When Denver Westword critic Jason Sheehan visited Cracovia Restaurant and Bar, his summation of the meal ended up sounding less like a restaurant review and more like an Alice in Wonderland?style memoir dripping with passion and faux nostalgia. At one point, he recalled a desire to tackle a waiter who had walked by with a plate of cabbage rolls, so that he could "grab the golabki with [his] teeth and drink the tomato-mushroom gravy straight from the tureen." Later in the meal, he and his wife felt so connected to the food, they almost felt Polish themselves: "If our mothers had been Polish ? this would've been what we ate growing up, " Jason said, "This tastes like home cooking in the best possible way, tastes of time and care and experience and love."
Love is probably the key word here: it's not surprising that Jason and his wife were so enamored with their meal, considering Cracovia is a labor of love for husband-wife team Lester and Marie Rodzen. They named the restaurant after a Krakow hotel where they honeymooned more than a quarter-century ago, and they pour this affection for their home country into each of the from-scratch Polish dishes they create, which is part of the reason they were named ?Best German/Eastern European Restaurant Denver 2014? by Denver Westword. The aforementioned golabki?cabbage rolls stuffed with pork and rice?is one of the Rodzens' signature dishes, as are the homemade kielbasa and pierogi stuffed with meat, cabbage, cheese, or blueberries, all purchased at local farmers markets. In the spirit of its romantic inspiration, Cracovia is a perfect date-night restaurant?every Friday and Saturday night, live singers croon as couples make their way to the dining room's dance floor or three-legged racing area.
Supper Solutions boasts a miscellany of cuisine options for busy familial units, with take-home meals that satisfy up to six hungry noshers. Try out the In Session concept, choosing your meals online before cruising to Supper Solutions to craft your fare in the fully stocked kitchen during a 1.5- to 2-hour hands-on cookfest. Patrons suffering from overloaded carpool schedules or authoritarian library due dates can grab Suppers to Go, ordering their chow and then picking it up in its ready-made form. The menus change monthly and come in Size Wise, which feeds two to three, and Full Size, which feeds four to six.
The beats of lean cuts of meat sizzling on the grill and ladles clanking against trays of zesty vegetables fill Qdoba Mexican Grill during construction of made-to-order Mexican fare. As healthy-eating devotees, Qdoba's staff stocks its kitchen with nutritious ingredients, seasonal flavors, and 100% cotton candy–free tortillas.
Wingman has been serving the best wings in Denver (according to Westword) since 1981, focusing its menu on Buffalo-style wings brought over by the Mineo family from upstate New York's majestic chicken-capped mountains. Order anywhere from 10 ($7.99) to 500 ($349.99) of the tasty meat morsels and be sure to slacken your belt accordingly. The laid-back eatery lets you pick your poultry-poison with a selection of mild, medium, hot, extra hot, honey barbecue, or teriyaki sauce before picking your poison-poison from an array of draught beer that includes Coors Light, Fat Tire, and New Belgium seasonal brew. You can also munch on baskets of popcorn chicken ($5.99), mozzarella sticks ($4.99), fries ($1.89), or your own fingernails as you anxiously wait for the universe to make up its mind as to whether or not you exist. For something heartier, try an Angus beef burger ($5.99–$6.39) or one of Wingman’s sandwiches and salads. If you're not feeling as stuffed as a mounted turducken head, close with a dessert plate of funnel cake ($1.99).
Hanna's prepares lunch and breakfast favorites, combining simple flavors, classic recipes, and gourmet twists to make menu items stand out. Pop in early for the french toast, topped with house-blended cinnamon-almond syrup ($4.95), or sink lunchtime choppers into the jersey turkey sandwich, which pairs house-roasted turkey with wasabi slaw ($7.95). Foodies can fork up the roasted chicken salad tossed with baby greens ($8.95), chow down on the traditional Italian meatballs—pork and beef hand-rolled into meaty spheres ($7.95 for 6)—or lap up a bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup ($6.50) before the people next to you realize that you're eating their soup.