Vighna’s Denver Guidebook

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Vighna’s Denver Guidebook

Local Breakfast/Brunch

These places are just a few miles or less from the Airbnb
Extremely popular Denver franchise Brunch spot. Delicious pancakes, hashes, and breakfast drinks. Prepare for long wait times, it's best to use the app to get on their waitlist early in the morning from the Airbnb and then head over based on the estimated wait time. There are many locations all over so look up what's best for you.
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Snooze, an A.M. Eatery
6315 W 104th Ave
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Extremely popular Denver franchise Brunch spot. Delicious pancakes, hashes, and breakfast drinks. Prepare for long wait times, it's best to use the app to get on their waitlist early in the morning from the Airbnb and then head over based on the estimated wait time. There are many locations all over so look up what's best for you.
- Breakfast Burrito of the day is $3.50 and will definitely fill you up. Hot is HOT - This place isn't much to look at. It's a converted gas station. It's only drive thru. - Closes early, 5pm most days and 2pm on Sunday
Big Mamma's Burritos
7790 Federal Blvd
- Breakfast Burrito of the day is $3.50 and will definitely fill you up. Hot is HOT - This place isn't much to look at. It's a converted gas station. It's only drive thru. - Closes early, 5pm most days and 2pm on Sunday
Nice brunch spot, great spicy Bloody Mary
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Goody's Eatery
3010 West 72nd Avenue
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Nice brunch spot, great spicy Bloody Mary
This is the closest Gourmet coffee shop to the Airbnb. They also serve breakfast burritos, pastries, cakes (tres leches!), and ice cream. Sit outside for some East "Denver" views.
Sunrise Coffee
9460 Federal Boulevard
This is the closest Gourmet coffee shop to the Airbnb. They also serve breakfast burritos, pastries, cakes (tres leches!), and ice cream. Sit outside for some East "Denver" views.

Local Westminster Lunch/Dinner

These restaurants are nearby to our Airbnb. They are solid choices if you just want to get something nearby, but won't scratch your Denver foodie itch. Check out "Denver Food Scene" for that.
Our favorite Denver carryout/delivery pizza spot. We like the Square pan (aka deep dish) pizza, I can't vouch for the other types. Coupons are usually available online.
Blackjack Pizza & Salads
8410 Federal Boulevard
Our favorite Denver carryout/delivery pizza spot. We like the Square pan (aka deep dish) pizza, I can't vouch for the other types. Coupons are usually available online.
Solid restaurant with a large menu, we haven’t been disappointed yet. Don't get it confused with the bar next door with the same name.
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Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant
2835 W 72nd Ave
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Solid restaurant with a large menu, we haven’t been disappointed yet. Don't get it confused with the bar next door with the same name.
Denver is a Vietnamese foodie destination- who would have guessed? This place is better decorated than most Pho shops and it's menu is more sparse. Don't let that dissuade you, it's got great everything.
Faifo
5055 W 72nd Ave
Denver is a Vietnamese foodie destination- who would have guessed? This place is better decorated than most Pho shops and it's menu is more sparse. Don't let that dissuade you, it's got great everything.
Haven't been yet, but it's been recommended to us by friends.
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Smokin' Dave's BBQ & Brew - Denver
1551 Cortez St
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Haven't been yet, but it's been recommended to us by friends.
They call it "Mountain Mex". This restaurant offers solid Mexican food with a local twist. They are a large local chain. Vibe similar to "On the Border" or "Chuys" (also nearby). Good for groups.
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Hacienda Colorado
10422 Town Center Drive
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They call it "Mountain Mex". This restaurant offers solid Mexican food with a local twist. They are a large local chain. Vibe similar to "On the Border" or "Chuys" (also nearby). Good for groups.

