The brand new Denver eating places our meals editors try out in November, from wing pop-up to Chinese language dwelling cooking – The Denver Submit
Right off the bat, at the time of publication, we’re not sure we’ll be dining in restaurants for much longer. COVID-19 cases in Colorado continue to skyrocket and a shutdown could be imminent. Fortunately, these new spots offer take away and, in some cases, delivery services, and we’re excited to have more options for both this winter.
Here are a handful of restaurants that we tried and tested this month, along with suggestions for ordering in each of them.
These days, if you’re like us, you might be staying closer to your own neighborhood for dining outings. But Chef Manny Barella hopes his meal at the new Bellota (Spanish for acorn, as the last restaurant in the area was called) will take you a little further.
“I want people to pass three other Mexican restaurants on their way here,” Barella said with a smile. In Bellota, the Monterrey, Mexico native prepares food from all over his homeland, with local dishes like enchiladas ($ 8 and mole ($ 18) alongside tacos ($ 4.50 to $ 7) and snacks like esquites (street corn, $ 7) ).) here prepared like risotto and with a charred tortilla aioli.
This final dish is a fine example of Barella’s unique contribution to the Denver Mexican food scene. Before opening Bellota with the teams behind Acorn and Smok (also at The Source), he worked in the kitchens of Uchi and Frasca. You won’t notice any influence from these gourmet institutions here, just at a price that’s a little more pandemic-friendly.
3350 Brighton Boulevard. (in The Source), 720-542-3721, denverbellota.com
Natascha Hess’ stationary version of the Ginger Pig was a long time coming. Hess started with a food truck in the boulder area, which received high praise in a review in this publication. She opened a booth at Boulder Food Hall Rosetta and has finally moved to new stalls in the Berkeley neighborhood of North Denver. Lucky for us.
Guests can order a range of hot and homely Chinese dishes to share with family at Ginger Pig Restaurant. Start with spicy roast chicken ($ 14), add some chewy mung bean noodles ($ 14) or char siu pork ($ 15), and don’t skip the cocktail list that plays with ingredients from all over Asia.
The best thing about the new Ginger Pig? Hess is already a to-go professional from her food truck days, so meals can be packed well for dinner.
4262 Lowell Blvd., 720-324-8416, gingerpig.com
While a new oyster and lobster bar doesn’t exactly feel like the most punctual opening during a recession that left millions unemployed, this new uptown restaurant offers some affordable indulgences that could make it a neighborhood favorite.
Owner Rich Manzo created a hideaway for anything related to lobster by having the popular crustacean in dishes like poutine ($ 19), a cobb salad ($ 13), a club sandwich (US $ 23) $ 20) and traditional and Connecticut style lobster rolls ($ 20). If lobster isn’t your style then definitely don’t skip the clams ($ 16). You will get a large bucket of it floating in any sauce. (We recommend white wine, bacon and creme fraiche.)
Come on Tuesdays for a $ 35 lobster boil box or a Sunday for a $ 26 bouillabaisse. There is only indoor seating currently, so plan on ordering takeout if you are not comfortable with it.
500 E. 19th Ave., 303-862-9282, manzolobsterbar.com
That summer, Ace Eat Serve hosted a restaurant-within-a-restaurant pop-up serving summer poke bowls for delivery and pickup. Now the Uptown Restaurant has launched Wing Alley, a wing-centered pop-up from Chef Thach Danny Tran.
Tran took a few dishes that were popular on the Ace Eat Serve menu – notably the Tiger Wings, which was coated with a sticky, sweet, and salty lemongrass, chilli and caramel sauce – and built a menu of Asian-inspired wings to take away ($ 11.99 for eight, $ 22.99 for 16) or $ 29.99 for 24) and soft drinks like Thai iced tea and Vietnamese coffee.
While there is some overlap between the Ace Eat Serve and Wing Alley menus, you can’t order Wing Alley for dinner – you have to use the Door Dash app. But those wings – like the (literally) tingly dry spice grater on the Foxy Kitsune wings or the Lucky Dragon, coated in a sticky, sweet Thai chili sauce with garlic aioli – are worth the extra effort. This concept is particularly corona-friendly only for take away or delivery.
501 E. 17th Ave. (at Ace Eat Serve), 720-897-8002, aceeatserve.com/wing-alley
Postino (and Cava) 9 + Co
For those who are near 9th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard, the 9+ Co project proves to be a simple weekday dinner. Restaurants like Pizzeria Locale, Gelato Boy and Frank & Roze have already opened here, and now two newcomers – Postino and Cava – have started serving. While both operate outside of the state, they have consistent offerings and a serious local following.
This is Postino’s third Denver location; the other two are in LoHi and South Broadway. The restaurant is known for its equally extensive wine selection and selection of bruschetta boards, as well as for its specials, such as Monday and Tuesday evenings with board and bottle for 25 US dollars.
And Cava just landed in Colorado with a handful of Front Range locations. You can build your own bowls in the quick-casual Mediterranean spot: start with lettuce, cereals or pita, then add dips and spreads, proteins, vegetables and other toppings and dressings. You can expect to pay around $ 10 for a bowl of your choice or $ 45 for a “family dinner.”
830 N. Colorado Blvd., 720-262-5474, postinowinecafe.com; 4084 E. 8th place, 970-713-2084, cava.com
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