Food in Denver was beyond all expectations. They had many locally owned shops which were great and also so easy. They are a very friendly food allergen city-going gluten free was insanely easy and effortless. I hope other cities catch up with them!
Meal 1: ModMarket
We wandered over here for lunch and it was so great. They had everything labeled as gluten free, vegetarian friendly, etc. I had corn chowder soup and a salad. It was amazing because they put the nutritional facts on the receipt.
Meal 2: Diego’s
We wanted margaritas and they had great house ones! I also ordered their specialty of Tejano enchiladas with green chile and rice and beans and it was great!
Meal 3: Duck Soup
I stumbled on this place after going to the capitol and walking around. I had a great coconut curry soup and a duck salad (their signature). Awesome! So fresh and filling.
Meal 4: Marlowe’s
Colorado Bison burger wrapped in lettuce. Awesome burger however I was not happy to have to pay an extra dollar to have it wrapped in lettuce-oh well. The fries were also great. We then went to Lime and I had a natural margarita which was also excellent.
Meal 5: Hotel
Ugh, I hate that often gluten free often means bland especially in large setting. Everyone got chicken with sauce, mashed sweet potatoes and brocolini. We got bland chicken, bland potatoes and brocolini. I wish they had made another sauce or offered balsamic vinegar so it was a bit less bland.
Meal 6: Sam’s No. 3
This place has been on Diners, Drive-In and Dives and it lived up to the hype. I ordered frito pie , which I have not have in forever, with red chile. They are also known for their green chile so I got a cup of that. The frito pie was great but MASSIVE (I left about half of it) and the green chile was tasty but way too spicy for me. I also had a drink called the Purple people eater which was top notch.
Meal 7: Hotel
Stuffed bell pepper with beans and onions and quinoa on the side. This meal was cold when I got it but the flavor was great. I was sad when I asked for a gluten free dessert and they said there was none. Turns out other people got whipped cream and strawberries which sounds perfect. Next time I will just have to ask.
Meal 8: Mountain Ranch at Coors Field
Much better than ballpark food and we got to sit down while the rain stopped at a restaurant in the Stadium. I had a famous burger (with gluten free bun!) and great fries. Food was normally priced and it was nice to get to relax and sit down versus being outside in the cold. I also had an Angry orchard at our seats-you can never go wrong with that!
Meal 9: Illegal Pete’s
A local Denver chain. I had a burrito bowl (side of chips) with rice beans, green chile, corn and carnitas. So yummy!
Meal 10: Olive and Perch
We stumbled upon this before going to Molly Brown’s house and both had great food. I had a sandwich with beef tongue, bell peppers, onions and sriacha sauce on gluten free bread (which I did not eat much of as it was very soggy) and a side of homemade chips.
I am also obsessed with the way at local cafes, they make you bus your own dishes. It is nice and keeps things clean.
As I said, Denver had great food and was very easy to be gluten free! Every menu I had made mention of gluten free substitutions without me having to ask. Many menus had a symbol for gluten free among other symbols. I hope that restaurants move towards this-it was easy for everyone to be satisfied.
What food would you recommend in Denver?