Join the Gelato Craze with These 5 Denver Spots
I Scream Gelato features bubble waffle cones for their unique gelato flavors.Photo by Haley Paez. A nostalgic summer treasure is the repetitive sound of an ice cream truck moseying down the street. It has the same beloved 30 bars, cups and pops and will always be synonymous with summer. Denver doesn't have a whole lot roaming around, but what the Mile High lacks in roving ice cream trucks it makes up for in local ice cream shops. Sadly gelato never made its way into their ice chests – most likely because it isn't technically frozen. But never the less, the city cultivates this cultural treat from Italy with each local shop putting its own spin on the refreshing treat.Read full story
Sea the Ocean All the Way From Denver With These Local Restaurants.
There are only so many ways to find relief in the blazing heat of the summer sun. An apartment pool or the Cherry Creek reservoir alleviates Denver from being a complete desert, however those yearning for the scent of the sea breeze will find it sadly missing from the Mile High. Fortunately, even without the sights of the mosaic of blues in the ocean or the touch of toasted sand, the chefs of Denver provide the taste and smell to bring diners beachside for at least a little while. The variety will bring your palette to whichever vacation comes to mind, from docks in the upper northwest to the island of Japan. For anyone craving a taste of the sea, we've rounded up some of the best local seafood spots to help scratch that itch.Read full story
Jive with Fireside at Five's Newest Fundraiser For the Denver Art Park.
This summer Denver has blossomed with food pop-ups – from bakery and food truck pre-orders to restaurants hosting their own unique versions of a dinner party. After a year of distanced dining, the food scene of Denver has gotten back to breaking bread. Aside from food, another way to cheers for the warm weather and reunion of the city is through a refreshing drink. During the pandemic, local community organizers Fireside at Five realized the lack of these types of social gatherings and found another way to get the town mingling. Now, Summer Swing hosts DJs and local spirit producers to join together in a night of libations and dance – and the next speakeasy event is happening tonight.Read full story
Bring on the Birria to Denver.
Kiké’s Red Tacos is relatively new to the Denver food scene. However, it won't be surprising to see their new truck being a major stop for all the hungry people in town. Their signature item, birria, make up the majority of food videos trending on social media. The shredded meat, tortillas glistening red from being dipped in the braising consommé liquid, construct a taco unlike the ones typically celebrated on Tuesdays.Read full story
Chook Will Leave You Shook
It’s fast, casual, cheap and serving chicken. If the image of newly bronzed Colonel Sanders, with his pristinely white beard and jet black bolo tie, popped into your mind, I beg of you to think again. Instead, I offer you the image of a corner restaurant with a wall that looks as if it was constructed from magazine rippings, basically the epitome of what a third grader’s art project would strive to be, but edgy and sleek. It’s pretty unsuspecting as it hides ever so slightly behind a black awning with the word Chook written as its title.Read full story
Take Me Out to Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs, Forget the Baseball Game
One might think a motorcycle gang runs this joint, but no leather jacket or a Harley is required for when you roll up to Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs. The inside of the restaurant is a Nirvana and Bon Jovi’s wonderland, with dark colors and a completely exposed grill cooking up dogs every second. Their brick wall has a huge skull radiating off it with hot dogs as crossbones, but look a bit deeper inside, and you’ll see the framed accomplishments that Jim has accumulated over the years.Read full story
Drop it like it's Hot(pot) at D Station Restaurant.
