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Denver Diner Destinations: Four Mile High Eats for Classic Diner Cuisine

This blog post was updated on October 8, 2018.

With their black and white tiled floors and jukebox tunes, the American diner is one of the few iconic U.S. experiences. Families and friends feel comfortable in these relaxed spaces where American comfort food better be on the menu. As I was born and raised in Denver, the Mile High City always feels like home to me. For out-of-towners looking for the comfort of the American diner but with that dash of Denver, you will find comfort in the dishes of these four establishments, even if you are far, far away from home. Fly to Denver today!

Sam’s No. 3 Downtown: The first diner in Denver under the wing of Sam Armatas opened in the 1920s. Armatas opened the third of his five Coney Island restaurants in Denver, hence the name Sam’s No. 3. The original location sat at 1527 Curtis Street right in the heart of downtown Denver. It wouldn’t be until 1998 that Sam’s son would decide to re-establish the restaurant. He opened up Sam’s No. 3 again, close to the original on 1500 Curtis. He was committed to the same ideas of the 1920s establishment by following age-old traditions in a warm atmosphere. Today, you can certainly find something to salivate over at Sam’s with its menu comprised of Mexican food, authentic Greek and those classic All-American diner dishes. What makes Sam’s a true diner is that breakfast is served all day.

Steuben’s: Those in search of a diner type eatery in Denver might want their root beer float in a somewhat retro-chic environment. Steuben’s fits the bill, located at 523 East 17th Avenue. Recreating American regional classics, there is no shortage of comfort foods on the menu such as the green chili cheeseburger, macaroni and cheese, fried chicken and even meatloaf. Steuben’s takes its name after a restaurant in Boston opened by the owner’s great uncles in 1932. That old time spirit with a splash of the hip makes for not your average diner menu. Steuben’s even has it own food truck that can be rented out for parties and events.

Tom’s Urban 24: In true diner fashion, Tom’s Urban 24 lives up to its name. It remains open 24 hours a day, serving up modern comfort food with an urban twist. Located at 1460 Larimer Street, the diner stands on the site of William Larimer’s first cabin. Larimer founded Denver in 1858. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night eats make up the Tom’s Urban 24 complete diner menu. The big selling point is that dishes are prepared with locally sourced ingredients for a true Colorado diner experience. The best way to start the day might be with one of Tom’s chile slathered breakfast burritos.

Snooze: While the idea of snoozing occurred long before 2006, Snooze took the name for the best idea in the morning and used it for its breakfast establishment. The first Snooze appeared at 2262 Larimer Street in 2006. Called the Ballpark location, Snooze serves up breakfast and a sort of brunch meets lunch, all from scratch recipes. Eggs, pancakes, you name it. Many don’t snooze to miss this breakfast as lines tend wrap around the corner.

Have you been to Denver? What’s your favorite diner?


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