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Best Of 2013: Diner

Best Of 2013: Green Chili

Best Of 2013: Late-Night Dining

The only Colorado roadside attraction to be featured in a Zippy the Pinhead comic strip, King's Chef has grown considerably from its humble origins in the mobile-home-sized, purple-painted castle on East Costilla Street. With two current locations, it's swept the Diner, Green Chili and Late-Night Dining categories for the last five years, thanks to calories-be-damned comfort foods like "The Grump," a massive mound that incorporates nearly all your most cherished breakfast staples. (Just add coffee!) Be sure not to skimp on the green chili, which is sold at Whole Foods but still made by hand at the Bijou Street location. Owner Gary Geiser also brags to us about his restaurant's new line of non-GMO and locally sourced ingredients. Best of all, King's Chef's weekend night-owl hours mean clubgoers can appease their appetites until 4:30 a.m. without ever having to set foot in a Denny's. — Bill Forman

Bites 2013: Breakfast Burrito

Fit for the Food Network, this is Colorado in a bite. Why? Because green chili pumps through our veins, and King's Chef's is undisputedly badass. Even heat-freaks get it on the side to measure the madness. The fire-roasted green god-sauce, made with Pueblo green chiles and California habañeros, is gluten-free and vegan. You can keep the burrito vegetarian by subbing in MorningStar Farms veggie sausage in place of the real deal for no charge. Along with either of those sausages, bacon or ham, the flour wrap gets two eggs, onions, filling hash browns and some shredded cheese. If the whole thing were made into a movie, it'd be called, There Will Be Burn. And it'd win an Oscar. ($8.95 full/$6.50 half)

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