An "experience that is thoroughly unique—insane, even." That's how the Denver Post describes navigating the gaming options inside Punch Bowl Social's 24,000-square-foot home. Besides classic bar games such as billiards, pinball, and darts, the emporium encompasses skeeball, board games, and a 1980s-style arcade. If that's not enough, a full-floor shuffleboard court and an eight-lane bowling alley add to the mix with comfortable leather seating framing play areas.
To match Punch Bowl Social's eclectic entertainment, its culinary team crafts equally fun and varied diner bites. On the weekends cooks focus on breakfast options such as mixed berry waffles, cast-iron skillets, and biscuits and gravy served with cage-free eggs. Lunch and dinner options include chicken and waffles, street tacos, a patty melt, and a catfish sandwich with jalapeno slaw. A special menu of pickled foods includes okra and jalapenos and helps game players make just the right puckered face to distract competitors from scoring. To complement all the eating and playing, bartenders serve local drafts, canned beers, adult milkshakes, and signature boozy punches until 2 a.m. every night.
Sketch Wine Bar is a cozy nook of nibbles that specializes in small plates, piping-hot espresso, and a stunning selection of vino. The café breakfast, served until 11 a.m. daily, includes multiple tastes for morning mouths. Herbivores and herbivoyeurs might enjoy the savory flavor of a sourdough or wheat panini ($6.50) with roasted red pepper, dry jack, and caramelized onions, while protein-powered smoothies ($3.95–$4.95) provide meals on the go for busy bees, swamped swans, and overwhelmed warlocks. Scarf down a bagel with cream cheese ($3.50), or graze lazily across a cheese plate with three ($12) or five ($16) selections, like a Where’s Waldo?–seeker enjoying a room full of nothing but Waldo.
You don't have to trudge deep into the woods to find Kolache Cabin. The tiny, wood-walled, walk-up shop is located right at the corner of Alameda and Santa Fe, and getting your hands on one of the fresh baked Eastern European buns is as easy as driving up to the window. Chefs whip up several varieties of the pillowy buns each day, infusing them with savory stuffings such as pulled pork or eggs, bacon, cheese, and jalapenos. They even offer a kolache stuffed with sausage and gravy, which they bill as "biscuits and gravy you can eat with your hands," as opposed to the classic version which is traditionally served with chopsticks.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition? Our family business has made it a priority to be a part of the neighborhood we are so lucky to serve. We think of our espresso and wine bar more like a living room than a restaurant. We enjoy getting to know our guests and think of them more like family than paying customers.
What is one of your most popular offerings? How is it prepared? Our tortilla flats make the perfect tapas or light snack. With five kinds to choose from, there is sure to be one that whets your whistle. They are made on a flour or gluten free tortilla and topped with fresh vegetables, cheese and sauce.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business? Family! And a love of serving others. Our espresso and wine bar is our second location, right near DU and the Newman Performing Arts Center. Our shops are named after our grandmothers, Mae Rose and Jeanette. We hope our shop is as inviting to you as their homes were to their friends and neighbors!
What do you love most about your job? Not working for the man!
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.
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