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Denver & Colorado 2018

Tuesday, August 28th, 2018

Recently, we had the opportunity to return to Colorado for a visit and meetings throughout the state, including in Denver, one of our favorite cities.   Next to the campus at the University of Denver, approximately 9 miles outside of Downtown Denver we lunched at Spanky’s Roadhouse, a staple of the University Park neighborhood.  They have cleaned up and upgraded the restaurant here, but it continues to have damn tasty burgers and super thick milkshakes.  We decided on a 1/2 pound grass fed burger topped with Bacon Jam, Brie Cheese, more Bacon on a Gluten-free Bun along with Sweet Potato Waffle Fries.  Tasty!

 

Later in the afternoon we had a meeting with an associate in the city who suggested we head over to Tap & Burger at Sloan’s Lake, which is a fast developing and growing development in the Upper Highlands area of the city.  Meeting over Aperol Spritz’s, this spot was a great people watching location on a Friday afternoon.

 

First stop on the Friday night tour was over to Super Mega Bien at 25th & Larimer, in the Ramble Hotel.  The cuisine is Latin American Dim Sum, which is served in an extremely fun and vibrant environment, and is the sister restaurant to Work & Class right across the street.  We had the chance to sample their Portguese Smoked Halibut Dip (a take on a baccalo dish) and Pork Chorizo Sausage with Escabeche, pairing those with a Botanical Gin & Tonic, made for a wonderful start.   Later in the evening, we headed to Blackbird Public House at Washington Park (Wash Park), which is more of a local tavern but is upscale in the decor and cuisine.  Sharing items in the center of the table we chose their Devil’s on Horseback, Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Smoked Wings, paired with a Willamette Valley Pinot Gris.

 

Heading to the Mountains, we had the pleasure of staying at the Westin Riverfront & Spa, Beaver Creek, a true 4 Star Hotel located in Avon, at the base of Beaver Creek.  We’re a big fan of Westin hotels in the Starwood (now Marriott) portfolio and this one was right in line with the others.  They have a tremendously amazing gym, one of the best hotel fitness center’s we’ve experienced, a wonderful outdoor pool with swimming lanes & a fun section, along with 3 Jacuzzis.  The King Suite which is standard, was spacious and comfortable, definitely a solid room for 2 or 4 people.   We then had the opportunity to play a little bit at Beaver Creek Mountain, indulging in the great scenery and natural beauty of the town.  It was definitely buzzing with tourists, so we made our way to the Beaver Creek Chophouse for a lite lunch of a Fresh Pulled Chicken Cobb Salad, Sweet Potato Fries and some Rose; perfect for the gorgeous mountain afternoon.

 

Prior to leaving the mountains, we stopped in Vail, at Vail Village for a quick visit to Loaded Joe’s Coffee – right after covered bridge which is always busy and brews a fantastic, strong cup of coffee.  There was a Sunday Morning Farmer’s Market going on as well, so we indulged in Fresh Ahi Poke, Gluten Free with Sushi Rice, which was perfect to enjoy in the late morning sunshine and vibrant environment.

 

Right before departing 5,280, we stopped at Root Down at the airport for a pre-flight snack, which was perfect as they very much cater to those with food allergies and respect the significance of them.  We enjoyed a Farm to Table Cobb Salad with Pulled Chicken and Chipotle Green Goddess Dressing and a Roasted Beet Salad with Sunflower Seed Pesto & Basil Vinaigrette.   Colorado once again came through as a great place to do business, escape from the daily grind and full of amazing food, people and scenery.  Can’t wait to head back!

 

Colorado; much more than just Denver

Monday, July 9th, 2018

On a recent visit back to the Colorado, we were able to enjoy a variety of restaurants, not just in Denver.

 

First stop was over at The Post Brewing Co. in Lafayette – this is a North Carolina/Southern themed brewery and menu that has found a home in this Boulder suburb. We started with the Fried Chicken Skins with Pinto Bean & Green Chile Hummus which was a novel use of the chicken skin and play on the appetizer plate. Next, we enjoyed their amazing 1/2 Roast Chicken that had been brined over night and served with an Arugula Salad, Pickled Cauliflower & Red Onions – very tasty and a perfect pairing with a Stem Hibiscus Cider – made locally in Colorado.

 

Next stop was up to the mountains for a visit to Vail, usually known for its Winter pleasures of skiing, but plenty enjoyable during the Summer Season.

 

We had found DeliZioso Deli, which is a casual spot to drop in and pick up specialty items, goods and snacks. They’re known for their variety of sandwiches, including being extremely friendly to those with allergies, especially gluten.