Denver Food Scene

I like to think I'm a foodie. I hope you enjoy my recommendations, if not please let me know!
Great ambiance and fusion food, make a reservation as this is a very popular place. Nice rooftop with great views of the city. Ice cream spot right outside. Good for any meal.
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Linger
2030 West 30th Avenue
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Great ambiance and fusion food, make a reservation as this is a very popular place. Nice rooftop with great views of the city. Ice cream spot right outside. Good for any meal.
Awesome rooftop with great views. It's a food hall, imagine food trucks in a food court. You can grab food from multiple places and take a seat. Drinks are there too!
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Avanti Food and Beverage
3200 North Pecos Street
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Awesome rooftop with great views. It's a food hall, imagine food trucks in a food court. You can grab food from multiple places and take a seat. Drinks are there too!
Bomb biscuit sandwiches. Have to also get a huge cinnamon bun for the table to share, so delicious. Get there early. Multiple locations but this is the closest.
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Denver Biscuit Company-Tennyson
4275 Tennyson St
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Bomb biscuit sandwiches. Have to also get a huge cinnamon bun for the table to share, so delicious. Get there early. Multiple locations but this is the closest.
Delicious Spanish and Eastern Mediterranean food with awesome views of the city. Make a reservation! Same owners as Linger.
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El Five
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Delicious Spanish and Eastern Mediterranean food with awesome views of the city. Make a reservation! Same owners as Linger.
The best Ramen in Denver metro, hands down. 2 locations. Neither in the city, but they are located in some hip small neighborhoods. Prepare for a wait - grab a drink nearby or visit during off hours. Cramped dining area. Chef Tommy Lee also runs Hop Alley, our favorite restaurant in Denver.
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Uncle
2215 West 32nd Avenue
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The best Ramen in Denver metro, hands down. 2 locations. Neither in the city, but they are located in some hip small neighborhoods. Prepare for a wait - grab a drink nearby or visit during off hours. Cramped dining area. Chef Tommy Lee also runs Hop Alley, our favorite restaurant in Denver.
Don't come here for the ambiance, or a place to sit and eat (only has 18 seats). Come here for the best beef brisket I've had. Yes, I've been to Austin. Karl Fallenius apprenticed under legendary pitmaster Aaron Franklin of Franklin's. Grab your food and sit down at the tables next door at Our Mutual Friend Brewing and grab a beer. They aren't open everyday so check hours. Generally they open at 11am and close when they sell out. Sometimes that's 30 minutes later. I've never waited more than 10 minutes but things may have changed. Update: A new bbq place, Pit Fiend, rose from the fallout of this businesses death (COVID and a theft of smokers put them out of business). I haven't tried it yet but I hear a lot of the same people work here. if you go let me know how it is.
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Owlbear Barbecue
2927 Larimer St
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Don't come here for the ambiance, or a place to sit and eat (only has 18 seats). Come here for the best beef brisket I've had. Yes, I've been to Austin. Karl Fallenius apprenticed under legendary pitmaster Aaron Franklin of Franklin's. Grab your food and sit down at the tables next door at Our Mutual Friend Brewing and grab a beer. They aren't open everyday so check hours. Generally they open at 11am and close when they sell out. Sometimes that's 30 minutes later. I've never waited more than 10 minutes but things may have changed. Update: A new bbq place, Pit Fiend, rose from the fallout of this businesses death (COVID and a theft of smokers put them out of business). I haven't tried it yet but I hear a lot of the same people work here. if you go let me know how it is.
We are from DC, so we've had lots of memorable Chinese and Sichuan food. This place is on another level. If you love spicy, are a bit adventurous and can take cramped eating spaces....don't miss it. We've been here more times than I can count. NYC and SF friends rave about this place. Great cocktails too.
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Hop Alley
3500 Larimer St
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We are from DC, so we've had lots of memorable Chinese and Sichuan food. This place is on another level. If you love spicy, are a bit adventurous and can take cramped eating spaces....don't miss it. We've been here more times than I can count. NYC and SF friends rave about this place. Great cocktails too.
Upscale Isreali food. We crave Zahav in Philly, where we've lived, and this spot definitely fills that void. Happy we discovered it. Get a cocktail on the roof of the Source hotel before coming down (you may need reservations for that too).
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Safta Restaurant
3330 Brighton Blvd
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Upscale Isreali food. We crave Zahav in Philly, where we've lived, and this spot definitely fills that void. Happy we discovered it. Get a cocktail on the roof of the Source hotel before coming down (you may need reservations for that too).
Our favorite Chinese food restaurant (with Thai food too). Honestly, we've always done delivery and takeout, so we can't comment on dine in. Recommend sesame chicken and drunken noodles
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Pepper Asian Bistro II
3759 Lipan St
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Our favorite Chinese food restaurant (with Thai food too). Honestly, we've always done delivery and takeout, so we can't comment on dine in. Recommend sesame chicken and drunken noodles
Great Israeli food, like safta but not as big or as fancy. Mezze, so get it all!
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Ash'Kara
2005 W 33rd Ave
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Great Israeli food, like safta but not as big or as fancy. Mezze, so get it all!

