Sam’s No. 3: Iconic downtown Denver diner dating back to 1927

The iconic Sam's No. 3 located on 15th and Curtis in downtown Denver

In 1927, Greek immigrant Sam Armatas opened the first Sam’s No. 3 diner in downtown Denver on 15th and Curtis. While this location closed many years ago, Sam’s legacy lives on. In 1998, Sam’s son and grandson reopened Sam’s No. 3 just to the east of downtown in Aurora. In 2003, the downtown location was opened just across the street from the original which opened nearly 100 years ago. In 2013, a third location was opened in Glendale. Today, Sam’s …

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Steuben’s Uptown: Brunch in Denver, Colorado

The colorful Monte Cristo

Steuben’s Uptown has long been at the top of my must eat restaurants in Denver for quite a while now. This retro American diner is well known for their regional American classics ranging from Maine lobster rolls to chicken & waffles. Established in 2006, Steuben’s now has two locations in Denver with one location in Uptown and another location to the northwest in Arvada. On this trip, I visited the Steuben’s Uptown location. Because of my failure to plan ahead, …

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Coffee Pot Restaurant in Sedona: Serving breakfast for over 30 years

The Coffee Pot Restaurant, located in Sedona, Arizona, is a family-owned restaurant with a 30 year history of serving its community. This institution of Sedona, and local favorite, is today not only popular with locals but with tourists looking for a delicious yet inexpensive breakfast or lunch option. This is especially true in a city as expensive as Sedona. Thanks to its extensive menu, including its absurd selection of 101 different omelettes, the Coffee Pot Restaurant has been written about …

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A Sunday morning visit to Al’s Breakfast in Minneapolis, MN

The Jose, one of the more popular dishes served at Al's Breakfast

It was my last day in Minneapolis before having to head back to Los Angeles. For my last breakfast in the city, I knew I had to head to Al’s Breakfast, for what I was told, was the best breakfast in the city. I actually first heard about Al’s Breakfast when Guy Fieri stopped by on his Food Network television show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” I knew this was the place for me when I saw the tiny diner with …

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