Tired of your current restaurant routine? Need a refresher on Denver's best eats? Bored at work and looking to procrastinate by planning dinner tonight?
We're here to serve, with our current favorite things to eat in Denver. This rundown includes some of what you're used to, and some of what you're not - all of which we'll keep updating on a regular basis. We do this mostly for you, but also for the semi-legitimate excuse of gorging ourselves across the city every month - aka "doing research." Here's your March 2017 update.
What To Eat: Crab Soufflé
Potager rotates new souffle flavors monthly, and they’re always a must-order. The current twice-baked- peekytoe-crab version is especially necessary now before it’s too hot to dive into something this rich. Hearty, creamy, buttery, crabby. Get it.
What To Eat: Pork Curry Rice Special
Ohana slipped this hot lunch special into rotation recently and it’s just as good as the fresh poke bowls people continue to line up for - maybe better. Rich curry gravy on top a bed of rice and topped with a generous portion of their suckling pulled pork. Good luck focusing on work after taking this down, but it’s totally worth it.
What To Eat: Blowfish Tails Basket & Smelt Fries
Fish N Beer feels like you’re eating inside an old ship, minus the risk of contracting scurvy, and they serve a small but well-executed seafood menu. The Blowfish basket is basically fish and chips with a buffalo wing twist, and the smelt fries (salty breaded and deep fried sardine bites) are ridiculously good. You want at least one order of each at your table.
What To Eat: Oatmeal Cookie Scoop
Sweet Cow has been making some of the best ice cream in town for years, but the lines at their new store in the recently-opened Stanley Marketplace are short and the new kids serving the cones are real generous. Grab a double scoop and check out the giant new surrounding marketplace. Worth the trip East of the city.
What To Eat: Power Bowl
New year, new you, blah blah blah. There's a ton of resolution hype right now, and yes, even we can't discount the idea of trying to eat a little healthier to kick off 2017. But if you’re going to do it, do it with stuff that doesn’t taste like cardboard. Like Rush Bowls, AKA acai bowls, AKA fruit smoothies topped with granola and honey. The Power Bowl is our favorite.
What to Eat: Fried Mozzarella
Dio Mio is a fast-casual pasta restaurant in RiNo, and while they’re still working out some kinks with the dinner service (their pasta is hit or miss), we use it for wine and snacks before a bigger meal out in the neighborhood. The crunchy deep fried Mozzarella and a glass of cabernet is exactly what you need after a long workday.
What to Eat: Warm Artichoke Salad
Even if you haven't promised yourself an all-salad diet for the next month, this gem should be high atop your 2017 lunch rotation. Roasted shiitakes and some pecorino play well with the bitter/spicy artichoke leaves.
What To Eat: Raw Tuna Tostada Bites
The tacos at Dos Santos are the main attraction. But a change of pace never hurts, especially when it comes in the form of something as magic as these little tuna bites. Basically an ahi nacho with spicy slaw and aioli. Available all day Monday, and during afternoon happy hours (3-6) the rest of the week. Pair a few orders of these with their house margarita.
What to Eat: Vegetarian Pho
Nothing beats a piping hot bowl of soup on a cold day. And even though good bowls around town aren't too hard to find, the ones at Saigon are worth straying from your usual pho path for - especially if you tend to go the vegetarian route.
What to Eat: The Mailman
A breakfast burrito filled with scrambled eggs, refried beans, melty cheese, and smothered in some of the best green chile in town. Pull up a seat at the bar, and be prepared to discuss the weather with the retired regulars.
What to Eat: Ronnie's Favorite
After suffering a tragic fire, Rosenberg's was forced to shut down and wander the pop-up restaurant desert indefinitely. But the roadshow was never as good as the real thing. Now, after months of reciting a "let my bagels go" chant over and over to ourselves, the Rose is back, better than ever, and Ronnie's Favorite is still the play. Your choice of Bagel (we recommend the Everything) with dill cream cheese, cucumber, Scottish smoked salmon, and whitefish salad. A twist on the classic cream cheese and lox, and we love it.
What to Eat: Bigoli Pasta
Spuntino rolls out a new menu with every season change, which basically means pasta Christmas four times a year. Most recently, the Bigoli pasta has turned out to be our favorite gift of 2016. Fresh, homemade pasta, big mushroom flavors and some pine nut crunch for texture. Merry pasta to all, and to all a good night.
What to Eat: Soup Dumplings, Potstickers, Noodles
The reliably grouchy staff make Wang's a little intimidating for first timers, but fear not. The food here is 100 percent worth it. Handmade potstickers, soup dumplings, and a beef noodle soup that'll cure any and all cold weather chills.
What to Eat: Tonkotsu Ramen
The Tonkotsu is a simple bowl of ramen available at pretty much any ramen shop worth its salt. But Tokio's has a bonkers broth that really sets it apart. It's much lighter than you might be used to, and props up the heavier pork and noodle flavors really well. This bowl has a way of tricking you into thinking you aren't full regardless of how much you eat. And if there was ever something worth being able to eat all day, it's this.
What to Eat: King & Snow Crab
Your order will arrive in a bucket, ready to be dumped on your table Louisiana-style with sausage and potatoes to boot. Get your hands dirty, and probably get some cajun fries, too. The Crab also has a ton of TVs, making it a really nice under-the-radar spot to catch a good meal and a game.