The Hornet, Denver, CO

The Hornet
The Hornet is a bar/restaurant in the South Broadway area of Denver, which I’ve heard is undergoing a revitalization and is becoming a trendy area. The Hornet has been around for a while now, but it was packed on a Thursday night and looked worth a try. The restaurant has a New American-type menu, with lots of burgers, sandwiches and salads, with dishes like pork tamales, pupusas, steak and fried chicken thrown in. It’s not a huge menu, but when you read it you’ll find it hard to choose something because almost everything sounds great.

I passed on drinks, but based my dinner choice on the fact that I heard that they serve excellent sweet potato fries and chose a Buffalo Burger with Fried Onion Strings and Avocado. The fries were excellent, and the burger was not bad, either. The buffalo had a good flavor and the fried onions were a great contrast with the red onions and avocado already on the burger (mine was a bit overdone, but I’m not going to hold that against it).

Buffalo Burger with Sweet Potato Fries

My dinner companions chose some of the specialties. One opted for the Flat Iron Bistro Steak served with loads of gravy and mashed potatoes, which came out perfectly cooked and tender. The other chose the Honey Kissed Fried Chicken, also with mashed potatoes, which was drizzled with real honey. The chicken had a delicious, crispy coating that was an amazing contrast to the sweet honey. I did expect it to be real, bone-in chicken and was surprised that it came out thin and boneless, but the piece was so huge and so flavorful, that it was great even if it wasn’t what we expected to get when ordering.

Bistro Steak with Mashed Potatoes

Honey Kissed Fried Chicken

As I said before, the place was packed with people of all ages, both having dinner and enjoying the drinks in the bar. It’s easy to get to and there is plenty on the menu to keep you interested, and I know that I would check it out (with more sweet potato fries) on a return trip through the neighborhood.


  1. I love eating at Denver. There’s a couple of great vegan places I’ve been to, but I haven’t heard of this one. I guess I’ll have to make my way back there one of these days!

  2. Are those yam fries I see? Now I’m craving fries!

  3. I don’t know how long you’re going to be in Denver, but may I suggest Lucile’s. I’ve only been to the one in Ft Collins, but it is one of my favorite places to eat breakfast. Their biscuits and jam are awesome and I always leave happy.

  4. I have a special place in my heart for asparagus. Those in your picture look some yummy, as does everything else! Thanks for sharing!

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