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Rachel Greiman

Where to Dine and Drink In and Around Wash Park

There is a little bit of everything on this part of town, from fancy dinners to great pizza spots

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| Rachel Greiman

A charming older residential part of Denver, Wash Park is the home of neighborhood restaurants, bars, and more. The area is divided into two sides—east and west—the former a more classic part of the city anchored by South Gaylord Street, with the latter more up and coming. No matter which side of the park you're on, you'll find options to meet a variety of dining needs. Whether it's a sandwich at Vert Kitchen or coffee at its sister spot next door, Sunday brunch at Devil's Food, a casual weekday pizza at Homegrown Tap & Dough, or a date night at Bittersweet, here are fourteen eateries to choose from if you find yourself hungry in this part of the Mile High City.

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1. Lucile's Creole Cafe

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275 S Logan St
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 282-6258
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The Wash Park outpost of Lucile's, open regularly for lunch, is a wildly popular weekend brunch destination. Staples include Louisiana-style fare like chicory coffee, eggs sardou and shrimp and grits. Don’t miss the beignets or buttermilk biscuits.
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2. Bittersweet

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500 E Alameda Ave
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 942-0320
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The beautifully composed dishes at this restaurant reflect chef Olav Peterson’s sensibilities, as well as the bounty from the on-site garden. Guests can dine outside among the plots during warm-weather months, sampling dishes like sweetbreads with fresno peppers or scallops with garlic herb polenta.
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3. Pete's Central One

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300 S Pearl St
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 778-6675
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Part of the longstanding mini-chain of Pete’s restaurants around town, this location specializes in authentic Greek cuisine. Open for lunch and dinner daily, here you’ll find all the classics like dolmades, souvlaki, and gyros. Wash everything down with a shot of ouzo, which may come from the owner himself.
Pete's Central One

4. Vert Kitchen

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704 S Pearl St
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 997-5941
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Organic, local and sustainable are the focus at this casual shop where everything is made in-house. Sandwiches like curry chicken and braised pork shoulder are the main draw, but you’ll also find select brunch items—think Croque Madame—as well as salads and soup.The sister coffee shop next door is a gem!
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5. The Saucy Noodle

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727 S University Blvd
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 733-6977
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A fixture in the area for more than 40 years, this simple and approachable red-sauce Italian eatery never met a clove of garlic it didn’t like. After updates and expansions over the years, it still retains an old-school vibe and family atmosphere.
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6. Bonnie Brae Ice Cream

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799 S University Blvd
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 777-0808
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Tame that sweet tooth here with ice cream cones, sundaes, banana splits, shakes and other treats in any number of flavors. Go for picks like peach pie or tiramisu—they’re all made in-house.
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7. Fooducopia

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1939 E Kentucky Ave
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 722-7838
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Part market and part restaurant, Fooducopia serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with food from small, local artisans and entrepreneurs. Stop by for omelets, sandwiches, and entrees like vegetable curry or rosemary and garlic rack of lamb.
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8. Devil's Food

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1020 S Gaylord St
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 733-7448
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This cozy spot staked its claim on brunch, but the lunch and supper offerings are nothing to sneeze at and the sweets are some of the very best in town. Enjoy variations of the delicious eggs Benedict, or comfort dishes like chicken pot pie and fried chicken and waffles.
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9. Max Gill & Grill

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1052 S Gaylord St
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 722-7456
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Selections from the sea are on the menu here, with choices like crab cakes, items from the raw bar and fresh fish of the day. There’s also a range of happy hour deals and daily specials like $2 oyster Mondays.
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10. Reiver's Bar and Grill

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1085 S Gaylord St
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 733-8856
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Reiver’s is another long-time haunt that provides a casual stop in the neighborhood. Look for dishes like chicken-fried chicken and burgers to wash down with a beer. Bonus: Bar trivia on Tuesday nights.
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11. Telegraph

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295 S Pennsylvania St, Denver, CO 80209
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The neighborhood bistro and bar twists traditional American flavors with eclectic flavors and local ingredients. Lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch are served.
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12. Homegrown Tap and Dough

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1001 S Gaylord St
Denver, CO 80209
(720) 459-8736
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The pizzeria is known for its Colorado-inspired Italian fare, Choose from a selection of burgers, beers, and pies - all chosen for their freshness and flavor.
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13. Cafe Marmotte

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290 S Downing St
Denver, CO 80209
The local bistro brings classic French style and savor to the neighborhood. The creative menu features local favorites like coq au vin and tender braised Colorado lamb shanks.
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14. Blackbird Public House

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305 S Downing St
Denver, CO
(303) 733-3923
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The Downing Street pub boasts a variety of comfort food, cocktails, and craft beers. Locals favor the mac-and-cheese, candied-bacon salad, and charcuterie board.
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1. Lucile's Creole Cafe

