With dining onsite suspended at many restaurants around the world due to the coronavirus, the industry has been severely affected. But an increasing number are offering takeout and/or delivery. For those in Colorado, especially the Denver metro area and larger cities, there’s a long list of options that will allow you to support your local businesses while enjoying many of your favorite meals.
Please note: Though many restaurants remain open, it’s a good idea to call ahead or reach out via social media to make sure of their operating hours. Delivery zones and charges may vary. This article is updated frequently but as the restaurant industry struggles during this time, sadly, closures are happening daily.
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The Bindery, Denver
The Bindery became a staple in Lo-Hi just a few years ago and captured first prize at the 35th Great Chefs of the West in 2018 for its rabbit rarebit appetizer. While that’s considered a must-try, it also offers a menu of New American fare that includes perfectly prepared osso buco, pappardelle cinghiale and all sorts of fresh, crisp salads. It’s been popular for its lunch takeout items but it recently expanded to add breakfast featuring fresh-baked pastries and Duck Confit Hash, brunch and dinner takeaway too. If you’d like dinner pickup or delivery, call 303-993-2364 before 4 p.m.
Chipotle Mexican Grill, Multiple Locations
Chipotle Mexican Grill was founded in Denver in 1993. Popular for its custom-made burrito bowls, burritos, tacos and salads, the national chain is offering free delivery for purchases of $10 or more until at least the end of March. The meals will be made in kitchens exclusively for digital orders, and customers can leave a note for delivery drivers to limit direct contact. As always, pick up orders are available as well.
BriDer offers high quality, fast-casual fare using seasonal, local ingredients for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It partners with Red Wagon Farm in Boulder to source produce for its soups, sandwiches, curries and salads, with favorites like the generous baby kale and shaved apple salad. The Chimichurri Marinated Flank Steak and Butterscotch Budino are just two of the other popular items on the menu. BriDer is now offering a condensed menu from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. which is available for takeout or delivery through the restaurant directly as well as via Grubhub, Postmates, EZ Cater and Foodee.
Arcana serves dishes featuring locally sourced Colorado ingredients, all prepared using traditional techniques of the American Southeast, featuring items like salads, braised lamb and prime rib. It recently declared that it would offer a pay-what-you-can meal with a suggested price of $20 for pick-up or delivery, serving as an”isolated community service and resource center” rather than a restaurant. As the eatery’s site notes, “it aims only to help by operating in isolation, stopping any interaction with the public within our walls.”
Boss Lady Pizza, Boulder
Boss Lady Pizza on 13th Street is currently offering takeout and free delivery from 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Wednesday. The menu includes a wide range of pies, including gluten-free and vegan options along with desserts. You’ll need to order via its website, bossladypizza.com (not available by phone), with payment by credit card only. You’ll have the option to nominate a needy family to receive a free meal and/or donate to help the restaurant serve free meal deliveries on the site too.
Alley Cat Cafe, Fort Collins
The Alley Cat Cafe offers delicious takeout, serving a variety of specialty coffees, smoothies and shakes. It also has a menu of lunch sandwiches that are served on fresh-baked vegan focaccia or glutenfree bread along with chips or carrots and hummus. The Chaco is a customer favorite, made with freshly slided turkey, pesto, veggie cream cheese, tomato and sprouts. The Gaia’s Delight, a tasty immune booster made with orange juice, lemon, spinach, cucumber, peach and honey is one you might want to try now.
Carm and Gia Metropolitan, Aurora
Carm and Gia Metropolitan offers takeout and curbside service for its mouthwatering comfort foods. The menu features certified Angus beef burgers on toasted brioche or pretzel buns along with a wide range of other sandwiches, burritos, Chicago-style hot dogs and shakes. Gluten-free buns and vegetarian options are available too.
Blue Agave Grill, Denver
Blue Agave Grill in downtown Denver offers a southwestern menu with both delivery and takeout orders available. Popular dishes include Blue Corn Enchiladas with the option to add grilled chicken, Tequila Lime Chicken, the Applewood Burger, Mango Fish Tacos and Signature Asada. There are gluten-free options, and Blue Agave House Margarita Mix that makes six margaritas (add your own tequila) is available for order, along with some decadent desserts. All tips received for takeout are being donated to its employee hardship fund.
