The 5280 Guide to Lunch in LoDo

It doesn’t matter if you work in Westminster or Denver, LoDo is worth the trip.

Bubu’s Hawaii Five-O Bowl
—All Photography by Sarah Boyum


$: Under $10

$$: $11–$15

$$$: $16–$25

1. Honor Society

1900 16th St.

Go There: When you want elevated cuisine at a fast-casual pace.

Eat the: Sustainably raised cedar-plank salmon with vadouvan honey-glazed baby carrots and Easter egg radishes.

Cost: $$

2. Zoe Ma Ma

1625 Wynkoop St.

Go There: For quick, home-style Chinese cooking.

Eat the: Dim sum, bao buns, and classic zha jiang mian noodles topped with pork and soybean sauce.

Cost: $

3. Stoic & Genuine

Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop St.

Go There: To impress clients with one of the finest fresh-fish menus in the city.

Eat the: Lobster roll on griddled brioche. Celebrate a closed deal with a glass of Pierre Gerbais Cuvée de Réserve from the restaurant’s 10-bottle sparkling wine list.

Cost: $$$

4. Hopdoddy Burger Bar

1747 Wynkoop St.

Go There: To pair your casual Friday with custom creations at a laid-back burger spot.

Eat the: Buffalo Bill burger made with bison, apple-smoked bacon, blue jack cheese, Frank’s RedHot sauce, and Sassy Sauce (a mixture of mayo and house-made horseradish honey mustard). And start the almost-weekend right with a caramel and sea-salt milkshake for dessert.

Cost: $

5. Komotodo Sushi Burrito

1512 Larimer St.

Go There: When you can’t decide between sushi and burritos.

Eat the: Sunrise Sumo (yellowfin tuna, surimi crab, and house-made peanut sauce) sushi burrito with avocado fries.

Cost: $

6. Bubu

1423 Larimer St.

Go There: To score a healthy noodle, rice, or salad bowl made (to go) from locally sourced ingredients by chef Troy Guard.

Eat the: Hawaii Five-0 bowl with sushi-grade raw salmon, hearts of palm, soybeans, shiitake mushrooms, raw fennel, soy-onion dressing, and bubu (a Japanese rice cracker).

Cost: $

7. Rhein Haus

1415 Market St.

Go There: For hearty German fare in a beer-hall atmosphere. If it’s warm, snag an outside table and people-watch with your favorite colleagues.

Eat the: Spicy smoked bratwurst and, naturally, a big-enough-for-three pretzel platter.

Cost: $$

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