Too often, strong, simple ideas such as loop-free handwriting and ice cream are eschewed in favor of complicated messes like cursive and "frozen dairy treats." Today's Groupon defends against updates that downgrade: for $5, you get $10 worth of all-natural ice cream and sorbetto, nitrate-free hot dogs, and café drinks at The Red Trolley, located on 32nd Avenue between Clay and Bryant streets. The entire $10 value must be used in one visit.
Voted 5280 magazine Readers' Choice for Top Gelato, The Red Trolley was founded by Julie and Patrick Shaw, who wanted to take their kids out for ice cream that didn't give off an unnatural glow. Ice creams and sorbettos at The Red Trolley are made in-house without the deal-breaking lineup of high fructose corn syrup, trans fat, and artificial colors and flavors. Denver Magazine named the banana chocolate peanut butter gelato one of the 100 must eats in Denver ($3.50 for a single scoop), and the charming counter stools are well-suited for sealing truces with root beer floats ($4.99). Mix and match flavors such as the cupcake junky without neglecting a favorite such as the sea-salt chocolate-covered caramel gelato.
Stop in at breakfast for a buffet of The Red Trolley's six hand-blended cereals ($5), tea from Bhakti Chai in Boulder, or coffee from Denver-based Novo Coffee. The after-dessert menu includes nitrate-free hot dogs from Denver's Continental Sausage Company and vegan coneys served in whole-grain buns that can be made parade-ready at the unlimited toppings bar ($4.25–$6.25).
The Red Trolley’s awards include Readers’ Choice Top Gelato of 2009 from 5280 magazine, Best Family-Friendly Happy Hour of 2009 from Westword, and a 2009 nomination for Best Ice Cream Shop from CityVoter and Best of Denver 7’s A-List. Seventy-nine percent of nearly 70 Urbanspooners recommend Red Trolley; more than 70 Yelpers give it a four-star average, and CityVoters give a five-star average.
- Stopped in for some ice cream and it was a great neighborhood spot. Great flavors, super nice guy behind the counter, and a fun place to visit. – Maria K., Yelp
- Are you a coffee aficionado? Red Trolley is the place for you. Exotic coffees and the Clover vacuum coffee system makes an unbelievable cup of coffee. – Bluesman, Urbanspoon
- the most amazing quality, hand-crafted ice cream with inventive flavors and consistency – loubear16, CityVoter