Denver and its surroundings have served as the birthplace of several blockbuster fast-casual restaurants, including Noodles & Company, Smashburger, and Chipotle Mexican Grill. While the addictive dishes cooked up by these chain restaurants can be enjoyed thousands of miles away from Denver, the mile-high-city also has a wealth of culinary perfection best enjoyed locally. If you are looking to take a break from preparing dinner and drinks in your downtown Denver apartment, head on over to one of these great LoHi neighborhood hangouts.
Breckenridge Brewery has had success throughout Colorado, and the latest addition to the brewery’s family is a place worth checking out. With dozens of beers on tap and a fantastic menu of upscale casual American sports bar inspired classics, Amato’s is an excellent place to watch a game. If you prefer to sit outside when weather conditions make it bearable, a heated terrace up top offers stunning views of the Millennium Bridge and downtown Denver.
Described as a purveyor of “global street food,” might be the hottest restaurant in LoHi. Plates are modest in size, boisterous in quality, and designed for sharing. Over an evening of Happy Hour drinks with coworkers or friends, you can graze on dishes from Mexico, Mongolia, France, and sub-Saharan Africa. A festively appointed rooftop patio here offers stunning views that rival those at Amato’s Ale House.
Beloved by many, Mexican food can be found in abundance throughout Colorado. The reigning south-of-the-border favorite in the LoHi is Lola, which actually predates most other restaurants and bars in the vicinity. Known for its knock-your-socks-off-guacamole and exquisitely prepared seafood dishes, Lola offers excellent views of the city. Having been named one of the five places to drink tequila in North America by Food & Wine Magazine, the bar at Lola can serve up a mean margarita or other tequila-infused beverage to complement your meal perfectly.
Linger Restaurant’s older sister, Root Down quickly rose to the upper class of Colorado culinary fame and it has never hit a stumbling block. Quite unique in its offerings, Root Down is perhaps best described as a place where flavors come together like nowhere else under Chef Justin Cucci’s guise. The restaurant’s most recent development was to open shop at Denver International Airport, making it possible for anyone to enjoy one of their favorite chef’s creations when visiting the Mile High City.
Run out of an iconic 28-foot tall cream can that weighs seven tons, Little Man Ice Cream is so good Denverites eat it year-round. The ice cream shop’s mission is to make a difference in the community, something it does not only by providing the best homemade ice cream but also through numerous humanitarian and philanthropic initiatives.
Whether you live in the Tech Center, uptown, or downtown, don’t miss the world-class food and ambient atmospheres of Denver LoHi restaurants. Life is better with good food, and Denver has a lot of it!
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