8 Essential Denver Dining Out Passbook Restaurants to Try

July 15, 2019
Spaghetti and Eggplant Parm at DiFranco's

If you’re like me, you want to make the most of the BOGO drink and entree deals in the 2019-2020 Denver Dining Out Passbook. Recently, a reader asked for my recommendations on the best restaurants from the Passbook that she should try to hit before the deals expire. I thought it was such a great question I wanted to share my answers with the rest of you.

I’ve become a self-appointed Passbook expert since I research and map every single restaurant in the book to create my annual Denver Dining Out Passbook Map. I also periodically update map throughout the year to note restaurants that have closed and include reader-submitted reports of changes to the restaurant deals in the map notes.

There are many great restaurants in the Passbook, however here are my personal picks for the 8 essential restaurants participating in the 2019-2020 Denver Dining Out Passbook to try, listed by neighborhood.

UPDATE 7/17/2019: Use the discount code “NEWDENIZEN20” on this page to get the 2019-2020 Passbook for $45 + shipping).* Visit the Dining Out website for a full list of restaurants participating in the 2019-2020 book.

NOTE: I will be updating this page with updated picks as I try out new places in the 2019-2020 Denver Dining Out Passbook. Please bookmark this page!


Señor Bear – Sophisticated Latin-inspried cuisine served in a fun, breezy space. Passbook BOGO entree deal is for brunch.

Past brunch menu faves: BLT plate

Bar Dough – Executive chef and co-owner Carrie Baird leads the kitchen in delivering pitch perfect Italian food day in and day out in a cosy trattoria setting. Passbook BOGO entree deal is for brunch.

Past brunch menu faves: Avocado Fancy Toast

Biju’s Little Curry Shop – (see description in RiNo section below)

Union Station, LoDo, Five Points

Citizen Rail Classy eatery connected to the Born Hotel, known for their wood-fire grilled seafood and meat dishes.

Past dinner menu faves: Wood-Grilled Oysters and Sourdough Garlic Knot + Burrata appetizers,  Bone-in Smoked Shortrib, Cauliflower Harissa

TamayoConsistently satisfying, creative Mexican cooking from chef Richard Sandoval.

Past dinner menu faves: Queso Fundido appetizer, Huitlacoche & Mushroom Enchilada

BirdcallFried chicken sandwiches served in a fast-casual setting, complete with digital kiosks and a cashless payment system. There is a Birdcall location in the Whole Foods at Union Station and there are standalone restaurants in Five Points and at DU.

Past menu faves: The Original, The Veggie



Biju’s Little Curry ShopOne of my favorite finds from using the Passbook – this casual eatery serves flavorful curry bowls and small plates in RiNo and from their Tennyson location.

Past menu faves: Veg Bowl

Capitol Hill

White Pie – This family-run pizza restaurant is the brainchild of brothers Jason and Chris Wallenta. The specialty is New Haven-style pizza, with its characteristic thin, dry crust, irregular shape, and charring. The margherita pizza deal printed in the book is INCORRECT – the real BOGO entree deal is actually way better – it is buy one pizza, get any other pizza of equal or lesser value for free. Catch my previous coverage on White Pie.

Past menu faves: White Pie, Burrata Bing (but really, they are all excellent)

DiFranco’s – This tiny little shop in the Beauvallon Building has a tight menu of masterfully executed Italian classics. 

Past menu faves: Spaghetti and Eggplant Parm

Do you have a favorite Passbook restaurant that didn’t make it onto my list? Please let me know what your top picks are by leaving me a note in the comments.

* Please note: I may receive a commission for 2019-2020 Denver Dining Out Passbook sold using the discount code “NEWDENIZEN20” at checkout. You get a break on the full price of the book and also support this website – win-win!

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