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The Ultimate Guide to Dining Along East Colfax

Fifteen places that you should check out now

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Colfax Avenue has been recognized as the longest commercial street in the country, at 26 miles in length, but the notoriety of this thoroughfare often comes from the illicit activities that have plagued sections over time. The grittiness is part of the character though, and East Colfax is now a part of town with a growing scene, including restaurants, bars, and much more. For our purposes we've focused on the three-mile stretch between Franklin Street—where Park Avenue intersects—and Monaco Parkway, to bring you fifteen ultimate dining options along East Colfax  that you should check out now.

The spots listed here are organized in alphabetical order and include everything from late night sausage eateries like Uber Sausage to popular doughnut shops like Voodoo Doughnuts and wine-centric restaurants with live music like Brik on York. If we missed your favorite East Colfax restaurant, leave a comment below or send us a tip down the tipline.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Voodoo Doughnut Mile High

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1520 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 597-3666
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The doughnut craze reached new heights in Denver when this Portland transplant set up shop and it has not slowed down. Don’t be alarmed by pastries that resemble blunts or male genitalia, and make sure to give the maple bacon bar a try.

2. Torta Grill

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1818 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80218
(720) 420-0964
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As the name indicates, this spot dishes up Mexican-style tortas, or sandwiches. In addition to topping options like ham, chorizo, eggs and cheese (the Jose preparation), each one is loaded with refried beans, avocado, tomato, onions and mayo, and a choice of jalapeño peppers, chipotle sauce or jalapeño jelly.

3. Tacos Tequila Whiskey

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1514 York St
Denver, CO 80206
(720) 475-1337
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First developed as a food truck, the brick-and-mortar followed in this first location (a second is in West Highland). Modern street tacos are the draw here, with combinations like sweet and sour braised pork belly, triple-cooked beef tongue or roasted chile poblano and creamed chipotle corn.
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4. The Uber Sausage

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2730 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 862-7894
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Known for its gourmet sausage sandwiches, you’ll find options like the Swiss—a veal and pork sausage, clover sprouts, red onion, parsley, spicy brown mustard and curry seasoning. Don’t miss the homemade chips and tater tots with seasonings like ranch or salt and malt vinegar.
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5. Trattoria Stella

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3201 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 320-8635
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Specials are offered nightly in addition to the regular menu of modern Italian fare. Dishes include sausage and caper pizza, spaghetti bolognese and lamb chops with gnocchi. Panini are also served on weekdays between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
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6. Atomic Cowboy

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3237 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 377-7900
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The trifecta of watering hole Atomic Cowboy, which houses pizzeria Fat Sully’s and the Denver Biscuit Company, is a unique combination. The three businesses keep different hours, but complement each other in what they have to offer.
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7. To the Wind Bistro

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3333 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 316-3333
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This cozy spot opened quietly under the helm of Mizuna alum Royce Oliveira, with a well-edited and constantly changing menu. You may find dishes like buttermilk fried chicken, roasted salmon or porcini carbonara on any given night.
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8. Bastien's

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3503 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 322-0363
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Bastien’s is an old-school steakhouse, with its signature offering being the New York strip sugar steak. The retro atmosphere is conducive to sipping on a martini and starting off with a shrimp cocktail.
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9. Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery

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4990 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80220
(720) 550-7665
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At this cozy neighborhood spot, chef Clint Wangsnes has a certified sous-vide program that lends itself to the cooking of proteins like chicken, top sirloin and short ribs, found in plated entrees, sandwiches and atop salads.

10. Solera

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5410 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80220
(303) 388-8429
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Solera has been turning out Spanish-inspired cuisine since 2001, with a menu of meats, cheeses, modern tapas and larger plates. Don’t miss specials like Wednesday wine tasting, all-you-can-eat mussels on Tuesdays and happy hour Tuesday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

11. Phoenician Kabob

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5709 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80220
(303) 355-7213
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Enjoy authentic cuisine at this Mediterranean restaurant where you’ll find baba ghanouj, beef shish kabob, gyros and more. There is daily happy hour from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., as well as belly dancing performances on the weekends.
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12. Brik on York

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2223 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 284-6754
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Great Italian pizza, a highly curated wine list, and cozy life music events is what this place is all about.
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13. Mezcal

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3230 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 322-5219
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A temple to all things tacos and tequila, this remodeled institution on East Colfax brings fun Mexican food and great life music.
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14. Sassafras American Eatery

