Classics Week 2015 is winding down, but not before we explore one of the great American institutions: diners. These 12 longstanding Denver eateries provide options ranging from greasy late-night burgers to solid breakfasts. An honorable mention also goes to the Denver Diner, which closed last fall due to a fire—no word yet on if/when it will reopen. Note: The list is presented in alphabetical order.Read More
Get Nostalgic With These 12 Classic Diners
These spots will take you back in time.
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Here you'll find an extensive menu served 'round the clock. From omelettes to biscuits and gravy, and club sandwiches to chicken-fried steak, the options are plentiful.
Butcher Block Cafe
Homemade cinnamon rolls are a big draw at this spot, which actually has three locations in town—two of which serve dinner in addition to breakfast and lunch. The trio has been family-owned for more than 30 years.
Davies' Chuck Wagon Diner
There's no shortage of classic Americana at this diner, originally built in 1957. It's since been added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Great Scotts Eatery
This '50s-style diner is outfitted with red-and-white vinyl seats, jukeboxes, and waitresses dressed in retro fashion. The original keeps 24/7 hours, and even hosts classic car shows in the warmer months.
From breakfast items to Mexican dishes—you can even choose green chile-topped enchiladas with eggs—there's plenty of comfort to be found. Though without a liquor license, the patio is a great spot to soak up the sun.
Another spot that never closes, McCoys dishes up plenty of classic diner fare, plus has a full bar and ice cream parlor.
If you're out by the airport, this chrome boxcar is a safe bet for a bite. Look for plates like liver and onions, corned beef hash, and red or green chili. Finish things off with a shake or malt.
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Just one of six eateries in the Pete's conglomerate, Pete's Kitchen is a classic Colfax institution. Open 24/7, you're bound to be in the company of some interesting characters as you take in gyros, hash browns, and breakfast burritos.
Rosie's lays the '50s vibe on thick, from the stainless steel exterior to the jukebox and the vinyl-topped stools at the counter. Breakfast is served all day, but there are plenty of other choices on the menu.
Sam's No. 3
Its well-trafficked location downtown drew attention from a certain Food Network star. To call the menu lengthy is an understatement, but the pork green chili is a standout.
Get your fill of breakfast, cheese fries, and blue plate specials at this divey diner, open 24 hours. Stupid questions will cost you 48 cents.
Twentieth Street Cafe
Open for breakfast and lunch Tuesday through Sunday, Twentieth Street Cafe holds it down with pancake stacks, huevos rancheros, and even some Asian-inspired dishes like fried rice.
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