Posts tagged ‘Denver’

October 4, 2011

Denver: Lucile’s Creole Cafe

Right before we left Denver to head up to Ft. Collins for a couple of days, we decided to stop in a Lucile’s Creole Cafe for a little brunch. Even though Lucile’s does have a Ft. Collins location, we decided that getting up early enough after a night of brewery hopping to drive back to Denver to catch out flight home wasn’t going to happen.

photo: /www.luciles.com

Lucile’s is on South Logan Street in Denver’s Platt Park which is lined with charming, renovated homes from the 1920’s. Their porch is charming and surrounded by the leaves hanging off the trees that line the street.

Lucile's Beignets

Time to get down on some true Creole grub. I knew, first off, that I had to have 2 things: a bloody and beignets. My mom, from Lafayette, Louisiana, (locals pronounce it “LAFE-i-yet no “la-fay-yet”), 2 hours west of New Orleans, used to make beignets at home from scratch. I had not had beignets in so long and was waiting all week for this pit stop. A tip: don’t inhale.

Lucile's Bloddy Mary

The bloody was the perfect morning cocktail that’s completely acceptable to drink before 9am. Lined with Lucile’s Original Seasonings on the rim, a huge stalk of celery acts as the carrier of an olive and creole seasoned shrimp. You can get Lucile’s Cajun Bloody Mary Mix online here.

Lucile's Biscut

Before our brunch came, we both got these huge biscuits. These things were like 5×5″. No joke. They were fluffy and light with a lot of little nooks and crannies to sop up the sauce on our to-come platters.

The portions were huge when we had already stuffed ourselves with biscuts and beignets. My other half got the Creole Omelet. Am omelet filled with spicy creole sausage and diced ham in creole sauce. Served with cajun potatoes and grits.

I had the Eggs Sardou, a local favorite. It came with a couple of piles of creamed spinach, topped with Gulf shrimp, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. Served with cajun potoates and optional melted cheese.

Lucile’s was a perfect brunch spot that felt like being back at home near the Gulf Coast, eating some traditional Creole food. If you are ever in Denver, Ft. Collins or Boulder, this is a must eat place.

Lucile’s Creole Cafe

275 South Logan Street, Denver, CO
(303) 282-6258
7am-2pm Monday through Friday
8am-2pm Saturday and Sunday
http://www.luciles.com/
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September 15, 2011

Denver Restaurants: The Lobby

After a hectic cab ride to the Enterprise in a construction ridden, sketchy looking area, our car wasn’t ready. Yay. So, we asked if there was anywhere around to eat. The tap room (Great Divide) we wanted to stop at and have a drink didn’t open until 2 and it was 1pm. They pointed us to The Lobby.

It’s located in Denver’s Ballpark Neighborhood, only blocks away from Coors Field, LoDo, and Downtown Denver and the Enterprise. 🙂

From The Lobby website: “Located in what was once the lobby of this historic building, The Lobby, an “Inspired American Grille,” has kept some of the original Victorian feel while infusing modern comfort with stately character. Original exposed brick work and hardwood floors blend beautifully with modern tile and lighting. The Lobby’s large patio sits in a European-style garden courtyard. ”

This was a really cool place. The patio was awesome and we had a server with a wonderful personality. She told us that they think the building actually used to be a brothel. And that the place is seriously haunted, specifically the area where they keep their liquor.

After getting her suggestions and confirmation of what’s good on the menu, I ordered the Maple Grilled Ham Sandwich. This sandwich is not for wuzzes. It’s not just a ham sandwich.

It came with 2 massively thick maple cured pieces of ham, topped with sliced Granny Smith apples, melted Brie and caramelized onions on a light and soft sourdough hoggie bun. Their house made fries were perfect with their also house-made ranch dressing.

My husband got The Rachel sandwich. It came with a huge cheese omelet that enclosed oozing Cheddar cheese, topped with peppery bacon and aioli on a sourdough hoggie with a side of tater tots.
We paired our sandwiches with Great Divide Pale Ale- hoppy & crisp and Great Divide Wheat – a lemony summer brew.

There was some other great looking stuff on their menu too. Their burgers are supposed to be great and the grilled Brie cheese for an app looked pretty sweet. Overall, it’s a really chill and laid back place to enjoy a sunny Denver afternoon. Check them out.

The Lobby
2191 Arapahoe Street
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 997-9911
Open Weekdays 11am-10pm;
Sat 11am-11:30pm; Sun 10pm-11:30pm
http://www.thelobbydenver.com/
September 13, 2011

Wine: 2010 Castelfeder Chardonnay, Italy

Another wine we tried will visiting Denver, the 2010 Castelfeder Chardonnay. It’s, again, from northern Italy, the South Tyrol region in the Alto Adige provience, where the majority of the population actually speaks German.

2010 Castelfeder Chardonnay, Italy

$15

It was fruity with apple and pear notes with a trace of honey. It’s somewhat spicy and a full-bodied wine.

Disclaimer: I do not claim to be a sommelier. I am in no way and expert. This “review” is because I liked it and think maybe you will like it too. No one can tell you what type of wine you like. Take it with a grain of salt. Try it and see if you like it too.

