Denver Living

Actually, this page should probably be called “Denver Eating,” but eating and living are like the same thing, right?  Anyways, I thought this would be a better place than my iPhone notes page to keep a running list of all my favorite Denver eateries (though there are some non-food favorites at the very bottom).  I’ve linked both the restaurant website as well as a post I’ve written about it (when possible) so you can get a better feel for the experience.

BREAKFAST/COFFEE

Tried and True Favorites

Stowaway Coffee + Kitchen / “Weekend Things” / I have a slight obsession with this place.  It’s husband-and-wife-owned.  He brings the New Zealand/Australian and she brings the Japanese and it just works.  The Colorful Colorado is our favorite dish.  Those potatoes, that sauce, the pickled radishes!  Neither of us can resist.

Huckleberry Roasters / This is hands down our favorite coffee shop.  They roast their own coffee beans, make the meanest almond milk latte and their iced coffee is on my list of favorite things in this world.  GO!  NOW!  They have a good pastry case and even have a toast menu.  We’re here several times a week and even though every other charge on my credit card is “Huckleberry,” it’s so so worth it.

The Wooden Spoon / “Celebratory Weekend Things” / We ate here one morning and decided right then and there that this was the neighborhood we wanted to live in.  Years later and this place is still one of our favorites.  Get yourself a bomb breakfast sandwich and feel truly alive.  Their coffee is far from the best, but the sandwiches make up for it.

Black Eye CapHill / “Weekend Things: ‘It’s the holidays!'” / Two locations, both amazing in their own right.  If you’re looking for something on the quick and casual side, the LoHi location is your place.  For something bigger, more decked out and with more of a restaurant (bigger menu, actual servers) feel, CapHill is the place for you.  Great coffee is a given, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how well executed the food is.

Onefold / “Memorial Day Weekend Things” / This place serves THE BEST BREAKFAST BURRITO.  That’s just my opinion, but all other opinions are wrong 🙂  The Vietnamese Iced Coffee is magical and the whole menu is just really different in a good way.  Not that I’ve ever needed to order anything but that burrito.

Chickee’s Lil Kitchen / This is an order-at-the-window-and-take-it-to-go type of joint and it’s second on my list of best breakfast burritos in Denver ever.  I can’t rave enough about the potatoes and I DON’T EVEN LIKE POTATOES.

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Honorable Mention

Snooze / “Weekend Things” / Do yourself a favor and go early.  Once you’re digging into a flight of pancakes, you won’t even remember that you had to wake up early and you’ll avoid that 1-2 hour wait that consistently exists past 9 AM.

Weathervane Café / “Weekend Things” / I once read a Yelp review of this place that said “Put a bird on it, much?” so if you’re a Portlandia fan, you can understand the aesthetic of this place.  If you’re clueless right now, know that it’s small and funky in a grandmotherly way but it’s charming and there’s so much lavender (get the latte!) that I can’t help but love it here.  They DO have a decent food menu as well!

Sassafras American Eatery / “Weekend Things”  / This little old house turned restaurant is too cute but don’t let the unpretentious décor and humble wait staff fool you into thinking your food won’t be next level.  It’s Southern but so so much more than that.

Sunny’s / “Christmas Things” / Another favorite spot in our ‘hood.  They serve really good food (the owner is the chef!) in a really cute space.  It’s what all neighborhood breakfast spots should be like.  And I’ve never taken anyone who wasn’t equally delighted by their experience.

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RESTAURANTS

*Denotes places we’ve been to a billion times and have never been disappointed by!  All else are places we’ve been to once or twice and had a good first impression at.  Mostly, I just wanted an excuse to use the word “denote.”

Real Casual

*Illegal Pete’s / “4th of July Weekend Things” / Don’t tell Joey, but I like Illegal Pete’s more than Chipotle.  Chipotle is where suburban families eat and Illegal Pete’s is where us millennials who want a drink with our burrito eat.  Also, not gonna lie, I LOVE that I can order a kid’s burrito (with cheese AND queso) because it’s cheaper and just the right size.

*Masterpiece Delicatessen / I’m not going to pretend this place is cheap.  It’s not.  And I’m not going to pretend it’s the fastest.  It’s also not.  But their sandwiches are so well done and they do not skimp on fillings.  Smoked Turkey is my go-to but the Cuban gives it a run for its money.

*Vine Street Pub / “Weekend Things” / This place is a mainstay in our Denver dining repertoire.  The Tempeh Rueben continues to be my absolute favorite thing on the menu.  Sub the French fries on the side 🙂  They also brew their own beer.

