Explore the blocks surrounding 26th Avenue and Federal Boulevard to find pizza and an array of authentic Mexican spots. Jefferson Park also features seafood and handcrafted comfort dishes.
While you can take your pick of about a dozen different Mexican joints, locals love the family-owned Araujo's. Walk in as early as 6 a.m. for their made-to-order $1.50 breakfast burritos. Be sure to specify hot, mild or half-and-half. For lunch, try the buffet.
Perhaps Jefferson Park's most popular breakfast spot, Sassafras American Eatery resides in an old Victorian home with a patio featuring a stunning view of downtown. The Denver Post's starred review recommends the fried green tomato Benedict and the chicken-and-andouille gumbo, and if you're coming to Denver from the South, you'll appreciate how dark the New Orleans-trained chef gets the roux. Locals also love the PB&J shake, while the other 17 flavors aren't bad either.
Jefferson Park residents enjoy living within walking distance of several neighborhood pubs. The Jefferson Park Pub features hand-carved furniture, including the bar itself, which lends the place its signature woodsy scent. The patio is dog-friendly,
so bring Fido along for your next round of local brews. While the food menu doesn't feature much to write home about, customers like to order from Sexy Pizza across the street and have dinner delivered to the bar.
For live music, locals venture a few blocks north to the Highland
neighborhood or across the river to Lodo
and Five Points.
Zio Romolo's Alley Bar hosts bands several nights a week. Also worth noting is that the bar is attached to a great pizzeria. Howl at the Moon's house band knows enough songs to act as a live jukebox, and after an 86-ounce "fish bowl" drink, you'll definitely be singing along. Also check out Larimer Lounge, a loud venue where you can get up close and personal with the bands.