A few friends and I headed west for a 3 day weekend in Denver because, why not? Isn’t that what millennials do? The second we touched down and dropped our bags off at the Airbnb, we headed to find food. Now, I didn’t get pictures of EVERYTHING I ate because, well, hungry. However, I had pleasant experiences with everything consumed so I endorse all of these establishments.
Where I Ate in Denver, Colorado
Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs
This was the first place we stopped to get food from. Biker Jim’s is a small establishment where a party of 8 could find a table around 5, but I could imagine it’d be harder to do so as the day went on. You order your hot dog by meat, then toppings, and then add on any sides or beverages you desire. I played it safe and went with a beef Coney dog, which is really just a chili dog with onions and mustard. The dog was a little tougher than I expected and the bun was huge, but the hot dog was good. (Maybe my mouth was too small? Maybe I was trying to eat ‘cute’ because I had on makeup and was in front of people?) I’d go with a more adventurous dog next time, like the jackalope.
They also offer local craft beers, so I grabbed Odell Brewing’s Drumroll APA. This tasted like your standard beer, just a little lighter. I imagine I could drink about 2 of these while watching football (not the Broncos) and not feel heavy.
So… I was hungry hours after Biker Jim’s and felt ravenous. Ed and I didn’t feel like Ubering anywhere, so Door Dash was clutch. I scrolled and found a vegan restaurant and immediately knew this would be the spot. We ordered cauliflower wings, bbq jackfruit sandwich, and fries. The food arrived within 45 minutes or so as we watched “Def Comedy Jam” reruns. We were both so hungry we ate standing around the kitchen bar. I’d never had cauliflower wings before but now I’m a fan. The jackfruit sandwich wasn’t bad, but I have a love/hate relationship with cole slaw (it belongs in the trash) which topped it. However, I am impressed with how jackfruit can take on the flavor and look of pulled pork. I want to actually GO to Watercourse next time I’m in Denver.
The next morning, we went to get brunch at Linger. Linger was about 10 minutes from our Airbnb and was suggested by Ed’s grad school buddy, who also works there. This place was busy during brunch hours with many parties of 4+ so I was relieved that he made the reservation.
I ordered an Anti-Milkshake, which is a breakfast smoothie made of almond cashew milk, chai, cardamom, carrot, hemp & cacao. The chai definitely stole the show, as expected. The smoothie almost had a frappe feel due to the thickness and was something I could see myself ordering again.
For my entree, I ordered the Persian Sliders made with the Impossible Burger. I’ve been in love with veggie and plant-based protein burgers as of late. My friend told me about the Impossible Burger a few weeks ago and raved about how well it tasted. I was curious to see if it was really good. These plant-based burgers are generally good but you can tell it’s not meat. However, I was very impressed with how the Impossible Burger mimicked an extremely lean ground beef burger. (Imagine a cow that did Crossfit.) The sweet potato waffle fries were good too. I’m not a huge fan of sweet potato fries, but this worked with the Mediterranean seasonings.
Little Man Ice Cream
The only thing I wanted to do in Denver was find a vegan ice cream shoppe. Thank goodness that Denver is full of veggie-conscious folks because the ice cream spot next to Linger offered a few vegan flavors, such as the Pina Colada ice cream that I ordered. It maintained the Pina Colada flavor but felt a little lighter somehow. Perhaps they used coconut milk? Either way, it was pretty good. I accidentally almost ate the entire pint in one sitting. But it was the weekend so it didn’t count, right?
There’s something about Denver that makes you hungry. Maybe it’s the variety of great food at every turn? After brunch, a few of us had a slight craving for something before dinner. One of our friends ordered sushi from Izu through Door Dash or one of the food delivery services. A few of us snacked on spicy tuna, unagi, shrimp, and a few other rolls I don’t remember. The sushi was good. I ate the ginger. Then I took a nap that turned into Sunday.
When half the group returned from a trip after brunch, they also brought back doughnuts for the house. These doughnuts were unlike anything I’d seen before. I was used to Sublime Doughnuts and Donut Worry. These were like those two had a baby. I was afraid of a sugar binge so I opted for the plain cake doughnut, which didn’t disappoint. The others were good to look at, however.
My quick weekend in Denver was definitely a foodie adventure. Y’all know I hate that word with everything in me, but I was able to get a good taste of what their food scene had to offer. I’m looking forward to trying a few more restaurants during future visits and exploring the area more.