For more than 27 years, chefs at Rodney's have manned grills within the cozy basement eatery, unfurling a menu of steak-house cuisine headlined by tender slabs of aged, USDA-choice meats. Hearty hunks of sirloin, filet mignon, and slow-roasted prime rib sate appetites and tone wrists' abs alongside a colossal cheese- and bacon-swathed baked potato that the Denver Westword included among its 100 Favorite Dishes of 2010. In addition to its prized steaks, the neighborhood eatery's kitchen dispenses hefty sandwiches and elegant seafood, such as fresh Atlantic salmon and shrimp, and its full bar unleashes a spectrum of cocktails.
After years spent working in other restaurants and bakeries, Jyll Tuggle had a dream to open her own neighborhood eatery where folks could gather to enjoy quality cuisine and hearty conversation. That dream became Under The Umbrella Cafe and Bakery, a cozy brick-walled eatery that quickly won the Denver Post’s endorsement for its light, homemade fare and friendly, local vibe. Families can frequently be found filling seats in the kid-friendly confines, drawn in by a menu peppered with house-baked cinnamon rolls, filled croissants, breakfast burritos, and grilled sandwiches served with a choice of side such as homemade potato salad. Denver-based Pablo's Coffee fills cups with heady brews as laptops luxuriate in the waves of free WiFi and area psychics flock to read their futures in the loose leaves used to steep steaming cups of Sterling tea.
Dark woods dominate the decor at My Other Bar, a stark contrast to the bar top, which is covered in license plates from across the country. That spirit of travel pervades the menu: an eclectic hodgepodge of small plates, wood-fired pizzas, and gourmet burgers. A number of dishes pass through My Other Bar's wood oven, which bakes portobello mushrooms stuffed with goat cheese and pies such as the pomodorini e diavola with salami, roasted tomato, and red chili.
Pizzas can also be customized with ingredients such as roasted chicken, goat cheese, and baby and tween arugula. The same goes for customizable half-pound burgers, whose toppings include fried eggs and artichokes. Red and white wines, top-shelf spirits, and seasonal draft beers complement feasts, which energize patrons for rounds of billiards on My Other Bar's twin pool tables or games in its modest arcade.
Tackle the mountain of airy, creamy frosting piled high atop the moist cupcakes at Lovely Confections Bakery. With today's Groupon, you get six scrumptious cupcakes for just $9 ($18 value). That's just $1.50 per cupcake, the perfect price for a birthday treat or a Monday sweet.
From its people-watchable front patio to the misted summer sanctuary of its hidden back patio, Reiver's Bar and Grill keeps stomach-tantrums to a minimum with a menu that mingles traditional pub fare with eclectic palate pleasers. Laid-back locals take in the athletic action on 10 flat-screen TVs while noshing on deliciously deep-fried mac 'n' cheese wedges ($7.95) or the Colorado shepherd's pie conjured out of lean ground beef and a bevy of corn, carrots, and wooden shepherd's crooks ($11.95). The award-winning Reiver's chicken-fried sirloin steak—pounded thin with prosciutto, rubbed with horseradish, and breaded in saltines ($12.95)—has a natural chemistry with any of the 13 beers on tap. Stop by to watch the bowl games or put a lifetime of accumulated useless knowledge about hatchback hoopties and carousel cranes to good use at the Tuesday Trivia Face-Off.