Jack Quinn's of Colorado Springs
This popular Colorado Springs Irish pub and restaurant has been set up for takeout and delivery to you won’t have to miss out on your favorites from the Emerald Isle. It serves Irish classics like Irish stew, fish ‘n’ chips, corned beef and cabbage, and of course, Shepherd’s Pie, made with slow-roasted Colorado ground beef simmered in beef stock with carrots, onions, mushrooms, peas, garlic and a hint of thyme all topped with potatoes and melted cheddar cheese. Other items include wings, burgers, crab cakes, soups and salads. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, try the Dublin Devil Cake, a Devil’s food cake filled with Guinness stout ganache covered in chocolate buttercream frosting, then smothered in whipped cream, strawberries and chocolate sauce.
Uptown on Main, Frisco
If you’re hanging out in the Colorado Rockies, Uptown on Main in Frisco is a neighborhood hotspot offering takeout for both lunch and dinner as well as free delivery to Frisco and Copper. The menu is wide-ranging, including everything from sandwiches, soups and salads to burgers, pizzas, pastas and steaks. If you’re craving fish, they’ve got that too, with fish and chips, fish tacos and a seafood collage that features scallops, cod, mussels and shrimp.
Cheddar’s serves “American comfort food with a Texas twist,” now offering curbside pickup at all of its locations, including Thornton, Aurora and Centennial. Checkout the online menu, perhaps start with chips and salsa and then go for one of the many comfort food dishes on the menu like pot pies, burgers, baby back ribs and hand-battered chicken. Grilled white fish and grilled salmon is on the menu for fish lovers, and, there are options for the gluten intolerant and kids too, like chicken tenders and junior burgers.
Bertha's Baja Bistro, Denver
Bertha’s Baja Bistro is a Denver favorite now offering free delivery with a mixed menu of burgers, pizza and Mexican dishes with Baja and New Mexico influences. Chef Jose Flores whips up delicious items like tacos al pastor served with grilled pineapple and roasted-poblano salsa, a fantastic Reuben sandwich with house-cured corn beef, prime rib, locally sourced burgers and a croque pizza topped with white sauce among a long list of other dishes. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available too.
Bacon Social House, Denver
Bacon Social House, a popular eatery birthed in Minneapolis, offers its bacon-focused menu in Denver too. Delivery is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for brunch items via GrubHub, UberEats, Postmates and DoorDash as well as takeout. Through April 6, parents can order a free children’s menu item with the purchase of an entree too. Order up from one of the many savory brunch favorites like chicken & waffles, biscuits & gravy, shrimp & grits, benedicts, pancakes, bacon hash, and burgers.
SALT offers farm-to-table fare with a changing menu of dishes made using local ingredients. Takeout with curbside (no touch) from 11th Street and delivery are both available by calling the restaurant directly 303-444-7258 or ordering delivery through DoorDash. The menu includes soups, salads, wood-fired burgers and Waygu filet mignon, pastas and seafood along with sides like hand-cut fries, crispy polenta, and garlic seared greens. Family dinners and desserts, including a heavenly Chocolate Salt Tart, are available too.
740 Front is famous as the last of the 13 original saloons that lined Front Street in Louisville. A National Historic Landmark, today it offers a wide-ranging diner-style menu that includes appetizers, entrees, pastas and salads, along with sandwiches, burgers, and certified Angus and Wagyu/Kobe beef steaks. 740 also offers a gluten-free Hamburg Steak that can be paired with multiple choices of gluten-free salads. Curbside pickup is now available by calling 720-519-1972, with orders taken Tuesday through Saturday between noon and 6 p.m. (subject to availability) for same day pickup between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Chow Morso, Denver
Chow Morso, an Italian eatery offering tasty appetizers, grilled flatbread sandwiches, salads, house-made pasta and entrees is providing curbside pickup service from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The menu includes an excellent family-style lasagna (vegetarian option available) in serving sizes of up to four or eight. Appetizers, cured meats and cheeses, salads and desserts (including hazelnut and vanilla gelato), are available too.