New places to try and old favorites to revisit around campus

While we’ve all gotten used to taking classes and/or meetings from the comfort of our couches during the pandemic, that will change by the fall as students, faculty and staff return to campus. If coming back seems daunting, you’re not alone, but the plethora of dining options on and around campus is a sweet (or savory) silver lining. Here are some dining options, whether you’re looking for somewhere new to try for lunch with your peers or need a reminder of your go-to faves from last year.

  1. Tacos El Metate

The second location of Tacos El Metate (the first is in Aurora) opened during the pandemic and is located on the northeast corner of University Boulevard and Evans Avenue. The great reviews speak for themselves and this Mexican restaurant could just become your new go-to in Denver.


  1. Rebecca Chop Grand Central Market

Rebecca Chop Grand Central Market

There are many new and delicious options at the brand new Rebecca Chop Grand Central Market inside the Community Commons (convenient before or after a class in Sturm Hall). With campus clearance, you and your friends can stop by and choose from a variety of options, so no one is left disappointed. The resident dining options are Stirfry, 7 Spoons, Grill, Greens, Veg VG, Pure & Simple, Pizza, Pasta and 2Go. Though they have varying hours, generally something will be open between 7 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., so you’ll always have options. Additionally, Grill and 7 Spoons have alternating late-night options from 8:30 p.m.–10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday if you’re in need of a post-study session dinner.


  1. Rollin’ n Bowlin’

Also in the Community Commons is Rollin’ n Bowlin’ on the first floor, which has a large menu of smoothie bowls, acai bowls, drinkable smoothies and toasts. They open at 8 a.m. Monday through Friday, and even have T-shirts that you can rep on campus. No doubt a stop at Rollin’ n Bowlin’ will start your day off right.


  1. Starbucks

Starbucks, a tried-and-true stop for your caffeine addiction, now has a new location on campus, also on the first floor of the Community Commons. They are open every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., for whenever you need a pick-me-up. Enjoy the Denver fall by grabbing your favorite coffee and finding a spot outside the Commons or on the rooftop deck to get some work done.


  1. The Fourth Story

If you’re over 21, head up to the roof of the Community Commons to visit Fourth Story for signature cocktails, local Colorado beers and hors d’oeuvres. Fourth Story opens for social hours from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and stays open until 10 p.m. Enjoy a Denver sunset over the mountains while sipping a cocktail and sharing appetizers from the comfort of campus.


If you’re not up for trying new things, that’s ok, we’ve still got you covered. Here are some places you have probably been to but may have forgotten while hunkering down at home next to your fridge.


  1. On-campus Classics

These classics on campus will get the job done if you’re needing a caffeine fix. Beans coffee shop inside the Joy Burns Center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays. Einstein Bros. Bagels on the first floor of the Daniels College of Business is open during the school year Monday through Friday at 9 a.m. for breakfast, lunch or a snack—really whatever you need between your classes.


  1. Off-Campus Favorites

Near campus, the favorites along Evans Avenue remain the same. Stop by the original Chipotle, Jerusalem Restaurant, Spanky’s Roadhouse, Illegal Pete’s, Birdcall, Snarf’s Sandwiches and Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream, to name a few.


*Hours are subject to change, and many on-campus locations are closed during summer break. Check the links above to verify current hours before heading out to grab a bite!