The Best Restaurants Near Coors Field in Denver | Westword

Ballpark Neighborhood Restaurants to Hit During Baseball Season

From Biker Jim's to fried tacos at Mexico City Lounge, these spots are home runs.
Biker Jim's is a favorite in the Ballpark neighborhood.
Biker Jim's is a favorite in the Ballpark neighborhood. Danielle Lirette
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The Colorado Rockies play their first game of the season on April 5, bringing on a wave of purple-clad fans who will flock to the Ballpark neighborhood on game days all season long.

If you're in the area and hungry for more than the action on the field, there are plenty of options nearby. Here are ten places to consider:

Aloy Modern Thai
2134 Larimer Street

Spice up any game day with bright and fresh Thai flavors. Start with satay, duck wontons or fried shrimp before exploring a menu of noodles, soups, curries and stir-fries. If the dining room is full, grab your order to go and make a beeline for a nearby brewery like Jagged Mountain or Woods Boss.

Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs
2148 Larimer Street
Former repo man Biker Jim Pittenger started this business as a cart in 2005 and famously won the approval of Anthony Bourdain when he came to town. He debuted the flagship Ballpark brick and mortar in 2011 and now also sells his weiners inside Coors Field. The draw here is the wild game links — whether ostrich, boar, rattlesnake or bison — but you'll also find classics like red hots, German veal brats and an all-beef frank wrapped in bacon. Choose from eight different topping combos, including the house special: onions caramelized with Coca-Cola and cream cheese, which is piped on using a caulk gun.
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Load up your Cherry Cricket cheeseburger with selections from the toppings wheel of fortune.
Courtesy the Cherry Cricket
The Cherry Cricket
2220 Blake Street

While the original Cherry Cricket is in Cherry Creek, you can get the bar's famous burgers and green chile downtown, too. Spin the wheel to pick your burger toppings from a long list of options and grab yourself a brew; the Cricket always has Denver's best on tap.

The Denver Milk Market
1800 Wazee Street
Why limit yourself to one kind of food when you can choose from a dozen or so counters serving pizza, fried chicken, seafood, pasta, salads and sandwiches, to name just a few? You'll also find cocktails, wine and beer bars, and plenty of seating indoors and out.
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Pre- or post-game, the oysters at Jax are always fresh and delicious.
Jax Fish House
Jax Fish House
1539 17th Street

This sustainable seafood stalwart has five Colorado outposts, but it's the LoDo location that Rockies fans should flock to on game days to satiate their cravings for oysters, octopus, calamari, mussels and much more.

La Diabla Pozole y Mezcal

2233 Larimer Street
Chef Jose Avila made the Ballpark neighborhood infinitely more delicious when he opened this restaurant in the summer of 2021. While pozole is in the name, nothing hits quite like the taco lineup here — especially if you happen to stop by while the trompo is outside, stacked with slow-roasted meat.
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The pistachio and sausage Neapolitan pie at Marco's is a must-try.
Molly Martin
Marco's Coal Fired
2129 Larimer Street

The pizzas at Marco's top even Italy's finest, which is why they landed in our ultimate guide to Denver's best pizza. They're also cooked hot and fast, so you can get in and out quickly for game-day fun. Also not to be missed are the limoncello chicken wings (baked in the same oven as the pizzas) and a surprising lasagna, all of which can be enjoyed on the secluded back patio with its Italian-village murals.

McGregor Square
1901 Wazee Street
The absolute closest dining options to Coors Field can be found at McGregor Square, the 665,000-square-foot development project that debuted adjacent to the stadium in 2021. For a fast bite, head to the food hall, Milepost Zero. Or, get a table at one of its other eateries, which include retro diner-inspired the Original, the sister location of Italian classic Carmine's, and Caldéro, a concept from the owners of La Loma.
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Mexico City Lounge is known for its fried tacos.
Danielle Lirette
Mexico City Restaurant & Lounge
2115 Larimer Street

Mexico City was holding down the neighborhood long before nicknames like Ballpark, RiNo and LoDo were invented, and its fried tacos are a Den-Mex classic, oozing with American cheese and bulging with steak or chicken. Other old-school favorites can be found here, too, including Mexican hamburgers and smothered burritos. And breakfast plates are available, if your game day starts a little early.

Pony Up
1808 Blake Street
This industry-favorite spot opens at 4 p.m. daily, so it's ideal for post-game shenanigans. We love its lineup of French dips, which include a classic version as well as variations such as the Frenchie, made with Gruyère, thyme and crispy onions, and a version with French onion soup in lieu of jus. You can, and should, also kick off a visit here with Pony Up's signature shot: a pour of George Dickel Tennessee Whisky with a hot and steamy classic jus chaser. 
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