2017 was a great year for new restaurants in Denver. Around my neighborhood, I saw a lot of new ones come in, and sadly quite a few go.
Westworld wrote a great summary article, click here to check it out.
What were your favorite Denver restaurants throughout the year?
Snooze is one of those restaurants you hear about every time you ask someone from Colorado what their favorite breakfast place is.
Over and over I heard, “You gotta try Snooze!” “Have you gone to Snooze?” “Snooze is everything.”
Unfortunately, the first time I went I was not prepared for how deep the love of Snooze was. The wait on a Saturday morning was over two hours and I was at the level of hangry where all of my friendships would have been destroyed.
Thankfully, a few months later, I had the chance to go at an off hour.
The restaurant was pretty empty due to it being a weekday so we got a chance to talk to the waitress about Snooze and the food options.
I (unfortunately) only can have gluten free options, and was beyond happy to learn about how many options Snooze offers.
After looking everything over, I decided to go with a “Benny” (I believe it was called an Early Harvest Benny, and Benny is their slang for an eggs benedict) and a GF Strawberry Fields pancake.
I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves:
The Benny was incredible. The hash browns were perfectly cooked, the sauce was impeccable, and the veggies were fresh.
The gluten free pancake was the real treat. Rarely do restaurants make a quality pancake that’s fluffy, light, and gluten free. I now crave this pancake every single time I try to make them myself.
I now fully understand why Snooze lives up to the hype.
If you live in Denver, you might be wondering where you can find reliable dog walkers.
Well, here comes Wag! Walking to the rescue!
(Just for transparency, we’ll let you know the writer of this article currently walks dogs for Wag!)
Wag! is called the Uber of dog walking. If you’re gone all day, have to work late, or need someone to stay with your dog while you leave town, Wag! can help.
You can read the Fox 31 story on it: here.
BUT, I know what you’re really looking for is a coupon, so use:
to get $20 to your account (that’s a free 30 minute walk)!
This coupon works no matter where you live in the US.
The Golden Triangle neighborhood in Denver is one of my personal favorites.
I lived just on the outside of it (opposite side of Speer), and walked through it all the time. This is the neighborhood that has the Denver Library, Art Museum, Prado building, some government buildings, a few adorable little restaurants, and my favorite Dazbog coffee shop in all of Denver.
This neighborhood fits within the Colfax / Broadway / and Speer crossing streets. Only about 1,500 people live in this neighborhood, since there are not as many large-scale apartment places, but that gives it a little more peace and quiet than other Denver neighborhoods.
As one of the oldest neighborhoods in Denver, it has retained some of it’s historic charm combined with some modern features such as boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants.
Things To Do
The Denver Art Museum provides most of the amusement within this neighborhood, with free admission on the first Saturday of every month.
The U.S. Mint has tours available, you can see: Tours.
The Denver Library is still my favorite library in all of Denver. Insider tip: The library sale is absolutely incredible for any movie/book lovers out there. It’s like my personal playground every summer.
Biking along the Cherry Creek Trail gives residents 40+ miles of biking path.
Living in the Golden Triangle – The Positives
The average sale price in the Golden Triangle (as of 2016) was $659,900.
There are so many restaurants in this area for being such a small neighborhood. Between Lo Stella Ristorante, Cuba Cuba, Palettes, Denver Pizza Company, Dozens, and so many others, you can get a taste of a wide variety of foods. I did go to Parsley’s quite often, especially when my body was craving something healthy. Their smoothies are 10/10!
The Prado building is one of the more famous luxury apartments in the area. This is also where Carmelo Anthony lived as a Denver Nuggets player.
If you’re a bike rider, this is a fantastic neighborhood because you have the Speer bike path that connects you to all over Denver.
The crime rate in the Golden Triangle compared to other Denver neighborhoods is pretty low. You can see the interactive map from the Denver Post: here.
