When she first moved to the United States after living in central Asia, Irina Bertini found herself unhappy with the prevalence of processed foods and the lack of recycled and reused resources. Together with her husband, James, she decided to join with local artisans in the hope of spreading her twin passions for quality foods and self-sufficiency. They are now part of Denver Urban Homesteading, a limited liability company that shares its DIY expertise with students through classes in topics such as beekeeping, chicken raising, homebrewing, and furniture restoration. They also host regular chicken swaps where like-minded omnivores can buy and sell livestock and supplies such as organic feed and chicken waterers.
The realization of a shared dream between two friends, Mile High Vienna Stand serves up Windy City–inspired eats at 5,280 feet, including Chicago-style hot dogs crowned Denver's best in 2011 and 2012 by the Denver Westword. After spending his boyhood summers in Chicago, where he never missed the chance to grab a dog before a ballgame, owner Sonny Jarock was unable to escape the scent that had defined his youth. Eventually, memories evolved into ideas, and ideas into reality in 2008, when Sonny and his buddy, Jeremy Williamson, transformed an abandoned Baker neighborhood building into the first MHVS location.
Since swinging open their doors in 2008, Sonny and Jeremy have expanded to a second location right outside Coors Field, the home ballpark of the Colorado Rockies. On the large patio with views of the first-base entrance, customers can munch on polish sausages, juicy Italian beef sandwiches, and Chicago-style hotdogs before heading into games. Both stands accompany meals with friendly staffers, who are available to dish out facts about Chicago-style food or help solve any pickle-spear-related riddles.
Today's wellness-wonder Groupon gets you 60 minutes of wonderful wellness at Botanica Wellness Sanctuary, a natural therapy clinic that blends modern science with western and alternative healing techniques. Choose one of the following services: acupuncture ($120), herbal therapy ($70), chiropractic ($125), Reiki ($70), reflexology ($70), naturopathy ($150), cranial sacral therapy ($75), nutritional counseling ($70), or general counseling ($75–$90). The Art Museum: To make up for your rejected art school application, vow revenge on the entire town. The Hypnotist’s Office: To make up for your rejected art school application, steal the hypnotist’s hypno-coin and command an army of birds to enact vengeance on your enemies. The Police Station: To make up for being unjustly accused of ghastly crimes that were clearly committed by birds, allow your bird-servants to lay siege to the building and free you. Leave only one survivor who couldn’t possibly track you to the unfinished high rise. The Unfinished High Rise: To make up for losing your sanity in an bacchanalian spree of bird crime, surrender and hand the hypno-coin to the surviving police officer. Though he seems incorruptible, he shockingly uses the hypno-coin to allow the birds their revenge on you.
Pablo's friendly team of proficient percolators spend each demitasse-laden day roasting their own beans, creating unique signature blends, and directly importing the best single-origin coffee from around the globe. Trade in today's Groupon for two 16 oz. bags of any of Pablo's fresh grinds such as the best-selling Danger Monkey, a full-bodied house blend of African and Indonesian coffees that instills drinkers with the pep of an early rising orangutan. Or, take a caffeinated jaunt around the globe with pound bags of coffee sourced directly from Sumatra, Kenya, Guatemala, and other international locations. For java junkies unable to wait until they get home to soak up a fresh roasted cup, today's deal also scores buyers a small drip coffee, which can be enjoyed during the ride home, or in Pablo's cozy neighborhood storefront, complete with a checkerboard ceiling and hundred-year-old wooden floors.
The men behind Waffle Brothers aren't really brothers—one is from Las Vegas and the other is from Sydney, Australia—but they share a singular quest to create the perfect waffle. Friends John Power and Rod Dupen spent a year-and-a-half honing their technique, and three years traveling to festivals and charity events. At each gathering, they invited Denverites to sample their fresh-off-the-iron goods. In 2010, after many culinary experiments and test tubes ruined by waffle batter, the duo opened their first restaurant.
Every waffle on the menu comes infused with authentic Belgian sugar, which melts into the dough, then caramelizes on the exterior for a sweet and crunchy taste. Customers can personalize their waffles with an array of toppings, including fresh fruit, Nutella, caramel, and peanut butter. Waffles Brothers' other offerings include bagels, specialty sandwiches, salads, and ice cream.
The A.V. Club described Melita's as "a daring lunchtime experiment" for fusing Greek and Mexican flavors into such dishes as the sheep's-milk-cheese chicken quesadilla or the gyros supreme, a hearty pita sandwich loaded with fresh guacamole. Their personal-sized greek pizza, which was named “best pizza at a Greek market” by Westword, delivers grilled tomatoes and kalamata olives on a crispy crust, and the greek burger piles gyro meat and updated translations of The Iliad atop a grilled patty. Patrons can dine on these or more traditional dishes––from chicken souvlaki to falafel––and sip on imported Greek beer and wine inside or on a sunny front patio.