The beats of lean cuts of meat sizzling on the grill and ladles clanking against trays of zesty vegetables fill Qdoba Mexican Grill during construction of made-to-order Mexican fare. As healthy-eating devotees, Qdoba's staff stocks its kitchen with nutritious ingredients, seasonal flavors, and 100% cotton candy–free tortillas.
Sometimes you're too busy to make an entire meal from scratch. Enter Supper Solutions, a meal-assembly kitchen who helps prepare homemade meals that busy customers can cook up in their own kitchens. First, customers select a minimum of eight meals from the menu, which changes monthly and includes a variety of meal options. They then arrange to either pick up the fully prepared meals, or head to the location to assemble the meals themselves. The process helps customers cut back on grocery trips and planning, freeing up time to create elaborate food sculptures from any left-overs.
Julia Blackbird's New Mexican Caf? is the culmination of two of chef and owner Julie Siegfried?s deepest passions: cooking and New Mexico. To this day, her mother recalls Julie standing on a step stool, trying to peer into a soup pot and giving her grandmother directions about what to put in. And on her first trip to New Mexico, she used up 10 rolls of film snapping pictures. She fell in love with the region's unique vibe?the people, the artwork, and, of course, the food.
Today, she shares both of her loves with diners at Julia Blackbird's New Mexican Caf?. Her kitchen is stocked with New Mexican ingredients such as blue cornmeal, goat cheese from the San Luis valley, and pi?ones. For her signature dish, the Tres Hermanas, she stuffs a trio of blue-corn enchiladas: one with chicken and green chile, one with beef and red chile, and one with cheese and chile caribe. To make sangria, the staff soaks seasonal fruit in rum, then splashes the mixture with wine and sparkling water. The menu also features beers, mojitos, and top-shelf margaritas, which encourage diners to linger in the warmly lit space, admiring brightly colored artwork or arguing about whether red should be added to the list of primary colors.
Sit down with a simple sandwich or salad — Cava Greens caters to those craving an all-American meal. For conscientious eaters, Cava Greens has plenty fresh and healthy items on the menu. Sit outside when the weather is fine — Cava Greens has a lovely patio to enjoy a warm day. You'll want to save quiet conversations for another spot, though — the restaurant can get noisy.
Cava Greens can also cater your next party; call today for details. Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy Cava Greens' cooking from the comfort of their own home.
Typical diners should plan to spend about $30 per person on Cava Greens' moderately priced fare.
LoDo (Lower Downtown Historic District) is a trendy part of the Mile High city that’s located where the town was founded in 1858. The revitalized neighborhood is now home to the historic Union Station, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the fashion-forward Larimer Square. For more window-shopping, the 16th Street Mall pedestrian area stretches from LoDo to the area surrounding the Crowne Plaza hotel. Visitors can peruse the tree-lined boulevard and patronize the outdoor cafés, boutiques, and retail stores. Located about 3 miles east of the hotel, Denver's City Park houses the Denver Zoo as well as the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Current exhibits include a wing with more than 60 live lizards and snakes from five continents. A walk through the museum’s long-standing wildlife hall reveals more than 90 diorama-esque scenes of taxidermy animals from around the world, including the walruses of Antarctica and the cheetahs guarding Sean Connery’s castle.