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Guidebook for Denver

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Guidebook for Denver

Food Scene
For EVERYONE. Eat anything? Only vegetarian? Must be gluten-free? This place delivers. My favorite dish, currently, is the BBQ Shrimp Tacos. Trust me. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
LYFE Kitchen
8401 S Park Meadows Center Dr
For EVERYONE. Eat anything? Only vegetarian? Must be gluten-free? This place delivers. My favorite dish, currently, is the BBQ Shrimp Tacos. Trust me. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
Lucille's for Breakfast. Eggs Benedict addiction? Or should that be just, "Benediction"? Anyhow... Fabulous. Wonderful. Marvelous. Tasty Tasty Goodness. Seven offerings. Did I mention Beignets? They do lunch as well. You can't go wrong... Unless you're sticking to a calorie-controlled diet... LOL. Sorry. Just had to pick myself up of the floor. My diet is controlled by my calories. Many of them. As many as I can consume in fact. Especially when faced with breakfast foods. Enjoy. Edit
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Lucile's Creole Cafe
275 South Logan Street
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Lucille's for Breakfast. Eggs Benedict addiction? Or should that be just, "Benediction"? Anyhow... Fabulous. Wonderful. Marvelous. Tasty Tasty Goodness. Seven offerings. Did I mention Beignets? They do lunch as well. You can't go wrong... Unless you're sticking to a calorie-controlled diet... LOL. Sorry. Just had to pick myself up of the floor. My diet is controlled by my calories. Many of them. As many as I can consume in fact. Especially when faced with breakfast foods. Enjoy. Edit
Always a line. That's the only drawback. But worth the wait. Fabulous Eggs Benedict. Style varies. Their pancake of the day differs daily (try saying that ten times fast). I had a "doughnut" flavored pancake once (upon a time in my food fairy tale) with coffee icing as the "syrup". My taste buds have been in mourning since that fateful day as nothing will ever compare... Cue Sinead O'Conner. Yes. It's that sad.
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Snooze an A.M. Eatery
700 Colorado Blvd
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Always a line. That's the only drawback. But worth the wait. Fabulous Eggs Benedict. Style varies. Their pancake of the day differs daily (try saying that ten times fast). I had a "doughnut" flavored pancake once (upon a time in my food fairy tale) with coffee icing as the "syrup". My taste buds have been in mourning since that fateful day as nothing will ever compare... Cue Sinead O'Conner. Yes. It's that sad.
Devils' Food has two locations. One is a bakery and coffee shop. The other (next door) is a small, quaint restaurant with possibly the best Eggs Benedict in town. I'm torn. Lucille's and Snooze also have eggcellent Benedict. If your worst problem in life is deciding between them, you have an awesome life!
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Devil's Food Bakery
1004 S Gaylord St
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Devils' Food has two locations. One is a bakery and coffee shop. The other (next door) is a small, quaint restaurant with possibly the best Eggs Benedict in town. I'm torn. Lucille's and Snooze also have eggcellent Benedict. If your worst problem in life is deciding between them, you have an awesome life!
Authentic mexican. Enough said. Seriously.
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La Mexicana Taqueria at Highlands
2538 West 32nd Avenue
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Authentic mexican. Enough said. Seriously.
Gourmet nouveau-ish pizza aside, Beau Jo's in Idaho Springs is an institution. Even a right of passage for visitors experiencing Colorado in both the summer and winter. Think Mountain Pie, not pizza. Want thinnish crust? Or extra, extra thick? I usually go with standard and dip it in honey when I'm done with the main part of the pizza. Gluten-free, whole-wheat, white crust... Beau Jo's own sauce or ? Cheeses, meats, veggies. Great beer menu. And yes, there is a Beau Jo's in Evergreen and one in Denver but it's. just. not. the same. Go do a hike at St. Mary's Glacier and do Idaho Springs on the way back.
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Beau Jo's Idaho Springs
1517 Miner Street
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Gourmet nouveau-ish pizza aside, Beau Jo's in Idaho Springs is an institution. Even a right of passage for visitors experiencing Colorado in both the summer and winter. Think Mountain Pie, not pizza. Want thinnish crust? Or extra, extra thick? I usually go with standard and dip it in honey when I'm done with the main part of the pizza. Gluten-free, whole-wheat, white crust... Beau Jo's own sauce or ? Cheeses, meats, veggies. Great beer menu. And yes, there is a Beau Jo's in Evergreen and one in Denver but it's. just. not. the same. Go do a hike at St. Mary's Glacier and do Idaho Springs on the way back.
