Clockwise from top photo:
1. Crave Dessert Bar & Lounge
On one of our many let’s-just-wander-around trips, we stumbled across a place that serves drink and desserts. Drew enjoyed a sidecar and I had cake. (SJ, this is the place!)
I didn’t realize how vegetarian / vegan friendly this tiny dive bar is. We stumbled in around happy hour o’ clock and enjoyed some killer zucchini corn dogs. Delish.
For Drew’s birthday, we enjoyed a Denver Restaurant Week special (in which dinner for two is $52.80, a.k.a. 5280, the elevation of the city) at Panzano. Dinner was outstanding but it was our crazed, enthusiastic waiter bringing us every single dessert upon discovering it was Drew’s birthday that really made the night special.
4. Ship Tavern at the Brown Palace
This would be our regular haunt if it was a bit closer to our place. So beautiful and historic. Soda water (me) and martinis (him). You know how we do. We probably enjoy this place more than the usual patrons, having participated in the historic tour of the hotel and hearing the stories of the decorations inside.
A college friend of mine owns Crema. I didn’t discover this until Courtney randomly mentioned it one morning while we were enjoying almond milk lattes together. It’s super unassuming and serves up the best java in town. Aforementioned college friend also owns The Populist. Successful much?
6. Sassafras American Eatery
Any establishment that a) serves fried green tomatoes and b) boasts animal pair salt and pepper shakers on every table has a solid place in my heart. Hot coffee while you wait and a full menu of candy bar themed milkshakes. BYE.