An Avalanche of Food for the Hungry Avalanche Fans

We are most definitely a hockey house.  Our team is the Colorado Avalanche.  The season is coming to an end and there are still hopes to make it to the play-offs this year.  It’s been awhile since we have seen a lot of play-off action, so all the fans came out to support and to cheer for our boys in burgundy and blue .  Yesterday’s game was a great game.  Our boys pulled out a big win for us against the Sabres.  Our number one goaltender, Varlamov, was not playing yesterday, but his backup, Grubauer, did a great job between the pipes.  The rest of the boys also did a great job, both in the offensive and the defensive positions.  The boys pulled off a shut-out, with a 3-0 win.  We needed that.  We went to the game with a few friends.  We had fantastic seats and saw a lot of action on the ice right in front of us.  With all that excitement, we worked up quite an appetite, so we went out to one of our favorite, go-to places when we are downtown, Sam’s No. 3.

Sam’s No.3 is a family owned business that is ALWAYS hopping.  Often times there is a wait that is over an hour, but once you get seated and get your food, it is well worth the wait.  There is no Sam’s No. 1 or No. 2, only No. 3.  Sam’s started in Coney Island, New York by Sam Armatas in 1927, as the third of five diners.   Sam was known to everyone back then as Papou.  At some point the family moved westward and settled in the heart of Denver, where they now own and operate three Sam’s, all named No. 3.  Sam’s has been a family owned and operated business for over 90 years.  Today, it is still run by the family – Spero, Sam, Alex and Patrick.  What started out as a simple menu that focused on good, wholesome food has now turned into an extensive menu consisting of over 16 pages of wholesome goodness.    It’s not fancy food but it is VERY GOOD, affordable food, served in hefty portions.  There is something for everyone, no matter what your tastes.  My favorite is the Gyro, but then I have never ever had anything that was not delicious when eating at Sam’s No.3.

This Sam’s No. 3 is our favorite one.  This one is located in the heart of Downtown Denver, at 1500 Curtis Street.


Sam’s is still part diner, but is a full service restaurant and bar too.



Sam’s is a favorite to all the sports fans as well as the theatre fans, since it is centrally located, nestled between the Denver Performing Arts Center; The Pepsi Center, that is home to both the Avalanche and the Nuggets; Coors Field, which is where the Rockies play, and it is not too far from Mile High Stadium, the home of our beloved Broncos.



The victorious fans – Kelly and Jeremy, Jim and Larry and I, waiting for the feast.


In what seems like a blink of an eye, the food arrives.  Fish & Chips, A Gyro Salad, Steak Street Tacos, A Buffalo Burger and A Vegan, Gluten Free meal as well, known as the “High Maintenance Vegetarian Gluten-Diary Free Friendly Skillet”



Sam’s No. 3 has also made it’s TV appearance on The Food Network, on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, episode # 1113, named Porktastic.


IMG_0504Sam’s No. 3, in Downtown Denver is located at 1500 Curtis Street, and can be reached on line at

The other two Sam’s No. 3’s are located in Aurora and Glendale, Colorado.  Next time you are visiting the Denver area, check out at least one of these fabulous diners.  I guarantee, you will NOT be disappointed, and you will NOT go home hungry.


Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for over 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

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