 

Later in the evening, we had to make a pilgrimage to The Red Lion which is a true Vail Classic that serves as the defacto ‘clubhouse’ of town and a gathering place for all ages. Serving Mountain fare and local favorites, the Lion is nothing fancy but plenty tasty.

 

The next day, in search of a late lunch with a patio right on the river, we headed to the Mountain Standard which serves Upscale cuisine in a modern setting. There we enjoyed their Crispy Cheesy Polenta Rotisserie Chicken with Yucca Frita and Caramelized Banana Mole.

 

For dinner in the evening, we weren’t after a full meal but needed a nice place for a glass of wine in a relaxing setting, which we found at Lancelot Steakhouse right in Vail Village. They are known for their Prime Rib, but since we didn’t need a huge meal, we settled on their Blackened Prime Rib Caesar Salad which was an extremely pleasant surprise and so much better than expected for a simple meal.

 

Prior to departing Vail, we stopped into Bully Ranch at the Sonenalp for some patio dining. Bully Ranch is known for their burger selection, however healthy cuisine was on the menu for the day, choosing a delicious healthy salad of Power Greens, Quinoa, Strawberries, Blueberries and Seared Chicken.

 

Heading back down from the mountains, dinner that night was back in Lafayette, checking out another one of the recent additions to their dining scene, Community. These guys are doing a lot right in terms of decor, design, beverage program and more, but the food didn’t fully match up to the sizzle. However, their Roasted Spicy Brussels Sprouts with Parmesan Cheese were a very tasty appetizer to share and start the meal.

 

Prior to departing Colorado, we had to stop back in Denver for a visit to Root Down in the Highlands, a personal favorite meal, always uber local on ingredients and extremely aware of allergies. They continue to do a great job overall, even with their growth of adding other restaurants in the area and success. We had a variety of items, including Avocado Toast with Sunflower Seeds and Sesame Seeds with Beet Salad, Gluten Free Pancakes with Yogurt Parfait and a Shrimp & Sweet Potato Hash with a sunny side up local Egg, all paired with Bottomless Blood Orange Mimosas. Yet another delicious meal there!

 

Once again, Colorado as a whole, proved that their dining scene is on fire currently and not just in Denver; you can find outstanding culinary experiences throughout the Centennial State.

 

 

Denver, Colorado – 5,280 is Hot, Hot, Hot!

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

 

On a recent visit back to the ever growing and hot, hot, hot city of Denver, we witnessed the burgeoning food and restaurant scene which has come with the population growth.  Colorado as a whole continues to have an endless stream of new residents moving to the state and restaurants are helping to keep them well fed and libated.

 

One such neighborhood is the RiNo (River North), which is adjacent to downtown, but was a former warehouse district.  It continues to grow and develop with a range of restaurants, bars, breweries, a winery (yes, really!) and so much more. The Denver Central Market is the Food Hall for this neighborhood with a variety of restaurants for diners enjoyment, a bakery, a chocolatier, local coffee shop and more.  They are doing a wonderful job acting as the Living Room for the local community.

 

From the owners of the extremely popular Work & Class, is the just opened SuperMegaBien at The Ramble Hotel.  Yes, that’s really the name of this funky Latin Dim Sum concept that is vibrant, fun and a restaurant who just wants to welcome you to the dining experience.  It’s casual, but sophisticated while providing really great service with a welcoming feel – definitely worth going by!

 

There are also many Quick Serve restaurant concepts that have been developed in Denver over the recent few years, one of which is Modern Market.  This restaurant just gets in it in the Quick-Serve niche, offering healthy and local food (when possible), supporting farmers and vendors, providing calorie counts and ingredients on their menus and receipts, while making tasty and flavorful food.  We tip our hats to them as they continue to grow and develop.

 

Further South towards the suburbs of Denver, in the Centennial/Littleton area at the Denver Tech Center, there is a new development off of Holly and the I-25 that is bringing local restaurants from the city to the suburban diner.  Included in that is Los Chingones by the TAG Restaurant Group (original location was in the RiNo) which is a Modern Mexican Cantina with graffiti on the walls, a great soundtrack and a wonderful selection of salsas.

 

And, we can’t forget about the local area restaurant feel that has been brought to Denver International Airport over the last few years.  One of our favorites is Root Down, which is all about local ingredients when possible, worldly and creative food, and a very well curated beverage program.  If you have at least 30 minutes before flying out of the airport, make sure you stop by and enjoy at least a cocktail, glass of wine or a snack!

 

If you haven’t been to Denver lately or have never ventured to the city at 5,280 – go now!  It’s on a tremendous high (pun intended) and well worth checking it out for a long weekend or adventure.