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The Ten Best French Dip Sandwiches in Denver

At Ruth's Butchery in the Milk Market, the French dip is big enough to serve two.
At Ruth's Butchery in the Milk Market, the French dip is big enough to serve two. Linnea Covington

Fall weather has us craving a sandwich with some real meat to it — something as beefed up and filling as a French dip. Tradition says this tasty sandwich consists of a crusty French roll, thin shavings of rare beef and a cup of meat drippings, or jus, to go with it. Some accepted variations include horseradish, melted white cheese or even grilled onions. The French dip is a hearty order, for sure, and one that when done right can satisfy on all fronts (except the vegetable front, maybe). Here are ten Denver restaurants that make a classic French dip right, or have come up with their own versions so tasty that you'll forgive any unconventional additions.

click to enlarge Brider serves a wagyu French dip with cheese, onions and arugula. - LINNEA COVINGTON
Brider serves a wagyu French dip with cheese, onions and arugula.
Linnea Covington

Brider

1644 Platte Street
303-455-3084

Though Brider chef/co-owner Steven Redzikowski's fast-casual Highland eatery is known for its rotisserie chicken, the wagyu French dip has a special place in our hearts, and on our 2018 Best of Denver list. This lovely sandwich carefully marries thinly sliced, tender wagyu beef from Colorado's 7X Ranch with tangy mustard and horseradish aioli, mild and melty Gruyère cheese, spicy arugula and a rich jus to tie it all together. Get this dish for lunch or dinner and consider upgrading your meal to include the daily house salad, a seasonal mélange of fresh greens and vegetables that helps offset the richness of the dip. denverbrider.com
click to enlarge Get a simple and tasty French dip at the Corner Office. - LINNEA COVINGTON
Get a simple and tasty French dip at the Corner Office.
Linnea Covington

The Corner Office Restaurant

1401 Curtis Street
303-825-6500

The Corner Office was one of the hippest bars in town when it opened eleven years ago, and has maintained its cool, retro vibe over the years. A new menu that launched just a few weeks ago captures more of that mid-century spirit, including one tasty French dip made the way the French dip was originally invented (in California, not France, surprisingly). We're talking a pliable roll soft enough to easily bite into while firm enough to soak up the luscious beef jus — a salty, savory broth that's more than an afterthought — without falling apart. For the beef, the kitchen uses the same prime rib that it sells as a steak, slicing it to order for each French dip. Each order comes with creamy horseradish and tomato soup, fries or slaw. Just make sure to ask for an extra napkin before you dive in. thecornerofficedenver.com
click to enlarge The shaved steak sandwich at Del Fresco's Grille in Cherry Creek. - DEL FRESCO'S GRILLE
The shaved steak sandwich at Del Fresco's Grille in Cherry Creek.
Del Fresco's Grille

Del Frisco's Grille

100 Saint Paul Street
303-320-8529

If you can, grab one of the outdoor tables on the rooftop patio of this Cherry Creek temple of beef for a lovely view and dose of fresh air while you nosh on the delectable French dip. Del Frisco's sandwich starts with a fresh, crusty French roll that gets laden with rare, hand-shaved prime steak. It's big enough to share and comes with a side of creamy horseradish to give the mild meat a bite, and a coffee cup filled with a dipping broth so rich, you just might want to drink it straight. Pair the dish with hand-cut Parmesan fries, sweet-potato fries or a fresh green salad. For something lighter, skip the bread and order the beef with a lettuce wrap instead; it might not be traditional, but it's still a good way to indulge in that succulent beef. delfriscosgrille.com
click to enlarge The Famous French Dip found at Hillstone in Cherry Creek. - HILLSTONE
The Famous French Dip found at Hillstone in Cherry Creek.
Hillstone

Hillstone

303 Josephine Street
303-333-4688

Hillstone isn't unique to Cherry Creek, but the company is adept at building comfortable and welcoming restaurants across the country. And as at every other Hillstone, you'll find the Famous French Dip, which is actually the name of the sandwich as well as its status. The dip proves simple, just thin-sliced prime rib piled onto a housemade French roll and served with a bowl of velvety jus. That's it, but one bite and you'll understand why this dish has such a following from coast to coast. hillstone.com
click to enlarge The French dip at Guard and Grace downtown. - GUARD AND GRACE
The French dip at Guard and Grace downtown.
Guard and Grace

Guard and Grace

1801 California Street
303-293-8500

Since opening in 2014, Troy Guard's downtown steakhouse, Guard and Grace, has made one of the best French dips in the city, and it still does. The venue's own steak seasoning adds flavor to thinly shaved piles of low-and-slow-cooked prime rib on a hearty hoagie that's griddled in butter and slathered with a fresh thyme-garlic aioli. "We wanted to keep it minimal and showcase the highest-quality ingredients," says Guard. Dip the creation into the scrumptious drippings (made from steak trimmings) or slather it with creamy horseradish sauce. Either way, it's this steakhouse's staple lunchtime sandwich. guardandgrace.com
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Linnea Covington moved back to Denver after spending thirteen years in New York City and couldn't be happier to be home, exploring the Mile High and eating as much as possible, especially when it involves pizza or ice cream.
Contact: Linnea Covington