Restaurant Roundup: Denver

Shells and Sauce

This gem is located in Congress Park. We rode our bikes for brunch on a Sunday afternoon and got a spot on their patio. I’m a sucker for a good fried chicken and waffle, and this one definitely did not disappoint! We also shared the breakfast skillet which was delicious as well, with just the right amount of sausage/potato ratio!


Fried Chicken and Waffles


Vesuvio Breakfast Skillet with sausage and country gravy

Zeps Epiq

I had started hearing quite the buzz about this sandwich joint and just had to check it out for myself! I ordered the red rocks hot chicken with original tater tots, and Kervin got the Korean Cheesesteak with bloody mary tots. I can’t even remember the last time I ordered tator tots, but both flavors were epiq! 😉


Red Rocks Hot Chicken


Original Tots


Epiq Korean Cheesesteak and Bloody Mary Tots

Gque BBQ

Since being introduced to Texas barbecue while living in Dallas, we’re always on the hunt to fin the “good stuff.” Gque is actually located in Westminster, so we made the drive up on a rainy Friday evening. It was quite busy, but the lined moved quickly and a table opened up shortly after we placed our order. We tried a bit of everything: pulled pork, ribs, brisket, and jalapeno sausage. for sides we ordered the mac and cheese, homemade kettle chips, apple coleslaw, and of course the Texas toast. The brisket was a bit dry, however the jalapeno sausage and chips were our top picks. The apple coleslaw was a fun twist on the original. I’m a bit of snob when it comes to mac and cheese, this was good, but nothing to die for. The staff was very friendly and attentive. They offer a selection of homemade bbq sauces (a must) ranging from mild to extra hot (my fave).


A little of everything!



Ribs and Homemade Kettle Chips

Osaka Ramen

If you’ve been following along for any amount of time you most likely know my love for ramen. We had passed Osaka many times during our trips to the RiNo area, but were never drawn in. We actually ended up trying this place on accident when my parents were in town. I had mentioned a few times (OK, maybe more than a few) how much I enjoyed ramen and they agreed to be adventurous! You guys, THIS is the place I’ve been looking for, honestly my expectations were super low, as I had all but given up on my search to find great ramen in Denver. It was such a great surprise! My interest peaked as we entered the building and walked down the stairs into the restaurant (which is authentic Japanese basement style). We started with oysters as the appetizer which were great! We tried the spicy miso, shoyu, and tonkatsu ramen and shared family style. Typically tonkatsu ramen is my favorite (and it was DELICIOUS), however the spicy miso really stole the show! It’s not something I would have probably ordered on my own, but I’m so glad we did! We topped it all off with the mochi donuts for dessert.  Osaka has officially restored my faith in ramen in Denver. We’ll most certainly be back!



Tonkatsu Ramen


Spicy Miso Ramen


Shoyu Ramen


Have you tried any of these restaurants? What are your go-to spots? I would love to hear about them in the comments! Happy restaurant-ing! 🙂

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