Since March, the dining scene in Denver (as everywhere) has been rocked and rolled by the ever-changing restrictions on businesses wrought by the pandemic. Yet local restaurateurs continue to pivot with extraordinary courage and ingenuity. Thanks to takeout and delivery service in particular, they’re keeping their livelihoods intact as best they can while offering frazzled home cooks a breather. The following 15 venues are great examples, though this map will be updated regularly to recognize as many deserving spots as possible.Read More
15 Takeout and Delivery Options in Denver to Rescue You on Lazy No-Cooking Nights
As the city works to combat the coronavirus, chefs continue to do what they do best
While running Namkeen at Zeppelin Station, chef Cindhura Reddy developed as much of a following for her South Indian food as for the modern Italian cuisine she and partner Elliot Strathmann serve at Spuntino. Now her fans can have their cake and eat it too — in the form of arancini and samosas, pappardelle in goat Bolognese, and Methi chicken curry.
Takeout and delivery 5 p.m. to 8:30–9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday
2. Work & Class
Though nothing’s back to normal, Dana Rodriguez’s cooking can make life feel that way for a while. Beloved signature dishes like roast lamb by the pound; the Massive Attack salad with tempura broccoli, asparagus, and avocado in preserved-lemon vinaigrette; and butterscotch pudding still anchor the menu, supplemented as always by seasonal options — stout-braised short rib and fall vegetable hash with cashews, for instance.
Takeout and delivery 5 p.m.–9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday
3. Coffee at The Point
Not only does this Five Points coffee shop keep far longer business hours than most places these days, it also makes them count with an extensive, affordable, and highly appealing selection of salads, sandwiches, quinoa bowls, and pastries. Favorites include the Fire Station No. 3 — roast beef, fontina, and hot peppers on ciabatta — and the Louie, a smoked salmon–cheddar melt on an English muffin. Better still, it has a liquor license, meaning that latte’s available with a shot of maple bourbon.
Takeout 7 a.m.–7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m.–5 p.m. Sunday
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With a brand-new team that includes chef Alex Astranti and Master Sommelier Jim Bube, Alex Seidel’s Union Station destination is back in action. The streamlined but regularly changing menu centers on take-and-bake items such as cinnamon rolls and short rib–mozzarella rigatoni for four, along with provisions like jarred rillettes and pickle samplers.
Takeout 4 p.m.–8 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday
5. Bistro Vendôme
Thank goodness for old favorites. Jennifer Jasinski and Beth Gruitch’s Larimer Square sanctuary is still serving up the bistro classics it was built on day in and day out: Think French onion soup, steak frites, and crème brûlée for dinner, croques monsieurs and crêpes Florentine for weekend brunch.
Takeout and delivery 4 p.m.–8 p.m. daily plus 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday through Sunday
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This Uptown daytime haunt mixes Asian and Latin influences to offer everything from breakfast fried rice featuring Chinese sausage and a duck-fat fried egg to barbacoa tacos on handmade corn tortillas with consommé for dipping — plus boozy Vietnamese iced coffee to wash it down.
Takeout and delivery 7–8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily
It’s fairly easy to stock a home bar. It’s not so easy to replicate the ultimate bar food. Good thing no one has to — all they have to do is check out the menu at Misfit Snackbar, located inside Middleman on East Colfax; call 201-679-7079 to place an order; and come home with the works — maybe the chips and dip du jour and cherry-glazed pork ribs with spaetzle one night, butternut-squash tamales and shepherd’s pie–inspired croquettes the next. Chef Bo Porytko has also launched a side project, Dill & Dough, to sell take-and-bake pierogi and pelmeni.
Takeout 4 p.m.–10 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Sunday
8. Anise, Modern Vietnamese Eatery
In addition to staples like goi ga and pho, the menu at this sweet Cap Hill spot includes some offbeat twists on Vietnamese cuisine: beef spring rolls are a house specialty, for instance, while bánh mì bites are reminiscent of bruschetta.
Takeout and delivery 11 a.m.–10 p.m. daily
9. Fortune Wok to Table
While this Cherry Creek gem has more than earned a cult following for its exquisite handmade dumplings, regulars know to mix up their meals with vibrant Shanghai-style noodle bowls and soups, fried rice plates, and seasonal dishes like seafood hot-and-sour soup.
Takeout 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Monday, 11:30 a.m. to 8:30–9 p.m. Tuesday–Sunday
10. La Calle Taqueria y Carnitas
Though its menu is broader than the name suggests — including stews like menudo and birria, tortas, and more — La Calle rightly prides itself on its tacos. Some of Denver’s best, they come topped with everything from lamb and goat to beef cheeks and pork stomach to, of course, carnitas — which are also available to go by the pound, along with several other meat cuts.
Takeout and delivery 9 a.m. to 9–10 p.m. daily
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11. Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar - Glendale
What’s on the to-go menu at the Glendale branch of Jax these days? A better question is, what isn’t? While meeting all its neighbors’ seafood needs with raw bar samplers, entrees such as blackened catfish with collard greens and hushpuppies, and cioppino kits for two, it’s also become home to not one, not two, but three different ghost-kitchen concepts. The Tender Project answers the clamor for fried chicken; The Cheesesteak Project, of course, specializes in its namesake; and The Lasagna Project doubles as a fundraiser for the food-insecure.
Takeout and delivery 3:30–9 p.m. daily
12. African Grill and Bar
Palates can travel where bodies can’t. This Lakewood gem offers a taste of comfort food from across the African continent, with an emphasis on robustly flavorful stews based on vegetables, greens, and legumes (okra and black-eyed peas, for instance); enriched by the meats such as goat and oxtail, and accompanied by jollof rice or staple starches like fufu.
Takeout 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Monday through Saturday
13. Pizzeria Lui
Pizza may be many people’s default for takeout, but this celebrated Lakewood parlor always makes it seem more unique. Wood-fired at 900 degrees, its pies come topped with everything from ham, bacon, jalapeños, and roasted pineapple puree to chorizo, cotija, corn, and tomatillo salsa.
Takeout 3 p.m.–9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday
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14. Turtle Boat - Colorado Poki Salads
Denver, CO 80210
Sustainable seafood, innovative vegan alternatives, local produce, and an unusual array of add-ins, toppings, and sides have earned this Rosedale poke hut legions of loyal devotees. So have its efforts to support the community under lockdown: Follow it on Instagram for updates on its soup donations, weekly specials incorporating foods from other local businesses, and more.
Takeout 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Wednesday through Monday
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15. House of Kabob
Though the namesake skewers are indeed a highlight at this University Hills stalwart, the menu branches out across the Eastern Mediterranean to include Greek spanakopita, Persian stews like ghorme sabzi with beef, wings in Lebanese-style garlic sauce, and more. It’s all ideally paired with the rich salted-yogurt drink called doogh.
Takeout and delivery 11 a.m.–12 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily