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.
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.
Wandering around Denver in the cold, I was craving warmth and something to fill my belly.
That’s when I discovered the gem of Denver: Cafe Calore.
Good Italian food is hard to find, and Italian food that also has the most incredible gluten free options is next to impossible to find. At least, that’s what I thought.
From their appetizers, to their pizza, to their pasta, I have eaten there over 15 times and have never been disappointed.
The wait staff has always been nice, even when it’s a Friday night and the place is so packed you can hear all the stories people are laughing about at each table.
But, let’s get to the food.
Also, sorry in advance for not being the best food photographer out there… I’m working on it.
That deliciousness is the Caprese Salad. Tomatoes, basil, pesto sauce, and some of the best mozzarella I have ever had.
For my gluten free readers: This is gluten free! Finding a place that has gluten free pesto is not easy… So try it!
This is my favorite Italian dish they have. It is called the Scallop and Shrimp Pecorino. All I have to say is YUM. Many restaurants I have gone to always have scallops that are like chewing rubber, but Cafe Calore has chefs that get it right.
This dish has spinach, roasted garlic, roasted tomato, EVOO and white wine lemon butter, all served over egg fettuccini.
Special items: It’s not on the menu, but they have a macaroni and cheese pasta (It can be gluten free if you ask!) that is simply to die for if you ask for it.
Also, I’m not sure if they do it every single weekend night, but for awhile they would stay open until about 2 am serving pizza by the slice. I remember it being pretty cheap and they had awesome options like a macaroni and cheese pizza.
(If someone knows if this tradition is still continuing, let me know in the comments!)
What are some of your favorite dishes in Denver? Let me know in the comments below! I’m always looking for new places!