Denver is home to some of the most well-known "cheap eats" in America -- from Chipotle to Quiznos.
But students in Denver, or anyone watching their wallet, will want to check out the following local joints, acclaimed for dishing out great deals and tasty meals.
1. Cherry Cricket
Cherry Cricket opened in 1945 as Mary Zimmerman's Bar, and over the years expanded space and clientele to include everyone from families to old timers to businessmen. The restaurant has recently been featured on the Travel Channel's Man vs. Food and the Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate. Today, Cherry Cricket is most famous for their burgers -- locals recommend adding white cheddar and green chiles. www.cherrycricket.com
2. Le Central
If you're looking for something a little more elegant than a burger and beer, check out Le Central, a French bistro in Denver's Golden Triangle neighborhood. Le Central's motto is "the affordable French restaurant". Mussels and frites are popular options, and monthly cooking classes on Tuesdays attract the curious culinary artists. www.lecentral.com
3. House of Kabob
Middle Eastern food popular in the heart of the West? You betchya. The House of Kabob, not too far from the University of Denver, offers authentic Lebanese cuisine, and includes everything from Abgosht (lamb stew) to Baba Ghanouj. www.houseofkabobrestaurant.com
4. Tacqueria Patzcuaros
Tacquerie Patzcuaros has won a variety of awards for its tacos, carnitas and chips and salsa. Locals love the spicy salsa, green chiles and generous portions. www.patzcuaros.com
Competing for the title of Denver's best burger is CityGrille, located a block from the state capitol and therefore a popular spot for lobbyists and other schmoozers. The area's famous green chiles make appearances in chili and chile rellenos. A late-night menu features baby burgers -- a good power boost for hungry students. www.citygrille.com
If you want to work at any of these places or open your own restaurant, check out the culinary arts schools in Denver.