Scratch Burrito and Happy Tap

4262 Lowell Blvd.
Denver, CO 80211
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  • Sun 9am-3pm, Tue-Thu 11am-9pm, Fri 11am-10pm, Sat 9am-10pm
When Clay Markwell, a former adman, decided to open his first restaurant last summer in northwest Denver, he started with burritos. But Scratch Burrito and Happy Tap loads a lot of extras on his tortillas. Instead of limiting the flour-based wrappers to holding rice, beans, meats and pico, he treats them like plates, topping them with the same kinds of proteins, vegetables and starches you’d find coming out of a globally inspired kitchen – everything from blackened catfish, Old Bay slaw and red beans and rice to curry, tandoori lamb, crispy onions, dill pickles and creamy raita. Beyond burritos, Scratch offers homemade soups, salads and small plates, which play to the Happy Tap part of the name. With a concrete bar, six local beers on tap, a community counter and a flat-screen TV, the right-hand dining room is an ideal place to hang out, kick back and order an assortment of international appetizers ― Vietnamese chicken wings, chicken empanadas, vegetarian egg rolls with kale and sweet potatoes ― to share among friends.

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