Maybe things have always been this way, but it seems to me that we are trying to play everything up to the most extreme version possible. More atmosphere, more flavor, more expense. If it’s not hip no one wants to go there and it’s not hip unless its overpriced and has a long line to enter. Two things I can’t abide, paying more than something is worth and lines. I don’t find the hipster atmosphere and over priced food a fair trade for the portion of my life spent wraiting in your line.
That being said, I am perfectly aware that a lot of people really enjoy these places and would love to find more of them. I am just not one of them. My two favorite places to eat in Denver are iconic Colfax locations, but simple and inexpensive.
Tom’s Diner. Tom’s looks like it hasn’t changed its decor since the 1960’s. Not in the way a hipster restaurant had a designer scour the earth for the perfect retro style, but like everything was purchased in the 60’s and well cared for ever since. I’m certain my mother had those exact plates when I was a child. Granted, I wasn’t born until 1973, but she didn’t buy new dishes until the 80’s. Walking into Tom’s is like stepping back in time. A beautiful time machine that makes me feel at home. The food at a diner was never meant to be “amazing”, but is meant to be comfort food like your mom, or you, would make at home. Tom’s provides good food, and lots of it, at a good price with great service. In fact, the staff has always been one of the things I love most. Every person working there has a unique character all their own and are enjoyable to be around. From my experience, this is just the Colfax way and Tom’s Diner is definitely a part of Colfax.
Steve’s Snappin’ Dogs. Another Colfax staple that has perfected simple dining. As you would expect from a place that specializes in hot dogs, you order at the counter and wait for your number to be called. You can sit at a counter inside or have a picnic in the patio. The patio area has tables and a pet station so Fido can hang with the family. One of the great things about Denver is that it’s pretty pet friendly. With about 300 days of sun a year and fairly mild weather, we are outside a lot and like to bring our furry family members along. Decorating the patio area walls is the history of Steve’s for your light reading pleasure. The food is quite tasty with lots of options to choose from, but of course, I always go for chili dogs. Even though it’s small and there are always people there, it never feels over crowded. Just cozy.