Professional Instafoodie? Yes, it is definitely a thing. You may have seen these professional food-o-chiles before, standing on chairs in the Brown Palace and squatting under tables at Departure, all in the hopes of reaching that perfect shot of their meals. Years ago, you may have called their tactics excessive, but now? You like their Instagram posts. The Front Range has its own coterie of dedicated Instagrammers (including us @dodenverboulder), covering new restaurants, inventive bites, and crafted cocktails all around the city. So if you’re in the market for some serious snaps, then start tracking these top 10 Denver/Boulder foodie Instagrammers.
Foodie behind the Insta: Chloe Rekow
Why you should follow: Discover the best foodie finds our city has to offer with @milehighandhungry, one of the original Instagrammers on the Denver scene.
What’s your favorite brunch place? A longtime favorite has always been Shells & Sauce. It’s a jazzy little neighborhood joint with a cute patio and great brunch options. Most recently, I have been in love with The Nickel. The real highlight is their $20 bottomless bar car where you can build your own White Russians with cereal milk and craft your own Bloody Marys and mimosas.
Best place for a nightcap? Definitely have to say Union Lodge No. 1. This speakeasy-style cocktail bar in the heart of downtown is the perfect place to stop before calling in for the night (or even before heading out on the town).
Foodies behind the Insta: Ashley Garcia and Christian Selby
Why you should follow: If you are in need of a new date spot, follow these two hipsters as they eat their way through the town, together.
Favorite brunch spot: Denver Biscuit Company because of the gravy … all the gluttonous gravy.
Best district for eats? For walkability, it has to be RiNo. Work & Class, Stowaway, Sugarmill, microbreweries, and Infinite Monkey Theorem—and so much more!
Foodie behind the Insta: Kayla Jones
Why you should follow: Not only does this Insta feature the best in drool-worthy eats and drinks, @1000thingstodoindenver embodies the culture of Denver, covering everything from staycations, fashion, music, street art, and more.
What’s your favorite go-to spot right now? Hearth & Dram—it’s a knockout in terms of design with incredible food. The bar is a stunner, with over 330 whiskeys stacked to the ceiling and gorgeously backlit, making it a visual highlight of the restaurant. As for food, The Whole Roasted Suckling Pig is in my top three meals—ever. It’s so incredibly flavorful—it takes over a week of prep and slow-cooking before it even hits your plate and you can tell it’s a labor of love in every bite.
Best district for eats? I’m partial to LoHi; it’s so perfectly walkable, with a restaurant to fit every mood. Ohana Island Kitchen serves some of the most authentic Hawaiian fare and the owners Louie and Regan are just the most wonderful people I’ve met. El Camino Tavern is such a gem—you have to try their Bacon Breakfast Queso. It’s life altering!
Foodie behind the Insta: Amanda Glanz
Why you should follow: For the most indulgent, maxed-out caloric dishes, follow this Insta. Because everyone needs a food coma.
Favorite brunch place: Can’t go wrong with Bloody Mary tasters and beignet heaven at Sassafras.
Favorite go-to spot: Right now it’s Il Posto. They have fantastic pasta and the best wine pairings.
Foodie behind the Insta: Lilly Sue
Why you should follow: Traveling all throughout the state—one beer at a time—Lilly Sue snaps local beers, breweries, and beer-infused recipes.
Foodies behind the Insta: Kate McGeever and Christine Comer
Why you should follow: Follow if you love face-sized burritos, gravy-laden dishes, and mimosa towers.
What’s your favorite brunch place?: We have our classic go-tos like LOLA and root down, as well as some hidden gems such as Shells & Sauce or El Camino, and of course, the new kids on the block like Departure and La Güera.
Best district for eats? Hands down, our favorite Denver ‘hood to visit for a day of indulging is RiNo. Just in the past year, we’ve welcomed Hop Alley, Fish N Beer, Dio Mio, Mister Tuna, and SO much more to the area. From traditional sit-downs to breweries, food trucks, and open-air markets like Central Market and The Source, you’ll never be short on options.
Foodie behind the Insta: Margaux Booren
Why you should follow: For the best in vegan (often time gluten-free) eats and treats, @gauxvegan is a must.
Best district for eats? Right now my favorite district to eat is LoHi. There are a plethora of amazing restaurants like Bar Dough, Uncle, LOLA, and root down who all offer unique and tasty vegetarian and vegan dishes.
Best dessert spot? My favorite place to grab a gluten-free/vegan dessert is Make Believe Bakery. Their treats are so tasty and pretty that it’s hard to believe they are vegan!
Foodie behind the Insta: Bre Patterson
Why you should follow: Recently celebrating 10,000 followers (and counting!), Bites with Bre showcases all of the best snacks and foodie finds all around Denver.
Best place for a nightcap? If I am having a cocktail, I enjoy winding down my evening at The Study inside Hotel Teatro with an Old Fashioned. As for wine, I always love the late-night happy hour at LaLa’s Wine Bar with a glass of Paladino Barbera d’Alba.
Best district for eats? I love eating in the Highlands. I have a couple of favorite restaurants that I always return to, like El Camino on West 32nd for the cinnamon-infused Margaritas and Queso Mac-and-Cheese; Mizu Izakaya Den for their craft cocktails and sashimi; Postino for their wine and bruschetta board special on Mondays and Tuesdays; and Parisi on Tennyson Street for their great service and the Pizza Salad.
Foodie behind the Insta: Nigel
Why you should follow: From paella to Korean barbecue, follow @milehighgotham if you need a new hole-in-the-wall haunt.
Foodie behind the Insta: Jimena Zamora
Why you should follow: New to the gram game, @cominofoodstories is telling all the best tales about the Boulder restaurant scene.
What’s your favorite go-to spot right now? My go-to spot in Boulder is Basta. I love to go on a random night during the week, order a Negroni at the bar—while debating if I could eat the half-chicken and whole fish all by myself—and just let the whole experience take over.
Best place for a nightcap: I strongly believe a nightcap deserves a snack by its side and Arcana has it down. You can order anything from their dinner menu or try some of their bar snacks—I recommend the Masa Dumplings. Paired with an extensive drink menu, Arcana is the place to be.
Morgan Carter, Editor