PHOTO: A dozen doughnuts from Voodoo Doughnuts (photo via Flickr/ ~Mers)
If you’re headed to Denver to celebrate the legal things you can do in the state of Colorado, at some point, you’re going to get extremely hungry.
As the Mile-High City prepares for a massive wave of visitors for World Cannabis Week and the stoner holiday known as 4/20, these restaurants are all fantastic destinations to treat that growling stomach.
Even if you aren’t visiting Denver for marijuana, you should know that it was voted the second-best place to live in the U.S. by U.S. News & World Report. The food is a definitely a key contributor as to why.
Kids get the munchies too, folks. So, skip the McDonald’s and Pizza Hut’s and head to any of these tremendous food spots to cure your hunger need.
Home to arguably the best tater tots you’ll ever put in your mouth, Highland Tavern should be a must stop on your visit to Denver.
A top-notch bar food establishment that has that great home feel to it, Highland Tavern sits in what was originally an old Coors Brewing building constructed in 1901.
Order the “Bombshell” or “Tavern Dip” sandwiches to try their house-made pastrami, or get the "Reuben" for the house-made corned beef. And if you’re insanely hungry, try the “Stupid Burger”, which they describe as “Double patties, double bacon, double American cheese, sunny egg, romaine, tomato, red onion, house pickles, slo-beef red chili cheese fries and freedom.”
Even if all you do is order the tater tots, it’s worth it. They were featured on The Food Network for a reason.
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Snooze, an A.M. Eatery
Everybody gets the munchies in the morning.
Open from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., if you’re craving any breakfast or brunch foods then this is the place. You have to experience green chili when in Colorado, so I highly recommend the breakfast burrito here, which is loaded with scrambled eggs, hash browns, black beans, cheese, your choice of meat and then covered in green chili.
Additional delicious items include the corned beef hash, an array of pancake options (including molten chocolate!) and several dishes centered around hollandaise. They’ve opened multiple locations out west now, but Snooze was originally founded in Denver.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and this place does not disappoint on the a.m. eats.
Pizza and drinks is a classic combo. But add in “bodacious biscuits”, as Guy Fieri called them, to the mix and you’ve got a strange combo that just works.
Atomic Cowboy is home to Fat Sully’s Pizza and the Denver Biscuit Company. They all love big portions, which is perfect if you find yourself with the munchies and the desire to consume your weight in food.
Try “The Elmer” (the BBQ pulled pork biscuit)—one of their four different kinds of fried chicken biscuits—order pizza by the slice or go big and get yourself a full pie. We’re talking 20 and 26 inch whole pizzas. They even have a gluten-free option for those with a food allergy.
It gets crowded and, depending on the time of the day you visit the restaurant, certain menu items may not be available. If you really want that biscuit sandwich, I recommend you go during the breakfast or lunch hour.
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Yes, this is a chain restaurant that originated in Austin, Texas, but don’t let that prevent you from diving into these sensational tacos. Even with two locations in Denver to get your fix, you may still have to stand in line to order.
Tacos are a beloved dish that strikes down cravings, and Torchy’s is a very popular spot. They focus on regionally and responsibly sourced ingredients, so any taco your order will be a tasty treat. That said, my favorites were the fried chicken taco dubbed the “Trailer Park” and the smoked beef brisket taco named “Crossroads”.
However, their green chile queso with house-made chips will have you ordering seconds in no time.
Voodoo Doughnuts Mile High
For those with a killer sweet tooth or anyone who enjoys a unique spin on a classic dish, you’ll want to make sure you find time to stop here. These aren't your grandmother's doughnuts.
Voodoo steps out of the box and creates wild and wacky doughnuts that are great for Instagram photos but even better for eating. Want cereal on top of that doughnut? You got it. Candy? You bet. Bacon? You know it.
Originally founded in Portland, Oregon, Voodoo Doughnuts’ popularity grew until it led to them expanding in multiple cities. And just like the original, the Mile-High location is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is cash only.