Sam's No. 3

2580 S. Havana St.
Aurora, CO 80014
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Sam's No. 3

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  • $, $$
  • Wheelchair accessible, Kid Friendly, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
  • Breakfast, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Parking Lot Available, Street Parking
  • Reservations Not Accepted
For many years, Sam's No. 3 on Havana Street kept Sam Armatas's dream alive. When it opened in Aurora in 1969, it was the last Sam's left -- and while there are now three Sam's scattered around Denver, this location is still going strong. The food (listed on a voluminous menu of American diner standards mixed in with a streak of pure Coney Island genius) is not always as good as at the original location downtown, but when this outpost brings its A-game, it's enough to make you forgive and forget all former offenses.

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