After cooking over an open campfire for the first two weeks on the road, it was nice to check out some of the local flavors in Denver. Here are a few places we tried and liked.
Hops & Pie
In the Berkeley neighborhood of NW Denver is a little tap room with a big tap list and slices of artisan pizza. Toppings such as crispy pancetta and artichoke fonduta. I opted for the fancy grilled cheese which was gooey goodness washed down with an IPA from Wyoming. And by “fancy” I mean. . .
We were back later that week to enjoy their Saturday Session: 3 pints of any craft beer on the board paired with 2 slices of their special-of-the-day pizza for $16. We sat here for a couple hours in this cozy pub talking Denver and the city’s awesome craft beer culture.
Biju’s Little Curry Shop
Great concept here. Another featured stop on Diners Drive Ins and Dives is Biju’s. Counter service with several choices of curry dishes like vindaloo and masala over rice. From here your bowl moves along the counter as you select the wide variety of topping options. Kind of like building your sandwich at Subway. A visit here is a visit to flavor town.
We can’t say we’ve ever eaten authentic Native American Indian food so this was a place a few blocks away we had to try. Again, great concept with counter service. Your choice of Indian fry bread, a bowl, or a salad topped with a great selection of market fresh, local ingredients.
This little pasty shop was a short walk away from our place. These hand held meat pies were so good we gobbled them up too fast to get a photo. We chose from a shelf of day old pasties that we took home for 50% off (about $3 each). Took home four of them including a couple traditional pasties, the farmer, and the shepard.
As Denver boasts a couple hundred breweries and tap rooms, these little kombucha parlors are popping up in every neighborhood. Here they simply replace the beer taps with kombucha. This is a sampler tray of four kombucha tea brewers from across the city.
The van is packed and ready to head over the rockies. Our bellies are filled with some of the most down to earth, farm fresh, local foods we’ve ever eaten in a five day period. The cooler is filled with a variety of kombucha teas and a few pasties as edible souvenirs for our road trip west.
We thoroughly enjoyed the food in Denver, but mostly it’s the local people and the setting of Denver that will make this a “fer sure” stop weather heading east or west, north or south of the mile high city. Get it? Gotcha!