Stoic & Genuine
1701 Wynkoop St., Denver
Stoic & Genuine hits Denver at the exciting Union Station bringing great seafood, ambience, and fun for Denver diners. Beth Gruitch and Jennifer Jasinski, owners of Rioja, Bistro Vendome, and Euclid Hall, hit the mark again with this place. The use of wood, steel, high ceilings, unique walls of fishnet and glass balls, and every detail down to the napkins and plates set the exciting scene. Seafood is the star, with a menu created under direction of Chef Jorel Pierce. Start with raw oysters served with your choice of several granites, an addictive house specialty. Mussels, corn masa soup, and amazing salads of watermelon with crispy ham, broccoli, avocado and sunflower seeds, and heirloom tomatoes might be your next choice. Indulge in sandwiches of fried oysters, fried clams, beet and ginger cured salmon, a Hangtown fry burger, and a lobster roll reminiscent of Cape Cod. Stoic & Genuine is awesome and a great addition to Denver dining. This is a place that should be on the top of your list.
Glaze by Sasa
1160 Madison St., Denver
What happens when you combine Glaze Baum Cakes with Sushi Sasa? You get the most heavenly spot for dining. Located in the original Glaze spot, the place has been transformed into a delightful restaurant with comfortable seating, bright light, a small counter for a sweet display, and the special room where the baum cakes are made. Start with soup or a variety of awesome salads, especially the “wow” beet salad. Sushi is the star; it’s totally outrageous in presentation and taste under the direction of the amazing Allon Moreno. Eggplant rolls, crab rolls, pink lady roll with jalapeno salsa, dragon roll, caterpillar roll, and shrimp tempura roll are some outstanding choices. You can’t end without desserts as exciting as the sushi. Amanda Mueller, head pastry chef does it all. Chocolate uzu pave, panna cotta, matcha baum cake, citrus mount baum, and mille fueille are only surpassed by the world’s best macaroons. What a treat to have Glaze by Sasa in Denver, and in a great neighborhood too.
Argyll Whiskey Beer, A Gastropub
1038 E. 17th Ave., Denver
New life comes to 17th Avenue with Argyll. Originally in Cherry Creek, the new place starts with great ambience with a focal bar area with seating, an enclosed porch, great lighting, and a fun private dining area too. Owner Robert Thompson brought on Chef Jon Broening to create a menu to appeal to all while Steve Kingsbury heads the front of the house staff. Start with pub snacks of potted shrimp, pickled trout, spicy olives, and the signature Scotch egg. Crispy chips with a balsamic dip are served when guests are seated, and oysters on the half shell and charcuterie are for sharing. Beef or lamb burgers, chicken, and a ham sandwich on great breads arrive with shoestring fries. Entrees of bangers and mash, fish & chips, shepherd’s pie, cauliflower chickpea curry, and orecchiette with sausage give many options. Argyll is a great addition to 17th Avenue.
2500 Larimer Suite 100, Denver
When Kelly Whitaker and his partners decided to come to Denver (Basta is the original in Boulder), they first thought of fine dining. Instead, this 650 square foot storage crate is the home of some amazing oysters and pizza. Fun, very special fast food with organic, no GMOs, super style, and great taste is the resultOrder the cocktail for four and your drinks arrive in a mason jar with glasses of ice. The oysters are fabulous, delivered daily with changing selections. Mandatory: get the horseradish biscuit with lemon butter to go with. This is a dream combo of what a garlic knot and oyster crackers wish they were. Basta has always been known for a great pizza and the reputation remains untarnished here. The thin, just-perfect crust cooks in about 50 seconds in the awesome oven. Cart Driver is one great fun, delicious spot in this very popular ‘hood.
1472 S. Pearl St., Denver
Enter this terrific house and you are in for some fun. The ambience is super with big windows, a huge bar lounge, and a patio that winds around the first floor, or, enjoy the upstairs patio. The all day/night menu starts with mussels, fried green tomato caprese, beignets, tuna tartare, the roll of Monte Cristo, and picnic plate. Soups really show their taste of Southern cooking with She crab, conch chowder, and a soup de jour. Entrees include bison sirloin, wild boar ribs, meatloaf, and chicken with waffles, along with pork chop, fried chicken and mac and cheese. Shrimp and grits, blackened catfish, a portabella veggie burger, smoked pork, and Reuben sandwiches offer something for everyone. Fun sides are available along with decadent dessert. Of course, there are cocktails, beer, and wine to complement the food. Located on Old South Pearl, Fourteen Seventy-two is a fun choice for a good time.
The 9th Door
925 Lincoln St., Denver
The 9th Door, sister restaurant to the original in LoDo, opens at the Beauvallon and what a treat. The décor is terrific, welcoming, casual, and a perfect setting for fabulous Spanish tapas. The room is not large but features a super focal bar, print booths, comfortable tables, and great red crystal chandeliers along with exciting lighting. More intimate than downtown, the food keeps pace with a huge variety of excellent tapas for sharing. Start with flash-fried avocado (worth the trip), sweet and spicy peppers stuffed with goat cheese, and beef filet tostas. Piquillo peppers with cheese, rosemary, and manchego cheese, and cured Serrano ham on garlic tomato bread come next. Move on to mussels, spicy shrimp, outstanding crispy pan-fried artichokes, and scallops with mushrooms. Don’t forget the traditional Spanish potato cake and divine paella. The 9th Door is a great addition to the area and a perfect choice to enjoy an evening of food and drink.
BIO: Pat Miller, AKA The Gabby Gourmet, hosts The Gabby Gourmet Restaurant Show on KHOW, AM 630 on the dial, every Saturday afternoon from 1-3pm. On air for over 35 years, Pat also writes the very popular Gabby Gourmet Restaurant Guide. The 28th edition, Gabby Gourmet Restaurant Guide 2014, is available throughout the Denver area. Visit www.gabbygourmet.com for more information.
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