It’s late (or early). You’re tired and hungry, and all you want is some great tasting food at a reasonable price without having to wait for hours on end. Taco Bell just doesn’t cut it these days, so what do you do? Where do you go?
If you are in Denver, you have some very limited choices for the above criteria. While there are other great tasting diners in this beautiful city, Pete’s Kitchen (on the corner of Colfax Ave. and Race St.) stands out over most, if not all. My recent trip was the first time I had ever experienced Pete’s, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I have heard many great things, but this sometimes makes me a bit skeptical. I am happy to report that everything I heard was true (all good).
Now for a bit of detail. Pete’s Kitchen does not take reservations, nor do they take names at the door. Your only option is to stand in line and wait your turn. At first, this was a pretty major turn-off for our group. Lines aren’t our thing, especially when it’s 11 a.m. and we haven’t had anything to eat yet. Luckily, Pete’s understands this and is very good at delivering food very quickly while still making you feel relaxed and right at home. We only had to wait about 15 minutes before being seated.
Now let’s talk about service and food. Our waitress was extremely friendly and helpful when trying to choose our meal. She was also not afraid to recommend things for those of us who hadn’t been there before. This was quite a relief, and just a nice touch. Ordering was a snap and the food was delivered soon afterward. The menu (links here and here) had plenty to choose from, ranging from burgers to biscuits and gravy, but we highly recommend sticking to their delicious breakfast.
Overall, we were all pretty amazed at the speed and friendliness of the staff. Kudos to them. On top of that, the food was delicious and prices were reasonable. Pete’s Kitchen is very high on our list of restaurants to visit, whether you are in Denver for a short visit or are a local. Oh, and did I mention that they are open 24 hours?