Colorado might not be known for its restaurant gems quite like some other states, but food-centric television shows have made several stops here nonetheless. You might be in for a wait at some of these restaurants, but if the experts know what they’re talking about, you won’t regret it.
Here are a few places to check out from the Mile High City and beyond.
Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs (2148 Larimer St.) $
Somewhat of a legend in the world of hot dogs, Biker Jim used to repo cars for a living before opening up a stainless steel cart on the 16th Street Mall. He now has a food truck and restaurant that all serve what is considered to be the “antithesis of the ballpark frank.”
As seen on: No Reservations, Travel Channel
Bang! (3472 W. 32nd Ave.) $$
Food Network’s Guy Fieri visited this eatery to experience their made-from-scratch peach cobbler and gumbo with cornbread. Situated in the popular 32nd and Lowell area of the Highlands, Bang! has created a unique setting in an old Victorian home.
As seen on: Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Food Network
Denver Biscuit Co. (3237 E. Colfax Ave.) $
Owner and founder Drew Shader opened the Denver Biscuit Co. in the back of his existing bar The Atomic Cowboy while he waited for the Biscuit Bus (dubbed Denver’s first gourmet food truck) to be built. Since that time the concept has garnered attention from local and national media outlets alike.
Foolish Craig’s Café (1611 Pearl St.) $$
Foolish Craig’s Café might be known for their crepes, but all breakfast, lunch and dinner items are made from fresh, local ingredients. This popular joint also boasts an in-house bakery and a full bar with Colorado-grown micro-brews and bourbons.
As seen on: Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, Food Network
The Buff (1725 28th St.) $$
Touted as a “Boulder tradition” this restaurant first became nationally known when “Man v. Food” stopped by to try their saddlebags – pancakes with bacon and sausage cooked into the batter. It was made famous again when President Barack Obama made an impromptu stop while on the campaign trail on Sept. 2
As seen on: Man v. Food, Travel Channel
Casbah (126 W. Laurel St.) $
The motto at this pizza joint is clearly “go big or go home” – they were featured on Food Network’s show “Outrageous Food” for their two and a half-foot pizza. But even if you’re looking for a reasonably sized meal, they seem to know how to make all the locals happy.
As seen on: Outrageous Food, Food Network
The Big Wrap (520 E Durant Ave.) $
Finding cheap, delicious eats in Aspen might be a bit tricky, but locals and tourists both seem to love The Big Wrap. They have a variety of burritos, wraps, and salads to choose from, with flavors ranging from Mexican to Greek.
As seen on: Rachel Ray - $40 a Day, Food Network
The Sweet Life (115 W. Colorado Ave.) $
This Telluride hotspot offers a full menu of diner-style food, but they seem to be better known for their sweet treats – i.e. fried peanut butter and jelly sandwich, fried Oreo sundae, a variety of ice creams, etc. While Rachel Ray made a stop with her show “$40 a Day,” it might have received more attention when MTV’s “The Challenge” hosted an ice cream eating competition there.
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