September 1, 2011

Wine: Bella Costa Prosecco, Italy

While in Denver, we enjoyed a lot of beer, but we also had some great wines too. Here’s another great Prosecco (the country’s rapid and popular replacement for Champagne), from Bella Costa Winery, in Veneto, Italy (northern Italy).

Bella Costa Prosecco, Italy

$18

Bronze Medal – 2010 San Francisco International Wine Competition

I ordered a glass of the Bella Costa Prosecco, with my bruchetta and fig & prosciutto pizza at Osteria Marco – a perfect match. It was crisp and fruity and extra dry with lemony citrus of pear and apple.

Disclaimer: I do not claim to be a sommelier. I am in no way and expert. This “review” is because I liked it and think maybe you will like it too. No one can tell you what type of wine you like. Take it with a grain of salt. Try it and see if you like it too.

August 30, 2011

Osteria Marco

This lunch may go down as the best meal I have ever had. If it’s not the top, it’s in the top 10 for sure. If you are familiar with Denver restaurants, you know about Frank Bonanno and his 5 restaurants ranging from casual to fine dining, Mizuna and Luca D’Italia being the most well know.

We were taking a stroll through Laimer Square, the “restaurant district” of downtown Denver when we saw a chalkboard sign with “Fresh Seasonal Bruchetta” scribbled with the rest of the specials. Being that tomatoes were in their best seasonal quality, we had to stop and grab lunch.

Osteria Marco is named for Frank Bonanno’s youngest son. Osteria means a humble restaurant where friends gather to casually enjoy their wine and food. It has a quaint patio shaded by large blue umbrellas. We walk downstairs to the main dining room – it’s causal with dark wood tables and booths, has an artisan feel, with white cotton napkins and a low key atmosphere. But, don’t let the fool you. It’s got all the stuff of a fine dining restaurant with impeccable service.

I ordered a glass of the Bella Costa Prosecco. It was crisp and fruity and extra dry with lemony citrus of pear and apple.

My husband ordered a glass of 2010 Castlelefeder Chardonnay. It was fruity with apple and pear notes. It’s somewhat spicy and a full-bodied wine.

We learned that they craft their own cheese, cure their own meat and make their own breads with an artisan approach. Even better. Let’s eat.

The bruchetta – it was wonderful. The tartness of the tomatoes balanced with a sweet and syrupy balsamic reduction. Every cheese, meat, dough, you name it, is house made at Osteria Marco. The tomatoes and balsamic sat on top of melty house-made ricotta and toasted chibatta bread with hunks of garlic throughout.

We followed with a mixed green salad with pickled red onions, house-made goat cheese, candied walnuts & strawberries.

Our sweet and salty Fig and Crispy Prosciutto Pizza was last, made as a northern Italian style pizza. The prosciutto, crisp and crumbled all over the top was just the beginning. You could smell the truffle oil mixed with house-made goat cheese, oregano and sliced sweet figs dotted all around.

Basically, 2 hours later and 3 glasses of Prosecco later, we were stuffed and in complete disbelief that we stumbled on this amazing lunch. If you are ever in Denver, you have to check this place out.

Osteria Marco
1453 Larimer Street
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 534-5855
Open Mon-Thu,Sun 11am-10pm;
Fri-Sat 11am-11pm
www.osteriamarco.com
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August 24, 2011

Denver: Marlowe’s

 

The Tuesday that we got into Denver, we were starving. I was visiting the Mile High City with my husband as a reward trip with his company. We promptly dropped off our bags and went to the conference “hospitality desk” and asked for local restaurants nearby. They pointed us to the Hard Rock Cafe and  J.Alexanders. Hm. We were on our own.

So, we headed down to the 16th Street Pedestrian Mall on our quest. We ended up at Marlowe’s on the corner of 16th Street and Glenarm Place, mainly out if desperation and starvation.  I’ll keep this one short and sweet because I don’t think there is much to this place, but my sandwich was interestingly good and so was the people watching.

I ordered the Sliced Pork Loin Sandwich. Sounds suspectedly pedestrian. Pardon the pun (since we were at the pedestrian mall). But, I read the description, and it sounds amazing: cherry & ancho pepper rub, Moroccan cheddar, spicy mustard-herb aioli, arugula & Fresno pepper jelly relish on a semolina bun, severed with kettle chips.

It sounds like a hot mess of crazy flavors, but the blend of all things sweet and spicy was amazing. The sliced pork was tender and flavorful with the sweet cherry and spicy ancho pepper rub – a perfect base for all the other yumminess. The pepper jelly is what you taste first, sticky and sweet. Then, it’s the spicy mustard-herb aioli giving it a little kick, the cheddar oozes out with the pepper jelly and the peppery arugula lingers a bit.

We both enjoyed a nice cool Big Nosed Brewery beer – the wheat and the red, respectively. I plan on doing a beer list/review of our entire brewery-hopping jaunt.

I have so much more to share from Denver soon!

Marlowe’s
501 16th Street
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 595-3700
Open Mon-Thu 11am-1am; Fri 11am-2am;
Sat 12pm-2am; Sun 12pm-1am
www.marlowesdenver.com/
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