Where To Eat And Drink In Denver

Where To Eat And Drink In Denver

Each year, my man and I head out of town for Christmas. It’s just the two of us, so why not take the show on the road, so to speak? This year, we ventured to Denver, Colorado. Let me tell you, this Texas girl was NOT ready for that cold. Luckily I packed well. There’s just something about getting whipped in the face with an icy-cold wind in Downtown Denver that takes your breath away.

That said, it was delightful. And holy guacamole: The. Food. Was. Amazing. Obviously, I had to share.

While this is certainly not a comprehensive list of where to eat in Denver (there are so many places!) these are my favorite stops from the trip.

Where to Eat and Drink in Denver

Where To Eat Breakfast In Denver

Okay so let’s start with the most important meal of the day. For me, when I’m in Denver from now on, I will always make sure to eat at Snooze: An A.M. Eatery. In fact, I’m totally stoked to find that there are two locations right here in Dallas! This gal is happy.

Anyway, we ate at the Union Station location in LoDo (Lower Downtown for us tourists) and it was definitely worth the 30-minute wait to get in.

After we ordered coffee and our meal – I ordered the holiday special, the Sweet Potato Steak Stack, and Mike had the Benny Duo, which is essentially a half-order of two varieties of Eggs Benedict – another server showed up at our table with a platter-sized pancake in hand.

Megan Winkler: Where to eat in Denver
Photo by Megan Winkler.

Naturally, I thought it was a mistake, but he told us that our waiter sent us the Cinnamon Roll Pancake as a gift. Can I just tell you, I nearly died it was so good! Apparently it’s not on the menu any longer, but according to our server, it’s always available.

Courtesy of Snooze, an A.M. Eatery – Facebook

While I was in foodie heaven – this pancake was the fluffiest and somehow also the thickest pancake I’ve ever tasted in my life and was accompanied by crisp-cool cinnamon butter and drizzled with thin, white icing – we sipped great coffee and chatted with some of the locals. Snooze is so laid back and friendly, I highly recommend it to couples, families, or even solo diners if you find yourself in Denver for business.

Here’s my special (you can see our decimated pancake and Mike’s Benny Duo there too):

Snooze by Megan Winkler
Photo by Megan Winkler.

Holy moly, I’m dead. I want it gain just looking at the photo!

Where To Eat Lunch In Denver

Okay, so we technically ate dinner at Stout Street Social, but when we went in the next day during lunch to retrieve the debit card we accidentally left there the night before, there was still a great vibe going.

Best places to eat in Denver, Colorado - Stout St. Social
Courtesy of Stout Street Social – Facebook.

We started our meal with Blue Point oysters on the half shell, which were, predictably, amazing! Blue Points are my absolute favorite oyster to eat raw on the half shell.

I ordered the Ahi Tuna Tower, which was very nice, super fresh, and (this is actually a compliment when it comes to sushi!) as I expected. Mike splurged – because vacation – and ordered the Fish & Chips. Our cocktails were top-notch too: A basil and elderberry martini for me and an Old Fashioned made with local bourbon for him.

But what struck me about this place was the atmosphere. The employees – and namely our bartender (who else loves to sit at the bar and eat?!) – were all so happy and it was clear they wanted to be there. We had one of the most engaging conversations with the bartender we’ve had in ages, so good food + good booze + good conversation = highly recommended!

Where To Grab Drinks In Denver

We popped into a few restaurants and bars while walking around town, but two really stuck out as fantastic locations: Sip and Union Lodge No. 1.

Sip | eat + drink

We stumbled upon Sip | eat + drink on our first night in Denver – when it was literally 19 degrees out and we didn’t feel like braving the cold to find something further away. I’m so glad we did, though!

Sip was so delightful that we came back the next night! At Sip, you can eat and drink and it seems like a great place for after-work cocktails or a date too!

The bar features an extensive whiskey selection and ample wine options if that’s more your speed. But the cocktail that really blew me away was the Crystal Clear Old Fashioned.

And it is crystal clear! Just look:

Megan Winkler - Sip eat + drink Denver, Colorado.
Photo by Megan Winkler

I’m not a huge fan of tequila – which is what makes this Old Fashioned so clear – but this cocktail is a keeper. They also vapor infused simple syrup that adds a certain je ne sais quoi to the whole experience.

Union Lodge No. 1

Tucked into a building, hiding next to a Mexican food restaurant and adjacent to what I can only assume are office spaces is Union Lodge No. 1. I adore speakeasies and dark bars – Union Lodge No. 1 did not disappoint.

Here, funky bartenders craft imaginative but approachable drinks. If you love an Old Fashioned or a Manhattan, you’re in luck. But if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, there’s certainly something to tickle your fancy. I had my favorite cocktail, a Vieux Carre, and I love their take on it. Anytime I step into a craft cocktail bar, I order this drink and it’s been a little different everywhere I go. It gives me a great impression of the place, though.

Union Lodge No 1 - Where to drink in Denver
Courtesy of Union Lodge No. 1 – Facebook.

After my Vieux Carre, I indulged in a seasonal drink, the “My Morticia.” Served in fluted glass, the cocktail is a devilishly good drink with a little bit of a tart citrusy flavor. My favorite part about the bar was watching the bartenders swiftly craft drinks, seemingly juggle fire, and snap out funny quips between orders.

(I took so many pictures here, but it’s dark enough that all the images came out grainy and low-quality…You’ll just have to visit to see it in all it’s coolness!)

Where To Eat Dinner In Denver

Linger

OMG what do I say about Linger other than it was here – in an old mortuary! – that I ate the best food I’ve had in years. Like, I’m getting excited just thinking about the food as I write this.

The Universe was looking out for us because we got two seats at the bar and were able to eat dinner there without a reservation. If you go, make sure to call ahead. The place gets PACKED. Fast.

Since a majority of the plates are small, we ordered four delicious items and shared: Bison Pastrami Reuben Bao Bun, a bao bun with Brussels sprout kraut, Swiss cheese, and bison pastrami; Devils on Horseback, applewood-smoked bacon-wrapped Medjool dates with herbed goat cheese; Chicken Satay Lettuce Wraps, with Chinese sausage, crispy bean thread, and a fantastic satay sauce; and my favorite the Colorado Lamb Kabobs, grilled pita with lamb, cucumber salad, tzatziki, and cilantro.

Here are the Kabobs (it was dark here, too!):

Linger Denver - Colorado Lamb Kabobs
Photo by Megan Winkler.

Holy crap, I swear, Linger is where you die and go to food heaven!

Plus, I love that my Corpse Reviver was made with some activated charcoal to give it a little more of an edgy vibe:

Corpse Reviver Cocktail at Linger, Denver.
Photo by Megan Winkler.

Little Man Ice Cream

When you go to Linger, save room for Little Man Ice Cream right next door!

Where to eat in Denver - Little Man Ice Cream
Photo by Megan Winkler.

The menu varies depending on what they’ve recently made – yes, it’s that fresh – but I highly recommend Space Junkie if it’s available. It’s black raspberry ice cream with a marshmallow swirl and chunks of brownie.
Or, you know, heaven.