Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Ultimate Guide to Dining Along East Colfax on

Wednesday, July 23, 2014, by Ashley Hughes (

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. For our purposes we've focused on the three-mile stretch between Franklin Street—where Park Avenue intersects—and Monaco Parkway, to bring you 12 ultimate dining options along East Colfax.

Voodoo Doughnut Mile High
The doughnut craze reached new heights in Denver when this Portland transplant set up shop. Don’t be alarmed by pastries that resemble blunts or male genitalia, and make sure to give the maple bacon bar a try.

Pinche Tacos
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.

The Uber Sausage
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.
Odelay Tacos
Sharing space with the Beetle Bar, Odelay serves street eats like a fish taco with slaw, pico, avocado and blanco sauce, along with a side of mango salsa. Bonus: Every Tuesday pork, chicken and steak tacos are just $1.
Trattoria Stella
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.
Atomic Cowboy
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.
To the Wind Bistro
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.
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.
Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery
This newly opened quick-service spot from former Zengo 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.
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.
Phoenician Kabob
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
(303) 355-7213

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