In the words of Japanese arts scholar Okakura Kakuzo, “Strangely enough humanity has so far met in a teacup.” Today's side deal invites you and your humanity for an afternoon tea in a tearoom at Seven Cups Denver Tea House. For $25, you'll get a tea tasting for six, a $55 value. Spend some quality time focusing deeply on your qi and forgetting about your problematic investment in that land-ski company.
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.
Gennaro’s Cafe Italiano’s pasta producers pile plates with generous portions of Old World comfort fare in a family-friendly restaurant. Browse the menu, before divvying up an appetizer, such as deep-fried calamari or tomato and mozzarella bruschetta, anointed with herbs and olive oil. After devouring house salads, plunge tusks into entrees, such as lasagna stacked with beef, italian sausage, and six types of cheese, or perform tined pirouettes through fettuccine alfredo crowned with grilled chicken. Spicy sausage huddles with grilled peppers and onions as marinara quells fires for the safety of shaved parmesan cheese. Fresh-baked garlic bread accompanies all main meal events as well as refreshing glasses of beer. Making a reservation, like believing in the tooth fairy, is acceptable but not necessary.
The chefs at Spanky's Roadhouse perform culinary gymnastics, flipping patties, tossing salads, shaking shakes, and teaching wings how to soar with flavor. Adventurous eaters can build their own burger out of beef ($8.95), buffalo ($10.95), or grilled chicken breast ($8.95), garnishing their meat choice with multifarious toppings ($0.75 each). Or, pad your uninsulated belly cabin with one of 12 signature burgers, such as the Spanky burger, which is assembled with jalapeno-jack cheese, bacon, guacamole, and onions sizzled to a saliva-worthy crisp ($9.95). The Breakfast burger keeps lonely buns company with bacon, cheddar, and a fried egg, and the Fat burger is crowned with a golden, beer-battered onion ring and slathered in barbecue sauce, bacon, and blue cheese. After dousing a burning burger desire before it spreads to nearby stomachs, guests can dig into one of three sliders, such as the piquant barbecue pulled pork ($7.95) or a dozen Roadhouse wings, which come in six flavors, including Chinese Hot, Atomic, and honey barbecue ($8.95).
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.
Steaming cups of english breakfast, chocolate-coconut, and masala chai tea tantalize taste buds alongside earl grey tea bread and hearty sandwiches on croissant rolls. Visitors to Moon Kats pair these nibbles, which include vegetarian and gluten-free options, with a variety of flavorful loose teas and tea bags that arrive by the cup or pot, as well as with an assortment of Amazing Origins coffee and tea ciders. Guests can mix and match teas and treats at their leisure or partake in prix fixe afternoon teatimes named Hansel and Gretel in honor of the tearoom's gingerbread walls. In between bites, visitors surf the net with free WiFi or stock up on brand-name teas and accessories from the shop.