Owner Louis Wolfe sunk his life savings into building a custom smoker near Capitol Hill and his hickory-smoked platters of ribs have stained the oxfords of Denver's power brokers for two decades. After ordering at the counter (likely from the curmudgeonly Wolfe himself) find a red-checkered table and begin the lunchtime entertainment: eavesdropping on the Colorado's wheelers and dealers.

Also, vegetarians take note: Wolfe's is far more accommodating to the meatless than most; while your carnivorous friends pig out, you can enjoy BBQ tofu and vegetarian baked beans.