*Biker Jim’s / “Weekend Things” / The staff is so efficient, the hot dogs are so unique and a better pre-game meal does not exist.  You can’t go wrong, but the Elk Jalapeño Cheddar and Alaskan Reindeer are my favorites.

*Machete Tequila + Tacos / “Birthday Things” / My family loves to celebrate birthdays here because it’s a fun celebratory atmosphere but beyond that, the tacos are really good and the margaritas are really strong.

Park Burger / “Weekend Things” / Take your pick of locations and your pick of burgers because you won’t be disappointed by any of them.  Just be sure to order some sweet potato fries.

Denver Deep Dish / “Weekend Things” / This certainly isn’t the best pizza in the city, but it’s a 5-minute walk from our house, serves a variety of good local beer and never has a wait.  Their deep dish is also better than the stuff I ate in Chicago, so there’s that.

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A Bit More Upscale

*Work & Class / “Work & Class: My New Favorite Place” / W&C hits it out of the park EVERY SINGLE TIME.  Don’t be put off by the long wait times, because the food and drinks are so worth it!  If you eat lamb, do not miss an opportunity to taste some of the best you’ve ever had.

*Linger / “The Coolest Place I’ve Ever Been” / My absolute favorite place to spend a summer evening is on their rooftop patio.  For me, it doesn’t get better than Linger.

*Uncle / “This Week + Dinner at Uncle” / Another small place that can have long wait times, but the end result is very much worth it.  Don’t expect the wait staff to be overly in your face.  They politely take your order, make sure things are to your liking then leave you alone to slurp your bowl of noodles.  Pro move: ORDER THE SPICY CHICKEN RAMEN.

*Avanti Food & Beverage / “Weekend Things: GABF & the End of September” / This place is a modern (read: upscale) food court.  There’s a handful of “concepts” all within their own shipping container, then a bunch of open seating and two bars.  If you’re with a group of picky or indecisive eaters, this place is your solution.  P.S. It has a rooftop patio with an incredible view of Downtown Denver.

*Cart-Driver / “Denver Passport Part I” / Don’t be put off by the size (TINY) or the confusion (order at the counter, then seat yourself) because you’re about to eat one of the best pizzas of your life.  My favorite is the clam.

Mercantile Dining & Provisions / “Best Tastes of 2015” / They have a fancy dinner menu but lunch is cheaper, more casual and just as delicious.  The sandwiches are of a generous size — the chicken salad and short rib are out of this world — and we love to order a side of their kettle chips.

Steuben’s / “Exciting Weekend Things” / A modern twist on comfort food with an upscale diner vibe.

Ace Restaurant / “Weekend Things” / They have the best kimchi I’ve ever tasted, a great Asian food offering and ping pong in the back.  Sitting out on their patio on a warm night is a pure delight.  And so is that unintentional rhyme.

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Happy Hour Favorites/Special Occasion Destination

*Root Down / “This Weekend I…” / This is our favorite Happy Hour haunt.  The bar is sunny and hip, the drinks are strong and the food menu does not disappoint.

ChoLon / “(It’s Almost Christmas) Weekend Things”  / This place can get pricey but order the French Onion Soup dumplings, kaya toast and the pork belly buns and you’ll forget what money even is.  But just in case, all of those things are on the HH menu.

Humboldt / “Denver Passport Part I” / We originally went here for dinner, but recent discovery of Happy Hour has rekindled my passion for this place.  Definitely get the trout dip and the burger because it’s award-winning and rightly so.

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Not Food (because I guess I’m not always eating)

Base Coat Nail Salon / An all-natural nail salon that puts the customer first.

Mayan Theater / It’s old, it’s serves alcohol, it shows lesser known films and it’s the best.

Vert Beauty / For all your natural beauty needs, plus the staff is so knowledgeable and can help you find whatever it is you’re looking for.

Denver Public Library / I’ve got a library card and life is good.

Cheesman Park / We got married there! ♥  There’s also a good running path, lots of picnic space and the Denver Botanic Gardens.

The Buell / Check their theater schedule and see a show.

Ogden Theater / Balcony seats for the win, but you’d better show up early to get them.

Red Rocks Amphitheater / Concerts, movies, yoga, but mostly, just breathtaking scenery.

Kindness Yoga / They offer a variety of classes and a variety of teaching styles but I’ve liked 80% of the ones I’ve tried.

Museum of Contemporary Art Denver / It’s small enough to only take an hour or two to get through and the rooftop patio is a secret gem!

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One thought on “Denver Living

  1. So glad to find your list! I’ve been dying to try Tom’s Home Cookin’ too! Spuntino and Euclid Hall are two of my favorite restaurants in the city. I also love Da Lat Vietnamese (down on Federal), Bones, Rioja, bittersweet, and Root Down of course! 🙂

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