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
Pretty much everything you've ever wanted a diner to be, at all hours, with consistency. A perennial Indy Best Of dominator for a green chili featured on the Food Network and Travel Channel and sold in Whole Foods Market. Get The Thing or The Grump in the a.m., a Reuben at lunch.