Reader: The 16th Street Mall needs non-chain fried chicken, and a real Italian deli, and...

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The 16th Street Mall is full of great places to sit and watch the passing parade, but does it have many great places to eat? You can grab a sandwich -- and even do good in the process, if you stop at the new Cafe 180 kiosk. But when a big restaurant space becomes vacant -- as it did when Johnny Rockets burned out in both Golden and downtown -- that prime mall opening becomes...a 7-Eleven.

See also: Ten best patios on the 16th Street Mall

Says meanstreetsofsouthdenver:

Because we're way below quota on 7-Elevens on the mall, you'd have to walk, what, two fucking blocks from Johnny Rockets to the closest one. At least it isn't going to be, like, the eighteenth Subway on the mall...

This mall needs some non-chain fried chicken, but if it had to be a chain Popeye's would be okay, or even a Korean-style fried chicken chain like Bon Chon. And some better BBQ than that inconsistent-but-never-great place that Westword seems to like. Also a real Italian deli, like Carbone's on 32nd used to be, would blow all these mediocre sandwich shops, these Heidi's and Jason's and Jimmy John's and Salvaggio's, plus the aforementioned seventeen Subways, right out of the water...

What does the 16th Street Mall need to become a true dining destination? What would you like to see come to the mall? Post your suggestions below.


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demitriusr
demitriusr

Yes. One sign I seen said that Johnny Rockets was remodeling. Now Its a Damn 7-11 when I walked by. They are popping up Like Starbucks. And the Employees are pricks who will call you an asshole, but wont step out from behind the counter when challenged. A Nice Vietnamese Restaurant would of been nice. Or Greek would of been nice. Yes a Closer BBQ restaurant then Yazoo BBQ. And Better than the Horrible BBQ restaurant thats just off the mall. 


monopod
monopod

All true, but that's the nature of a high-traffic, developed pedestrian area like the mall - rent is so astronomical that chains are the only ones able to justify that kind of expense, and it's a rare chain that focuses on really good food instead of pushing food costs down as low as possible to maintain a profit margin.  The answer is, don't go to the mall if you're looking for good food.  Walk a few blocks over to Larimer Square and you'll have plenty of interesting local options.

P-Trick Namento
P-Trick Namento

who eats while they're walking? you don't have 5 minutes to sit down and properly ingest food? And have you heard of napkins? where else in downtown would you be able to get all that for $10? ($11 if you include a drink) you're right. they need to have a kiosk that will squirt soup into your mouth as you run by for $3 a syringe

Anne Drake
Anne Drake

$10 for a wrap, a salad that's hard to eat on the go and a bag of greasy chips with nowhere to wipe your hands is a. too expensive and b. not well thought out. No matter how good the intentions.

meanstreetsofsouthdenver
meanstreetsofsouthdenver

Because we're way below quota on 7-11's on the mall, you'd have to walk , what,  two fucking blocks from Johnny Rocket's to the closest one. At least it isn't going to be, like, the 18th Subway on the Mall...

This mall needs some non-chain fried chicken, but if it had to be a chain Popeye's would be OK, or even a Korean-style fried chicken chain like Bon Chon. And some better BBQ than that inconsistent-but-never-great place Westword seems to like.  Also a real Italian deli, like Carbone's on 32d used to be, would blow all these mediocre sandwich shops, these Heidi's and Jason's and Jimmy John's and Salvaggio's, plus the aforementioned 17 Subways, right out of the water...

Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

@P-Trick Namento "they need to have a kiosk that will squirt soup into your mouth as you run by for $3 a syringe" - Best food cart idea ever! All those busy, on-the-go, fit fleece and yoga-pantsed Denverites won't ever have to stop moving to get a good lunch.

Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

@Anne Drake For $10, they probably throw in a napkin.

ScubaSteve
ScubaSteve topcommenter

@meanstreetsofsouthdenver  

The closest 7-11 from the now closed Johnny Rockets is only ONE block away (15th and Tremont).

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