Based on the classic community dining hall concept, Broadway Market is a casual gathering place that offers centralized seating and take-it-easy lounge areas where patrons can experience internationally inspired food, a glass of wine, something on draft or a creative cocktail. The stylish space is bordered by a variety of eating establishments, featuring multiple-choice menus from chefs who continue to elevate the Denver dining scene.
“We’re in an interesting spot on the border of the Capitol Hill and Golden Triangle neighborhoods, and we’re excited about growing and evolving with the neighborhood around us,” says Mark Shaker, one of the developers of the Broadway Market and Stanley Marketplace.
With seven eateries, it’s possible to enjoy something from a different part of the planet every day, rounded out by sweet confections perfect for topping off a meal or to take away as a gift. The sweet spot, Miette et Chocolat, is co-owned by award-winning pastry chefs and chocolatiers Gonzalo Jimenez and David Lewis who stock bonbons, unequaled candy bars and crazy-amazing chocolate chip cookies at their Broadway Market shop.
Misaki on Broadway brings a taste of Japan to the market. Chef Jesus Silva, along with Charlene and Robert Thai, provide sashimi and sushi flown in daily from Japan and California. The veggies, salmon and tuna glow with goodness. The shucked and served selections at the oyster bar contrast with other dishes on offer in the food hall like the burgers, chicken and salads at Chef Justin Brunson’s Royal Rooster. The piled-high sandwiches represent American favorites. Side dishes are vegetables with savory ingredients added to amplify the natural flavors.
Maria Empanada honors a timeless technique from Owner Lorena Cantarovici’s homeland of Argentina. Handcrafting empanadas in an assortment of flavors, artisans crimp the edges into distinctive closings and unique shapes. Whether for breakfast, as a meal-sized meat and vegetable combo or vegetarian blend, Maria Empanada brings authentic fare to the table.
Mother Tongue is a Turkish delight of simple street food done very well by Daniel Asher and Josh Dinar. Colorado lamb and chicken doner kebobs made on a vertical rotisserie, falafel and secret-spice fries are top options. Bowls and wraps are accompanied by cucumber dill yogurt, harissa aioli, roasted tomatoes, organic greens, onion jam, cured vegetables and tahini slaw.
Just down the way, there are Roman-style pies to be had at Pizzeria Coperta. Al taglio comes by the slice, while Romana is made-to-order with plentiful toppings to choose from and a practically-paper-thin crust. Pizza lover Chef Paul C. Reilly offers his take on other street food, such as mozzarella filled croquettes, polenta fritters and fried vegetables.
There’s nothing small about Biju’s Little Curry Shop except the stall, which bursts with big flavors. From the tikka masala to the spicy goat curry to the X-hot vindaloo chicken, the recipes are from the coastal south region of India but reinvented with a spin that blends traditional presentation and fresh nuances.
Mondo Mini, owned by Nicolas Farrell, is a corner of Mondo gourmet grocers scaled to fit the Broadway Market setting. Soups, salads, cheese and charcuterie boards vie with roast beef dressed up with cheddar, aioli, arugula and pickled onion to name just one of the sandwich selections. The “Build Your Own Pasta Bowl” is popular, too.
The Bar at Broadway Market has wines from around the world, as well as cocktails mixed to deliver surprising, new flavors. The Bottoms Up beer wall shows what innovative technology can accomplish. Place the glass on a magnetized dispenser and the liquid pushes up into the glass. It’s fascinating to watch, and 24 craft beers and cider are available.
Co-owners Andre Janusz and Brooks Gagstetter are all about the beans. Their Logan House Coffee Company coffee bar opens early to offer pastries and other nibbles to the breakfast crowd. Of course, baristas are on hand to serve coffee aficionados who look for their favorite beverage at all hours of the day.
