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14 Meatiest and Manliest Dishes Around Denver

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If your dad's anthem of choice goes something like: "Macho, macho man!" then you don't want to let him down this Father's Day (pst... this Sunday, June 21, just in case). For a chance to catch some solid family catch-up time, grab a bite and enjoy the day. In celebration of the dazzling dads out there, we've gathered a series of dishes for the studs to sink their teeth into something hearty and oozing of testosterone. Any of these options are sure to leave dad's stomach and heart filled to the brim.

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1. Fruition Restaurant

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1313 E 6th Ave
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 831-1962
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With a laser focus on pure ingredients prepared and served thoughtfully and creatively, Fruition will present your pop with a dish that does not disappoint: Braised pork shoulder with grilled octopus, alongside a white corn fritter and sweet and sour roasted peppers.

2. MAX's Wine Dive Denver

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696 Sherman St.
Denver, CO 80203
Even the manliest of men can still use a little comforting now and again. So take Dad to Max's Wine Dive for some comfort food. The wine-focused eatery will offer a 10 oz. chicken fried rib-eye breakfast special on Sunday, served with home fries, two farm-fresh eggs and southern-inspired gravy.

3. Mercantile Dining & Provision

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1701 Wynkoop St
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 460-3733
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Alex Seidel's second restaurant (he's also the brains behind the operation at Fruition) marries the restaurant and market experience, spotlighting thoughtfully executed comfort food. Father's Day is no exception, with a hearty family dinner of roasted Colorado lamb, shoulder (36 oz.) prepared with fresh rosemary, roasted shallot lamb jus, apricot, mostarda, and garlic chips. Family-style meals are always accompanied with confit fingerling potatoes, roasted cauliflower, arugula or fennel salad.

4. Panzano

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909 17th St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 296-3525
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With a menu typically driven by Northern Italian cuisine, Panzano will serve an entire tomahawk rack on its carving station for brunch. Dinner will feature individual chops as an entrée for Dad's Day.

5. Old Major

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3316 Tejon St
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 420-0622
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Meat-eaters – prepare. Old Major is the textbook choice for fellas looking for a filling fix. Consider sticking with the classic nose-to-tail dinner plate of Toulouse sausage, braised belly, smoked rib, crispy ears, and a few vegetable accouterments. Alternatively, though equally manly, there's the 2 lb. dry aged Colorado ribeye, with pork fat French fries and maître d'hotel butter.

6. Acorn

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3350 Brighton Blvd
Denver, CO 80216
(720) 542-3721
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Housed in the urban grit of the Source, Acorn's oak-fired oven and grill consistently produce inspired dishes – mostly small plates, but a smattering of savory entrees as well. For the fathers, try the oak grilled wagyu hanger steak (for 2) with fried potatoes, grilled spring onions and ramp kimchi.

7. Argyll Whisky Beer, A Gastropub

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1035 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 847-0850
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Picture Don Draper – whose masculine essence and old-school cool composure cannot be disputed – sipping a potent whiskey straight up – and then head to Argyll to recreate the magic. Pair the perfect cocktail for your pops with the special chermula rubbed lamb sirloin with Yorkshire pudding and green peppercorn jus. The aroma and spice of the meaty special will be served all day Sunday for just $21.

8. Beast + Bottle

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719 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 623-3223
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Warm and cozy, Beast + Bottle, keeps it simple. As the name of the venue promotes visions of a pig-centric menu and a boozy sea of splendor, the menu features a whole pig's head for dad to sink his teeth into. Must call ahead to order.

9. Big Mac & Little Lu's Seafood

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2851 W 120th Street
Westminster, CO 80234
(303) 404-2722
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Family-owned, sun-soaked and seafood-centric, Big Mac & Little Lu's will serve a surf 'n turf Father's Day special, with a choice of 1/2 lb. king crab legs, Caribbean lobster tail or seared scallops with a 6 oz. all natural tenderloin.

10. EDGE Restaurant And Bar At Four Seasons Hotel Denver

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1111 14th St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 389-3000
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Sparing no expense and living lavishly to show pops you really care, head to the Four Seasons' EDGE Restaurant and Bar for the American Style Kobe Burger, a hearty 7 ounce Kobe beef patty, served with crispy pancetta, homemade pickle relish, onion, jalapeño, white Cheddar, lettuce, tomato, and truffle aioli.

11. Guard & Grace

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1801 California St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 293-8500
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If your old man is a classic meat and potatoes kind of guy, this will be right up his alley – only better. Take him downtown for a Colorado rack of lamb at modern steakhouse, Guard & Grace. The dish comes with a side of Israeli couscous, dried stone fruit, marinated beets, fava beans and charred ramp vinaigrette.

12. Jack N Grill

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2524 Federal Blvd
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 964-9544
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Sure, dad's man enough to take down a seven pound breakfast burrito, as seen on the Travel Channel’s Man v. Food – or at least share with the fam.

13. Nickel

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1100 14th Street
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 889-2128
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Redefining the swanky hotel scene, head to The Nickel and up the ordinary barbecue ante with the BBQ plate, complete with smoked pork shoulder, coleslaw, cornbread muffins and jalapeño butter.

14. Shanahan's

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5085 S Syracuse St
Denver, CO 80237
(303) 770-7300
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Down in the Denver Tech Center, Shanahan's steakhouse provides a chic dining experience for a dad's day celebration. Save room for Sunday and dig into the 16 oz. prime veal chop with a side of pappardelle pasta, and veal bolognese.

