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Light streams in from floor-to-ceiling windows inside Fire + Spice, pouring over cozy leather chairs, curved booths, and a sleek wooden bar. But the interior of this comfortable yet upscale restaurant isn’t the only picturesque element in the place. Southwestern fare, inspired by Mexican spices, is painstakingly prepared and arranged into edible works of art, much like Picasso’s canvases during his stew period. Notable menu items include chipotle chicken enchiladas, shrimp tacos, and Alamosa striped bass with crispy yucca root.

16455 E 40th Cir
Aurora,
CO
US

The sun has set on the town of Denver, but the neon sign on Winchell’s Donut House is still aglow. The familiar smell of baking donuts wafts out from the 24-hour establishment's door, drawing night owls in for steaming cups of coffee and french crullers, jelly donuts, and moist chocolate muffins. A shift change occurs come daytime; breakfasters replace nocturnal dwellers, chatting over freshly made bagels, spicy egg sandwiches, and meaty burritos before the lunch crowd shows up. The donut shop also offers delivery services throughout the local area, transporting freshly made pastries directly to a home, office, or secret rendezvous point at an all-vegetable convention.

746 Peoria St
Aurora,
CO
US

At first glance, The Grubbery might seem like just another breakfast-loving diner, but the truth is not as simple, nor as boring. Although chefs start with traditional diner staples?french toast, eggs benedict, turkey club sandwiches?they add an artful flair to create dishes that are not only more inventive, but also more delicious. Their multigrain pancakes, for instance, hold together through every bite and misguided juggling attempt with a spread of peanut butter and jelly, and that turkey club shows its beachy inspiration with cilantro and sliced avocado. The chefs also fry up traditional eggs, which they then use to top their breakfast pizzas.

When dinner rolls around, the kitchen takes its playbook from the mothers of the South, whipping up comfort food with a twist: chicken-fried steaks and house-made meatloaf with honey-glazed carrots. And at any time of day, meals pair with pours of Starbucks brand coffee, which baristas customize with steamed milk and syrups.

4880 Havana Street
Denver,
CO
US

Savory and sugary scents envelop customers when they walk inside Winchell's Donut House. That's because the shop specializes in 70 varieties of fresh cakey donuts and breakfast baked goods. Inside every dozen, staff sneak in 14 jelly donuts, crullers, long johns, and twists, with each available in a range of flavors and icings. Just as they pack their "dozen" with 14 donuts, they pack the individual donuts with fruity fillings such as strawberry, lemon, or raspberry. Then, they complement those flavors with cinnamon crumb topping, a dusting of donut sugar, or bittersweet chocolate icing. While they might use these same fruity flavors in their croissants, the bakers impart more savory flavors in their fresh bagels and sandwiches. To complement either type of breakfast food, the team brews Arabica coffee into flavors that evoke the season like a scarecrow, a snowman, or a scarecrow in snow pants and ski goggles. Impressively, Winchell's Donut House traces its roots back to 1948, no doubt because of its ability to unite savory with sweet on the menu.

15195 E Hampden Ave
Aurora,
CO
US

John Pinelli had lived across the country, but he always returned to one place: Philadelphia. Each year, no matter where he was, he would come back to that city like a boomerang. A very hungry boomerang. During his visits, he devoured cheese steaks, Italian hoagies, water ice, and Tastykakes snack pies. He just wished he could bring one of those restaurants back to his home in Denver. Instead, he opened South Philly Cheese Steaks in 2004.

Pinelli's decision to leave his corporate job perplexed his family, but he knew he was on to something. After all, he knew how to make italian hoagies and hot roast beef. He knew how to bake Philly-style pizza, and of course, he knew how to assemble an authentic Philadelphia cheese steak. It all proved successful, and South Philly Cheese Steaks now has several locations across Denver and its surrounding areas?with more likely to come.

At each restaurant, a simple dining room greets patrons with casual tables and a custom mural of Philadelphia's skyline. In the kitchen, cooks work with many ingredients sourced right from Philly. In addition to the classic cheese steak, they assemble special varieties, such as a pizza cheese steak with provolone and marinara.

7215 E 72nd Ave
Commerce City,
CO
US

The history of Ceylon tea can be traced back to the late 19th Century, when a Scotsman by the name of James Taylor cleared 19 acres of land in Sri Lanka to plant the country's first seedlings. It was the beginning of what has since turned into a globally celebrated region of the tea industry—and Ceylon Pearl Tea has certainly contributed.

Rather than snatching steaming teapots from neighborhood windowsills, the company imports teas directly from its family of plantations spread across 53,000 acres of fertile land in Sri Lanka. This valley-to-cup process enables the business to be extremely selective: it picks only the highest qualities of black and green teas, which are available in more than 200 flavors and blends. To enhance the tea-drinking experience, Ceylon Pearl Tea also carries a line of porcelain cups and saucers, and packs customized gift baskets with quality teas and accessories.

7770 E Iliff Ave
Denver,
CO
US