Northglenn, Colorado, is a city in the Denver metropolitan area where you can busy yourself with all kinds of outdoor recreation. The city boasts parks, lakes, and the Greenway Trail System, a 28-mile pathway of off-street walking and cycling paths that connect with other Denver metro area trails. To fuel up or recover from a long day of exploring, try the local fare at these 10 top restaurants in the city.
Cinzzetti’s is a standout Italian restaurant. The décor inside the large restaurant has been modeled after a charming Tuscan villa, and there are five dining rooms, each with a unique style. The cuisine covers various regions of Italy, and the buffet-style dining means you can sample a little bit of everything. Try the freshly made pasta, crispy pizzas, and finish your meal with a housemade cannoli or one of the 16 flavors of ice cream. The food just keeps going; it’s being cooked up at 14 different cooking stations and includes 80 dishes on display.
The owners of The Glenn Bar & Grill say they want the restaurant to be your ‘third place,’ which means the place, aside from your home and work, where you spend all your time and feel totally comfortable. Fostering a sense of community is important to the owners, so the restaurant has karaoke, trivia, and live music regularly. The burgers are hand-shaped and made from fresh local beef everyday, and the buns are custom-baked at a local bakery. Try the Maytag, served with bleu cheese and bacon, or the Glenn Royal, topped with American cheese, corned beef, a fried egg, and thousand island dressing.
Have lunch at Saigon Basil, an Asian restaurant that serves some of the tastiest food in the area. Try the pho, a noodle soup with rich broth, fresh vegetables and tender meat, or the CA Chien Saigon Basil, a dish of crispy fried fish topped with pork, bell pepper, mushroom, yellow onion, and a special sauce. Every dish is made with fresh ingredients and served in the restaurant’s simple but friendly environment. Saigon Basil is family owned and operated, and many staff members have worked there for years and recognize regulars.
This small local chain restaurant has five locations in the Denver area. The restaurant proudly declares they will ‘liberate all people of crappy beer’ with their 120 craft beers on tap. View what is currently on offer here. Parry’s serves New York style pizza, calzones, wings, pasta, and hot sandwiches. Excellent pizza options include the Zesty Lady Liberty, made with pepperoni, a blend of spices, and parmesan, or the ’50 World Series Steak made with an olive oil base and topped with shaved steak, grilled peppers and onions, and cheddar and mozzarella cheeses.
Bad Daddy’s is a gourmet burger chain with locations in four states. The many unique creations are loved by the locals, and the quality is in the delicious details, which add up to create a fantastic meal. Try the Bad Ass Burger, a 10 oz. beef patty topped with house-made American cheese, buttermilk fried bacon, and horseradish mayo. The Sam I Am Burger is another favorite, topped with American cheese, an over-easy egg, rosemary ham, and fresh pesto. The non-beef fare includes chicken and turkey sandwiches, a black bean burger, and a tuna burger. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even create your own.
Enjoy a fresh and health-conscious meal that’s still full of flavor at Vietnamese Café. Every dish is homemade and perfected by experienced chefs. The menu is extensive, offering many noodle or rice-based dishes as well as pho and other soups. For your appetizer, start with a refreshing chicken lettuce wrap or flavorful tofu spring roll. As your entrée, try the lemongrass chicken or the crispy garlic shrimp, which is tossed in garlic sauce, topped with crispy rice noodles, and served with cucumbers and tomatoes. The food is authentic and perfect for a quick lunch or a filling dinner.
Tokyo Teriyaki is a family-owned restaurant in Northglenn that serves authentic Japanese teriyaki cuisine. Every entrée is made with fresh meat and served with steamed rice and stir fried vegetables. Start with a bowl of tasty miso soup, a traditional Japanese dish of tofu, green onions, and Wakame in a soybean paste soup, followed by the chicken teriyaki, charcoal-broiled boneless chicken marinated in the special teriyaki sauce and grilled fresh. The house teriyaki sauce has just the right amount of sweetness, and it has the perfect consistency that isn’t too thick or thin.
Tamale Kitchen is a small, local chain in Colorado’s Denver metro area that serves hand-made tamales from an old family recipe. Tamales come in red, spicy green chile or veggie, and they are filled with a special house recipe of seasoned meat, wrapped in corn masa, and steamed. The restaurant started as a door-to-door service in 1980 and opened its first location in 1981. The menu also offers tostadas, tacos, burritos, and more. Combos are a great way to get a lot of food for a great value. The small restaurant fills up quickly, but it’s worth the wait for these unique dishes.
Gunther Toody’s Diner is a 1950s-style diner that opened its first restaurant almost 30 years ago. Now, the small chain has several locations around the Denver metro area. The atmosphere is fun and friendly, as a local diner should be, and every home cooked meal is served at a great price. Try some of the comfort food classics like a pot roast, Southern fried catfish, or chicken fried steak. The huge menu also offers gourmet burgers, sandwiches, and breakfast options. Don’t leave without trying one of the specialty malted shakes that are served in the old-fashioned style.
The Black-Eyed Pea Restaurant has several locations around the Denver area, and the restaurant serves delicious home style dishes and comfort food classics for a perfectly relaxing lunch or dinner. The menu is varied and full of fresh options, including soups and salads, home cooked favorites like fried chicken or a roast turkey dinner, a large selection of burgers, sandwiches, and wraps, and options from the grill like sirloin steak or Cajun grilled tilapia. Enjoy any of these tasty options in the cozy warmth of the Black-Eyed Pea Restaurant.