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320 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 831-6233
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A second outpost of the Southern-inspired breakfast and brunch eatery, Sassafras brings its biscuits and gravy to this part of town in a more modern setting.
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15. The Goods

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2550 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 355-5445
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A friendly neighborhood restaurant, The Goods serves dinner, brunch, and bar for meat-lovers and vegans alike.
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1. Voodoo Doughnut Mile High

1520 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80218
The doughnut craze reached new heights in Denver when this Portland transplant set up shop and it has not slowed down. Don’t be alarmed by pastries that resemble blunts or male genitalia, and make sure to give the maple bacon bar a try.
1520 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80218

2. Torta Grill

1818 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80218
As the name indicates, this spot dishes up Mexican-style tortas, or sandwiches. In addition to topping options like ham, chorizo, eggs and cheese (the Jose preparation), each one is loaded with refried beans, avocado, tomato, onions and mayo, and a choice of jalapeño peppers, chipotle sauce or jalapeño jelly.
1818 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80218

3. Tacos Tequila Whiskey

1514 York St, Denver, CO 80206
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First developed as a food truck, the brick-and-mortar followed in this first location (a second is in West Highland). Modern street tacos are the draw here, with combinations like sweet and sour braised pork belly, triple-cooked beef tongue or roasted chile poblano and creamed chipotle corn.
1514 York St
Denver, CO 80206

4. The Uber Sausage

2730 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206
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Known for its gourmet sausage sandwiches, you’ll find options like the Swiss—a veal and pork sausage, clover sprouts, red onion, parsley, spicy brown mustard and curry seasoning. Don’t miss the homemade chips and tater tots with seasonings like ranch or salt and malt vinegar.
2730 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206

5. Trattoria Stella

3201 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206
Facebook
Specials are offered nightly in addition to the regular menu of modern Italian fare. Dishes include sausage and caper pizza, spaghetti bolognese and lamb chops with gnocchi. Panini are also served on weekdays between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
3201 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206

6. Atomic Cowboy

3237 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206
Facebook
The trifecta of watering hole Atomic Cowboy, which houses pizzeria Fat Sully’s and the Denver Biscuit Company, is a unique combination. The three businesses keep different hours, but complement each other in what they have to offer.
3237 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206

7. To the Wind Bistro

3333 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80205
Facebook
This cozy spot opened quietly under the helm of Mizuna alum Royce Oliveira, with a well-edited and constantly changing menu. You may find dishes like buttermilk fried chicken, roasted salmon or porcini carbonara on any given night.
3333 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80205

8. Bastien's

3503 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206
Facebook
Bastien’s is an old-school steakhouse, with its signature offering being the New York strip sugar steak. The retro atmosphere is conducive to sipping on a martini and starting off with a shrimp cocktail.
3503 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206

9. Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery

4990 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80220
At this cozy neighborhood spot, chef Clint Wangsnes has a certified sous-vide program that lends itself to the cooking of proteins like chicken, top sirloin and short ribs, found in plated entrees, sandwiches and atop salads.
4990 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80220

10. Solera

5410 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80220
Solera has been turning out Spanish-inspired cuisine since 2001, with a menu of meats, cheeses, modern tapas and larger plates. Don’t miss specials like Wednesday wine tasting, all-you-can-eat mussels on Tuesdays and happy hour Tuesday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
5410 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80220

11. Phoenician Kabob

5709 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80220
Facebook
Enjoy authentic cuisine at this Mediterranean restaurant where you’ll find baba ghanouj, beef shish kabob, gyros and more. There is daily happy hour from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., as well as belly dancing performances on the weekends.
5709 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80220

12. Brik on York

2223 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206
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Great Italian pizza, a highly curated wine list, and cozy life music events is what this place is all about.
2223 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206

13. Mezcal

3230 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206
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A temple to all things tacos and tequila, this remodeled institution on East Colfax brings fun Mexican food and great life music.
3230 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206

14. Sassafras American Eatery

320 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203
Facebook
A second outpost of the Southern-inspired breakfast and brunch eatery, Sassafras brings its biscuits and gravy to this part of town in a more modern setting.
320 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80203

15. The Goods

2550 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206
Facebook
A friendly neighborhood restaurant, The Goods serves dinner, brunch, and bar for meat-lovers and vegans alike.
2550 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206

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