Breweries

Denver and Colorado are very well known for beer. This list includes a small fraction of what there is. The neighborhood breweries that aren't in Denver and Rino have some real gems. I'm still working on discovering them. In the meantime, here are my recommendations for Denver breweries.
Rino - Huge warehouse with lots of indoor space. They serve food and beer...a rarity in the Rino and Denver area. If you like Blue moon (admit it), come here to try their several experimental variations.
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Blue Moon Brewing Company
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Rino - Huge warehouse with lots of indoor space. They serve food and beer...a rarity in the Rino and Denver area. If you like Blue moon (admit it), come here to try their several experimental variations.
Rino - The best cider I have ever had! Great variety to choose from, definitely go for the flight to try a few. Chile Guava, Pear, Hibiscus Session and Off-Dry are favorites. We always stock cans in our fridge. There main location is actually about 20 minutes NW of the Airbnb and has a wonderful restaurant (upscale for a cidery). Tough to get reservations though. Amazon mountain views.
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Stem Ciders
2811 Walnut Street
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Rino - The best cider I have ever had! Great variety to choose from, definitely go for the flight to try a few. Chile Guava, Pear, Hibiscus Session and Off-Dry are favorites. We always stock cans in our fridge. There main location is actually about 20 minutes NW of the Airbnb and has a wonderful restaurant (upscale for a cidery). Tough to get reservations though. Amazon mountain views.
Rino - Not a brewery, but they serve lots of local beers, usually Kombucha too. Great outdoor and indoor space. Food trucks onsite.
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Improper City
3201 Walnut St
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Rino - Not a brewery, but they serve lots of local beers, usually Kombucha too. Great outdoor and indoor space. Food trucks onsite.
Rino - Huge warehouse, great giant yard games (21+ only in that area). They also serve pub food.
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Bierstadt Lagerhaus
2875 Blake St
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Rino - Huge warehouse, great giant yard games (21+ only in that area). They also serve pub food.
Beers are decent (by Denver standards), but the views are one of a kind.
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New Terrain Brewing Company
16401 Table Mountain Pkwy
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Beers are decent (by Denver standards), but the views are one of a kind.
Rino - Great Divide is arguably the brewery that started the Denver brewing wave. Come patronize them and do their free tour! They also have another location not too far away with different beers and a much larger operations.
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Great Divide Brewing Co
2201 Arapahoe Street
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Rino - Great Divide is arguably the brewery that started the Denver brewing wave. Come patronize them and do their free tour! They also have another location not too far away with different beers and a much larger operations.
Rino - I worked basically next door to this place and went here all the time. Was definitely the spot for good pizza and great beer. Check this place out on your brewery crawl.
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Black Shirt Brewing Co
3719 Walnut Street
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Rino - I worked basically next door to this place and went here all the time. Was definitely the spot for good pizza and great beer. Check this place out on your brewery crawl.
Rino - Might be my favorite brewery...they produce a lot of beers that I like. This location on Larimer is where they have lots of their experimental beers. Get a beer flight and try for yourself. I need to get myself to Fort Collins and go to the source.
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Odell Brewing Company
2945 Larimer St
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Rino - Might be my favorite brewery...they produce a lot of beers that I like. This location on Larimer is where they have lots of their experimental beers. Get a beer flight and try for yourself. I need to get myself to Fort Collins and go to the source.
Rino. Good beers and a pretty good outdoor space with shade, if you can snag a spot. Popular local brewery.
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Ratio Beerworks
2920 Larimer Street
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Rino. Good beers and a pretty good outdoor space with shade, if you can snag a spot. Popular local brewery.
Touted to be the largest single brewery in the world. I found the canning operation to be the most interesting part of it. Beer samples at the end were a close second.
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Coors Brewery Tour
13th Street
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Touted to be the largest single brewery in the world. I found the canning operation to be the most interesting part of it. Beer samples at the end were a close second.
Good beer, large brewery, large outdoor space in the suburbs of Boulder about 25 minutes away. Has a kitchen, unlike most breweries around here.
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Avery Brewing Company
4910 Nautilus Court North
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Good beer, large brewery, large outdoor space in the suburbs of Boulder about 25 minutes away. Has a kitchen, unlike most breweries around here.
Love their beer. Have 2 of my favorites but.......they are in an office park and it's on the smaller side for Denver sooo you decide.
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Upslope Brewing Company
1898 South Flatiron Court
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Love their beer. Have 2 of my favorites but.......they are in an office park and it's on the smaller side for Denver sooo you decide.

