Best Sandwiches 2020 | Leven Deli | Best of Denver® | Best Restaurants, Bars, Clubs, Music and Stores in Denver | Westword
Molly Martin

We awarded Leven Deli the Best Sandwich Shop in 2019 for its housemade pastrami and strong dedication to deli ways. So what did the Golden Triangle restaurant do to celebrate? Rather than resting on their laurels, owners Anthony Lygizos and Luke Hendricks got even better, hiring baker Doug Anderson to create rye and sourdough loaves daily. The Reubens and turkey sandwiches now shine even brighter, and Leven's sweet baked goods are a treat, too. While a takeout window has been part of the building since the deli opened, Leven is now using it to fulfill orders of pastrami by the pound, whole loaves of bread and coffee beans, as well as regular menu items; use the restaurant's website to order pick-up or free delivery.

Best Convenience-Store Fried Chicken Sandwich

Choice Market

Mark Antonation

Choice Market is Denver's own homegrown locavore convenience store, stocking a wide range of snacks, staples, household goods and other things you need on a moment's notice. The two locations also have fresh-made food for healthy eating (vegan and gluten-free options are a house specialty) and occasional indulgences. The crispy fried chicken sandwich, for example, comes on a crusty bun with simple toppings; the marinated carrots give it an almost banh mi-style quality, adding a lively touch to the juicy, crunchy chicken. Of course, there's plenty more on offer; order online, then text or call when you arrive and your food and other needs will be brought out to you.
Molly Martin

In more normal times, Wide Right (formerly Rock Steady) is home to a smorgasbord of DIY comedy shows, a generously stocked bar and some spectacular wings. Now owners Meghan DePonceau and Jeremy Pysher are aiming to help out by preparing and distributing meal kits from their kitchen. Current options include butternut-squash ravioli with honey-sage brown butter, garlic-chili pork stir-fry and creamy chicken pesto; Wide Right is also still offering its full menu for delivery and pick-up so that you can get your buffalo wing fix.
Mark Antonation

The frankie is one of the quintessential street foods of Mumbai, India, built for downing on the go. At first glance it looks like a burrito, but the appearance is where the similarity ends. The wrapper is thin naan bread (slightly cushier than a flour tortilla), and the fillings range from lamb kebab to zeera alu, saucy potatoes that pack a spicy, tangy punch. Grilled veggies add crunch to each frankie, making for a one-handed meal wrapped in foil. Serene's Mumbai frankies and other bold Indian dishes can be ordered online for free delivery (with an order of $30 or more), or call ahead for pick-up and get 15 percent off your bill.
Mark Antonation

No, Indian Hills isn't on everyone's standard restaurant circuit, but the tiny town makes a perfect, fast getaway from Denver. And beyond the beautiful scenery and bountiful hiking and biking trails, it has one distinct draw that you won't find in any other mountain town: a restaurant dedicated to macaroni and cheese. Mac Nation Cafe starts with a mound of rotini (with more nooks and crannies than elbow mac) enveloped in creamy, gooey, cheesy sauce. Eat it just like that, order it with toasted panko breadcrumbs, or select from a list of more than two dozen toppings, many inspired by regional American food. Anything barbecue, like the East Carolina with pulled pork and barbecue sauce, is a smart choice, since Mac Nation smokes its own meats, or go local with a slathering of pork green chile. Mac Nation is open for curbside pick-up and delivery; visit for a menu and hours.
Mark Antonation

You'd think that uncommon Argentinian sandwiches would be enough of a draw for one restaurant. After all, where else in town are you going to get lomitos, choripanes, vacios and milanesas (pork, sausage, steak and breaded cutlet sandwiches, respectively)? Even better, each Carne Argentina Street Food sandwich comes with a pile of crusty, crunchy wedge fries seasoned with a house spice blend that you can dip in tangy chimichurri for a true taste of Buenos Aires. You can get the fries, along with the rest of a great Argentinean meal, by placing your order on Grubhub. Or stop by the little spot on Santa Fe.

Best Place to Dip Your Fries in Ice Cream


Mark Antonation

The hungry weirdo who was the first person to dip fries into soft-serve ice cream turned out to be a genius, and the team behind Little Man Ice Cream is a close second, since fries and ice cream are the specialty at Dang. A pint of piping hot fries will cost you $4 — well worth it when you pair the food with one of the rotating soft-serves, which might be banana pudding, salted caramel, berry blast, peanut butter, vegan chocolate or a swirl of two flavors. You can also get specialty cones, tons of fun toppings and the bomb cyclone, Dang's upscale take on the classic blizzard. Grab your cones and fries to go; Dang is also selling pints of Little Man Ice Cream to enjoy at home.
Summer Powell

Brazilian cuisine is a rarity in Denver outside of the chain churrascarias, so for those who want to explore food beyond skewers of steak from the Western Hemisphere's second-most-populous country, Cafe Brazil has been a treasure trove of feijoada (Brazil's stewy national dish), seafood and caipirinhas for nearly thirty years. Coconut, chiles, black beans, plantains and collard greens are prevalent, spiked with surprising bursts of ginger, curry and dende oil. Cafe Brazil has streamlined service for curbside pick-up, with a roster that includes three styles of feijoada — brisket, pork or vegetarian — to choose from.
Courtesy Gates Deli

At a neighborhood spot like Platt Park Brewery, small changes can make a big difference. That was the idea behind Gates Deli & Grog, a tiny, 550-square-foot kitchen that Platt Park owner Colby Rankin and his family opened last summer in a space adjacent to the brewery. Serving up sandwiches, salads and soup, Gates serves its food through two windows — one out to the sidewalk, and one directly into the taproom. Although you can no longer drink there, you can now grab packaged brews at Platt Park to take with your grub.
Molly Martin

Chef Bo Porytko set up shop last fall in the Middleman's compact kitchen, serving a weird but delicious assortment of bar snacks, small plates and sandwiches. Have you ever had a corn dog that tastes exactly like a Reuben sandwich, or a whole broccoli head tempura-fried and served like a bone-in pork chop? Porytko's creations went splendidly with beers and shots at the bar at Middleman. And even though you can't belly up for a night of drinking, Misfit Snackbar has what you need, if mapo tofu sandwiches and pastrami tacos with chicken-liver mousse are your idea of necessities. Visit @misfitsnackbar on Instagram for the latest menus and hours of operation, then call in your order for some curbside craziness.

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