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A Taste of Home

According to 2016 Census Bureau data, most transplant Coloradans move from either California, Texas, or Florida, says Colorado state demographer Elizabeth Garner. If you’re among the top three and missing a taste of home, here are a few Denver restaurants that have you covered.

Craving Cali cuisine?

With the news that the coastal state’s beloved In-N-Out burger won’t arrive here until 2020, homesick Californians will have to look elsewhere this year. For now, check out Native Foods Café, a self-described “California-style” eatery that focuses on vegan fare and mock-meat dishes in a quick-serve setting. 680 S. Colorado Blvd., Glendale; 1675 29th St., Boulder. 

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Hankering for hometown Texas BBQ?

Head north on U.S. 36 for a taste of the south. Transplant Texans love the familiar stylings of Wayne’s Smoke Shack, a meat market–style smokehouse modeled after ones in central Texas. All Wayne’s sides are cooked in-house and all meats are hormone- and antibiotic-free. 406 Center Drive, Superior. 

Missing your Florida Cuban sammy?

At Cuba Cuba, the sidewalk lined with 8-foot banana palms is just the start of the experience. Owner Kristy Bigelow, a Miami-born Cuban American, says she started the restaurant 17 years ago after looking around the area for her favorite Cuban dishes and coming up short. Enjoy a robust menu of Cuban classics in any of its five Denver-area locations.

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