Passersby often stop outside Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant’s storefront window to peer in on the unusual dining-room setup. Elaborately woven baskets sit beside wooden chairs festooned with colorful cushions; each of these baskets cradles the slightly sour Ethiopian bread known as injera.
Injera is literally the basis of Ethiopian cuisine—its spongy surface lies flat across plates to welcome dollops of curry chicken, ginger- and garlic-seasoned lentils, and sautéed cubes of lamb. To wash down these eats, Abyssinia’s staff ships in Ethiopian beers and wines. House red and white wines are also available, and the staff takes care to ensure that each was aged, according to tradition, in the cellars of red and white houses.
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.
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Conceived as a business model to support a single-mom owner, The Coffee Nook brews coffees and espresso from IMACK Coffee, a local, family-operated roaster. Nestled in a storefront in the courtyard of the Glendale Workshops building, The Coffee Nook serves classic coffee drinks and blended espresso beverages, many infused with flavors such as gingerbread, mocha, or sea-salt caramel. To pair with the caffeinated treats, guests can enjoy quesadillas or customized sandwiches in a picturesque outdoor seating area or within the WiFi-equipped café.
Modmarket's chic interior serves as an ideal stage for the mouthwatering performances of the restaurant's wholesome, seasonal culinary stars. The menu—which contains nutritional information for each dish—eases diners into their restorative repast with an array of salads, available in such verdant configurations as thai coconut, whose bed of greens teems with sweet potatoes, chicken, and peanut-mango dressing ($8.75). Many of the eatery's salad dressings contain no gluten, animal byproducts, or narwhal tears, and the from-scratch soup selection always includes at least one vegan option. The restaurant's pizzasmiths forge exotic, innovative creations, such as the pizza sporting fig, goat cheese, gorgonzola, arugula, and pepper ($8.50), and all pizzas are available with soy cheese and whole-grain or gluten-free crusts. Sandwiches, such as the chipotle steak ($8.50), come with a choice of vegan bread or gluten-free wrap and toast to toothsome crispness in a 600-degree brick oven.
Boba and Crepes origami-enthusiast chefs enwrap a multitudinous menu of sweet and savory ingredients within wafer-thin pancakes. Each variety of crêpe concoction arrives in an easy-to-carry boxed cone for those craving a pastry on the run or an escalator. Ham and pineapple mingle with deluxe sandwich fixings in the Hawaii crêpe ($5.75), and premium smoked salmon doused in butter and melted swiss cheese clogs the cone of the salmon supreme crêpe ($8.25). The Nutella fruit supreme crêpe ($5.95) corrals juicy chunks of strawberry, pineapple, and kiwi in a syrupy sea of vanilla ice cream and whipped cream, making it a suitable stand-in for a birthday cake or a boutonniere. Tiny orbs of pudding drift within sweet sippable mixes of puréed fruit flesh called snow bubble smoothies ($2.99 for small), and hot water tastes less like air with herbaceous tea brews ($2.99 for small).