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Hey! We are two Michiganders with adventurous souls looking to explore the beauties and wonders of this spectacular world. Our mission is to provide you with budget-friendly itineraries that inspire and encourage you to get outside, eat delicious foods, and enjoy high-quality brews. Ultimately, there are three key ingredients to any amazing trip: 

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Rocky Mountains, Colorado: Top 7 Restaurants

Updated: Jan 4

Our foodies guide to the Rocky Mountain region includes Denver, Boulder, & Golden's most popular restaurants and eateries. All of our recommendations serve high-quality, affordable foods that will help fuel you for a day of exploring the Rocky Mountain Front Range.

1. Cherry Cricket

[Denver, CO]

One of the highlights of our trip, Cherry Cricket had AMAZING burgers, an extensive list of local beers on tap, and an adorable outdoor patio with bonfire pits. We tried their awarding winning 303 Green Chile Relleno Burger that left our mouths watering. Stop by mid-day for happy hour and enjoy half-off draft beers from many local Denver breweries. We stopped here after reading their fantastic reviews and stayed for their delicious burgers and excellent service!

Try: Their awarding winning 303 Green Chile Relleno Burger

2. Happy Camper

[Denver, CO]

Located in the trendy Highland neighborhood of Denver, Happy Camper is beautifully decorated with outdoor dining, friendly service and delicious pizza! Located in both Chicago and Denver, Happy Camper values tasty noms and local brews which we found to be an epic combination.

Also Read: Top 7 Things To Do in Colorado Springs

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3. Sam's No. 3

[Denver, CO]

Denver's best diner serving a large amount of options (literally over 100) and HUGE portions that will leave you asking for a take-home box. Established in 1927 with locations in Aurora, Glendale, & downtown Denver, Sam's No 3 has a full menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, serving delicious food at any time of day. With over 3900 people served on a single weekend day, this diner knows how to satisfy their hungry customers quickly. See for yourself on your next trip to the Denver area!

J&L Recommended: Diner-style atmosphere with large portions at a great price.


4. Golden Sweets Ice Cream

[Golden, CO]

A quaint local shop in downtown Colorado Springs. If you are like us, an ice cream stop is required to re-fuel your adventure energy wherever you may go. Golden Sweets had a wide variety of flavors, as well as, chocolates and other delicious sweets! Their Oreo Espresso flavor was an amazing combination of some of our most favorite ice cream flavors.

Also Read: Top 8 Hikes & Day Trips from Denver

5. Avanti Food &

[Boulder, CO]

This is a modern-day food hall inspired by European markets and food truck collectives. They offer a rotation of six different affordably priced, chef-inspired culinary options, housed in modified shipping containers. They also offer twenty draft-beers, classic cocktails, and affordably priced wines served to you at their bars, lounge, dining area, or rooftop deck. Avanti Food & Beverage is a fun and simple way to try out several local restaurants without even leaving your seat.

Tip: They offer twenty draft beers, classic cocktails, and affordably priced wines.


6. Oscar Blues Taproom

[Boulder, CO]

Oscar Blues is also a brewery in Longmont, CO, however, we recommend their taproom in Boulder due to the variety of available craft beers on tap (mostly Colorado brews). Grab a high top table or booth inside to enjoy Oscar Blue's twist on pub food, or enjoy the mountain air on their outdoor patio. Happen to be in Boulder on a Friday or Saturday? Enjoy some of their live music while sipping on local brews.

Also Read: Top 7 Things To Do in Fort Collins

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7. West End Tavern

[Boulder, CO]

A popular choice for some BBQ and bourbon in Boulder! Sit on the rooftop for some scenic views of the Flatirons while sipping some whiskey and craft beer from their 20 taps. West End Tavern has large portions, terrific service, and local brews on tap. Some notable food recommendations would be their mac n' cheese, cornbread skillet, and brisket burnt ends.

Fact: There is much history in this early 1900's building, the furniture is even created by salvaging the wood from a 2002 wildfire. How cool?!

Happy Adventuring!


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