Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs
A gourmet hot dog restaurant probably isn’t what most people would expect at the top of a restaurant list, especially in a foodie city like Denver, but that just shows you haven’t been to Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs. Yelp.com rated this Five Points food stand as the top restaurant in Denver. They serve of 20 different dogs, all crafted with gourmet sausage. In addition to the hot dogs, Biker Jim’s has two burgers on the menu. The causal restaurant keeps true to its roots. Biker Jim’s started when Jim Pittenger started selling dogs from a cart on a busy street corner. But these weren’t normal hot dogs; instead they were often prepared with reindeer, wild boar, elk, antelope, pheasant or buffalo. As its popularity grew, a permanent home was needed. Enter the casual eatery on Larimer Street that still holds true to its street foodie vibe. Top off your dog with the coke soaked grilled onions and cream cheese, and you have had the complete Biker Jim’s experience.
Coming in as the second top restaurant in Denver on Yelp.com, Pho 95 on Asian Restaurant Row is always packed. Booths at this South Federal Boulevard eatery overflow with pho fanatics slurping up bowl after steaming bowl of various pho combinations. The menu features everything from tripe to meatballs and filet mignon and each pho order is served with a massive pile of accoutrements that are all fresh. The broth behind this noodle dish is homemade, fresh and featuring bold, big flavors like cardamom, star anise and clove, all helping to make Pho 95 worth every slurping bite. The steak that comes out of the kitchen always seems to be the front-runner, with customers raving about the spring rolls with grilled beef and the pho served with raw steak.
Opening its doors in 2009 in Washington Park, Vert Kitchen is all about real cooking with fresh and healthy ingredients. Noah Stephens is the owner and chef behind this sandwich eatery that pulls from old world influences and classical French techniques. Stephens graduated from the University of Denver and then went on to study at a cooking school in Paris. From this education, Stephens masterful crafts a menu that seamlessly combines food, wine and culture all together. Everything coming out of the kitchen is 100% organic and furthermore, Vert aims to only use sustainable meat and dairy products. Diners describe the fare as featuring heart and soul as a main ingredient and they go as far as to say it doesn’t matter what you order because every single dish on the menu is carefully crafted and elegantly presented at this spectacular Denver restaurant.
Rooster & Moon Coffee Pub
The Golden Triangle Gastropub, Rooster & Moon Coffee Pub, is more than just a restaurant. This Denver restaurant is an all-encompassing hot spot, with a high end coffee shop that serves only the highest quality espresso beverages, a sandwich place that uses only certified organic fare and a bar where local musicians play while beer, wine and signature cocktails are readily flow. Rooster and Moon Coffee Pub prides itself in its free wireless Internet and abundance of outlets, so lose a few hours doing work, enjoying a fairly traded cup of joe and a heavenly sandwich. The service is quick and attentive and the environment is comfortable and inviting; the perfect place to have an intense conversation discussing local politics or the merits of a particular new band.