1. Fruition Restaurant

1313 E 6th Ave, Denver, CO 80218
With a laser focus on pure ingredients prepared and served thoughtfully and creatively, Fruition will present your pop with a dish that does not disappoint: Braised pork shoulder with grilled octopus, alongside a white corn fritter and sweet and sour roasted peppers.
1313 E 6th Ave
Denver, CO 80218

2. MAX's Wine Dive Denver

696 Sherman St., Denver, CO 80203
Even the manliest of men can still use a little comforting now and again. So take Dad to Max's Wine Dive for some comfort food. The wine-focused eatery will offer a 10 oz. chicken fried rib-eye breakfast special on Sunday, served with home fries, two farm-fresh eggs and southern-inspired gravy.
696 Sherman St.
Denver, CO 80203

3. Mercantile Dining & Provision

1701 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO 80202
Alex Seidel's second restaurant (he's also the brains behind the operation at Fruition) marries the restaurant and market experience, spotlighting thoughtfully executed comfort food. Father's Day is no exception, with a hearty family dinner of roasted Colorado lamb, shoulder (36 oz.) prepared with fresh rosemary, roasted shallot lamb jus, apricot, mostarda, and garlic chips. Family-style meals are always accompanied with confit fingerling potatoes, roasted cauliflower, arugula or fennel salad.
1701 Wynkoop St
Denver, CO 80202

4. Panzano

909 17th St, Denver, CO 80202
With a menu typically driven by Northern Italian cuisine, Panzano will serve an entire tomahawk rack on its carving station for brunch. Dinner will feature individual chops as an entrée for Dad's Day.
909 17th St
Denver, CO 80202

5. Old Major

3316 Tejon St, Denver, CO 80211
Meat-eaters – prepare. Old Major is the textbook choice for fellas looking for a filling fix. Consider sticking with the classic nose-to-tail dinner plate of Toulouse sausage, braised belly, smoked rib, crispy ears, and a few vegetable accouterments. Alternatively, though equally manly, there's the 2 lb. dry aged Colorado ribeye, with pork fat French fries and maître d'hotel butter.
3316 Tejon St
Denver, CO 80211

6. Acorn

3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80216
Housed in the urban grit of the Source, Acorn's oak-fired oven and grill consistently produce inspired dishes – mostly small plates, but a smattering of savory entrees as well. For the fathers, try the oak grilled wagyu hanger steak (for 2) with fried potatoes, grilled spring onions and ramp kimchi.
3350 Brighton Blvd
Denver, CO 80216

7. Argyll Whisky Beer, A Gastropub

1035 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80218
Picture Don Draper – whose masculine essence and old-school cool composure cannot be disputed – sipping a potent whiskey straight up – and then head to Argyll to recreate the magic. Pair the perfect cocktail for your pops with the special chermula rubbed lamb sirloin with Yorkshire pudding and green peppercorn jus. The aroma and spice of the meaty special will be served all day Sunday for just $21.
1035 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80218

8. Beast + Bottle

719 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80203
Warm and cozy, Beast + Bottle, keeps it simple. As the name of the venue promotes visions of a pig-centric menu and a boozy sea of splendor, the menu features a whole pig's head for dad to sink his teeth into. Must call ahead to order.
719 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203

9. Big Mac & Little Lu's Seafood

2851 W 120th Street, Westminster, CO 80234
Family-owned, sun-soaked and seafood-centric, Big Mac & Little Lu's will serve a surf 'n turf Father's Day special, with a choice of 1/2 lb. king crab legs, Caribbean lobster tail or seared scallops with a 6 oz. all natural tenderloin.
2851 W 120th Street
Westminster, CO 80234

10. EDGE Restaurant And Bar At Four Seasons Hotel Denver

1111 14th St, Denver, CO 80202
Sparing no expense and living lavishly to show pops you really care, head to the Four Seasons' EDGE Restaurant and Bar for the American Style Kobe Burger, a hearty 7 ounce Kobe beef patty, served with crispy pancetta, homemade pickle relish, onion, jalapeño, white Cheddar, lettuce, tomato, and truffle aioli.
1111 14th St
Denver, CO 80202

11. Guard & Grace

1801 California St, Denver, CO 80202
If your old man is a classic meat and potatoes kind of guy, this will be right up his alley – only better. Take him downtown for a Colorado rack of lamb at modern steakhouse, Guard & Grace. The dish comes with a side of Israeli couscous, dried stone fruit, marinated beets, fava beans and charred ramp vinaigrette.
1801 California St
Denver, CO 80202

12. Jack N Grill

2524 Federal Blvd, Denver, CO 80211
Sure, dad's man enough to take down a seven pound breakfast burrito, as seen on the Travel Channel’s Man v. Food – or at least share with the fam.
2524 Federal Blvd
Denver, CO 80211

13. Nickel

1100 14th Street, Denver, CO 80202
Redefining the swanky hotel scene, head to The Nickel and up the ordinary barbecue ante with the BBQ plate, complete with smoked pork shoulder, coleslaw, cornbread muffins and jalapeño butter.
1100 14th Street
Denver, CO 80202

14. Shanahan's

5085 S Syracuse St, Denver, CO 80237
Down in the Denver Tech Center, Shanahan's steakhouse provides a chic dining experience for a dad's day celebration. Save room for Sunday and dig into the 16 oz. prime veal chop with a side of pappardelle pasta, and veal bolognese.
5085 S Syracuse St
Denver, CO 80237

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