Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Flavors of Denver

My absolute favorite way to explore a new area, vacation or have an adventure is through food. I like to experience life by tasting and sipping my way down the city streets of San Diego. Savoring the flavors of a chi latte on the California shores with my best friend by my side was memorable - because of the flavors and the company.  Naturally, when moving to Denver, I was most excited to try new restaurants and coffee shops. There are so many amazing places in this incredible city that my mind gets overwhelmed and my tastes buds quiver just thinking about it. For those of you that live close to the Denver area- here’s the 4-1-1 on the places I have tried so far. And for those reading from a distance, be jealous, move here and be prepared to be hungry after reading this post. 

Steam: Coffee shop
This super trendy, urban coffee shop on South Pearl St is the perfect balance of simplicity and uniqueness. I loved the airy feel because of all the windows and the garage door that was raised to allow a floor to ceiling opening for the Colorado breezes to come through. My pour over coffee was dark, bold and flavorful. 

Sassafras: Breakfast and Lunch
Located in the Highlands of Denver, this beautiful home turned restaurant serves up the most delicious, decadent Southern Creole breakfasts. It is extremely popular so my sister and I sipped on the complementary coffee outside, bouncing Halle on our laps until we were seated. The staff was friendly, helpful and made the experience memorable. I had Truffle Mushroom grits with peas, goat cheese, and a fried egg sunny side up. It was savory, rich and I finished every last bite. My sister had the fried green tomato Benedict and she raved about the uniqueness of the dish. The coffee was above average, which is huge for this coffee loving girl.

The Populist: Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
 If you’re looking for a cool energy spot The Populist is it. This hipster restaurant located in LoDo has an amazing atmosphere and funky family style seating on their patio. Our server recommended sharing everything you order and getting about 5-6 items between the two of us. This seemed excessive so we stuck with 3 but were not totally satisfied afterwards. The menu was difficult to understand because there were no descriptions of the food, so it’s a great place for the foodie adventurer. The portions were small but the flavor was big. I would recommend the Populist as an appetizer and drink stop on your way to your dinner destination. 

True Food: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 At the moment, this might be my favorite eatery in Denver. It’s healthy, fresh dishes are appealing to me and I have yet to try something that I don’t love! It has clean, retro vibe that goes along with their clean eating menu. This is the Core Four’s favorite restaurant so it made sense that we choose to eat here as one of first meals together all in the same city again. If you’re in the Cherry Creek area looking for the perfect lunch spot, True Food will be sure to deliver a meal that will not disappoint any healthy eating pallet. 
  *(Did you know, it’s been over 2 years since the Core has all lived in the same city?) 

This only scratches the surface of amazing places in Denver. I am excited to keep exploring the city through flavors, food and of coffee. If any of you have recommendations I would love some new suggestions. 



  1. Have you tried Root Down yet?

  2. Kaarina! I haven't tried it yet, but I have only heard incredible things about it! It's on the top of my list of places to try. If you're in Denver we should go together!

    1. That would be awesome, I'll let you know!

  3. My boyfriend has been telling me about Steam. I believe its owned by a DU alum? So jealous you get to experience that wonderful environment! I cant wait to go.

  4. Alyssa, come back soon for a visit! I would love to actually hang out with you! We can bring Mekenzie and meet at Steam :)