“The Magic Is In The Hole!” The famous home to the maple bacon doughnut in Portland, OR has opened a location in Denver (one of only six). I have never been to VooDoo in Portland, but I was elated to find one in my travels to Denver. Not just doughnuts, but artsy doughnuts.
Deets: VooDoo Doughnuts – 1520 East Colfax, Denver, Colorado 80218
The ramen and service here are top notch. We arrived on a bustling Saturday night. The wait was about an hour, but they will take your cell and call you. Just like many of the ramen houses around the country, this one sits almost everyone at shared tables. The appetizers are tasty. I enjoyed the Fried Green Tomato Steamed Bun. The ramen is a taste sensation, hot, fresh, and bursting with flavor. Add an umami bomb (intense miso bacon jam or spicy seven pepper for 2 bucks)! We tried the Kimchi and the Spicy Chicken. Delicious.
Oh, they have some awesome noodles too. This is the Mazeman – Spiced ground lamb, fresno chili, coconut, crispy shallot, and kaffir lime. Spicy and a party in my mouth. This place is worth the wait, so add your name to the list and get a beer next door.
Deets: Uncle – 2215 West 32nd Avenue, Denver, CO 80211
When in Denver, do as the locals do. Bottomless Mimosa Brunch! We were invited by our friend Dustin (A Denver transplant from Des Moines) for a lovely Sunday brunch with plenty of cocktails. I would recommend the patio. Serving interesting and playful American food and top-notch cocktails. Try some Blue Balls and a local Happy Leaf Komboucha on tap. There is something called Adult Daycare, sounds fun!
Deets: The Lobby – 2191 Arapahoe Street, Denver, CO 80205
Denver Biscuit Company
Who doesn’t love biscuits. Who doesn’t love pizza. Well, this place has both. On our last day we stopped with our friend, Jessie for breakfast. The Franklin with a fried egg on top was the ticket. Definitely a steak knife and fork kind breakfast. The East Colfax location also had a Fat Sully’s New York Style pizzeria. We had to have a slice. Thin, just crispy enough to fold in half and eat like a New Yorker. Check ’em out.
Deets: Denver Biscuit Company – 3237 East Colfax, Denver, CO 80206
There is a lot of hustle and bustle around this place, especially during a summer thunderstorm and downpour. Located around a lot of fun places on East 17th Street. Steuben’s is famous for fulfilling the comfort food needs of the masses. Roast chicken, mac & cheese… and a lemony ice box cake with raspberries was the winner.
Deets: Steuben’s – 517 East 17th Avenue, Denver, CO 80203
A few places we didn’t make it to, but wanted to try in Denver. There are a lot of fancy pants places to try, but this trip I was trying to make it top quality and simple.
Williams & Graham – A Speak Easy or an American Cocktail Bar. The facade looks like a corner bookstore, but inside they are crafting some great cocktails like they were intended. truly for the bon vivant inside of you. Call days ahead for a reservation, if you have time, stop in and put your name on the list. Similar to Employee’s Only or Please Don’t Tell in NYC. I would love to try if I visit Denver again.
Biker Jim’s Hot Dogs – Started as a food card in downtown Denver, now a brick & mortar.
El Tacos de Mexico – They say they have great tacos!
Las Tortas – Try the La Macha or the Nortena.
A few more pics from Denver, Estes Park, The Stanley (The Shining), and Rocky Mountain National Park. Estes Park and RMNP should not be missed. Totally worth the breathtaking drive.
Thanks for taking a look.