Welton Street Cafe(credit: Welton Street Cafe)
Denver boasts restaurants featuring food from around the world, everything from sushi to farm-to-table creations. That means that the Mile High City has has tons of culinary delights just waiting to be discovered, and great, Southern cuisine is no exception. From haute cuisine to home-style, fried chicken is one thing Denver loves, and does well.
Denver Biscuit Company
3237 E. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80206
303-777-7900
www.denbisco.com

Nothing goes better with fried chicken than biscuits! And at Denver Biscuit Company, biscuit is the name, and very, very big, is the game. Located inside the Atomic Cowboy on Colfax, this biscuit serving bistro doles out down-home cuisine that would make any Southern granny proud. They serve breakfast and lunch, and the menu is chock full of favorites like cheese grits, biscuits and gravy, strawberry shortcake, and of course, fried chicken! Try the Franklin biscuit sandwich- an oversized fresh biscuit encasing crispy fried chicken, tender belly bacon, cheddar cheese and covered in sausage or vegetarian gravy. The sandwiches, platters and pastries are large enough to feed a family without leaving a gaping hole in your wallet. The service is fast and friendly and the atmosphere casual. Look for the “Biscuit Bus” roaming Denver delivering delicious buttery goodness to an area near you.

Lou’s Food Bar
1851 W. 38th Ave.
Denver, CO 80211
303-458-0336
www.lousfoodbar.com

For classic American with a French twist, try Lou’s Food Bar. Fried chicken is a mainstay on the menu. The Nashville style fried chicken is served up three ways, naked, medium or hot, with your choice of filling sides like creamed corn and mashed potatoes. Fried chicken may be the star here, but this upscale diner has much more to offer, like a take on our nostalgic fave, mac and cheese, but more grown up with bleu and cream cheeses and panko bread crumbs. Or for another walk down memory lane, try the pigs in a blanket with whole grain and dijon mustards.

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Southern Hospitality
1433 17th St.
Denver, CO 80202
303-298-5398
www.shdenver.com

Southern Hospitality is the gastronomic brain child of Grammy award-winning artist Justin Timberlake, and restauranteur, Eytan Sugarman. The restaurant aims to provide fresh, high quality, southern-style cuisine, and the menu is sort of New Orleans flair meets New York City style. Try sophisticated takes on Southern faves like BBQ sliders on brioche buns with “spiked” cole slaw, or the bacon and eggs starter which consists of creamy deviled eggs, tater tots and crispy Applewood bacon. Brunch is served on the weekends and features filling mixes like sunrise sampler where spare ribs, brisket and hot sausage sit next to eggs and home fries. The dinner menu is just as hearty and has everything by way of BBQ and classic down south go-to’s like shrimp and grits, jambalaya, catfish, and of course, Southern style fried chicken. The chicken is high pressure cooked, giving it that gorgeous, golden brown color we all know and love. Fried chicken orders can take up to 20 minutes to cook to perfection, so please be patient. The prices are extremely economical for an upscale locale with most appetizers under $10 and most entrees under $20.

Welton Street Cafe
2736 Welton St.
Denver, CO 80205
303-296-6602
www.facebook.com/Welton-Street-Cafe

Another hole in the wall soul-food joint with a more than amazing menu is Welton Street Cafe. It has all the Southern faves like fried catfish, smothered pork chops, collard greens, corn bread, fried okra, and of course, golden brown fried chicken! The menu takes it even further south to the Caribbean with more finger-lickin’ goodness like the spicy jerk chicken or pork and the crispy fry bread. Like all quintessential hole in the wall joints, they do not have a website, so visit their Facebook page for more info and menus.

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Kristin Mason is a culinary professional and degree-holding chef living in Breckenridge, Colorado. She enjoys traveling and sharing her love of food through her writings. Her experience includes writing for the local Summit Daily News as well as other publications online and in print as a freelance writer. Read more on Examiner.com.