfect project for you and the kids. Also, write a review of their food and win the chance at $500. Despite the impact on their own business, Wood Pizza continues to be a tour de force in the Aurora community by participating in the Denver Feed it Forward effort. This community effort supports frontline healthcare workers with food delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic.
17060 E. Quincy Ave., 720-398-8118
Megan Ivy adores this Park Hill spot. Chook, in Aussie lingo, means chicken. Prepared over a charcoal rotisserie, this mouth-watering fare will quickly become a family favorite once you’ve tried it. Equally delicious roasted vegetables are available on the side. Try their famous Booyah kit, too! Perfect for lunch or dinner. Responsibly-sourced, nutritious and affordable! Yum! Curbside service and delivery available.
1300 S. Pearl St., 303-282-8399
4340 E. 8th Ave., 720-262-5118
Looking for something out of the ordinary? Usaj Realty’s Kristina Casinelli recommends Ash’Kara, which blends the flavors of Israel and the Middle East. Shareable items from the restaurant’s wood-fired oven, including roasted vegetables, house-made pita, hummus and spreadable sides, large-format proteins, vegetables and sides cooked in traditional tagine clay pots. Your taste buds will be overwhelmed by the fragrant spices and flavors. Takeout and delivery available.
2005 W. 33rd Ave., 303-537-4407
This is the top pick for Maddy Hollar. Sisters Bo Bean and Arisa Chanchokpong have brought their unique Thai food concept to Denver that features local meats and produce that are healthy, slow-cooked, and scrumptious. From seafood, to Kobe beef, to Colorado lamb and local vegetarian meals, the entrees represent the best of Bangkok’s cosmopolitan treats. Aloy Modern Thai works closely with local farmers and ranchers as well as community-based food advocates to provide sustainable, humane, and healthy food to your home. Takeout and delivery are both available!
2134 Larimer St., 303-379-9759
According to their website, “Just BE Kitchen is a 100% gluten, grain, & refined sugar free fast-casual committed to nourishing guests with PALEO, Whole30, KETO & AIP friendly comfort food!” And they do this very, very well!
2364 15th., (303) 284-6652
Reopening on May 11, Cho77’s food is simple divine. Located on the 16th Street Mall next to Blake Street, they offer Southeast Asian-inspired bites, noodles, curries, and cocktails. The menu is small and straightforward and you really can’t go wrong with what you choose. We recommend the Thai Coconut Curry. See their whole menu here.
1520 16th St Mall, (720) 638-8179
A Denver staple since 1976, you can’t go wrong with Las Delicias. With 4 locations around the metro area, you are sure to find a pick-up spot near you. Their food is “made with fresh ingredients from family recipes that have been handed down from generations” and is a favorite of the crew at Usaj Realty.
Multiple Locations, see their website here.
If Texas-style barbecue is your jam, be sure to try out this Tennyson joint. Their mouthwatering menu is just as delicious as it sounds and is made entirely from scratch.
4000 Tennyson St., (303) 458-1555