All posts tagged: Food

Green Seed Market: So Much More Than Salad

Two days after Central Market’s official opening, Stephen Julia and Katsumi Ruiz are still figuring out where to shelve incoming produce deliveries at Green Seed Market. Boxes of broccoli and lettuce are stacked up in the shop’s corner, waiting for a home. Two lonely bottles of fresh juice sit in the refrigerated display; the rest have sold out faster than expected. At the salad bar, customers order veggie bowls even at the odd 3-5 hours between lunch and dinner. The shop has all the feel of a New York bodega—small, bustling, and just chaotic enough to feel authentic. But the journey that led to Green Seed Market’s opening wasn’t an easy one. With Central Market’s opening delayed multiple times for various reasons, even locals wondered if the gourmet community marketplace would ever open at all. But in late September, when Central Market opened its doors, the 13 vendors inside were met with enthusiasm that surprised them all. Green Seed was no different, and the small produce shop was overwhelmed with orders. Green Seed is a …

The Best Happy Hour in Denver, from Champagne to Burritos

Finding a happy hour in Denver isn’t hard. Finding one that’s actually enjoyable, well that’s another story. Many Denverites will settle for a place near their office, but sometimes, you just want something special. Our list has been curated to help you hit the spots that have great deals and unique offerings. We also took atmosphere, crowd-size and service into account so you can really have the happiest hour (or two). Corridor 44 You might wind up walking past Corridor 44 in Larimer Square, since it blends in a little with other local restaurants, but if you love champagne, this is the best happy hour in Denver for you. From 3-6 pm, M-F, Corridor 44 offers $4 champagne cocktails. And we’re not talking the cheap stuff, either. With classics like the Kir Royale and modern twists like Grape Bubble Yum, Corridor 44 really has a champagne cocktail for everyone. The décor is a bit posh, but not overly so, and you’ll always be able to find a seat for happy hour. Hapa Sushi Hapa is …

Best Neighborhoods to Window Shop

While Denver offers its share of malls and shopping centers, it also has plenty of neighborhoods and streets that showcase smaller boutiques, restaurants and bars, all of which make an ideal way to spend an afternoon. And it’s these neighborhoods that we consider to be the best places to shop in Denver. South Pearl Street Located just south of Denver near the very popular Washington Park, South Pearl Street is a popular destination for diners and shoppers alike. South Pearl is home to a number of iconic Denver restaurants, including Sushi Den, which is recognized as one of the best Sushi restaurants in Denver, the Duffeyroll cafe, which offers some of the best cinnamon rolls and breakfast sandwiches in the Denver area, and Stellas, a wonderful coffeehouse frequented by students and professionals alike. The street offers a number of other dining and drinking options, offering everything from tasty burgers to upscale Japanese fair, as well as a beer tasting room and a wine bar. Shoppers enjoy the boutique shops and art galleries offering gifts, clothing, …

Popular Denver Farmers’ Markets

Summer is a vibrant place in colorful Colorado, but nothing is more full of life than the local farmers’ markets in Denver. Ranging from small and simple to sprawling, you can’t spend a weekend in Denver without passing a market, and why would you want to? With treats like local honey, salsas and vegetables, Denver farmers’ markets have plenty of choices for every kind of eater. Check out each of the following markets on different weekends or all at once if you don’t mind filling up on free samples. Old South Pearl St Farmers’ Market May – November, Sundays 9-1 Old South Pearl isn’t your typical hipster market. The neighborhood of Platte Park provides a small-town atmosphere and the local shops that line the street give the pleasant air of a European market. Operating on Sundays from 9-1, from May through November, the Old South Pearl Farmers’ Market is small but packed with sophistication and local treats including green chilies and palisade peaches. The City Park Esplanade Fresh Market June – October, Sundays 9-1 Wedged …

Great Restaurants to Avoid During Happy Hour

Great happy hours can be one of the most wonderful things in the world, but in Denver, some places get too packed and a little too cozy for the 4-7 time slot. Denver happy hour tends to come with few rules, but one of them is that you shouldn’t have to wait over an hour just to enjoy a cheaper drink or food. Even if you’ve heard so much about a place, we recommend checking out the following places during off-hours instead of happy hour. Work and Class With a hip, minimalist interior and a Latin fusion menu, Work & Class located at 2500 Larimer Street is one of the most popular restaurants at 5 pm in Denver. We’re not exaggerating: any time between opening and 8 pm will be around an hour wait just to be seated. Instead of waiting, head down the street to one of the other bars on Larimer and check back around 9 pm for a quieter vibe (this doesn’t really apply on Fridays or Saturdays, but that’s true for …

