Tall Orders

It shouldn’t be difficult to spot the Denver nuggets around town: they’re tall and they’re rich. We asked the local NBA stars where they go in Denver when they get hungry and don’t want to cook.

Authored by Susan Fornoff

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“I’ll go to Piatti for Italian, or maybe Chop House. And I can cook.”—That would be Malik Beasley, a 23-year-old guard who grew up in Georgia and spent a year at Florida State before the Nuggets drafted him in the first round in 2016.

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“I call my mom and try to get her to come out. She’ll cook some salmon, some shrimp alfredo.”—That’s Jerami Grant, a 25-year-old forward who grew up in Maryland and went to Syracuse. He played for Philadelphia and then Oklahoma City before joining the Nuggets this year.

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“Guard and Grace. I mix it up. I feel like everything there is good. I also like Mizu Izakaya, in the Highlands.”—That’s Gary Harris, the 25-year-old guard and longest-tenured Nugget, who grew up in Indiana and went to Michigan State before joining the Nuggets as a first-round draft pick in 2014.

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“I like El Five because they have good views and a Spanish style of food. Sushi Den is another one. Barcelona Wine Bar is pretty good.”—No surprise here, that’s Juancho Hernangómez, a 24-year-old forward who was born in Madrid and at 16 signed with CB Estudiantes. The Nuggets drafted him in the first round in 2016.

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“I like Cheesecake Factory, because you can have fish, burger, pasta, or pretty much whatever you want.”—Nikola Joki´c, the 24-year-old, 7-foot center and star of the Nuggets, grew up in Serbia and laments the absence of a Serbian restaurant in Denver. Luckily, his girlfriend can cook up his favorite dishes from home.

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“There’s a Jamaican spot I order from, Jamaican Grill. And I like Earls Kitchen +Bar. Sometimes I cook up some chicken.”—That’s Jamal Murray, the sharpshooting 22-year-old star in the making who was born in Canada and attended Kentucky for a year before the Nuggets drafted him in 2016.