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Mile High Comfort: A Newcomer’s Guide to Denver’s Culinary Cuddles

Welcome to Denver, adventurer! As you settle into the Mile High City, cravings for familiar flavors are bound to arise. Fear not, for Denver embraces comfort food with the Rocky Mountain gusto! But navigating this culinary landscape can be tricky. Worry not, sleuths, for this guide unlocks the secrets of finding soul-soothing bites, leading you straight to Denver’s most delicious havens.

RiNo (River North Art District):

  • Beast + Bottle: Indulge in elevated takes on Southern classics like fried chicken and biscuits, in a vibrant, industrial setting.
  • Emilie’s Cafe: French comfort food heaven – buttery croissants, decadent quiche, and rich coq au vin – in a charming Parisian-style bistro.


  • Uncle Mike’s Pizza: *New York-style slices that hit the spot, with options for every craving, in a lively, family-friendly atmosphere.
  • Domo: Momokase: Steaming bowls of ramen in endless varieties – vegetarian, spicy, creamy – that’ll warm your soul on a chilly Denver day.

LoDo (Lower Downtown):

  • Linger: *Global comfort food with a twist – Korean tacos, Moroccan lamb shanks, and Brussels sprouts galore – in a trendy, industrial space.
  • Euclid Hall: Bavarian biergarten vibes meet hearty German fare – pretzels, sausages, schnitzel – perfect for a communal feast.

Beyond the City Limits:

  • The Red Lion: Escape to the mountains for rustic American comfort – meatloaf, pot roast, apple pie – in a charming historic cabin setting. (Ward)
  • Snooze an A.M. Eatery: Start your day right with fluffy pancakes, decadent omelets, and bottomless mimosas in a vibrant, quirky atmosphere. (Multiple locations)


  • This is just a starting point! Explore, experiment, and let your taste buds guide you.
  • Don’t be afraid to venture beyond the trendy spots. Some of the best comfort food is found in hidden gems.
  • Share your discoveries! Write online reviews, post photos on social media, and help other newcomers find their Denver comfort food haven.

With these tips and a sprinkle of foodie adventures, you’ll be navigating the Denver comfort food scene like a seasoned local in no time! So, grab your fork, say “howdy,” and get ready to experience the warm embrace of Denver’s culinary comfort.