The chefs at Cafe Brazil use ingredients such as coconut milk, chili oil, and lime to flavor fresh seafood and cuts of meat, creating dishes that transport diners' taste buds to the far-off continent of South America. But their menu isn't solely Brazilian—they describe it instead as "Novo Latino," drawing upon the cuisines of Colombia, Argentina, and Chile, as well as more-far flung influences such as Spain, Italy, and France. This makes for a varied menu; the seafood Copacabana, for example, includes shrimp, scallops, and coconut milk accented with Italian parsley and parmesan cheese. Keeping it more traditional, the feijoada completa—Brazil's national dish—consists of a black-bean stew with smoked meats. More than 75 varieties of rum await visitors in the brightly tiled Rum Room, where the alcohol can be sipped neat or mixed into a mojito. Non-rum options abound as well, including the caipirinha, Brazil's national cocktail made with cachaça liquor and lime. The restaurant offers complimentary tapas in the Rum Room, giving drinkers something to nibble on while toasting. For those opting to eat in the dining room, reservations are recommended, as the casual, vibrantly colored space can get quite crowded.
When 5280 magazine ran a feature on local chefs’ upscale versions of oatmeal, DJ's 9th Avenue Cafe was the first eatery mentioned. Unlike his peers’ signature concoctions, Chef Devin Stallings’s version pairs a plain portion of organic, irish steel-cut oats with servings of pistachios, dried dates, cranberries, brown sugar, and milk, which diners can add however they see fit. The laid-back, collaborative approach to cuisine is emblematic of Devin’s work at DJ's, which the Denver Post praises for “simple, thoughtfully prepared and relatively wholesome food.”
At breakfast, those wholesome dishes include crab-cake benedicts and french toast stuffed with peanut butter and jelly; a weekend brunch menu expands upon those offerings with housemade chicken pot pie. For lunch, Devin and his team smoke pork in-house before adding it to Cuban-style sandwiches with dijon mustard and sliced pickles, as well as grill half-pound, handmade burgers that diners can crown with their choice of toppings.
Julia Blackbird's New Mexican Café is the culmination of two of chef and owner Julie Siegfried’s deepest passions: cooking and New Mexico. To this day, her mother recalls Julie standing on a step stool, trying to peer into a soup pot and giving her grandmother directions about what to put in. And on her first trip to New Mexico, she used up 10 rolls of film snapping pictures. She fell in love with the region's unique vibe—the people, the artwork, and, of course, the food.
Today, she shares both of her loves with diners at Julia Blackbird's New Mexican Café. Her kitchen is stocked with New Mexican ingredients such as blue cornmeal, goat cheese from the San Luis valley, and piñones. For her signature dish, the Tres Hermanas, she stuffs a trio of blue-corn enchiladas: one with chicken and green chile, one with beef and red chile, and one with cheese and chile caribe. To make sangria, the staff soaks seasonal fruit in rum, then splashes the mixture with wine and sparkling water. The menu also features beers, mojitos, and top-shelf margaritas, which encourage diners to linger in the warmly lit space, admiring brightly colored artwork or arguing about whether red should be added to the list of primary colors.
All of Hash's organic, gluten-free hashes arrive at tables with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients such as mushrooms, sweet yams or corned beef. Its bevy of breakfast plates include everything from flaky croissants to hearty breakfast tacos. Along with its namesake dish, the breakfast joint specializes in sweet and savory breakfast crepes, some even mimicking burritos with shredded pork and green chilies. Locally roasted NOVO Coffee, juices, and speciality coffee drinks complement the day’s first meal.
Nanna's Tea has created a collection of tasty white, green, herbal, and black teas from around the world to marry with its delicate tea sandwiches, soups, and daily-baked pastries. Its picturesque outdoor gardens present a placid locale for visitors decompress while taking formal tea or recharge while chatting over breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The tea-of-the-month club exposes members to a vast array of exotic flavors, and children's tea parties teach tikes how to use the teaspoon to slap the hands of any teddy bear caught hoarding crumpets.
Behind the windows of the Sipping n? Painting Highland studio lies an intimate workshop where soft hanging lanterns spotlight guests laughing, chatting, and sipping wine as they paint canvases. Seasoned instructors stroll across the rustic hardwood floors, offering step-by-step guidance and tips to painters as they complete vivid reproductions of majestic mountains, beautiful flowers, or plucky sausage vendors. Each night, classes focus on a different featured painting, though participants who feel comfortable doing so are encouraged to work on their own original pieces. The instructors keep classes lively and fun, encouraging socializing and providing each guest with a complimentary glass of beer or wine and light snacks.