'Scuse me while my reminiscing makes me drool. Outstanding tastiness. Drool-worthy combinations. Great choices for wine, beer and margaritas. Outdoors or indoors seating. Super friendly, modern but low-key. Go catch a movie afterward or cruise around Cherry Creek and spend too much. :)
Margs Taco Bistro
200 Fillmore Street
'Scuse me while my reminiscing makes me drool. Outstanding tastiness. Drool-worthy combinations. Great choices for wine, beer and margaritas. Outdoors or indoors seating. Super friendly, modern but low-key. Go catch a movie afterward or cruise around Cherry Creek and spend too much. :)
Sushi Den's sister restaurant. Awesome.
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Izakaya Den
1487A S Pearl St
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Sushi Den's sister restaurant. Awesome.
Simply the best sushi in town. I've been going there for 20 years+. Always busy. Always. Fortunately, if you don't have time to wait, go to their sister restaurant next door which has spectacular japanese food as well as sushi. Use the communal table if you feel extra friendly. Love.
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Sushi Den
1487 South Pearl Street
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Simply the best sushi in town. I've been going there for 20 years+. Always busy. Always. Fortunately, if you don't have time to wait, go to their sister restaurant next door which has spectacular japanese food as well as sushi. Use the communal table if you feel extra friendly. Love.
Two blocks from my house. Flaky deliciousness. Croissants from A (lmond) to S(trawberry cream) and everything in between. Gourmet french baguettes... Different offerings every day. Saturday is my favorite: Blue Cheese and Walnut. Though the standard offering - plain - and the Rosemary/Olive Oil are fabbbbbbulous.
Detour Bakery
1479 S Holly St
Two blocks from my house. Flaky deliciousness. Croissants from A (lmond) to S(trawberry cream) and everything in between. Gourmet french baguettes... Different offerings every day. Saturday is my favorite: Blue Cheese and Walnut. Though the standard offering - plain - and the Rosemary/Olive Oil are fabbbbbbulous.
Independent. Not a chain. Not as fast as the Starbucks drive-thru so don't expect super-speedy service. Great coffee. Three blocks away.
Sojourners Coffee & Tea
1501 South Holly Street
Independent. Not a chain. Not as fast as the Starbucks drive-thru so don't expect super-speedy service. Great coffee. Three blocks away.
If you love gourmet, niche pizza, we have a fantastic neighborhood bistro, "Esters" that opened about a year ago. Their nachos are mouth-watering (pulled pork, queso fresco and bbq sauce). They have a few awesome salads, some sandwiches and of course, what most people go for... The pizza (and the craft beers). Think arugula, figs, blue cheese and prosciutto... You won't be disappointed. The only drawback is it can be a little noisy, especially on Friday and Saturday nights but if you're feeling less than social, call ahead and get an order to go. Usually ready in 15 minutes.
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Esters Neighborhood Pub
1950 S Holly St
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If you love gourmet, niche pizza, we have a fantastic neighborhood bistro, "Esters" that opened about a year ago. Their nachos are mouth-watering (pulled pork, queso fresco and bbq sauce). They have a few awesome salads, some sandwiches and of course, what most people go for... The pizza (and the craft beers). Think arugula, figs, blue cheese and prosciutto... You won't be disappointed. The only drawback is it can be a little noisy, especially on Friday and Saturday nights but if you're feeling less than social, call ahead and get an order to go. Usually ready in 15 minutes.
Gluten-free pizza. Really tasty salads. I especially love the "FlatIrons" with steak or the "Wintergreen". Tastiliciousness.
Modern Market Eatery
1000 South Colorado Boulevard
Gluten-free pizza. Really tasty salads. I especially love the "FlatIrons" with steak or the "Wintergreen". Tastiliciousness.
Drinks & Nightlife
Because it's Red Rocks. Because it's an outdoor, natural amphitheater. Because it's in Colorado! Because the schedule is usually fantastic as is the weather. Because listening to music in said natural formation under the stars is one of life's great experiences. Check the schedule, get the tickets, GO!