Living in the Golden Triangle – The Cons
There are some downsides to the Golden Triangle neighborhood, though, that I don’t see a lot of articles mention.
The traffic along all of the roads surrounding this neighborhood are absolutely horrendous at rush hour. Colfax, Broadway, and Speer can be bumper-to-bumper at peak times.
There are quite a lot of homeless that hang out around the library as well. They never bothered me, but it is a fact of this neighborhood. They didn’t often walk farther south than the library, though.
If you’re looking for an active nightlife, although there are some nightclubs, LoDo has more to offer.
There also aren’t many places for children, such as a park or play set, if that is something that matters to you.
Outside of those, it’s a fantastic neighborhood that’s pretty quiet even though you’re so close to all the action of downtown Denver.
When a sushi place opens close to where I live, I’m always determined to visit ASAP.
It should be noted, that I also love sushi. LOVE. SUSHI. Like, in my dream world I live on it every day forever. So when sushi is good, I want to run around all of Denver telling everyone about it.
I noticed iFish + Ramen one day when I was walking up Market St one day. The first impression was that it wasn’t anywhere fancy because the outside is pretty dark with just a sign.
One day I decided it was finally time to stop in and see if it was worth it. There aren’t enough sushi spots close to where I live and one of my other favorites (iSushi on Santa Fe) is across town.
Thankfully, iFish + Ramen did not disappoint.
The sushi was fresh and the other side dishes were incredible. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves:
Did I mention that every Monday is all-day happy hour? The Alaskan roll is incredible with some sake during this time.
It’s right near Rockies stadium, which helps for anyone craving some sushi before or after a game (which I’ve done quite often).
It’s a fun little restaurant that can get quite packed on really busy days, but it’s an incredible restaurant.
Recommended: The Colorado roll, Alaskan roll, Hamachi Jalapeno, and the Ballpark roll are all incredible.
While there are quite a few things happening this week, here are some highlights:
Every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the summer (until October 8th, 2015), food trucks of all shapes and sizes will gather in Civic Center Park.
2. Rockies game
If you haven’t checked out a Rockies game yet, you’re missing out. Even if you aren’t a baseball fan, the stadium is right downtown. This Tuesday and Wednesday are the Rockies vs. the Dodgers. This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are the Rockies vs the Marlins.
There are a few close to downtown:
- Cherry Creek: Wednesdays from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 A.M. until 1 p.m. at E. First Ave and University Blvd.
- City Park: Sundays from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at E. Colfax and Columbine St.
- South Pearl: Sundays from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. between Florida Ave. and Iowa Ave. along 1500 Old South Pearl St.
Right near downtown at 26th and Lawrence, TheBigWonderful hosts a weekly sustainable marketplace. There are live performances, beach volleyball courts, an urban farm, and plenty of small businesses to check out.
This Saturday and Sunday, take a stroll through Larimer Square to see all the chalk art. More than 200 artists come to paint along the streets. Don’t forget to swing into The Market for some ice cream. This weekend in Denver might be in the mid to high 80’s, so be ready!
What are YOU looking forward to this week in Denver?
Out of all the blocks throughout Denver, Writer Square is one of my favorites.
My favorite restaurant in all of Denver, Cafe Calore, the restaurant in my photo above, has sadly closed. I remember many fond memories there since Writer Square is only about a five minute walk from Auraria Campus.
According to Westword, Illegal Burger will be replacing the spot Cafe Caloré held for so long.
Writer Square has over 60,000 square feet with a mixture of both stores, seating, apartments, and restaurants. One side sits on 15th St, while the opposite side sits on 16th St. Between Larimer and Lawrence.
For drinks, between Roosevelt, The Front Porch, and Polished Tavern, you will definitely find what you need.
American Apparel, Tewksbury & Co, and Overland will take care of all your shopping needs.
For food, you have the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factor, Rocket Fizz for candy, Crepes N’ Crepes, and the soon-to-open, Komotodo, which will serve sushi burritos.