275 S Logan St, Denver, CO 80209
Facebook
The Wash Park outpost of Lucile's, open regularly for lunch, is a wildly popular weekend brunch destination. Staples include Louisiana-style fare like chicory coffee, eggs sardou and shrimp and grits. Don’t miss the beignets or buttermilk biscuits.
275 S Logan St
Denver, CO 80209

2. Bittersweet

500 E Alameda Ave, Denver, CO 80209
Facebook
The beautifully composed dishes at this restaurant reflect chef Olav Peterson’s sensibilities, as well as the bounty from the on-site garden. Guests can dine outside among the plots during warm-weather months, sampling dishes like sweetbreads with fresno peppers or scallops with garlic herb polenta.
500 E Alameda Ave
Denver, CO 80209

3. Pete's Central One

300 S Pearl St, Denver, CO 80209
Pete's Central One
Part of the longstanding mini-chain of Pete’s restaurants around town, this location specializes in authentic Greek cuisine. Open for lunch and dinner daily, here you’ll find all the classics like dolmades, souvlaki, and gyros. Wash everything down with a shot of ouzo, which may come from the owner himself.
300 S Pearl St
Denver, CO 80209

4. Vert Kitchen

704 S Pearl St, Denver, CO 80209
Facebook
Organic, local and sustainable are the focus at this casual shop where everything is made in-house. Sandwiches like curry chicken and braised pork shoulder are the main draw, but you’ll also find select brunch items—think Croque Madame—as well as salads and soup.The sister coffee shop next door is a gem!
704 S Pearl St
Denver, CO 80209

5. The Saucy Noodle

727 S University Blvd, Denver, CO 80209
Facebook
A fixture in the area for more than 40 years, this simple and approachable red-sauce Italian eatery never met a clove of garlic it didn’t like. After updates and expansions over the years, it still retains an old-school vibe and family atmosphere.
727 S University Blvd
Denver, CO 80209

6. Bonnie Brae Ice Cream

799 S University Blvd, Denver, CO 80209
Facebook
Tame that sweet tooth here with ice cream cones, sundaes, banana splits, shakes and other treats in any number of flavors. Go for picks like peach pie or tiramisu—they’re all made in-house.
799 S University Blvd
Denver, CO 80209

7. Fooducopia

1939 E Kentucky Ave, Denver, CO 80209
Fooducopia
Part market and part restaurant, Fooducopia serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with food from small, local artisans and entrepreneurs. Stop by for omelets, sandwiches, and entrees like vegetable curry or rosemary and garlic rack of lamb.
1939 E Kentucky Ave
Denver, CO 80209

8. Devil's Food

1020 S Gaylord St, Denver, CO 80209
Facebook
This cozy spot staked its claim on brunch, but the lunch and supper offerings are nothing to sneeze at and the sweets are some of the very best in town. Enjoy variations of the delicious eggs Benedict, or comfort dishes like chicken pot pie and fried chicken and waffles.
1020 S Gaylord St
Denver, CO 80209

9. Max Gill & Grill

1052 S Gaylord St, Denver, CO 80209
Facebook
Selections from the sea are on the menu here, with choices like crab cakes, items from the raw bar and fresh fish of the day. There’s also a range of happy hour deals and daily specials like $2 oyster Mondays.
1052 S Gaylord St
Denver, CO 80209

10. Reiver's Bar and Grill

1085 S Gaylord St, Denver, CO 80209
Facebook
Reiver’s is another long-time haunt that provides a casual stop in the neighborhood. Look for dishes like chicken-fried chicken and burgers to wash down with a beer. Bonus: Bar trivia on Tuesday nights.
1085 S Gaylord St
Denver, CO 80209

11. Telegraph

295 S Pennsylvania St, Denver, CO 80209, Denver, CO
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The neighborhood bistro and bar twists traditional American flavors with eclectic flavors and local ingredients. Lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch are served.
295 S Pennsylvania St, Denver, CO 80209
Denver, CO

12. Homegrown Tap and Dough

1001 S Gaylord St, Denver, CO 80209
Facebook
The pizzeria is known for its Colorado-inspired Italian fare, Choose from a selection of burgers, beers, and pies - all chosen for their freshness and flavor.
1001 S Gaylord St
Denver, CO 80209

13. Cafe Marmotte

290 S Downing St, Denver, CO 80209
Facebook
The local bistro brings classic French style and savor to the neighborhood. The creative menu features local favorites like coq au vin and tender braised Colorado lamb shanks.
290 S Downing St
Denver, CO 80209

14. Blackbird Public House

305 S Downing St, Denver, CO
Blackbird
The Downing Street pub boasts a variety of comfort food, cocktails, and craft beers. Locals favor the mac-and-cheese, candied-bacon salad, and charcuterie board.
305 S Downing St
Denver, CO

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