After a few months of home-cooked meals, which were definitely missed before the quarantine began, the cravings for takeaway food slowly crept in. When the restaurants reopened with security measures, my family felt more secure when they went to take out or to eat. where there was outdoor seating. If you live in Denver or are planning a road trip there sometime after COVID-19, here is a list of our favorite places we discovered! In the event that you want to try some of these restaurants in the near future, the safety precautions for each location are listed and described in more detail on their websites.
Impressive! Growing up in NYC I loved visiting all of the new ramen spots and ramen quickly became one of my favorite foods. Uncle was absolutely worth the hype and my craving for good ramen was totally satisfied. They have more traditional Japanese options and then more funky options that are unique to them. We had the pork belly and crispy Chinese eggplant rolls, both of which were super flavorful but stood out because the rolls themselves were perfect. The rest of my family had the spicy chicken ramen that Uncle is best known for, and it was definitely a hit, especially if you love spicy food. I went the more traditional route with the Tokyo Shoyu Ramen and it didn’t feel heavy, the broth wasn’t too salty and it was just delicious. If you haven’t had ramen in a while this place won’t disappoint.
* Starting August 2, they will be offering dinner with outdoor seating, takeaway and touchless delivery.
This restaurant in the River North Art District has food that definitely adds to the aesthetic. This place is the perfect brunch place. They have breakfast, lunch and options in between – that’s why they call their menu “Brunchy”. I had the apricot and saffron sourdough waffle which had the most delicious saffron pudding cream with seared apricots and topped with roasted pistachios. I’m not usually a waffle person, but frankly that was out of this world; Even the description makes it sound breathtaking. I tried what the rest of my family got that was tastier and tended towards lunch, and I would suggest these plates too. The Colorful Colorado, a salt and vinegar hash with ham, tons of vegetables and a poached egg, was so tasty and the perfect combination of hearty breakfast ingredients. The Japanese were another highlight Asa-Gohanm, It’s grilled salmon with avocado, carrot and ginger coleslaw, poached egg, and rice. It was an interesting way to add an American twist to a Japanese breakfast. I would also recommend trying something from the Baked Today section – we had the best blueberry muffin I’ve ever had – and have a cup of their amazing coffee.
* From August 2nd, they will only be open for dining with outdoor seating upon prior reservation, pickup and delivery.
This place for breakfast / lunch is insane! This seemingly “hole in the wall” place has tons of super cool options, many of which include something cooked in duck fat. The two standout options we got were the breakfast tacos and the congee. The tacos had homemade tortillas, scrambled eggs, crispy hash browns, grilled mozzarella cheese and a choice of meats, with homemade green or red salsa on the side. This was definitely a step out of my comfort zone as I don’t normally go for breakfast tacos, but these were special and just super tasty in every way! The congee was probably one of my favorite and more unique dishes that I tried on this trip. The congee is congee, cooked in chicken broth, duck confit, poached egg, spring onions, tamari soy sauce, salted ginger, and chili oil. I was honestly a little nervous trying because the description sounded very intense but wasn’t very heavy and all the flavors were so well fused together in an almost subtle way that it was so easy to just want more! They also have less intense foods to choose from, but when you come here I think these two dishes are a must.
* From August 2nd, pick-ups will only be made at the roadside and delivered without contact.
This was our first dinner in Denver and it’s definitely my favorite! It’s a modern Israeli restaurant opened by an award-winning Israeli chef, Alon Shaya. This place has so many delicious dips and amazing Mediterranean flavors. There were different types of hummus, but we opted for tahini and wood-roasted mushroom, which was served with lots of hot pita from the press. I love hummus and these were so good that I kept eating what was left even after we finished our main courses. For the Salatim, we had the Baba Ganoush (charred eggplant, lemon, and sour cream), Muhammara (hazelnuts, coriander, and chili oil), and the Lutenitsa (roasted eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, and garlic) which came closest to what I was eating in Israel. Needless to say, you can’t go wrong with any of these and once you start eating them you can’t stop diving in. For the main course we all shared the falafel, cheese bourekas and half the harissa chicken. The falafels weren’t even remotely dry and had so much flavor, the cheese bourekas were a perfect combination of sweet and savory with the perfect crunch, the half harissa chicken was so juicy and the stunning harissa paste that made the chicken not overwhelmed. If you come here I would definitely recommend sharing everything so you can try so much more. Oh, and if you want a soft drink I would try the Moroccan mint tea press!
* From August 2nd they will be offering dine-in, take-away and delivery.
We wanted to bring it back to basics after our big breakfast at Onefold so we came here for pizza. Growing up in NYC I was once again very picky about pizza, but this place really did it. We got two super tasty starters – the chicken liver mousse, which they actually make in-house, and the panzanella salad. The main stars were of course the pizzas. We have the Daisy which is your basic margarita but all the ingredients were super fresh and the crust was perfect. We also had the Market Pizza, basil and almond pesto with farm tomatoes, mozzarella and balsamic reduction, and finally the mortadella with pistachios, ricotta, mortadella, balsamic and rocket. The pizza toppings speak for themselves and the crust was cooked to perfection. So if you’re in the pizza mood, make sure to try them out!
* From August 2nd they will be open for in-house meals with indoor and outdoor seating and for collection.
Some bonus recs
We made a list of places that can be visited by the local Denverites, but we didn’t have time to go everywhere. So I want to pass the list on just in case the restaurants I mentioned are not enough.