Nestled in the Rocky Mountains, Denver, Colorado, is a popular travel destination that boasts stunning alpine scenery. While the city is most often associated with its natural beauty and proximity to outdoor adventure, Denver is also a foodie's haven. WalletHub compiled a list of the best foodie cities in America in 2022, and Denver sits among the top.
For those with finer tastes, Denver has had a steadily growing fine-dining scene for the past two decades, hosting several Michelin-star destinations. The city is also home to classic street food, global cuisine, and eateries inspired by the region's history. Whether you're searching for a wallet-friendly meal after a long day on the trails or a Michelin-star experience, Denver has options for every taste and budget.
The Ginger Pig was born from Chef Natascha Hess's deep love of Beijing and the time she spent there as a student. According to Hess, she learned authentic recipes from her host mother and used that knowledge to start The Ginger Pig. The menu includes street food inspired by different regions of Asia, boasting cuisine inspired by China, Korea, Thailand, and more.
This hot dog eatery is world-famous and appeared in Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations. With a physical location in Laramie Square and a fleet of food carts situated around Denver and its suburbs, Biker Jim's serves gourmet hot dogs topped with various toppings like caramelized onions, lemon aioli, or even roasted cactus.
The Dimestore Delibar is an eclectic LoHi sandwich shop specializing in "dimerolls," which are toasted sandwiches rolled in focaccia. The Dimestore Delibar has a laid-back atmosphere, decorated with colorful art and eccentric decor. The eatery also has an extensive craft beer and wine list and specialty cocktails. You can even purchase grab-and-go cocktails to enjoy at home!
Uchi Denver is a stylish restaurant offering modern takes on Japanese classics like sushi, miso, and hot rock wagyu. If you're feeling adventurous, order omakase, which translates to "I leave it up to you." Ordering omakase leaves your dinner up to Uchi's chefs, so every dish brought out to your table is a hand-selected surprise.
Named one of America's best new restaurants by Bon Appetit in 2019, The Wolf's Tailor is an innovative, upscale restaurant featuring Italian, Japanese, and Coloradan flavors. The Wolf's Tailor adheres to a zero-waste mentality and offers an Entrust menu—much like omasake, the award-winning chefs will select your dinner for you.
The Palace Arms brings Old World splendor to Denver's fine dining scene. Locating in the historic Brown Palace Hotel, Palace Arms is elegantly decorated and offers upscale French-inspired cuisine. The restaurant is also a museum with actual historical art and artifacts from the Napoleonic era (including dueling pistols used by Napoleon himself.)
Beckon doesn't just provide upscale fine dining; it's an entire dining experience. Seating at the restaurant is limited to prepaid ticketholders, who take their seats around the chef's counter and enjoy hand-selected cuisine. The menu changes quarterly and is inspired by the seasons of the moon.
Mizuna is one of the top-rated restaurants in the entire Western U.S. Chefs at Mizuna are encouraged to utilize seasonal produce and create highly creative recipes, often inspired by French cuisine. Mizuna's dining room is small and intimate, giving the atmosphere a cozy yet refined feel.