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A breakfast burrito at Snooze.
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Where to Dine and Drink at Denver International Airport (DEN)

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Between the art installations that have launched 1,000 conspiracy theories, the al fresco leisure activities out on DEN Plaza, and that ringtone-worthy train jingle, the Denver International Airport is more entertaining than your average travel hub — and that’s no less true of its dining options, both present and upcoming. The former are covered at length below, terminal by terminal, and here’s a quick rundown of what’s opening in the future:

French onion soup dumplings from ChoLon
ChoLon is known for, among other things, its French onion soup dumplings.
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Coming Attractions

Later this year, Concourse B will become home to Portland, Oregon’s Voodoo Doughnut and a branch of homegrown hit Rosenberg’s Bagels & Delicatessen, while contemporary Union Station destination Mercantile Dining & Provision will get a sibling in Concourse A. Come 2023, Concourse C will see outposts of a number of Denver favorites, including modern taco joint Mister Oso, Italian kitchen Bar Dough, upscale Asian spot ChoLon, and gourmet market Marczyk Fine Foods. And though details remain TBD, the Big Red F restaurant group will eventually be adding its enduringly popular concepts Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar and The Post Chicken & Beer to the mix.

Boulder Beer Tap House
Inside the Boulder Beer Tap House.
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Jeppeson Terminal

With the massive renovation project in the Great Hall well underway, the Jeppesen Terminal is hardly the most relaxing place to dine. But for hungry travelers who can’t wait to go through security to fill their bellies, Boulder Beer Tap House, Cantina Grill, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Subway, and multiple coffee outlets await.

Pizza and pasta served at a counter at Denver International Airport
The DIA outpost of RiNo food hall Denver Central Market houses four concepts, including Vero Italian.
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Concourse A

Best bets in this concourse start at the scaled-down satellite of RiNo food hall Denver Central Market (A48), which houses four vendors under one roof: Vero Italian, SK Provisions, Culture Meat & Cheese, and Sushi-Rama. Also of note for those who favor local independent establishments over chains are Breckenridge Brewery, Brothers BBQ, and Snarf’s Sandwiches (A71–A73). Concourse A’s other venues are as follows:

Hot dog topped with cheese, peppers, and lettuce
A loaded hot dog at Steve’s Snappin’ Dogs.
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Concourse B

United passengers flying out of Concourse B can now start their day right over pancakes and Benedicts galore at Ballpark smash hit–turned–regional breakfast-and-brunch juggernaut Snooze (mezzanine). Non-morning people, meanwhile, can sample the craft beers that turned Fort Collins icon New Belgium Brewing (B30) into one of the biggest names in the business; grab a chili-topped, tortilla-wrapped Denver dog at Steve’s Snappin’ Dogs (B24) or a sandwich at Etai’s Bakery Cafe (B23), which makes all its own breads; or even splurge on a steak dinner at Elway's (center core). See also:

Canned beers on shelves
A lineup of beers at Great Divide Brewing.
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Concourse C

From mozzarella-gouda arepas with poblano-pistachio pesto and cranberry pico de gallo to lamb sliders with mint-garlic slaw and harissa aioli, Root Down lives up to its reputation as a longtime LoHi hot spot; an all-Colorado beer selection and seasonal cocktails seal the deal. Also in the center core, Tamales by La Casita does what it’s been doing in the Highlands since 1975 — turning out not only its namesake item smothered in red or green chile but also burritos, Frito pie, and more. But no meal in Concourse C would be complete without a cone from Little Man Ice Cream (C27). Finally, local roaster Dazbog Coffee (C47) and craft beer pioneer Great Divide Brewing (C32) deliver a taste of Denver in liquid form. For further consideration:

Burger and fries
A classic combo at Shake Shack in Concourse B.
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Little Man Ice Cream

2620 16th St, Denver, CO 80211 (303) 455-3811 Visit Website

New Belgium Brewing Company

21 Craven Street, , NC 28806 (828) 333-6900 Visit Website

Great Divide Brewing Co

2201 Arapahoe Street, , CO 80205 (303) 296-9460 Visit Website

Root Down

8500 Peña Blvd, Denver, CO 80249 Visit Website

Brothers BBQ

2402 New York 32, , NY 12518 (845) 534-4227 Visit Website

Breckenridge Brewery

2920 Brewery Lane, , CO 80120 (303) 623-2739 Visit Website

Snarf's Sandwiches

1001 East 11th Avenue, , CO 80218 (303) 832-9999 Visit Website

Elway's

2500 E 1st Ave, Denver, CO 80206 303-399-5353

Etai's

7357 E 29th Ave, Denver, CO 80238 (303) 329-8888 Visit Website

The Denver Central Market

2669 Larimer Street, , CO 80205 Visit Website
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