Colfax Avenue is a wonderful street to find inexpensive ethnic restaurants in Denver. These local favorites are all on Colfax Avenue and are located near the Capitol Hill district which isn’t far from Denver’s downtown 16th Street Mall.
Shish Kabob Grill is a family owned Mediterranean restaurant that’s located on the corner of Colfax and Grant St. This local favorite is especially busy during the lunch hour where there’s usually a wait for a table. This isn’t fast food, so expect to wait awhile for your order as the owner’s wife makes everything from scratch. This Mediterranean restaurant is small with about 10 tables and counter seating for 4 or 5 people.
The entrees at Shish Kabob Grill range from their namesake, kabobs, where the meat is slow flamed grilled, with choice of chicken, lamb, and beef to the gyro or falafel platters. Shish Kabob has sandwiches that are just as filling as their entrees. I especially like the gyro sandwich with beef and lamb spiced in their secret spices and served in pita bread with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and is topped with their itzatziki sauce (Greek yogurt and sour cream sauce).
1503 Grant Street
Taki’s is another wonderful ethnic restaurant on Colfax Avenue, one block down from Shish Kabob Grill on the corner of Colfax Avenue and Logan Street. The restaurant has a modest but modern décor with metal tables and plastic chairs. Taki’s is a favorite of the locals who love Japanese food to dine in or order take-out. Taki’s doesn’t have table service, instead the food is ordered at the main counter where behind on the wall the photos of the entrees are displayed.
Taki’s Japanese cuisine is simple with rice bowls, noodle soups, and Japanese curry dishes but the restaurant doesn’t have a sushi bar. The Japanese curry dishes are flavorful with a slight sweetness. My favorite dish is the chicken curry platter with a side of vegetable tempura is delicious and very filling. Entrees come with a salad and steamed vegetables, which make the portions large, so can easily be shared. Taki’s doesn’t have a private parking lot so parking is on the street with coin meters or hourly parking lot.
341 East Colfax Avenue
Across the street on Colfax Avenue is Emilio’s Mexican restaurant. Emilio’s is another small, inexpensive ethnic restaurant that is very popular among the locals. Emilio’s has a modest décor with tables and booth seating. Emilio’s has table service and serves complimentary tortilla chips with salsa.
Emilio’s has an excellent breakfast burrito with eggs, choice of meat, potatoes, hot sauce, but cheddar cheese is extra. The menu has many favorites such as tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and chili verde.
Parking for Emilio’s is on the street with coin operating meters.
338 East Colfax Avenue
Down the street on Colfax Avenue is Pete’s Kitchen where they serve an American/Greek cuisine. Pete has five restaurants in the Denver area. The Colfax location is a local favorite, and has been in business in Denver for over 40 years.
Pete’s Kitchen is located on the corner of Race Street and Colfax Avenue. This popular diner is full for lunch and is open 24 hours everyday. Pete’s Kitchen has free parking in the back of the restaurant.
The cuisine is a combination of traditional Greek and American. Breakfast is served all day with entrees like pancakes, three egg omelets, gyro breakfast sandwich, and a pita breakfast sandwich. For lunch at Pete’s Kitchen, there is a steak burger, a French dip sandwich, and chicken fingers with homemade French fries. My favorite is the gyro melt sandwich, which has thinly sliced lamb/beef meat, Swiss cheese, tomatoes, onions, and sour cream/yogurt sauce are all sandwiched between two pieces of grilled rye bread. Another lunch fare is souvlaki sandwich with Greek seasoned grilled pork wrapped in pita bread, tomatoes, onions, and sour cream/yogurt sauce. The food is delicious and the service is excellent.
1962 East Colfax Avenue
Shish Kabobs Grill www.shishkabobgrill.com/
Pete’s Kitchen www.petesrestaurants.com/