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Denver's Best Break Your Diet Spots

You only live once; why not enjoy some of life’s guiltiest pleasures while you still can? These decadent dishes at the following Denver spots may have a day’s worth of calories on one plate, but the indulgence will be worth it.

  • Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs
    • American
    • Ballpark
    Food
    25
    Decor
    18
    Service
    22
    Cost
    $13

    Hot dogs were made to be a guilty pleasure. Some of Biker Jim’s high-class wieners include the elk-jalapeno-cheddar sausage, a duck-and-cilantro number, the Bat Dog (smoked bacon brat filled with avocado puree, tomato bacon powder, and caramelized onions), and pheasant cordon bleu (pheasant brat wrapped in Serrano ham and Swiss cheese and topped with mango/habanero chutney). If you feel compelled to top off your dog, go all-out with the Conspiracy (stilton blue cheese, bacon red onion marmalade, french-fried onions) or the International (wasabi aioli, caramelized apples and shaved Irish cheddar).

  • TAG Burger Bar
    • Burger
    • Congress Park
    Food
    24
    Decor
    20
    Service
    22
    Cost
    $45

    Nothing kills your diet quicker than a juicy burger. After choosing from five patties and three buns, dressing up your burger is as easy as choosing from one of over a dozen styles. Some of the piggiest choices include the Godzilla (with teriyaki and crispy tempura flakes), the Lady Gaga (with whipped mozzarella, grilled onions, balsamic and basil pesto), and the Andrew Jackson (with shaved black truffles, cured pork belly, chicken skin, tomato confit, brie, and tomato-truffle oil).

  • Work & Class
    • Southern American
    • River North Art District
    Food
    24
    Decor
    21
    Service
    22
    Cost
    $43

    Go for a classic Colorado lamb roasted with coriander or the buffalo-style rotisserie chicken if you’re keen on classic meats, while adventurous souls should vie for the roasted goat or stout-braised ribs. Vegetarians can stock up on hearty sides like chickpea croquettes and fried sweet plantains. Added bonus: most of the sides are gluten-free.

  • Steuben's
    • Uptown
    Food
    23
    Decor
    20
    Service
    22
    Cost
    $25

    Whether you want to bulge your stomach with a breakfast burrito or fatten up with meatloaf or fried chicken that tastes just like Mom’s, you won’t leave the table hungry.

  • Park & CO.
    • American
    • Uptown
    Food
    23
    Decor
    18
    Service
    20
    Cost
    $17

    With burgers smeared with jalapeno cream cheese (The Popper), tater tots topped with ranch dressing and cheddar, or nachos piled with BBQ pulled pork, your next-morning heartburn will be earned.

  • Sam's No. 3
    • Diner
    • Central Business District
    Food
    23
    Decor
    19
    Service
    23
    Cost
    $20

    There are two, two-pound burritos on the menu, and another, titled “Poppa’s Big As A House,” is packed with six eggs and two types of cheeses. The Mile High City restaurant also knew that mac ‘n’ cheese wasn’t good enough, so they threw chorizo and green chili into the mix and called it a dip.

  • Lou's Food Bar
    • Chicken
    • Sunnyside
    Food
    22
    Decor
    19
    Service
    21
    Cost
    $23

    Brunch is the one time when eating your weight in carbs is justifiable. At Lou’s, you’ll do just that and then some with house favorites like the duck confit Benedict (with a cornbread waffle and a roasted carrot/ginger hollandaise), fried chicken and bananas foster French toast sided with syrup, butter and whipped cream.

  • Sassafras American Eatery
    • American
    • Jefferson Park
    Food
    -
    Decor
    -
    Service
    -
    Cost
    M

    Breakfasts are given a stick-to-your-ribs makeover in dishes like chicken-fried eggs + smoked buffalo hash, while Louisiana purists will get a kick out of plates like the fried catfish platter, paired with sweet potato chips and pickled pepper slaw, or the deep south Benedict, which includes pulled pork, collard greens and homemade toasted corn bread.

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