DishTrip 2: Denver
a day trip
- Monday, November 29, 2010
The Corner Office Restaurant Martini Bar (10:00 pm)1401 Curtis Street, Denver, CO | (303) 825-6500Recommended to us by The Me Network, the Corner Office, is a modern yet retro bar right in our hotel! Just what we needed to relax before our day of dining. My personal favorite? The Paper Shredder! Jim Beam, Gingerale & fresh ginger.
The Curtis Hotel (12:00 am)1405 Curtis Street, Denver, CO | (303) 571-0300We had heard that the hippest place to stay in the city was the Curtis Hotel, a funky and fun Doubletree property. Fun Fact: Every floor has a different theme like the One Hit Wonder, Fun & Games Floor and the 13th floor (most hotels don’t have one) is the Dun, Dun, Dun Floor. Also, gotta love the warm chocolate chip cookie upon check-in!
- Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Snooze, an A.M. Eatery (7:00 am)2262 Larimer Street, Denver, CO | (303) 297-0700We met up with @thedenverdish for the best breakfast in Denver at SnoozeAMEatery. When we walked in this clean, modern space with handmade, yellow mugs and fresh, hot coffee, Mike from Denver Dish said “I have three words for you. Pineapple. Upside-down. Pancakes.” We shared a bit of savory and sweet with a flight of pancakes and some classic eggs benny along with the ultimate bloody mary with spicy jalapeno and habanero-infused SKYY Vodka with house mix and the great pumpkin bellini with pumpkin puree, pumpkin spiced nectar and sparkling wine.
Coors Field (9:00 am)2001 Blake Street, Denver, Colorado | (303) 292-0200It was time to walk it off and check out this clean and beautiful city. We explored the monumental Coor’s Field, the home field of Major League Baseball’s Colorado Rockies. The Blue Moon Brewery at The Sandlot is a microbrewery/restaurant inside the stadium and is run by Coors Brewing Company, and experiments with craft beers on a small scale. Every year, they receive awards at the Great American Beer Festival and, one of my favorites, Blue Moon, a Belgian-Style Wheat beer was invented here.Fun fact: While most of the seats in Coors Field are dark green, the seats in the 20th row of the upper deck are purple. This marks the city’s one mile elevation point.
Union Station (9:30 am)We got to see the beauty of Union Station at night but it’s just as majestic in the daylight. Union Station is a historic train station at 17th and Wynkoop in the LoDo district. The station first opened in 1881 and recently has received a $300 million grant to construct three light-rail tracks and eight heavy-rail tracks for both intercity and commuter rail services, as well as additional storage and servicing capabilities. And… it’s a gorgeous building.
Rockmount Ranch Wear (10:30 am)1626 Wazee Street, Denver, CO | (303) 629-7777Jay (the video guy) and I loved playing dress up a Rockmount Ranch Wear…YEE HAW!!! This vintage-inspired western wear was so much fun and we even found a shirt with beer hops on it! Did you know that they were the first to introduce the snaps on shirts? “The Rockmount snap shirt has been to western wear what the model T was to automobiles” – Cowboys & Indians Mag
Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs (11:30 am)Mike from Denver Dish suggested we check out Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs where they specialize in grass-fed, natural, exotic hot dogs that are grilled, filled with cream cheese (from a killer cream cheese gun) and topped with Coca-Cola caramelized onions. We tried two dogs, The Reindeer Hot Dog (tis the season! which was amazing) and the Elk Jalapeno Dog. Both were our groups favorite bites of the entire trip!
The Southwest Rink at Skyline Park (12:00 pm)We decided to burn off a few calories by ice skating and luckily, I made a new friend at the @Southwestair Skate Rink at Skyline Park and he made me look way better on the ice (despite a fall). I even got to ride the zamboni with the Southwest Air gang and after biting it on the ice we warmed up with some tasty hot chocolate, cinnamon buns and some brick oven pizza with Chef Dave at the Southwest Air porch. I’m still thinking about that truffle oil, mushroom and goat cheese pizza.
Colt & Gray (1:30 pm)1553 Platte Street #120, Denver, CO | (303) 477-1447We had heard about this handsome and cozy restaurant that made beer into cocktails so we had to taste a beer cocktail made with @victorybeer Prima Pils called the Victory Circle. These guys are mixologist magicians and in exchange for their cocktail knowledge and pig trotter fritters and blue cheese dusted gougeres we left him with coffee from Jose Garces Trading Company, Scrapple (he loves all types of meats) and smoked Tasmanian Trout from Sugartown Smoked Specialties.
The Buckhorn Exchange (3:00 pm)1000 Osage Street, Denver, CO | (303) 534-9505We couldn’t leave town without checking out the oldest and most well-known restaurant in Denver. This quirky, historic location was filled with taxidermy and memorabilia from presidents and actors and is home to some local “specialties” Rocky Mountain Oysters (those are BULLS BALLS people!) and Rattle Snake. They showed us the before and after of our “oysters” and Bill, the owner, is a Pennsylvania native so he was thrilled with his gifts of scrapple, Victory beer, smoked fish and Tastykakes!
- total distance: 5 miles (8 km)