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Red Rocks Amphitheatre
18300 W Alameda Pkwy
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Because it's Red Rocks. Because it's an outdoor, natural amphitheater. Because it's in Colorado! Because the schedule is usually fantastic as is the weather. Because listening to music in said natural formation under the stars is one of life's great experiences. Check the schedule, get the tickets, GO!
Awesome venue to watch a band. Small. Friendly. Great tavern across the street to catch a bite (and a beer) before the show.
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Bluebird Theater
3317 East Colfax Avenue
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Awesome venue to watch a band. Small. Friendly. Great tavern across the street to catch a bite (and a beer) before the show.
Great music venue. Big. Check their website for upcoming shows.
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Ogden Theatre
935 East Colfax Avenue
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Great music venue. Big. Check their website for upcoming shows.
Love comedy? Check. Love eating? Check. Love socializing in a downtown setting? Check. Go downtown, eat at one of the fabulous restaurants in Larimer Square and catch a show at Comedy Works. Get your tickets before you eat. Who doesn't love a good belly laugh?
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Comedy Works Downtown
1226 15th Street
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Love comedy? Check. Love eating? Check. Love socializing in a downtown setting? Check. Go downtown, eat at one of the fabulous restaurants in Larimer Square and catch a show at Comedy Works. Get your tickets before you eat. Who doesn't love a good belly laugh?
Parks & Nature
St. Mary's Glacier is not a real glacier.. It's a snow field that sits 9 miles above exit 238 off of I-70. There are two parking lots at the bottom by the trailhead. Don't park on the road because you will get a ticket. Hike up the rocky path for about 3/4 mile and it opens up into a beautiful - very cold - lake with the snow field sitting above it. Hike up as far as you want. If you get to the top or beyond, there are spectacular views and tons of wildflowers (once the snow melts). Once you've worked up an appetite, head on to Idaho Springs for Beau Jo's pizza. Then head back to your airbnb away from home to relax.
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St Mary's Glacier
7599 Fall River Road
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St. Mary's Glacier is not a real glacier.. It's a snow field that sits 9 miles above exit 238 off of I-70. There are two parking lots at the bottom by the trailhead. Don't park on the road because you will get a ticket. Hike up the rocky path for about 3/4 mile and it opens up into a beautiful - very cold - lake with the snow field sitting above it. Hike up as far as you want. If you get to the top or beyond, there are spectacular views and tons of wildflowers (once the snow melts). Once you've worked up an appetite, head on to Idaho Springs for Beau Jo's pizza. Then head back to your airbnb away from home to relax.
It's June 11th as I write this, 2017, and the road just opened again after a massive snow dump a couple of weeks ago. If you crave snow in June or just want to see the spectacular views, head up to Mount Evans. You won't be disappointed. Want to hike? Bike? Fish? All doable. And if you just want to take in the photo opportunities around every corner from the comfort of your car, you can do that also. Would suggest coming back via Idaho Springs and stop for Beau Jo's pizza.
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Mount Evans Road
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It's June 11th as I write this, 2017, and the road just opened again after a massive snow dump a couple of weeks ago. If you crave snow in June or just want to see the spectacular views, head up to Mount Evans. You won't be disappointed. Want to hike? Bike? Fish? All doable. And if you just want to take in the photo opportunities around every corner from the comfort of your car, you can do that also. Would suggest coming back via Idaho Springs and stop for Beau Jo's pizza.
Blue Mesa is beautiful. Great swimming beaches and fishing holes. Not much shade though. Take shade umbrellas.
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Blue Mesa Reservoir
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Blue Mesa is beautiful. Great swimming beaches and fishing holes. Not much shade though. Take shade umbrellas.
In the summertime, Evergreen lake is a vision of kayaking and fishing. In the wintertime, it's a vision of ice and snow, ice-skating and ice-fishing. Only 40 minutes from Denver but you feel like you're so much further away. Sunshine. Fresh Air. No City noise. Get your happy place on.
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Evergreen Lake
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In the summertime, Evergreen lake is a vision of kayaking and fishing. In the wintertime, it's a vision of ice and snow, ice-skating and ice-fishing. Only 40 minutes from Denver but you feel like you're so much further away. Sunshine. Fresh Air. No City noise. Get your happy place on.
Number one reason to go to Cook Park in the summer? A public pool. Counteract that 90+ heat with a cool dip. In the winter, you might prefer to workout inside or play soccer in the snow.
