Celebrate National Fried Rice Day in Denver with These Three Restaurants

BY Gabriela Reyes


Prepare to savor the delights of today’s celebrated culinary masterpiece – Fried Rice. Journey back through time to the Chinese Sui Dynasty of 589–618 A.D., where the origins of this enduring and universally beloved dish began. Fried rice, born out of resourcefulness and culinary ingenuity, stands as a testament to the art of transforming surplus rice, vegetables, and meat into a delectable dish.

While its birthplace lies in China, fried rice’s global journey has transcended borders, traversed oceans, and found a cherished place in the culinary traditions of numerous cultures. Each region has put its unique spin on the dish, incorporating preferred ingredients and local flavors.

It’s worth noting the special significance of September 20, which Japanese restaurateur Hiroaki “Rocky” Aoki, the visionary behind the immensely popular Benihana, designated as National Fried Rice Day. This gesture pays homage to the dish’s universal appeal and its ability to bring people together in the celebration of good food. Here are three places we recommend you go to celebrate for dinner! 

Hop Alley

3500 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205

We’re diving headfirst into our culinary journey with an explosive start at none other than the prestigious Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand restaurant, Hop Alley. Here, you are in for a delightful dilemma as you’re presented with the options of their famed Bone Marrow Fried Rice, beautifully captured above, or the equally delectable Mushroom Fried Rice. And if fortune favors you, consider yourself fortunate to savor their exquisite Night Special when you dine here.

Fortune Wok to Table

2817 E 3rd Ave E, Denver, CO 80206

Robert Fox

Embrace the joyous art of flavor infusion in a dish that’s not just a meal but a culinary canvas awaiting your creative touch. Fortune Wok to Table, located on the vibrant 3rd Avenue in Cherry Creek, beckons you to unleash your inner chef with a range of choices. Whether your palate yearns for the classic richness of Beef, Shrimp, or Vegetables, your taste journey is in your hands. However, should you seek an authentic detour, dare to indulge in their immensely popular Duck Fried Rice, a flavorful divergence that promises an unforgettable experience?

Peter’s Chinese Cafe

2609 12th Ave, Denver, CO 80206

Jesus Garcia

Peter’s Chinese Cafe has been blessing Denver for decades, offering a delectable and extensive MSG-free menu. When it comes to classic Fried Rice, they leave you spoilt for choice with options: Chicken, Beef, Pork, Vegetable, Shrimp, and combo that will satisfy your taste buds. Your culinary journey awaits, and at Peter’s, it’s a journey steeped in tradition and flavor.


Gabriela Reyes

Gaby has been part of the Denver/Boulder food scene since 2015 when she moved to Colorado. While gradually losing her ability to eat due to six years of misdiagnosed food allergies, she became fascinated with the culinary scene. Gaby, aka The Restaurant Encyclopedia, has been DiningOut’s restaurant coordinator for food festivals since 2017 and joined the editorial team in 2022.

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