Restaurants near Coors Field: Good, cheap food for All-Star Weekend
Come for the MLB All-Star Game, stay for the reasonably priced Ballpark neighborhood eats.
If you’re staying in downtown Denver, Union Station, The Dairy Block and McGregor Square are all within walking distance and offer plenty of options to eat and drink.
These 10 local institutions scattered around those developments and the neighborhood at large are just some of our favorites, and they’re all basically bunting distance from Coors Field.
Aloy Modern Thai
Curries, kao soi, pad Thai, tom kha and more are on special at this casual neighborhood spot that started in Boulder more than a decade ago before expanding to Denver’s Ballpark. Start with fried shrimp Bangkok wraps ($12.50) and then order from a selection of green, massaman or panang curries ($12.50 for lunch, $18.50 for dinner). And if you’re ordering to go, you can go directly to the restaurant’s website — rather than Uber Eats, Grubhub or DoorDash — and get 10% off.
2134 Larimer St., aloymodernthai.com
A local legend, Jim’s is known for its unusual dogs made with meats such as ostrich, wild boar, elk and even rattlesnake. These puppies have been featured on Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations,” the Food Network and more cable channels and shows. Straightforward dogs and buns start at $7.75, then you customize your order with individual toppings or combos like The Drunk Pirate — beer-mustard cream, fried and pickled red onions and herbs.
2148 Larimer St. (and at Coors Field during games), bikerjimsdogs.com
Carmine’s on McGregor Square
For a family-style Italian dinner, head to this brand new, second location of the 27-year-old Denver institution Carmine’s (see the original on Pennsylvania Street across town). Here, you’ll get a chance to sit down to dinner while taking in the sights at the new McGregor Square development, right across from the Ballpark. Try the eggplant, chicken or veal parmigiana. It’s served in portions big enough to feed two or the whole family and will set you back $17.95 to $46.95 depending on the size.
1951 Wazee St., mcgregor.carminescolorado.com
Denver’s beloved burger bar, Cherry Cricket has an original location in Cherry Creek and a second, sprawling outpost on Blake Street. Come for pre- and post-game fare like pretzel knots, pork green chile and, of course, the Cricket burgers (in quarter-, third- and half-pound patties, $8-$13.50). You can customize your toppings, too, with all the usual suspects plus options like a chile relleno ($3), grilled pineapple ($0.75), even peanut butter and jelly ($2).
2220 Blake St., cherrycricket.com
Pete’s is a Boulder-based favorite that often draws traveling musicians and sports fans alike. Go for Mission-style burritos that are the size of your face, tacos, burrito bowls, nachos, chips and guac and more (all mains are priced around $8-$9 depending on your protein). Don’t skip over beverages like the michelada ($5.50) or coin-style marg ($6.50).
1610 16th St. Mall, illegalpetes.com
Marco’s Coal Fired
A certified Neapolitan pizzeria in the heart of Colorado? That’s right. Marco’s is a must for wood-fired pies, starting with the classic $12 margherita. Go on Monday or Tuesday for 50% off that pie, or on any weekday during lunch for a personal pizza with a salad and fountain drink, all for $11.
2129 Larimer St., marcoscfp.com
There’s plenty to choose from at this vibrant food hall featuring multiple counters operated by veteran Denver chef Frank Bonanno. Come for salads, sandwiches, bao buns, pasta, pizza, poke and more. Our pick is Lou’s fried chicken, where you can get a sandwich served on a potato roll (in “naked,” medium or hot spice levels) for $6.50 to $7.75.
1800 Wazee St., denvermilkmarket.com
Known for its homestyle tamales, this longstanding bakeshop specializes in tamales to-go, either individually ($2) or by the half-dozen ($9.50) and dozen ($15.75-$16.75). You can also order combo platters featuring smothered tamales, burritos, tacos and tostadas for $7.75 to $10.25. Don’t forget to go home with some of their masa to attempt your own.
2033 Lawrence St., lapopulartamales.com
This all-day and late-night bar is the destination for French dips in Denver. (Founding chef Sheamus Feeley created the French dip on Hillstone’s menu, so you know it’s good.) There’s the Frenchie with roast beef, gruyere, crispy onions and French onion soup ($17) and the Alameda Street Classic with roast beef, rosemary, mayo and beef jus ($15). See also a Vietnamese banh mi dip, a Chicago-style Italian dip, a veggie mushroom dip and a number of delicious salads, snacks and sides ($2-$16).
1808 Blake St., ponyupdenver.com
Now known across the country, Snooze started right here in Colorado, and its original location is walkable from Coors Field (another location at Union Station is also quite close). This casual, upbeat brunch spot is known for its eggs Benedict ($12.75-$15.75), breakfast tacos ($11.50) and decadent pancakes (see the pineapple upside down, $9.50). Pair it all with a bloody Mary or morning mimosa.
2262 Larimer St. and 1701 Wynkoop St., snoozeeatery.com
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