Best Restaurant in Downtown Denver: Meet our Chef!

Best Restaurant in Downtown Denver - Blake Street Tavern - Meet our Chef

Blake Street Tavern is the best restaurant & bar in Denver. We have a huge location with plenty of booth seating, tables, bar seating and we also offer private dining rooms for rental. If you're looking for great food and a great atmosphere in downtown Denver, make sure to stop by our location just one block north of Coors Field in the Ballpark and RiNo neighborhood. We have free parking in our own downtown parking lot as well, so you don't have to worry about paying to park.

What makes our restaurant one of the best in the city? Meet our passionate chef, Justin Frayser, who whips up amazing our menu, including lots of hamburgers, sandwiches, appetizers, entrees, our famous green chile, award-winning nachos, desserts, and plenty of vegetarian options, too! Read more about our chef in the interview below:

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Get to Know Our Top Chef Justin Frayser, Executive Chef at Blake Street Tavern

Rad this quick interview below to learn a little bit about the chef behind our menu:

How did you get into this industry?

I love to cook; I've always loved being around food.  It's my 2nd passion after hockey.

What’s always in your fridge or pantry?

Eggs and flour.  You can make anything!

What do you cook at home? 

Homemade pasta noodles and burgers. 

How do you test the quality of your ingredients?

Always.  Every day at every stage of preparation, I'm tasting ingredients.  

Did you go to culinary school? Where did you get your start?

I did the fast track at Boulder Culinary School and it was an awesome experience.  It was small, intimate classes and our instructors were a classically trained French chef and a Pastry Chef.  

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What is your favorite cuisine to cook?

Italian and Mexican 

What do you think is exciting right now in the Denver restaurant industry?

Molecular Gastronomy.   I'm inspired by Grant Achatz (who doesn't have taste buds) who has a Molecular Gastronomy restaurant in Chicago (Alinea) and New York.  His story and the concept is so interesting. 


What’s your most requested item on the BST menu?

The wings and nachos are wildly popular. 

What do you love about Blake Street Tavern?

I'm a name, not a number.  We truly have that family feel, both with our guests and definitely with our staff.  We are an awesome team in an energetic and supportive environment.  

What’s your favorite item on your menu?

Oh, the Reuben!  It's local corned beef and the best I've ever had.  Put it on the fresh rye we get from Blue Point bakery and it really stands up to any Reuben out there.  It's the first thing I ate when I started here a year ago and still my favorite. 


Thanks for all that you do, Justin! Stay tuned for more of our super-star staff interviews coming soon. Check out more photos below of our food and downtown Denver location – we always have plenty of seating so you can find the perfect place to enjoy a great meal, have some drinks, and watch the games!

Best Restaurant in Downtown Denver - Plenty of Seating at Blake Street Tavern

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Best Restaurant in Downtown Denver - Game Room Seating

Lots of seating at the bar with plenty of TVs to watch the game, plus we have a great selection of draft beer, bottled beer, wine and liquor!

Best Restaurant in Downtown Denver - Bar Seating at Blake Street Tavern

We also have private dining rooms that you can reserve for your group lunch meeting, family dinner, or alumni get-together to watch the big game. Pictured below is our Board Room:

Best Restaurant in Downtown Denver - Private Dining Rooms in downtown Denver

Downstairs we have our Denver Arcade called Underground Social, packed with games like Skee-ball, darts, Pop-a-Shot, Shuffleboard, Corn Hole, Corn Hole, Giant Jenga, Board Games and more. So you can enjoy a delicious meal and top it off with some games afterwards!

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We're located in RiNo and Ballpark neighborhoods in downtown Denver, just one block North of Coors Field. Stop by and park in our free parking lot for lunch, drinks, dinner or to watch or play some games.

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