Cook Park
7100 Cherry Creek South Drive
Number one reason to go to Cook Park in the summer? A public pool. Counteract that 90+ heat with a cool dip. In the winter, you might prefer to workout inside or play soccer in the snow.
If you're craving some water activity, Chatfield is a good place to go. You can hike, walk with friends and dogs, picnic, swim, sunbathe. If you are visiting Denver with dogs, there is a separate off-leash dog park. When you enter the park, you go left to access instead of right.
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Chatfield State Park
11500 N Roxborough Park Rd
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If you're craving some water activity, Chatfield is a good place to go. You can hike, walk with friends and dogs, picnic, swim, sunbathe. If you are visiting Denver with dogs, there is a separate off-leash dog park. When you enter the park, you go left to access instead of right.
OK. Not exactly a park. It's a full-on cemetery. BUT, it also happens to be the largest arboretum in Denver. Sooo many trees, some of which are 100 years old. Maple, Northen Catalpa, Eastern Redbud, TOWERING American Sycamore, American Elm, Dutch Elm, Rose Garden. If you have ever needed a little inspiration for planting a tree in your yard, this is the place to go since you NEED to know to what size that tree grow. Also, keep your eyes peeled for coyotes and deer... Especially first thing in the morning. Prairie falcons are regularly sighted.
Fairmount Cemetery
430 S Quebec St
OK. Not exactly a park. It's a full-on cemetery. BUT, it also happens to be the largest arboretum in Denver. Sooo many trees, some of which are 100 years old. Maple, Northen Catalpa, Eastern Redbud, TOWERING American Sycamore, American Elm, Dutch Elm, Rose Garden. If you have ever needed a little inspiration for planting a tree in your yard, this is the place to go since you NEED to know to what size that tree grow. Also, keep your eyes peeled for coyotes and deer... Especially first thing in the morning. Prairie falcons are regularly sighted.
Biggest city park in Denver. Lots of activity. Volleyball all summer. Ponds, coffee shops nearby, walking, jogging, dogs, workout classes.
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Washington Park
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Biggest city park in Denver. Lots of activity. Volleyball all summer. Ponds, coffee shops nearby, walking, jogging, dogs, workout classes.
Arts & Culture
Latest exhibition: Vikings. Go see. Excellent. Many semi-permanent exhibitions also.
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Denver Museum of Nature & Science
2001 Colorado Boulevard
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Latest exhibition: Vikings. Go see. Excellent. Many semi-permanent exhibitions also.
This is squarely in the category of culture because what's a visit to Denver without eating Rattlesnake or Rocky Mountain Oysters? Besides that, it's actually part museum and full-on Western landmark. Tamer entree's douse the menu in burgers, beef and buffalo (salmon, quail et al for those who don't like red meat). For those more adventurous, there is the aforementioned Rattlesnake, Rocky Mountain Oysters, and when available, Ostrich and Yak. Don't let the dead animals adorning the walls put you off your food. Probably not the place to go for the vegetarians among us.
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Buckhorn Exchange Restaurant
1000 Osage St
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This is squarely in the category of culture because what's a visit to Denver without eating Rattlesnake or Rocky Mountain Oysters? Besides that, it's actually part museum and full-on Western landmark. Tamer entree's douse the menu in burgers, beef and buffalo (salmon, quail et al for those who don't like red meat). For those more adventurous, there is the aforementioned Rattlesnake, Rocky Mountain Oysters, and when available, Ostrich and Yak. Don't let the dead animals adorning the walls put you off your food. Probably not the place to go for the vegetarians among us.
Will there be books in heaven? 'Cos if not, I already know it will be my Number One complaint. Since the original Tattered Cover in Cherry Creek moved location to Colfax, the store downtown, in my humble opinion is the better place. Feels more like a bookstore "should". Towering shelves, hardwood floors, imaginary mustiness of old books, new ink smell of "just published" and an armchair or two to sit and let your mind do the wandering. And yes, I do sniff books and I don't loan them out unless forced on pain of death. If you understand going into a book store for "one" book, and coming out with a stack whilst attempting to shake a cold sweat, this is the place for you.
