Five Walk-Up Windows to Hoof It to When You're Hungry in Denver

At Grandpa's, to-go is the only way to go.
At Grandpa's, to-go is the only way to go.
Mark Antonation

Last week we shared our list of the ten best tiny restaurants in Denver; To the Wind Bistro came in as the smallest, at only nineteen seats. We only considered full-service eateries for that list; many smaller counter-service and fast-casual restaurants in the metro area serve up good food with far fewer seats than that. And what about places with no indoor seating? Walk-up windows are not common in the city, but there are a few that service the pedestrian community, whether they're strident striders or late-night drinkers looking for an easy place to grab a bite. Here are five legit locations where you can leave the car behind and hoof it over for a meal.

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Grandpa's walk-up window offers shelter from the elements.
Grandpa's walk-up window offers shelter from the elements.
Mark Antonation

Grandpa's Burger Haven 23 South Federal Boulevard 303-936-4463 Grandpa's may be a bit of a cheat: The old-school burger joint actually has a door. But the door only opens to a glassed-in foyer where you still need to step up to the window to place your order. There are no indoor tables or stools; if you want to eat here, you'll have to hang out at the picnic table in the parking lot. But at Grandpa's, it's really all about the burgers, anyway -- big disks of beef squashed between fluffy buns with only the most rudimentary of toppings. At least the setup here gets you out of the elements, and the burgers are big enough that you can always use one as an umbrella on a rainy day -- or as a seat cushion at the picnic table.

Sure, you can use the drive-up windows, but you'd need a car first.
Sure, you can use the drive-up windows, but you'd need a car first.
Mark Antonation

Tacos Rapidos 2800 West Evans Avenue 303-935-0453 There are a few Tacos Rapidos around town, slinging overstuffed tacos in large, leathery corn tortillas. The spot on West Evans Avenue near Federal Boulevard has no indoor seating, just two drive-up lanes and a walk-up window in the front. Those on foot may find the arrangement a little dodgy; you have to cross at least one of the drive-up lanes to place your order -- which can be a little tricky late-night when drive-through customers may have other things on their minds. If the tacos don't hit the spot for you, have a go at the carne asada fries or nachos, either way a loaded mess of chewy beef, caulk-gun guacamole and yellow shredded cheese. Perfect for the discerning pedestrian.

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