Chicken Noodle Matzo Ball Soup at Hoja, prepared with spicy miso, matzo balls, egg noodles and fresh herbs. (Hyoung Chang, Denver Post File)
When the temperature drops, we crave anything slurpable – from soups and stews to pasta, dumplings and more. Of course, this winter takeaway guide in the Denver area is just an excerpt. But it does cover a range of cuisines (see Chinese, Korean, Mexican, Jewish, French, Southwest) and a range of price points. And all of this warms the stomach and soul.
Here are 15 dishes to try and where to order in the city this winter.
This hearty Mexican goat stew is the rare dish that combines the convenience of a soup with the convenience of a taco. But to try first, go to The street at 1565 W. Alameda Ave. For $ 12.99, you can get a heaping bowl of steamed meat with a side of fresh tortillas, coriander, onion, and lime to squeeze out.
For a nutritious and soothing meal on cold days, try the “stock bar” offers from Nest Café at Nurture, 2949 Federal Boulevard. The Umami Veggie ($ 7) and Chicken Bone ($ 9) broths are made with root vegetables, fresh turmeric, ginger root, garlic, and herbs. A seasonal bowl of soup ($ 7) changes weekly.
Cheese and pepper
Two date night specials filled with pasta in Denver Italian Spots make us hungry for a snowy evening at home. at My God, 3264 Larimer St., diners ordering direct 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., for $ 50 you and your date can get a simple salad, chitarra al lime, mafaldine with meatballs, a piece of cheesecake with seasonal fruits to share, and a house cocktail of your choice for two.
The Cantonese rice noodles at Q house, 3401 E. Colfax Ave., are wok fried and rolled in XO sauce, Chinese chives, eggs, and bean sprouts ($ 15). Although they are not a soup at all, they are certainly slurpable and go well with the fried rice dishes from Q House, Chong Qing Chicken or Shacha BBQ spare ribs.
The Leven Deli at the Denver Art Museum has plenty of warming take-away and an outdoor order / pick-up window. (Josie Küster, The Denver Post)
Delicacy of life, 123 W. 12th Ave. at the Denver Art Museum, is a nice stop this season after the Frida Kahlo exhibition. You can go straight to the take-out window to place a to-go order. Try the pastrami chilli ($ 7), which is made with the restaurant’s signature 12-day pastrami and a traditional chilli base, with sour cream and cilantro on top and toasted bread on the side.
It is the season of French cuisine and Brasserie Brixton, 3701 N. Williams St., has you covered in warm gougères, crispy duck, and a French onion soup ($ 8) garnished in melted Gruyère. 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, corn, roasted green chillies and more. Be 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
A Chinese restaurant that at. was reissued Hopfengasse, 3500 Larimer St., the hot and sour soup here is made with pork loin, tofu, mushrooms and lily flowers. Make it a full meal with grilled gai lan or Chinese broccoli with lard and oyster sauce, duck rolls and fried bone marrow rice.
The Korean restaurant Funny Plus 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, shredded chicken and a hard-boiled egg from Daughter Thai Kitchen and Bar. (Josie Küster, The Denver Post)
Longing for Kai
Perhaps the most talked about dish at one of Denver’s newest Thai restaurants, Daughter of Thais Khao Soi Kai combines Nordic-style curry sauce poured over a combination of egg noodles, chicken, hard-boiled egg, bean sprouts, and fresh spring onions ($ 17). Also try the Mae Sai version with slowly braised short ribs of bones. (1700 Platte St.)
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One of the most creative matzo ball soups in town comes from sheet, 1284 S. Pearl St. It consists of egg noodles and matzo balls and spicy miso mixed into the traditional chicken broth ($ 7 per person to $ 19 for the family size). Try for a more traditional but still delicious version Safta‘s, 3330 Brighton Blvd.), which will debut around the holidays.
Brisket Pho from Pho Duy in Broomfield. (Josie Küster, The Denver Post)
Rich broths, slurpable pasta – what more could you want on a snowy day? From all the pho spots in town Pho Duy – at 925 S. Federal Blvd. and 6600 W. 120th Ave., Broomfield – is still our one stop shop. When you order take away, you get a platter of 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 vegetarians or anyone looking for more vegetables in their life, Someone people at 1165 S. Broadway got it right. A four-course meal for $ 25 is served with cereals of your choice (see farinata, risotto, or multiple pastas); 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 then put an end to it.
You can find this in a number of Indian, Tibetan and Nepalese restaurants around town. And while there are also dal and mulligatawny soups, this sherpa stew with its sticky dumplings, steamed vegetables, and thick curry sauce is especially cold-friendly. at 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 as a side dish.
Xiao long bao
If you haven’t tried the new Chinese soup dumplings in town, now is a good time. at Mason’s Dumpling Shop at Aurora, 9655 E. Montview Blvd., you can get eight steamed dumplings filled with soup 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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