So you're playing hookie from work to catch a Rockies game. Don't do it on an empty stomach: Here are five places around Coors Field to grab a quick bite beforehand.
Pizza: Just a few blocks from Coors Field you can order up a pie created with fresh and local ingredients. For those afternoon games, Marco's Coal-Fired Pizzeria -- a certified authentic Neopolitan restaurant -- also offers a $9 lunch special of a personal Margherita pizza, a house salad and a fountain drink.
Marcos Coal-Fired Pizzeria, 2129 Larimer St.;
Brewery: Once you're at the game, stop in at the Blue Moon Brewery at the Sandlot, but for a few cold ones to accompany lunch visit Breckenridge Ballpark Brew. You can fill up on Tex-Mex, sandwiches, barbecue and more while enjoying local handcrafted ales.
Breckenridge Ballpark Brew, 2220 Blake St.; 303-297-2341 or www.breckbrew.com/food/pubdenver.html
Sports Bar: To get in a competitive state of mind, begin your pre-game festivities at Sports Column. You'll find daily drink specials, a slew of flat screens, a full menu -- including vegan and gluten-free -- and rooftop seating.
Sports Column, 1930 Blake St.; 303-296-1930 or www.denversportscolumn.com
Tapas: For small plates you can share with fellow fans, drop into The 9th Door. This Spanish tapas eatery offers a lounge-style ambiance and mouth-watering menu of delectable options. Our favorite? The Callo de Hacha ($7) -- chilled, seared sea scallops with crispy jamón, lemon aioli and flash-fried arugula.
The 9th Door, 1808 Blake St.; 303-292-2229 or www.theninthdoor.com
Lighter Fare: For something light to tide you over until you can dig into the ballpark concessions, order up a Chopper's specialty salad -- The Ninja with Thai chili sauce is a surefire winner. If you'd rather create your own, you have a number of homemade and organic dressings to choose from, as well as 50-plus ingredients to toss in. Stop in before early games only -- Choppers closes at 4pm.
Choppers Custom Salads, 1765 Blake St.; 303-292-0747 or www.chopperscustomsalads.com