Throw back to about a year ago, we decided to visit the Mile High City – my main concern was to eat my way through Denver and look at housing. John’s was to catch Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos at home. So, we did both! And now we’re on a five year plan to move to Denver… mainly because of their food… and maybe the Broncos, but mainly the food.
We stayed a week and traversed the city looking for the best eats and I’m pretty sure we found some of them. I’ve put together a list of our favorites and a run down of the must haves.
I literally want to hop on a plane every time I think of this place. Why, you ask? Because of something you probably hated as a child…. Brussel Sprouts. They’re on the menu as Repollo Tiernos “Little Cabbage” – and they’re fried little pockets of heaven. I don’t care who you are, or if you hate Brussel Sprouts, you will, I promise, love these.
As for the rest of the menu – Street Tacos & Nachos – you just can’t go wrong with either of these. The Chicken Chicharrones is served with an AH-MAZE habanero lime sauce, don’t judge me, but I might have drank it from the cup it came in… haha. While we were there, they had a Ahi Tuna special that was served on a tostada and topped with fried lemon grass & ginger strips. To. Die. For.
We headed here for Brunch after a late night of walking around LoDo, hearing ghost stories while drinking at random bars… Nightly Spirits Tour, highly recommend it. John, the Southern Gentleman he is just had to have The Franklin – Buttermilk fried chicken, Tender Belly bacon, and cheddar cheese smothered in sausage gravy. That’s the Tennessee in him. I tried The Ellsworth – Buttermilk fried chicken with local Colorado honey, stone-ground mustard and housemade pickles. On a subsequent trip we also tried the Shrimp and Grits and The Dahlia. Everything in this place is HUGE so definitely bring your appetite.
We came here to Old Major at Happy Hour. It was something in passing, and whomever tells you that a logo or advertising doesn’t matter, ignore them. Their logo alone was my jam. Upscale Americana.
They have THE BEST Moscow Mules made with Colorado Vodka. They should allow you to take them in to go cups like Vegas, cause I would have done it. We indulged in the Pork Fat Fries and the Charcuterie board – because we’re food snobs and love pork. haha. But in all honesty, the board was fantastic and the fries were out of this world. They had homemade pork pate that was shredded, and to be honest, I don’t really remember, but John ATE IT ALL. It was one of the best boards I’ve had to date.
I’ve heard amazing things about dinner at this place and follow them all over Instagram…. because, like I said, they’re my jam.
Beyond DBC, this was one of John’s top picks. From the Philly Cheesesteak to the gravy cheese fries, he was in heaven. I’ll admit, whether they were smothered in gravy and cheese or just in the old Americana tin, their fries were some of the best I’ve ever had. I had the lobster roll and it was, what I imagine Maine would be like in the summer time, if that makes any sense at all. This place is a throw back, retro 1970’s and I loved it. They have home made, old school soda – which is awesome if you love black cherry. One of the coolest places to eat and hang out, hands down.
- Milk Box Creamery – Booze & milkshakes. That should be enough for you to head on over right now. The best we had: Butterscotch & Bourbon milkshakes. Dying.
- Pigtrain Coffee Company – French Hot Chocolate. They said it wasn’t on the menu anymore, so I felt like a trendy secret menu chick when they said they could make it for me. It’s basically like drinking Nutella, you’re welcome.
- Hopdoddy Burger Bar – Truffle Fries. Truffle Fries. Truffle Fries. I honestly can’t get enough of all things truffles and they had the best truffle aioli I have had in awhile. The Ahi Tuna Burger and the Llano Poblano were top notch, too.
We visited a whole lot more, but those are our favorites. If you want to learn more about our travels, or just want to show us some love, come follow us here