What’s to Eat: Denver Edition
Denver is the very definition of a foodie’s paradise. It is a treasure trove of delectable finds. Almost everywhere you go you will taste the chef’s passion in the meals you eat. Below I’ve gathered some of our most memorable places to grab a meal that still leave us drooling just thinking about them.
The Chop Shop in Denver took me by surprise. To this day, it is the most affordable gourmet food I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating. The Chef and owner, Clint, designed and created the entire menu of the highest quality and locally sourced ingredients. You will find a variety on their menu from the Grilled Bistro Filet topped with Chimichurri (my personal fave) to a Veggie Burger with lemon and boursin aioli and everything in between. With a modern decor and roll up windows you will love taking your time to savor your meal. For a more detailed review of Chop Shop click here Chop Shop Full Review.
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Cherry Creek Farmer’s Market
Most of our Farmer’s Markets in Las Vegas are fairly small with limited selection so the Cherry Creek Farmer’s Market really wowed me. Not only did I find a ton of fresh fruits, vegetables and homemade specialties to take back to our hotel but I found the most amazing food being served there. With a variety of cuisine (some even cooked to order) throughout the market there is something for everyone. You can find tamales, pierogies, gyros, empanadas, tacos, soups and so much more! Finish it off with some Italian ice from The Icycle Tricycle and enjoy strolling the market while listening to live music and discovering new items as you wander.
Located in the Cherry Creek area of Denver North Italia is somewhere I will never forget. I still get cravings for it! Now, this restaurant is not specific to Denver and is a chain located throughout the U.S. but it was too good to not put on this What’s to Eat edition. Their pizza was one of the best we’ve ever had…crispy crust, delicious sauce and high quality ingredients. We also shared the Chicken Pesto plate and it was knock your sock off amazing. The atmosphere was wonderful, laid back yet charming. I suggest sitting outside on the porch area if the weather permits as it is an experience that will make you feel like you’re in the middle of Italy!
Happy Bake Shop
So lets talk cupcakes because the Happy Bake Shop sure made me pretty happy. While visiting Denver I had an intense craving for cupcakes (this is not abnormal). For those of you who don’t know me well, when I want a cupcake I NEED IT. So, to Yelp I went! I discovered that the Happy Bake Shop is a top rated bakery for a reason. With such a diverse selection of flavors I had no choice but to be naughty and buy a dozen cupcakes for a taste of each! The chocolate on chocolate was my favorite (no surprise there!) but among the best were chocolate salted caramel, carrot cake cupcake and of course Red Velvet. If cupcakes aren’t your thing, fret not, you will also discover delicious cookies, macaroons, cakes and more!
If you want legit Mexican flavors then Las Margs is the place to go! The owner, Octavio, has this amazing theory that fresh is best and the food you serve should be sourced locally if possible. His recipes are as unique and flavorful as he is. It’s an affordable price for some authentic Mexican cuisine. For a more detailed review click this link Las Margs Full Review.
This delightful little place is probably one of my favorite atmospheres to be in. It’s fun and quirky environment is inviting and warm. My favorite feature of this little shop is the open kitchen where you can sit on a bar stool and watch your crepe being made while conversing with the Chef. Not only are the flavors creative (like the sweet I-AM-Sterdame, made up of Apple slices, cinnamon, pecans and caramel sauce or the savory France, made up of Turkey, spinach, brie, walnuts and homemade pear glaze) but they are of the highest quality. One bite of my banana Nutella crepe and I was back in Paris. You will also find salads, paninis, appetizers, espressos, coffees and alcohol on the menu. This is definitely one of the most memorable places we’ve visited while traveling.
Snooze an AM Eatery
Word to the wise: arrive early any day of the week as this restaurant is a popular one for the locals. On a Tuesday morning around 9 a.m. we waited around 45 minutes for our table for 5 but it was so worth the wait! Any breakfast dish you could possibly think up will be found at Snooze, from your basic eggs and hash browns to Juan’s breakfast tacos. I, of course, had to get the OMG! French Toast which consists of Brioche stuffed with mascarpone then griddled, topped with vanilla crème, salted caramel, fresh strawberries and toasted coconut (You just said it, didn’t you? OMG!). This is a local favorite and we could definitely see why.
Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant
Don’t let the size of this place fool you! I like to think of Tony and I as Mexican food experts (trust me when I say we’ve eaten enough Mexican over the years to be connoisseurs) and this place knocked our socks off so much so that we were there three times in one week. The food is fresh, the portions are ginormous and the prices are unthinkably low. When you couple all of the previously mentioned with great service and you have a recipe for an amazing experience. My personal favorite would have to be the Chile Rellenos. No matter what you decide to order, I can guarantee it will be delicious.
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