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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
    • Hot Dog
    • Ballpark
    Food
    27
    Decor
    20
    Service
    24
    Cost
    $11

    Hot dogs were made to be unhealthy. Some of Biker Jim’s high-class weiners include Elk Jalapeno Cheddar, Duck Cilantro, 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, swiss cheese, panko breaded, deep fried, 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, shaved Irish cheddar).

  • Sam's No. 3
    • Diner
    • Central Business District
    Food
    25
    Decor
    18
    Service
    24
    Cost
    $15

    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.

  • Steuben's
    • American
    • Uptown
    Food
    24
    Decor
    22
    Service
    22
    Cost
    $26

    Whether you want to smother yourself 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
    24
    Decor
    21
    Service
    21
    Cost
    $16

    With burgers coated 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.

  • Lou's Food Bar
    • Chicken
    • Sunnyside
    Food
    23
    Decor
    22
    Service
    23
    Cost
    $29

    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) and Pumpkin Waffle (topped with chicken-fried pork belly).

  • TAG Burger Bar
    • Burger
    • Congress Park
    Food
    -
    Decor
    -
    Service
    -
    Cost
    M

    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 Philly Heart Attack (with banana peppers and Cheez Whiz), 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
    -
    Decor
    -
    Service
    -
    Cost
    M

    Go for a classic Colorado lamb roasted with coriander or the buffalo-style rotisserie chicken if you’re keen to 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: all the sides are gluten-free.

  • 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 Seafood Platter (which comes with catfish, gulf shrimp, and hush puppies) and the Deep South Benedict (which includes pulled pork, collard greens, and goat cheese jalapeno grits).

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