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Crush Pizza + Tap

1200 W. 38th Ave.
Denver, CO 80211
Best Of
Crush Pizza + Tap +

Mark Antonation


  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Kid Friendly
  • Parking Lot Available
Tennessee boy Jason McGovern + Chicago-style deep dish pizza + North Denver = one damn good slice. What was once nothing more than a takeout window at the back of the Bar Car became a full-fledged restaurant in January 2015, and while sandwiches, wings and other bar food can be had at this Highland spot, the specialty is Chicago-style pizza built on a buttery, tender crust with high sides to contain the mountain of toppings. Unlike many of the Windy City's notorious pies, those at Crush (which changed its name from Denver Deep Dish in 2018) aren't overblown, soupy messes, but rather well-balanced constructions that layer sauce, cheese and toppings in harmony so that tomato doesn't dominate. Traditional ingredients like spicy Polidori sausage, spinach and mushrooms share space with Southwestern concoctions like the 505, kicked up with green chiles, chicken and Mark Schlereth's Stinkin' Good green-chile sauce. The rectangular Sicilian and round hand-tossed pies are also excellent examples of their styles.

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