The Front Range of Colorado is full of incredible sights, people, and of course, food. Thriving destination cities like Denver and Fort Collins boast an incredible array of restaurants, diners, and cafés catering to every craving. Check out our suggestions below for great breakfast, lunch, and dinner restaurants in Denver and Fort Collins.
Iconic Meals in Denver
There’s no shortage of great restaurants in Denver, and if it’s your first time visiting, there are some iconic spots to try. The Mile High City is famous for its green chile, even more so for smothering burritos with it. Sams No. 3 is a classic diner that’s been serving up comfort food since 1927. Sams No. 3 has over 100 menu items, including 25 different breakfast burritos. Mango Mimosa with a Smothered Chicken Fajita Burrito? Yes, please.
After a classic breakfast and a visit to the 16th Street Mall, head on over to Biker Jim’s for a world-class lunch. Biker Jim’s sausage options range from Alaskan Reindeer to Chicken Rosemary. Top your gourmet dog with the Biker Jim’s Classic (Cream cheese and caramelized onions) or a variety of other options. Herbivores are welcome, too–Biker Jim’s also offers an award-winning vegan sausage.
For dinner, stretch out of your comfort zone by making Watercourse Foods your final stop. A vegan restaurant sure to please even the meatiest of meat lovers, Watercourse Foods serves up Southern Fried Cauliflower Chicken, Mac ‘n Cheese, Burgers, and more. End your day with Watercourse’s Rosemary Gin and Tonic or a Banana Caramel Shake.
Eat Like a Local in Fort Collins
About an hour north of Denver, Fort Collins is an historic midsize city that’s home to an incredible food scene. There are a number of unique and delicious restaurants in Fort Collins. For breakfast, check out Snooze an A.M. Eatery, known for their creative twists on classic breakfast foods. Start your day with a Breakfast Pot Pie or Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes before exploring the fourth largest city in Colorado.
When lunchtime hits, swing by Lucile’s, a cozy, down-home Cajun and Creole spot in Old Town. Try the New Orleans-style chicory coffee before ordering a classic dish like Gumbo, Shrimp Creole, or Crawfish Etouffee. Don’t forget to order a Beignet for a dessert!
For dinner, a Colorado-style pizza is on the menu at Beau Jo’s, a regional staple for thick-crust, deep-dish style pizza. Beau Jo’s remains a local favorite for Mountain Pies, Prairie Pies, sandwiches, salads, and more. The chain offers white, wheat, and gluten free dough, along with 11 sauces, 16 types of meat, and 23 veggies and herbs. If you’re a pineapple-on-pizza fan, we recommend the Pacific Plantation with Beau Jo’s classic pizza sauce, ham, pineapple, mushrooms, red onions, and mozzarella, all drizzled with honey.
There are a number of fantastic restaurants in Fort Collins and Denver. Make sure to try these classic spots the next time you’re in Colorful Colorado!