Thursday, May 12, 2016

Eating (and Drinking) Denver

Good Morning, Good Afternoon or Good Evening! Well, depending on when you're reading this!  I thought I would highlight some of my favorite places to eat - or drink - in Denver this week on the blog.( If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen some of these photos from our visit to Denver) So without further ado -

Snooze
Snooze bills itself as an "AM Eatery" and has locations in Colorado, Arizona and California. I first went there a few years ago - and my family might say I'm a bit obsessed with Snooze.( Apparently, when MTV's The Real World was shot in Denver there were several scenes happening at Snooze which made it quite popular. I've only been to the Colorado Avenue location - which isn't the Snooze from The Real World.) I'm really only obsessed with one of their menu items - even though I really like their mid-century modern vibe. 
Known for their specialty pancakes, they offer several pancake and french toast flavors but for me it has to be the pineapple upside-down pancake. From the menu:

                     "buttermilk pancakes with caramelized pineapple
                       chunks, housemade vanilla creme anglaize and
                        cinnamon butter"

Seriously, it just doesn't get any better than this! So I always try to make it to Snooze at least once when I'm in Denver. 
Heads up: Snooze is only open from 6:30 am to 2 pm and be prepared for a wait no matter what time or day you go. 








Vine Street Pub and Brewery
Vine Street Pub is located in Denver's Uptown neighborhood, surprisingly enough on Vine Street, and is one of a few brewpubs located in Denver and Boulder and owned by the Mountain Sun Company. (One of Mr. UR's clients is the father of one of the owners so Vine Street came highly recommended)  There are no televisions located in the brewpub but there are several board games that you can play while you wait or while you eat. We were there on a very lively evening, with plenty of families and about a 30 minute wait.  It's a good place to go for pub food and beer. Their burger was voted one of the best in Denver so I had to go with that. And it didn't disappoint. 



Alpine Dog Brewery
Alpine Dog Brewery's Tap Room is located at the corner of Colfax and Ogden in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Their name is a play on words - it is a pet friendly brewery (and there were several dogs lounging about when we were there) and it is also a name for Coloradans or those that like the mountains. We stopped in for a beer on a Saturday afternoon. There were no crowds and everyone seemed to like the beer. It opened in 2014 so it has a newer and semi-industrial feel. This is a small-scale brewery and not a brewpub - no food, just beer.








Deep Draft Brewing Company
We stopped in for a quick drink to Deep Draft Brewing Company right before eating at Vine Street as it's only a couple of blocks away. The beer lovers weren't as impressed with the beers here but I loved it's outside patio with fire pit. Small, and also with a bit of an industrial vibe, they had a few chips for purchase but no food otherwise. 







Stem Ciders Tap Room
Definitely a favorite of mine, Stem Ciders Tap Room is located in the RiNo (River North Art District) area of Denver and behind Mile High Winery. They have nightly events including: cheese, chocolate, macaroon and pie pairings, Bluegrass night and Trivia night along with specialty events like bottle releases. All the females in our party love cider - and theirs is really good. In fact, we couldn't find any other cidery in Denver! I loved this place - located in the back of the winery, and with outdoor seating, I could've stayed alot longer. But we were on our way to another event and had to leave. I'll be back!








Where is your favorite place to eat - or drink - in Denver? Any suggestions for our next visit?




I'm linking up this week with: Travel Photo Thursday at Budget Travelers Sandbox, Weekend Travel Inspiration at Reflections En Route,  The Weekly Postcard at Travel Notes and Beyond and Weekend Wanderlust at A Brit and A Southerner!








21 comments:

  1. Vine Street Pub and Brewery. I like the idea of board games instead of television sets.

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    1. Me too - and the families we saw were really enjoying playing the board games instead of watching tv!

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  2. I have never been to Colorado, so, I have been dreaming about visiting Denver for a long time. Your restaurant recommendations sound great. I have to try those pancakes with caramelized pineapple (my favorite fruit!).

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    1. My favorite fruit, too, Ruth - and they are beyond delicious! Thanks for visiting!

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  3. Sorry I don't have any suggestions to add for Denver, but it's been ages since I've been there. Sounds like I'm missing out on some fun places. Pancakes, brews, and burgers -- what's not to love? I'm not a cider fan, but love the photo of the glasses. I want to pick one up and take a sip.

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    1. Stem's cider is delicious - very light and fruity. And Denver, like so many US cities, is really becoming quite a "foodie" city. Thanks for visiting Cathy!

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  4. Love the artwork from bottle tops and I am impressed by the warm table amongst the snow.

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    1. I loved that artwork too! Thanks for visiting, Jan!

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  5. I have to stop reading posts like this when I haven't eaten! Seriously, these look like great places to visit.

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    1. Lol It's hard to see photos of food when you're hungry :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Yum, yum... I love going to a brewery for dinner....

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    1. Me, too! I just really like pub food ha ha! Thanks for visiting, Corinne!

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  7. Nice round-up! We've never been to a cidery but as Brian doesn't really drink beer, Stems would be the perfect spot for us! Love the art work with the bottle caps. Thanks for linking up to #weekendwanderlust

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    1. My first cidery visit - and I'm definitely a fan! Thanks for visiting!

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  8. I've been to Denver a couple of times but haven't tried any of these places. Great suggestions for next time. I would especially like to try the pineapple upside-down pancake at Snooze and Stem Ciders Tap Room.

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    1. I have alot more on my list for my next visit this summer! And I hope you like the pineapple upside-down pancake!

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  10. I went to Snooze in San Diego. My eggs Benedict and pancake were delicious! Good choice for brunch!

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    1. Good to know that Snooze is good everywhere! Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. My favorite is Deep Draft Brewing Company although I've never been there. I just love that table with the flame in the middle #TPThursday www.travelbug.co

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    1. Me, too! Thanks for stopping by!

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