Denver's best bad-for-you, but so-damn-good food


Denver is one of the fittest cities in the country, and Denverites definitely take pride in showing off to visitors just how outdoorsy and active we all are. But that doesn't mean those of us in the Mile High City don't like our so-good-you'll-cry, but totally bad-for-you foods, and we're positive you will, too. Sure, it's gluttonous, and, you betcha, it's indulgent, but these Denver diners, late-night stops, and delicious eateries serve up everything we crave. From gigantic breakfast burritos to cavity-inducing doughnuts at any time of the day (or night), check out Denver's best bad-for-you, but so-damn-good food.

Jack-N-Grill

We're talking seven pounds of breakfast burrito, and if you eat all of it, Jack-n-Grill will kindly take your picture for a job well done. This gut-bomb, dozen-egg burrito was once named as the fattiest food in Colorado by Health.com, but just because it's completely unhealthy doesn't mean it's not worth attempting. It's smothered in gooey cheese and authentic New Mexican green chile and filled with potatoes, ham and more cheese. If you're not up to the challenge, Jack-n-Grill dishes normal sized New Mexican-style burritos, burgers, and stuffed sopapillas from their regular menu that we're sure are probably pretty bad for you, too.

Voodoo Doughnut Mile High

Just remember–you're on vacation, so it's ok to eat what you want, whenever you want, and that includes Instagram-worthy doughnuts. Voodoo Doughnut is open 24 hours for that time when you have the munchies and are dying for a sugary doughnut covered in Cap'n Crunch cereal or maple frosting and bacon. Needing more than one for your doughnut fix? Get the Rapper's Delight, which includes the Old Dirty Bastard, Marshall Mathers, and Maple Blazer Blunt doughnuts, for only $4.20.

Pete's Kitchen
Greasy-spoon diner style with a Greek twist is the best way to describe this Denver staple. Around since 1942, Pete's Kitchen is cheap, tastes best after 10 p.m., and is, of course, unhealthy. Order a classic gyro sandwich or clog your arteries with a diner-style hamburger. Either way, it comes with a side of fries.

Denver Biscuit Co/Fat Sully's

At sunrise, it's all about the biscuits and gravy, and by sunset, it's all about real New York-style slices of pizza. Count us in for both breakfast and a late-night snack from the Denver Biscuit Co and Fat Sully's (and an adult beverage from the bar, Atomic Cowboy) at our favorite location on East Colfax.

The most drool-worthy, gluttonous biscuit sandwich for a hearty breakfast is The Franklin, a homemade biscuit with buttermilk fried chicken, Tender Belly bacon, and cheddar cheese drowning in sausage or mushroom gravy. Then, when your biscuit has finally settled, devour a classic slice of pepperoni pizza with a brew from Colorado.

Park Burger
A heart attack waiting to happen, but it's totally worth it to taste the Croque burger and an order of The Works from Park Burger. More than just your average burger, the Croque is completely indulgent and gourmet–1/3 lb. Harris Ranch Angus patty topped with ham, a fried egg, and swiss cheese. Pair it with The Works, Park Burger's loaded fries with ranch, bacon, cheese sauce, and scallions, and a creamy strawberry milkshake (and probably an antacid).


Ali Struhs grew up a spud in Eastern Idaho but was always bound for Denver, Colo. A freelance writer, blogger, and boy mom, she enjoys exploring the great outdoors, rocking out at Red Rocks, and chasing around her toddler.