Fast Food

Reader: Forget In-N-Out, Denver Needs More Family Businesses

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In-N-Out Burger is finally coming to Colorado, with plans to open a location in Colorado Springs in late 2020, with more to follow. Shake Shack added two links in metro Denver. A few Austin-based concepts are making inroads in the Mile High City, including Torchy's Tacos, Uchi and Chuy's. Giordano's, the legendary Chicago pizza joint, opened a spot on the 16th Street Mall in 2018.

All that out-of-state action had us wondering about other transplants that might actually be welcomed here, and inspired our list of "Restaurant Chains We Want to See in Denver in 2019."

Readers shared some of their own cravings...and concerns.

Says Dom: 
In-N-Out is the most overrated restaurant of all time.
Replies Robert:
 I'll take Whataburger over any other chain.
Responds Chris: 
Fatburger, Five Guys and Blake's Lotaburger from New Mexico, which is the best of all of them.
Adds Power: 
When I lived in Austin, and when In-N-Out came to town, the taste was different and not in a good way. Nothing beats the taste of the ones from Vegas or California. I've done plenty of comparisons. Unfortunately, I'm thinking the same will happen when they come to Denver.
Comments Matthew: 
How the world choked to death on a hamburger.
Suggests Josh: 
How about less fast-food chains?
Adds Patrick:
 And not celebrating the opening of more crap nutrition.
And Bhavisha concludes:
 The U.S. is full of chain restaurants. We need families to open up businesses so that food is authentic.
Keep reading for more on these culinary transplants.