The highly-publicized restaurants of Denver often reside right by Union Station or in the suburbs on Pearl street. Instead, DU students can rejoice to know that solely a block or two from campus, they can relive their thrilling experiences studying abroad with the Asian fusion being served on Evans. D Station harbors a fun environment that encourages friends and family to come together over their ability to play with their food.Read full story
“Super Mega Bien”: The Name Explains it All
A “super” inviting environment, “mega” flavors bursting from each innovative dish, and a “bien” experience are all guaranteed at this restaurant. Super Mega Bien lives at the beginning of the RiNo Art District and does a great job of welcoming people into such a lively neighborhood.Read full story
This Cafe is Going all Day
Some restaurants have a defined cuisine or exclusively cater to early risers or those looking for a late-night bite. Carbon Cafe diverts away from this mentality with their edgy, all-day eats that transform known dishes with elements of surprise. Dishes like grilled cheese and pizza sound familiar, but they are reimagined on their new menu.Read full story
Oh God! Dio Mio Makes Great Pasta
The outer East edge of Larimer street hides what appears to be a quaint little restaurant. Dio Mio’s maroon wall strictly contrasts the murals that draw tourists to this side of town. However, the other side of the restaurant showcases praying hands with a fork twisted around a heaping load of pasta between them.Read full story
Reel in a Good Bite from Fish N Beer
Coloradans have the utmost pride in their mountain backdrop, but everyone needs to feel the warm sand on their feet and hear the breaking tide roll in. Fish N Beer offers the essence of the ocean scene through its seafood-focused menu. The restaurateurs are bringing a new twist to the concept of farm-to-table dining.Read full story
You Won’t Stop at Just Uno Más
The glow of white sand beaches screams for the accompaniment of slushy—maybe boozy—beverages with paper umbrellas topping them off and slices of fruit getting lost in the delicious, refreshing drinks. Those drinks are mandatory to hydrate you after the salt-slathered fries or other deep-fried snacks from the cabana menu. Kicking back on the beach at any resort can rekindle memories of great escapes to the Mexican Gulf or Pacific Coast. If you’re looking for that type of feeling here in Denver, I can offer you one better by going to Uno Más restaurant, where the spirit of Mexico thrives in the most authentic way.Read full story
Nothing but Noshes from The Noshery
The Denver food scene expands beyond the restaurants lit up by the Union Station lights. Just a short drive beyond the Highlands lies The Noshery, a quaint eatery composed of a husband and wife team who bring a homestyle menu with an artisanal touch.Read full story
White Pie Pizza Turns up the Heat
Typically, pizzas are reserved for movie night – the times you’re tucked away in the fort you may or may not have made as a 20-something adult. Those moments are beloved. Now is the perfect time to revisit those cherished late nights and have White Pie take you into their kitchen for a reinvention of the pizza world as we know it.Read full story
Dos Santos is a Heavenly Taco and Margarita Bar
Dos Santos sign.Photo courtesy of Dos Santos. Upon first glance, Dos Santos is not the Mexican restaurant most people remember going to as children. The chic, modern interior has an industrial feel with an exposed ceiling and bricklaying uncovered on the back walls. The front is composed of windows letting in as much natural light as possible. Normally, the bursts of yellows, greens, reds and blues cannot be hidden in the family-owned restaurant serving the finest eats to everyone in town.Read full story
Keeping up with the Local Jones in Cherry Creek.
In their song “Make it Sweet,” Old Dominion famously sang “Just trying to keep up with the Jones at the end of the block.” While they might not have been referring to Local Jones Eatery located inside the Halcyon Hotel in Cherry Creek, the lyrics fit this fresh spot quite nicely. They epitomize the farm-to-table Colorado mentality, sourcing ingredients well and cultivating a welcoming environment that others surely want to emulate.Read full story
Diversity at DU is Found in the Kitchen Rather than the Classroom
The University of Denver is a predominately white institution. However, in the neighboring streets, there are numerous ethnicities represented by way of restaurants. Students have the opportunity to explore the globe without traveling more than a mile away from campus with the help of food replacing the need for a plane ticket.Read full story
Grace & Cakes Takes the Cake as a Sweet Foundation for Foster Kids
All people really need are the essentials, food, water, shelter, and birthday cakes. A birthday is the one time during the year where being awkwardly stared at by a group of people singing is welcomed. It’s also the only time that putting out a fire by blowing on it is cheered for. Birthdays are also a motivator for breaking any diet or getting that extra treat that parents usually frown upon. Lisa Repp–an at-home baker from Denver living in Spokane, Washington–wouldn’t miss out on this opportunity to bake up something special for friends and family. It wasn’t until her husband Drew thought of another group of kids that would light up from having their sweet craving cured on their special day.Read full story
Jaya Asian Grill Brings Unexpected Authenticity to a Strip Mall
Social media has forced its audience to perceive life in a certain light – everything has to be in accordance with its unquestioned rules. This spans fashion, beauty and has even corrupted food. Instagram food accounts can show the most indulgent treats, where milkshakes are adorned by candy, cookies and frosting before being brought to the table. A single straw with whip cream and cherry is no longer sufficient, it needs to be grandiose and eye-popping.Read full story
Five stars for El Five
View from El Five roof top.Photo courtesy of El Five Instagram. The skyline of Denver, while not the tallest, looks like it is enrobed in the clouds and the reddish-pink-hued sunset that is painted across the Colorado sky. This view is always a show stopper and enough of a distraction to disrupt the drivers on I-25. Nothing compares to seeing this while gazing off the balcony of El Five located in the LoHi neighborhood. Its panoramic view of the city puts every aspect of the city into view.Read full story