Sightseeing

Can't miss this place. Amazing outdoor concert venue with some easy hikes.
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Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
18300 W Alameda Pkwy
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Can't miss this place. Amazing outdoor concert venue with some easy hikes.
South of Denver in Colorado Springs, makes for a nice day trip and beautiful drive
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Garden of the Gods Visitor Center
1805 N 30th St
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South of Denver in Colorado Springs, makes for a nice day trip and beautiful drive
Drive to the top of a famous 14k feet peak near Colorado Springs. Don't attempt unless your vehicle is well maintained. Check website for operating days. https://www.pikes-peak.com/
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Pikes Peak
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Drive to the top of a famous 14k feet peak near Colorado Springs. Don't attempt unless your vehicle is well maintained. Check website for operating days. https://www.pikes-peak.com/
Another scenic road to a mountain top. Read info here: https://www.colorado.com/byways/mount-evans Only open in summer.
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Mount Evans
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Another scenic road to a mountain top. Read info here: https://www.colorado.com/byways/mount-evans Only open in summer.

Hiking

Will add more detail and hikes as we go. Please recommend hikes to us that you feel other travelers would like.
Chicago Lakes
Dream Lake
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Maxwell Falls Lower Trail
7627 South Brook Forest Road
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St. Mary's Glacier
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Great Hiking, and water activities. Rent paddle board rentals available
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Horsetooth Reservoir
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Great Hiking, and water activities. Rent paddle board rentals available
Mix of hikes, most easy. Our toddler loves to play in the stream. One path is stroller friendly.
Lair o' the Bear Park
Mix of hikes, most easy. Our toddler loves to play in the stream. One path is stroller friendly.
Table Mountain in Golden is a nice hike, with great views
North Foothills
Table Mountain in Golden is a nice hike, with great views
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Flatirons
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Mt Galbraith Loop Trail
Easy to get to, quick and rewarding hikes. Amazing Eastward views of the city and the mountains to the North and South. I recommend you park near Golden Hills Access but get to "Carl's Point" where you can get the best views and photos (like my Airbnb profile pic). Moderate difficulty. Watch for bikers and rattlesnakes.
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South Table Mountain Park
1220 Kilmer Street
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Easy to get to, quick and rewarding hikes. Amazing Eastward views of the city and the mountains to the North and South. I recommend you park near Golden Hills Access but get to "Carl's Point" where you can get the best views and photos (like my Airbnb profile pic). Moderate difficulty. Watch for bikers and rattlesnakes.

Neighborhoods

Really cool part of town with tons of street art, breweries and restaurants. This is where Denver parties. Recommend doing a self guided bar crawl and admiring the street art. Grab a bite at Denver Central Market or a food truck and check out the alleys. Go from brewery to brewery. Favorites include Odell's Ratio, Our Mutual Friend, Stem ciders, and Improper city (not a brewery but great spot to sample). Great cocktail bars include Finn's Manor (very chill) and Death and Co (winner of "Best American Cocktail bar" award and inside a nice hotel).
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River North Art District
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Really cool part of town with tons of street art, breweries and restaurants. This is where Denver parties. Recommend doing a self guided bar crawl and admiring the street art. Grab a bite at Denver Central Market or a food truck and check out the alleys. Go from brewery to brewery. Favorites include Odell's Ratio, Our Mutual Friend, Stem ciders, and Improper city (not a brewery but great spot to sample). Great cocktail bars include Finn's Manor (very chill) and Death and Co (winner of "Best American Cocktail bar" award and inside a nice hotel).
Aka LoHi. This is where Denver spills into a suburban neighborhood. Lots of good food, bars, restaurants and Denver Vibes. Recommend you walk from Lohi into the City over the pedestrian walkways and cross a highway, a river, and train tracks. Good views and people watching.
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Lower Highlands
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Aka LoHi. This is where Denver spills into a suburban neighborhood. Lots of good food, bars, restaurants and Denver Vibes. Recommend you walk from Lohi into the City over the pedestrian walkways and cross a highway, a river, and train tracks. Good views and people watching.
With a name like Golden it's gotta be great! It really is though, with its country-western vibe. Go for a nearby hike (Galbraith) and then get some food here. Watch the kayakers go by. Shop in the town. Unique place.
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Golden
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With a name like Golden it's gotta be great! It really is though, with its country-western vibe. Go for a nearby hike (Galbraith) and then get some food here. Watch the kayakers go by. Shop in the town. Unique place.