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These Are Denver's Ten Iconic Greasy Spoon Joints

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It would not be Greasy Spoons Week if we didn't start the festivities with a salute to Denver's iconic greasy diners where coffee is cheap and the late night scene is rocking. Generations of Denverites have frequented some of these joints and many of them have memories around them. From the Denver Diner to Pete's Kitchen, Sam's No. 3 to the Village Coffee Shop, here are Denver's 10 Iconic Greasy Spoons and what to order when you visit them.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Denver Diner

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740 W Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80204
(303) 825-5443
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This is a Denver institution of greasy food both in the day and at night. Try the Huevos Garcia, a concoction of homefries sauteed with peppers and eggs and smothered in green chile.

2. 20th St Cafe

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1123 20th St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 295-9041
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Don't miss the Chicken Fried Steak. Hand- breaded, this greasy staple is panfried, and served with a thick brown gravy.

3. Sam's No. 3

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1500 Curtis St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 534-1927
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This place got some national acclaim when it was featured on Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives. Order the Signature Kickin' Green Pork Chili, which is served on everything from fries to burgers. Another special is the Kitchen Sink Burrito - a pile of bacon, ham, sausage, mushroom, green peppers and more.

4. Tom's Diner

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601 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 861-7493
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Give the giant shakes a chance- particularly the apple pie shake- lots of ice cream and a whole slice of apple pie blended and topped with whipped cream and some cinnamon.

5. Pete's Cafe & Steak House

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514 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 832-7854
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Order the Huevos Rancheros, a twist on the classic that here includes meat. And keep in mind, this place takes cash only.

6. Butcher Block Cafe

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1701 38th St
Denver, CO 80216
(303) 295-2915
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At this truck-stop diner spot, order the Roundhouse- hash browns, three breakfast meats, eggs, and slices of melted orange American cheese.

7. Breakfast Palace

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2000 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80210
(303) 698-0685
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Order the breakfast skillet of your choice- the egg, chorizo, and hashbrown one is always a winner. All come served with tortillas. Another winner: the chicken fried chicken breakfast.

8. Breakfast King

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300 West Mississippi Avenue
Denver, CO 80223
(303) 733-0795
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Get the Santa Fe Sunrise - potatoes and onions fried together, two eggs any way you want them cooked, cheese and chili. No frills and great late night.

9. Pete's Kitchen

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1962 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 321-3139
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Come late night for great people watching and order the Breakfast Burrito Supreme with half red chile and half green.

10. Village Coffee Shop

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1605 Folsom St
Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 442-9689
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Whatever you do, do not miss the crispy, crunchy hashbrowns. They are a legend of this classic greasy spoon.

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1. Denver Diner

740 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80204
This is a Denver institution of greasy food both in the day and at night. Try the Huevos Garcia, a concoction of homefries sauteed with peppers and eggs and smothered in green chile.
740 W Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80204

2. 20th St Cafe

1123 20th St, Denver, CO 80202
Don't miss the Chicken Fried Steak. Hand- breaded, this greasy staple is panfried, and served with a thick brown gravy.
1123 20th St
Denver, CO 80202

3. Sam's No. 3

1500 Curtis St, Denver, CO 80202
This place got some national acclaim when it was featured on Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives. Order the Signature Kickin' Green Pork Chili, which is served on everything from fries to burgers. Another special is the Kitchen Sink Burrito - a pile of bacon, ham, sausage, mushroom, green peppers and more.
1500 Curtis St
Denver, CO 80202

4. Tom's Diner

601 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203
Give the giant shakes a chance- particularly the apple pie shake- lots of ice cream and a whole slice of apple pie blended and topped with whipped cream and some cinnamon.
601 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80203

5. Pete's Cafe & Steak House

514 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203
Order the Huevos Rancheros, a twist on the classic that here includes meat. And keep in mind, this place takes cash only.
514 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80203

6. Butcher Block Cafe

1701 38th St, Denver, CO 80216
At this truck-stop diner spot, order the Roundhouse- hash browns, three breakfast meats, eggs, and slices of melted orange American cheese.
1701 38th St
Denver, CO 80216

7. Breakfast Palace

2000 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80210
Order the breakfast skillet of your choice- the egg, chorizo, and hashbrown one is always a winner. All come served with tortillas. Another winner: the chicken fried chicken breakfast.
2000 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80210

8. Breakfast King

300 West Mississippi Avenue, Denver, CO 80223
Get the Santa Fe Sunrise - potatoes and onions fried together, two eggs any way you want them cooked, cheese and chili. No frills and great late night.
300 West Mississippi Avenue
Denver, CO 80223

9. Pete's Kitchen

1962 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206
Come late night for great people watching and order the Breakfast Burrito Supreme with half red chile and half green.
1962 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206

10. Village Coffee Shop

1605 Folsom St, Boulder, CO 80302
Whatever you do, do not miss the crispy, crunchy hashbrowns. They are a legend of this classic greasy spoon.
1605 Folsom St
Boulder, CO 80302

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