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A Handy Guide to Eating in the Sunnyside Neighborhood

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Lou's Food Bar
| Photo: Adam Larkey

The Sunnyside neighborhood, located in northwest Denver, finds its boundaries at 38th Avenue, I-70, Inca Street and Federal Boulevard. As the popularity of nearby LoHi has exploded, coupled with plans for a light rail stop on the eastern edge of the neighborhood in the next few years, the area has also found itself on the radar of local chefs and restaurateurs. In fact, developer Paul Tamburello has plans for two restaurants in the Cobbler's Corner project later this year.

From Cubano sandwiches at Buchi to breakfast at new neighborhood addition Sunny's, here are seven options to have a meal in Sunnyside.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Ernie's Bar & Pizza

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2915 W 44th Ave
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 955-5580
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The original restaurant opened in the 1940s, and this current iteration boasts a selection of pizzas and other Italian items, as well as 30 beers on tap. There are numerous gluten-free options, including pizza crust. Geeks Who Drink trivia is also hosted on Monday nights.

2. The Universal

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2911 W 38th Ave
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 955-0815
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Enjoy breakfast or lunch at this Southern-influenced eatery. The Universal features a daily grits special, topped with anything from Korean beef and kimchi to pork green chile. Egg scrambles, griddle items like pancakes, and sandwiches are all part of the rotating menu.

3. Buchi Cafe Cubano

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2651 W 38th Ave
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 458-1328
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Get a taste of Cuba at Buchi, where you’ll find traditional Cuban coffee, which is pre-sweetened with organic raw sugar. Sandwiches—whether breakfast or regular—are of the pressed variety; the Aye Conyo takes a classic Cubano preparation and adds pepperoni, turkey, hot peppers and key-lime mayo.

4. Sunny's

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2339 W 44th Ave
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 477-0005
This breakfast spot recently took over where Hash came before it. Indulge in the most important meal of the day with various eggs Benedict choices, corned beef hash, waffles and more. Though without a liquor license at this time, you’ll find organic coffee and smoothies.

5. Paxia

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4001 Tejon St
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 583-6860
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Paxia is the sibling restaurant to nearby Los Carboncitos in LoHi, though more upscale. The cuisine skews authentic Mexican with modern touches, and highlights include chicken mole and three different molcajete options.

6. Lou's Food Bar

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1851 W 38th Ave
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 458-0336
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Restaurateur Frank Bonanno’s ode to American country food with a French twist dishes up lunch, brunch, dinner and happy hour. The fried chicken has been on the menu since Day 1, with salads, sandwiches and house-made sausages rounding out the options.

7. Chubby's

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1231 W 38th Ave
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 455-9311
Green chile is the main draw at this longstanding quick-service spot, especially among late-night diners. Mayor Michael Hancock even included it in his Super Bowl wager with Seattle’s mayor. Try it on fries or a Mexican hamburger.

1. Ernie's Bar & Pizza

2915 W 44th Ave, Denver, CO 80211
The original restaurant opened in the 1940s, and this current iteration boasts a selection of pizzas and other Italian items, as well as 30 beers on tap. There are numerous gluten-free options, including pizza crust. Geeks Who Drink trivia is also hosted on Monday nights.
2915 W 44th Ave
Denver, CO 80211

2. The Universal

2911 W 38th Ave, Denver, CO 80211
Enjoy breakfast or lunch at this Southern-influenced eatery. The Universal features a daily grits special, topped with anything from Korean beef and kimchi to pork green chile. Egg scrambles, griddle items like pancakes, and sandwiches are all part of the rotating menu.
2911 W 38th Ave
Denver, CO 80211

3. Buchi Cafe Cubano

2651 W 38th Ave, Denver, CO 80211
Get a taste of Cuba at Buchi, where you’ll find traditional Cuban coffee, which is pre-sweetened with organic raw sugar. Sandwiches—whether breakfast or regular—are of the pressed variety; the Aye Conyo takes a classic Cubano preparation and adds pepperoni, turkey, hot peppers and key-lime mayo.
2651 W 38th Ave
Denver, CO 80211

4. Sunny's

2339 W 44th Ave, Denver, CO 80211
This breakfast spot recently took over where Hash came before it. Indulge in the most important meal of the day with various eggs Benedict choices, corned beef hash, waffles and more. Though without a liquor license at this time, you’ll find organic coffee and smoothies.
2339 W 44th Ave
Denver, CO 80211

5. Paxia

4001 Tejon St, Denver, CO 80211
Paxia is the sibling restaurant to nearby Los Carboncitos in LoHi, though more upscale. The cuisine skews authentic Mexican with modern touches, and highlights include chicken mole and three different molcajete options.
4001 Tejon St
Denver, CO 80211

6. Lou's Food Bar

1851 W 38th Ave, Denver, CO 80211
Restaurateur Frank Bonanno’s ode to American country food with a French twist dishes up lunch, brunch, dinner and happy hour. The fried chicken has been on the menu since Day 1, with salads, sandwiches and house-made sausages rounding out the options.
1851 W 38th Ave
Denver, CO 80211

7. Chubby's

1231 W 38th Ave, Denver, CO 80211
Green chile is the main draw at this longstanding quick-service spot, especially among late-night diners. Mayor Michael Hancock even included it in his Super Bowl wager with Seattle’s mayor. Try it on fries or a Mexican hamburger.
1231 W 38th Ave
Denver, CO 80211

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