Denver Restaurants: Dining Al Fresco Downtown

Denver’s sunny weather allows for outdoor dining during almost every season. Sure, a blizzard or two might throw Denverites off, but the 60-degree weather that always follows leads to outdoor cups of coffee and sidewalk snacking. If you’re looking for downtown Denver restaurants where you can dine outside, we’ve got all the tips and tricks to help you have an enjoyable meal. Where to Go Plenty of places along the 16th Street Mall have open-air dining, but if you’re looking for something a little quieter and calmer, avoid the stretch from Glenarm to Arapahoe. Union Station, recently completely renovated, has plenty of outdoor spaces for dining and also an outdoor water feature for playing if you need to cool down. Larimer Street is loaded with restaurants, and with such a short walk to Coors Field, it’s always a good option if you’re looking for something before or after a game. Higher End If you prefer sitting on a bit more of an upscale patio, try ChoLon at the corner of 16th and Blake. Known for …

Where the Locals Go: Ice Cream

With summer temperatures that top 90 most days, Denver locals know how to cool down: with a good, old fashioned ice cream. But like most things, Denver isn’t about being vanilla. Denver’s local ice cream shops, spread conveniently across the area so you’ll never have to drive far, are all about flavor, local vibes and chilling out. Every Denverite has their personal favorite, so try these all before you choose your own go-to shop. Liks Ice Cream, Capitol Hill Like most Denver creameries, Liks makes their own ice cream in house. The shop, a local hit since 1976, serves up a variety of flavors, including blueberry cobbler and banana cream pie. Unlike other shops, Liks has some really hearty flavors, as there is literally cobbler mixed into their cobbler ice cream. With a dog-friendly patio, Liks is also a great destination for people walking in Cheesman Park or the Cap Hill neighborhood. Little Man Ice Cream, The Highlands With its giant milk jug exterior, Little Man Ice Cream is a local landmark and ultra-popular destination. …

4 First Date Ideas

So you’ve just met the perfect match on Tinder, OKCupid or maybe somewhere else. If you’re not into the Netflix and chill game, you might want to take your date out on the town. If you’re new to Denver, or just don’t get out that much, you might wind up in a place that’s too loud, too expensive or all around weird (lookin’ at you, Sancho’s Broken Arrow!). Don’t worry: we’ve got you covered. Here are a few places to take your first date that won’t break your budget or your hopes of getting that goodnight kiss. Avanti Food & Beverage So you don’t know what your date likes. You don’t know if they have any food allergies or preferences. Don’t worry, Avanti has you covered. With multiple eateries and a huge selection as well as booze, Avanti is a great place for a date that you’re trying to get to know. Choose from noodle bowls, arepas, sandwiches and more for relatively decent prices and get to know your date with food you actually both …

Where the Locals Go: Denver Tacos

If you’re new to the Mile High, you might have noticed something about Denver’s food culture that baffles you. As a melting pot of transplants and cultures, Denver has everything from pho to gourmet hot dogs, but nobody can agree on who serves the best tacos. There are a few names that always come up, all appealing to different tastes, but there’s never a proven winner and Denverites are very dedicated to their favorite taco places. Here are a few places to try: be warned, if you try any of these places, you might wind up way too attached. El Taco De Mexico For taco purists, El Taco De Mexico is always hands down the best place in Denver. Serving up traditional Mexican plates with little fanfare and décor, El Taco De Mexico is a counter joint with menu items like chile relleno, as well as tongue, tripe and cheek. Despite its unassuming exterior at the corner of Santa Fe & 7th Ave, El Taco De Mexico is a local favorite that you’ll hear about …

Denver Breweries: RiNo’s Hidden Gems

Denver’s RiNo district, one of the most rapidly growing art neighborhoods in the city, boasts dozens of bar and galleries. But among the trendy shops and murals, RiNo is home to several Denver breweries that turn out great drinks and a great night on the town. With wine, beer and cider all brewed right in RiNo, there’s something for everyone and all within a walking distance from downtown as well as nearby neighborhoods. Our Mutual Friend – 2810 LARIMER STREET, DENVER, CO 80205 If high energy and craft beer are a necessity for a good time, Our Mutual Friend Brewing Company is the place to go in RiNo. Located at 28th and Larimer, OMF has taproom hours every day of the week except Monday. Our Mutual Friend’s mission is not only to be a neighborhood gathering place, but also to use local ingredients in small batches to create interesting and diverse beer. Cream Ale and Coffee Stout join staples like Colorado Pale Ale on the brewery’s tap list, which changes on a regular basis. Ratio …