The Broadway Market is hopping. Guests will enjoy happy hours from 2 to 6 p.m. and after 8 p.m. during the week (after 9 p.m. on weekends); hosted trivia nights and DJs; and craft beer and spirits partners sharing their unique knowledge. Tables are conveniently equipped with electrical outlets if there’s work to be done. In warmer weather, garage doors open onto Broadway and tempt passersby to stop in to see what the Market is all about. Patio seating extends along the side of the building, where a pergola-covered area offers more fresh air for dining and imbibing.
As general manager Neil Blackwood puts it, “We’ve turned into a popular spot for group lunches and happy hours and other celebrations, for four or five people or for 40 people. We love helping groups have a good time in a relaxed space with great food and drinks.”
“Kofta is a delicious substitution to your everyday meatloaf. Yes, it is in the same family but with a little of this and a tad of that. You can make a meal that is amazingly different and worldly. The delicious flavors, spices and aroma of this kofta will open your palate to another cuisine that you won’t forget. I hope you enjoy.
2 lbs ground lamb
½ cup onions, grated
4 garlic cloves, grated
1 bunch parsley, chopped
½ cup roasted red bell pepper, pureed
¼ cup pomegranate molasses
2 tbs Aleppo pepper, ground
2 tbs coriander, ground
2 tsp black pepper, ground
2 tbs paprika, ground
1 tsp cumin, ground
1 tbs kosher salt
2 tbs olive oil
½ cup mint, chopped
Preheat oven to 425F. Mix all ingredients together until evenly incorporated. Use an ice cream scoop to form ¼-cup meatballs and place them on a sheet pan. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until temperature reaches 145 degrees. Makes 18 servings.
At Mondo Market, we love cheese. It’s great with a glass of wine, on its own as a snack, or on pizza, but it really shines in a grilled cheese. Our secret to a delicious and “grown up” grilled cheese is whipped Raclette. Raclette is an aromatic, semi-hard Swiss-style cow’s milk cheese that melts exceptionally well. Whipping the Raclette with its rind makes it easier to spread and lets us fold in some extra ingredients which serve to highlight the cheeses’ natural deliciousness.
— From Mondo Mini
4 oz heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup whole grain mustard
8 oz French or Swiss Raclette, cubed into 1-inch pieces
3 tbs roughly chopped cornichons
4 oz fresh mozzarella, shredded
8 slices prosciutto di Parma
8 slices thick sliced white bread
4-6 tbs butter, room temperature
Combine cream, Raclette and mustard in food processor, and process until smooth. Add cornichon and pulse until evenly mixed. Divide the Raclette mixture evenly between 4 slices of bread. Sprinkle mozzarella over Raclette mixture and then drape 2 pieces of prosciutto per sandwich and close with remaining 4 slices of bread. Spread butter evenly on both sides of the bread. Preheat a griddle or large pan on medium heat and brown sandwiches pressing gently, cooking in batches if needed. Once one side is evenly golden brown, flip the sandwich over and brown the other side. Double check that the inside is nice and hot with melty cheese. If necessary, lower heat and flip the sandwiches every minute or so until inside is hot. Serves 4.
Cortina d’Cioccolate is a wonderful way to enjoy an adult hot chocolate on chilly winter days.
—From The Bar
1 oz Branca Menta
1 oz Bailey’s Irish Cream
6 oz hot chocolate
Pour Branca Menta and Bailey’s into a mug. Add your favorite prepared hot chocolate. Stir and garnish with marshmallows.
Denver, CO 80203
Hours: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and until midnight on Friday and Saturday. (Most eateries open at 11 a.m. and close at 9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday; 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.)
Free parking is available in designated spaces in the lot south of the market. About 100 spots with State of Colorado signage are available after 5 p.m. on weeknights and Saturday and Sunday.
Marge D. Hansen is a Broomfield-based writer/editor who travels often and everywhere. For her, the measure of an engaging trip is seeing something new and sampling traditional foods. Broadway Market offers that opportunity to do both right here in Denver.
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