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Earlier this summer my wife and I took a trip to Denver, staying for five days. We built the trip around a concert at Red Rocks and stayed at The Ramble Hotel specifically because of the presence of the Death & Co. cocktail bar in the lobby, their second location (flagship in NYC):
- Ramble Hotel https://www.theramblehotel.com
- Death & Co Denver https://www.deathandcompany.com/locat...
Death & Co. was excellent across the board. We had breakfast at their DC/AM cafe each morning and stopped in for dinner and drinks another night. I was very much looking forward to their cocktails and they didn't disappoint.
The hotel is located in the River North Arts District, or Rino, a fast growing area with a lot of new restaurants and bars popping up. As a result, we stayed within the general vicinity of the hotel and found a few great places:
- Linger 2030 W 30th Ave http://lingerdenver.com/
- SuperMegaBien 1260 25th St https://supermegabien.com/menus.html
- Acorn 3350 Brighton Blvd http://www.denveracorn.com/menu/
Linger was very much a hot spot that was quite popular. A converted mortuary (now an "Eatuary"), it was a huge, garage-like space and included a rooftop deck with views of the city. The menu had offerings from many different cuisines, so we did our best to pick and choose: http://lingerdenver.com/pdf/Linger_Di...
Highlights included the watermelon gazpacho, masala dosa, and Korean bbq tacos. We also tried the Black Sesame Tawainese Snow Ice desert, a gigantic portion that we couldn't possibly finish, but was tasty.
SuperMegaBien was helpfully located in the same building as our hotel, so we stopped there before heading to Red Rocks for the concert. Their main dishes are served family style, with the addition of dim sum style carts that bring by small, shared plates. We split a Crispy Spanish Rice with Shrimp, served in a cast iron skillet, which was perfectly spicy, and added a few sides from the cart including chimichurri-drizzled carne asada, ceviche, and their take on Cuban ropa vieja. We were please with everything but the carne asada, which they comped us for unexpectedly as they were not pleased with the result.
Finally, Acorn was our most expensive meal, and an excellent one. Standouts included their “Heirloom Polenta” and an Oak Roasted Half Chicken. Cocktails were also excellent, and my wife was particularly impressed with their creative non-alcoholic options like their “Tea Time” cocktail with green tea, lavender, lemon and ginger beer.
For smaller, less formal meals, we also really enjoyed Denver's food halls, where you can grab a bite from several different merchants in one spot with ample seating. We sought these out as a result of this great article from 303 magazine: https://303magazine.com/2019/07/food-...
Overall, we felt like we barely scratched the surface of Denver as we had a much longer wish list of restaurants that we couldn't make time for in our short visit. That said, we have a great itinerary for a future visit.
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