Chicken noodle matzo ball soup at Hoja, made from spicy miso, matzo balls, egg noodles and fresh herbs. (Hyoung Chang, Denver Post File)
When the temperature drops, we crave anything that can sip – from soups and stews to pasta, dumplings and more. Of course, this guide to winter take-out in the Denver area is just a selection. But it does cover a range of cuisines (see Chinese, Korean, Mexican, Jewish, French, Southwest) and a range of price points. And everything warms up for the stomach and soul.
Here are 15 dishes to try and where to order in town this winter.
This hearty Mexican goat stew is the rare dish that combines the convenience of a soup with the convenience of a taco. Once you start looking, you’ll find it on food trucks menu and street stalls near Denver. But to try first, go to The street 1565 W. Alameda Ave. For $ 12.99, you can get a heaping bowl of steamed meat with a side dish of fresh tortillas, coriander, onion, and lime to squeeze.
For a nutritious and calming meal on a cold day, try the offers in the “broth bar” from Nest Cafe at Nurture2949 Federal Blvd. Umami Veggie ($ 7) and Chicken Bone ($ 9) broths are made with root vegetables, fresh turmeric, ginger root, garlic, and herbs. A seasonal soup ($ 7) changes weekly.
Cheese and pepper
Two noodle-filled date night specials at Italian locations in Denver make us hungry after a snowy evening at home. At the My God, 3264 Larimer St., diners who order directly from the restaurant can enjoy a $ 50 dinner for two with a simple salad, spaghetti, cacio e pepe, and a bottle of house red wine. And at Olivia restaurant, 290 S. Downing St., $ 50 brings you and your date a simple salad, chitarra al lime, mafaldine with meatballs, a piece of cheesecake with seasonal fruits to share, and a house cocktail for two.
The Cantonese rice noodles at Q house, 3401 E. Colfax Ave., are stir-fried and rolled in XO sauce, Chinese chives, eggs, and bean sprouts ($ 15). While they’re not soup at all, alongside Q House’s fried rice options, the Chong Qing chicken, or the shacha grill spare ribs, they’re definitely swallowable and seasonal.
The Denver Art Museum’s Leven Deli has plenty of warming take-away and an outdoor order / pick-up window. (Josie Sexton, The Denver Post)
Life Deli, 123 W. 12th Ave. from the Denver Art Museum, is a nice stop this season after Frida Kahlo’s exhibition. You can go straight to the takeaway window to place a takeaway order. Try the pastrami chilli ($ 7), which is made with the restaurant’s 12-day pastrami and a traditional chilli base, plus sour cream and cilantro and toasted bread.
It’s the season for French cuisine and Brasserie Brixton, 3701 N. Williams St., covered you with warm gougères, crispy duck, and a $ 8 French onion soup in melted Gruyere. Take it home with a loaf of homemade sourdough and some apple pie with sweet cream for dessert.
With one location each in North and South Denver, Tocabe (8181 E. Arapahoe Road and 3536 W. 44th Ave.) is a convenient stop for a hot bowl or two. The Posu bowls combine grains like quinoa, wheat berries and wild rice with bison and other meats, hominy, sweet corn, roasted green chilies and much more. Make sure to order a cup ($ 3.75) or bowl ($ 6.95) of Iko’s green chili stew with fried bread on the side.
Hot and sour soup from Hop Alley in Denver with pork loin, tofu, mushrooms and lily flowers. (Provided by Hop Alley)
Hot and sour
Visited a Chinese food staple restaurant again Hop Alley, 3500 Larimer St., the hot and sour soup here is made from pork loin, tofu, mushrooms and lily flowers. Make a full meal with grilled gai lan or Chinese broccoli with lard and oyster sauce, duck rolls, and fried bone marrow rice.
For $ 29.99 to $ 41.99, the Funny Plus Korean restaurant in Aurora (2779 S. Parker Road) offers you and two or more hungry friends a saucepan of tofu, beef bulgogi, seafood, beef intestines and tripe, or the specialty “Army soup” with ham, sausage and beef.
Khao Soi Northern Thai Curry with noodles, chicken schnitzel and a hard-boiled egg from Daughter Thai Kitchen and Bar. (Josie Sexton, The Denver Post)
Khao soi kai
Perhaps the most talked about dish in one of Denver’s newest Thai restaurants. Daughter Thai khao soi kai combines Nordic style curry sauce poured over a combo of egg noodle, shredded chicken, hard-boiled egg, bean sprouts, and fresh spring onion ($ 17). Also try the Mae Sai version with slow-braised short rib bone. (1700 plate St.)
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One of the more creative matzo ball soups in town comes from leaf, 1284 S. Pearl St. It consists of egg noodles and matzo balls and flavorful miso mixed into the traditional chicken broth ($ 7 for individuals to $ 19 for family sizes). Try a more traditional, yet delicious, version Safta‘s, 3330 Brighton Blvd.), which will make its debut over the holidays.
Brisket Pho from Pho Duy in Broomfield. (Josie Sexton, The Denver Post)
Lavish broths, sipping pasta – what more could you ask for on a snowy day? From all the photo spots in town Pho Duy – at 925 S. Federal Blvd. and 6600 W. 120th Ave., Broomfield – is still our one stop shop. If you order to take away, you will receive a platter with separate ingredients. So plan to cook your broth and pour it over the pasta, meat, and vegetables at home. Choose from a few dozen protein combinations for $ 9.95 to $ 11.95.
For the vegetarian dinner or for those who are looking for more vegetables in their life, Someone people at 1165 S. Broadway just got the cure. A four-course menu for USD 25 includes cereals of your choice (see farinata, risotto or several noodles). Vegetables (soup or salad); House focaccia; and a chocolate chip cookie for dessert. Combine your main course with a Tuscan vegetable and bread soup or ribollita and call it a night.
You can find this in a number of Indian, Tibetan and Nepalese restaurants around town. And while there are also dal soups and mulligatawny soups, this sherpa stew with its sticky dumplings, steamed vegetables, and thick curry sauce is especially cold-weather-friendly. At the Himchuli, 3489 W. 32nd Ave., you can customize it with veggies, lamb, chicken, or shrimp ($ 12- $ 17), various heat levels, and basmati or brown rice on the side.
Xiao long bao
If you haven’t tried the new Chinese soup dumpling place in town, now is a good time. At the Mason’s Dumpling Shop At Aurora, 9655 E. Montview Blvd., you can get eight steamed and soup-filled dumplings for $ 12. Pair them with pasta and rice bowls and sticky buns, or order 25 frozen dumplings to make at home ($ 22-30).
Xiao Long Bao, or steamed soup dumplings from Mason’s in Aurora. (Mike Mallory, provided by Mason’s Dumpling Shop)
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