The nine best places for Texans to eat in Denver

Categories: Best of Denver

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Texans love Colorado; they come by the wagonload to ski, hike, mountain bike and otherwise spend tourist dollars in Denver and nearby mountain towns. Colorado may not love Texans, but we're more than happy to take their money -- so why not show our guests from the Lone Star State a little hospitality by giving them a taste of home when they're away from home? Texans are proud of their traditions, especially when it comes to food, and they may be just a little confused by our versions of Mexican food, our hodge-podge barbecue joints that owe as much to St. Louis, Memphis and North Carolina as to Texas, and our new-fangled ice cream shops that might feature garam masala before pecan praline. All that drawling and touring works up a Paul Bunyan-sized appetite, so here are a few Front Range favorites to help dispel any lonesome, homesick blues.

See also: Rio on the Rocks: Baseball fans will get a taste of Rio Grande margs this season

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1. Kolaches
Kolache Cabin

The little trailer attached to the big red pick-up may not be run by Texans, but it's serving up a pretty decent version of the stuffed pastries of central European origin that Denver has been missing since the Kolache Factory closed. Don't expect tender fruit-filled buns, though. Dense and hearty is the style here, with breakfast versions that include egg, cheese and jalapeño and lunch varations filled with bacon, macaroni and cheese or barbecued pulled pork. Get there early, though -- the Cabin starts start slinging at 6 a.m. -- because breakfast items often sell out before 8 a.m. and other options might be gone by noon.

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2. Breakfast Tacos
Moontower Tacos

Austin natives will flock to Moontower like moths to a flame based on the name alone, which refers to the historic light towers that watch over the Texas state capitol. And once in the door, they'll love Austin transplant Brent Thrash's renditions of migas tacos stuffed with scrambled eggs, avocado, strips of fried tortilla and three-cheese queso. More adventurous Texans can say howdy to the Doggfather: chicken and waffles wrapped in a tortilla and served with syrup, candied jalapeño and apple butter.

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3. Barbecued Brisket
Wayne's Smoke Shack

Wayne's Smoke Shack in Superior began as a dream of re-creating owner Wayne Shelnutt's childhood memories of central Texas barbecue and culminated as a meat-market style pit barbecue specializing in meat by the pound, including a juicy, dry-rubbed brisket that needs no sauce (although Wayne's offers a variety of housemade sauces). There is no substitute for Texas brisket, with its coffee-hued bark, pink smoke line and enticing aroma of post oak and hickory -- authentic woods that Wayne's proudly uses -- that'll draw you right out of your Luccheses to the front of the line.

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4. Bluebell Ice Cream
Griff's Hamburgers

Despite the multitude of ice cream brands available at grocery stores and the growing number of Denver homegrown favorites like Little Man and Sweet Action, Texans still yearn for scoops of Bluebell Ice Cream, made in Brenham, Texas, since 1907. Since Bluebell opened a distribution center in Denver in 2011, tubs of the sweet stuff can be found at many area grocery stores. But rather than spending precious vacation time in the freezer aisle, take your favorite cowboy to Griff's Hamburgers, a South Broadway stalwart, for a classic old-school burger and a milkshake spun with creamy Lone-Star goodness from Bluebell.

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Location Info

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Kolache Cabin

West Alameda and Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Moontower Tacos

609 Grant St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Wayne's Smoke Shack

406 Center Drive, Superior, CO

Category: Restaurant

Griff's Hamburgers

742 S. Broadway, Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

1525 Blake St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Elway's Cherry Creek

2500 E. 1st Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Steve's Snappin' Dogs

3525 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Lola

1575 Boulder St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Efrain's Mexican Restaurant

1630 63rd St., Boulder, CO

Category: Restaurant

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324 comments
dvbaresel
dvbaresel

How about someplace with rat feces in the food?

Chad Gordon
Chad Gordon

And I appreciate the spelling Chile, chile is a fruit not some beans and bullshit you put on a horrible tasting hot dog.

Chad Gordon
Chad Gordon

My man that's what I'm saying! I'm born and raised New Mexico not north but south silver and cruces. The Mexican here is imposter texmex mild mountain bullshit.

Joe Brown
Joe Brown

dont coloradans hate texans? everyone i know does haha

Dale Sawin
Dale Sawin

Wow. Maybe with your next famous all you eat buffet and gallon of sweet tea you could ask for a side of anger management and a pinch of Prozac. Have a great heart attack ya all!

Septimius Prime
Septimius Prime

If your chili doesn't have beans... its a godamn sloppy joe! We want them to go back to back to Texas, not feel comfortable here, right?

Jenny Garland
Jenny Garland

Brad Garland Melissa Baer Espinosa Amber Meilahn Amy Crouch Wiebe

Mike Ring
Mike Ring

Davis Williams. ... If you're homesick

Kim Salazar
Kim Salazar

Maybe you guys should put a fence and make Colorado it's own country?! That way you ignorant, self centered, selfish people that are so full of hatred will stop spreading your stupidity to other parts of the US! We live in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA people!! Open your fucking eyes and smell the damn roses!! As much as y'all wish it be, Colorado isn't it's own country. Get over it and accept your fellow Americans.

Kim Salazar
Kim Salazar

Maybe you guys SHOULD put a fence! That way you ignorant, self centered, selfish people that are so full of hatred will stop spreading your stupidity to other parts of the US! We live in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!! Open your fucking eyes and smell the god damned roses!! As much as y'all wish it be, Colorado isn't it's own country. Get over it and accept your fellow Americans.

Kim Salazar
Kim Salazar

Umm, if you mean ego wise? Then yes, egos are bigger in Colorado.. But then again that might be because y'all's big heads are too far in the damn clouds (in the mile high city) without enough oxygen to support your tiny brain (and the marijuana doesn't help any either!) and it's slowly killing off what little cells you have left! Aside from all that, no sir. Everything is bigger in Texas.

Elmer Frederickson
Elmer Frederickson

If you want to eat Texas food than go to Texas!!! Everything is bigger in COLORADO!!!!!

Phil Mauracher
Phil Mauracher

Let's start with Portapotties. They should be so lucky to eat shit.

Dale Sawin
Dale Sawin

best place for Texans to eat...Texas. we should put a fence.

Mistimtnmorning L Mannon
Mistimtnmorning L Mannon

Texas boys are some of the most respectful. At least the ones I've meant so welcome chilvery

Aaron Dolph
Aaron Dolph

Charles Green I know where we're going when you come back

Heather Malone
Heather Malone

How many times are you going to post this crap story?

Gabe Romero
Gabe Romero

They should eat in Texas. Also live there.

Steve At Work
Steve At Work

Guns? What guns? I ain't got no stinkin' guns.

Marcia Hunsaker
Marcia Hunsaker

Stop the Texas stuff. They need to just go back with their crazy governing.

Joshua Hurst
Joshua Hurst

Another story about who cares what Texans want to eat. This is like the 3rd ” story” in 2 weeks. Tired already. Bored now

Cynthia Mendez
Cynthia Mendez

Do we really have that many Texas transplants that Westword feels the need to write several articles about it? Geez, get a new story already!

Don Deal
Don Deal

Anybody that knows chicken fried steak would not be caught dead eating that thing. Must have been dreamed up by someone from east of the Mississippi---yuck

Jay Tee Yt
Jay Tee Yt

If Texas is so awesome and you have to talk shit to people about it, take your ass back to Texas...

Sammy River
Sammy River

You want to fuck Texas...Colorado is full of pedophiles and child abductors.

Sammy River
Sammy River

Yea I never see Colorado drivers do that. Fucking dumbass

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