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Tattered Cover Union Station
1701 16th Street
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Will there be books in heaven? 'Cos if not, I already know it will be my Number One complaint. Since the original Tattered Cover in Cherry Creek moved location to Colfax, the store downtown, in my humble opinion is the better place. Feels more like a bookstore "should". Towering shelves, hardwood floors, imaginary mustiness of old books, new ink smell of "just published" and an armchair or two to sit and let your mind do the wandering. And yes, I do sniff books and I don't loan them out unless forced on pain of death. If you understand going into a book store for "one" book, and coming out with a stack whilst attempting to shake a cold sweat, this is the place for you.
Because Art. That is all. (Well the buildings themselves are pretty fab.)
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Denver Art Museum
100 West 14th Avenue Parkway
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Because Art. That is all. (Well the buildings themselves are pretty fab.)
If you happen to be in Denver for a "first friday" of the month, check out Santa Fe. Gallery openings galore. People everywhere. Happiness abounds.
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Art District Antiques
800 Santa Fe Dr
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If you happen to be in Denver for a "first friday" of the month, check out Santa Fe. Gallery openings galore. People everywhere. Happiness abounds.
Shopping
If you love mid-century modern style and furniture, this is a great place to shop. Navigate your way through an Aladdin's Cave of awesome finds... Some new. Some old. Well worth a visit.
Mod Livin'
5327 E Colfax Ave
If you love mid-century modern style and furniture, this is a great place to shop. Navigate your way through an Aladdin's Cave of awesome finds... Some new. Some old. Well worth a visit.
Artisan shops with unique offerings. Have breakfast at Devil's Food and get a gift or two for someone back home. Art galleries abound.
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Old South Gaylord Street Shops
1034 South Gaylord Street
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Artisan shops with unique offerings. Have breakfast at Devil's Food and get a gift or two for someone back home. Art galleries abound.
Essentials
Closest gas station to the house. Closest ATM if you need cash. There's a 7-11 across the street as well. IF you are driving back to the airport and need to refill, use the gas station on Pena Boulevard.
Fast-N-Friendly Food Marts Inc
5595 E Florida Ave
Closest gas station to the house. Closest ATM if you need cash. There's a 7-11 across the street as well. IF you are driving back to the airport and need to refill, use the gas station on Pena Boulevard.
Convenient if you have any dry cleaning whilst visiting. Very close to host location.
Gigantic Cleaners & Laundry
1495 S Holly St
Convenient if you have any dry cleaning whilst visiting. Very close to host location.
I hesitate to list Safeway but they are very close and so useful for essentials like TP. But EVERY time I go there, they've dropped another product. It's becoming a bad exercise in time management.
Safeway
1653 South Colorado Boulevard
I hesitate to list Safeway but they are very close and so useful for essentials like TP. But EVERY time I go there, they've dropped another product. It's becoming a bad exercise in time management.
Liquor store on premises. Very convenient. Great deli. Number One reason to shop? They sell Campari tomatoes... to which I am addicted.
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King Soopers
4600 Leetsdale Drive
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Liquor store on premises. Very convenient. Great deli. Number One reason to shop? They sell Campari tomatoes... to which I am addicted.
Finally came to Denver a couple of years ago. You know the hype. Go experience the store. A couple miles further north than Whole Foods.
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Trader Joe's
750 Colorado Boulevard
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Finally came to Denver a couple of years ago. You know the hype. Go experience the store. A couple miles further north than Whole Foods.
Love this place but let's call it what it is: The Whole Wallet. Good produce. Some pre-cooked, fresh fare... Pizza is good. The Smoked Mozzarella Pasta Salad is delish. Good take-out sushi. Excellent butcher. A couple miles from my house.
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Whole Foods Market
870 South Colorado Boulevard
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Love this place but let's call it what it is: The Whole Wallet. Good produce. Some pre-cooked, fresh fare... Pizza is good. The Smoked Mozzarella Pasta Salad is delish. Good take-out sushi. Excellent butcher. A couple miles from my house.
Closest liquor store to the house. Good selection of wines both domestic and foreign. Dog-friendly.
Virginia Village Liquor
1455 S Holly St
Closest liquor store to the house. Good selection of wines both domestic and foreign. Dog-friendly.
Getting Around
Closest light rail station to the house. 1.2 miles. A 15 minute-ish walk. Easy to get to tech centre, airport and downtown.
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Colorado Station RTD Park and Ride Lot
4401 E Evans Ave
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Closest light rail station to the house. 1.2 miles. A 15 minute-ish walk. Easy to get to tech centre, airport and downtown.