Editor’s note: This is part of the “Employee Favorites” series of The Know. Every week, we will give our opinions on the best services Colorado provides in terms of dining, shopping, entertainment, outdoor activities, etc.
This is the last long weekend of summer, and I think back to the restaurant that opened-all the accumulation, those first bites, hopefully it is time for a return visit.
There are three that let me clearly see their respective grand entrances, not because they must be big or gorgeous, but because they are very warm and strong.
Food, service, atmosphere: these three satisfy my taste. I can’t wait to get back to them, in no particular order.
(Note: They all happen to be located on Larimer Street from downtown Denver to the North River Arts District, so if your time and appetite allow, you can go to the restaurant to jump.)
I met Jose Avila in March when he was still planning a physical version of his popular Maya food truck X’Tabai Yucateco. Now it’s open, and it’s near the baseball stadium on Larimer Street. It’s much easier to satisfy cravings for bone marrow, pork chops, and nopales, all of which are placed on tortillas. Not to mention the rich bowls of posole and draft mezcal palomas. The backyard is a small oasis and you can’t miss the front door, where there is a rotating trompo for carving priest tacos.
2233 Larimer Street, 720-519-1060, ladiabladenver.com
Lunch box x
New to Denver Central Market, this stall sells my favorite food group (snacks) and my second favorite food group (boxed lunches). It’s kind of weird, I know, but stay with me. For snacks, I’m talking about the Mezze platter (parba cheese, hummus, Greek salad, raw feta) and deli salads (pasta, potatoes, grains, vegetables). As for lunch, you can choose a protein, such as grilled chicken or grilled steak, with several side dishes. Or let chef Zach Spott do all the work for you, such as Thai lettuce rolls (pictured).
2669 Larimer St. (Denver Central Market), 720-420-0853, Lunch box xdenver.com
Although I am sad in a pandemic watching the Mecca Mecca Meadow Pipit Kitchen is very close late at night, I am relieved to find out what is replacing it. Redeemer is a pizzeria run by the same chef owner behind the nearby counter-service pasta restaurant Dio Mio. And these owners, Spencer White and Alex Figura, are good at making super casual delicacies.
Into their naturally fermented yeast pizza, it sounds a bit healthy-God bless-but it’s really carefully crafted with cherry-selected ingredients, and equally well-prepared and selected applications and wines. This is the pizza when you want to spend an evening (or when you just crave and pass the alley window).
2705 Larimer Street, 720-780-1379, Redeem Pizza Net
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