Lunch carts along 16th Street Mall in Denver
By Allyson Reedy
Special to Metromix
Did you know that you could save more than $1,000 a year by bringing your lunch to work instead of eating out? Did you also know that leftovers, microwaveable Lean Cuisines and Easy Mac suck? That’s what we’d call one thousand well-spent dollars.
If you work near the bustling metropolis that is downtown Denver, you can get a tasty, non-nuked lunch without breaking into your happy hour budget. You just have to be willing to eat in a non-walled, movable establishment – aka, the lunch cart.
It used to be that street food in Denver meant one thing and one thing only – phallic meats. Hot dogs, sausages, brats – if it looked like the male anatomy, you could buy it from a cart on the 16th Street Mall. While we may have downgraded in terms of public art (Blue bear, demonic horse, anyone?), our lunch cart options, thankfully, have improved. We’ve got pad thai, pork belly, paninis and more.
Here’s a sampling of downtown Denver’s best and most creative meals on wheels...