Quality Inn Central
200 WEST 48TH AVE
Denver, CO 80216
Phone: (303) 296-4000
Fax: (303) 296-4869
Arepas, a popular Venezuelan street food consists of flat bread that is corn based and is stuffed with an array of fresh ingredients. Owners Igor and Beckie are passionate about Arepas, especially Igor. His journey with Arepas began when it was a regular late night meal after his music gigs. The love for this street food is what drove him to learn to make them. They operate in a food truck that goes all around Denver. You can find details of their location on their website. Quiero Arepas uses only fresh ingredients bought from local farmers around Colorado. Keep an eye out for their popular food truck that makes stops all around the city.
Crash 45 is a versatile venue that puts on many hats and is successful at everything that it tries out. A restaurant/bar that also doubles up as an art gallery is fast gaining popularity. The funky lighting system and generous use of red and bright golden colors all over the place adds a lively vibe to it. Designed by Shane Evans, Crash 45 is made from recycled and old stuff including parts of old trucks, bicycles and vintage bikes, that further adds to its coolness quotient. Its menu is a typical pub fare including dishes like Asian Dan Wings, burgers and so forth. And last but not the least are the unique events hosted here; motorcycle nights, art openings, DJ sessions and other events are a regular feature here. You can also hire Crash 45 for private events and celebrations. For more details, call ahead or check its website.
In the 1930s, Patsy's served as a centerpiece to North Denver's Italian community. Little has changed. With authentic Italian food, homemade pasta and an atmosphere in which Sinatra would feel at home, Patsy's brings old world charm at reasonable prices. There's a great menu, but to fully experience Patsy's, ask for the giant meatballs and chocolate drizzled cannoli to follow it up.
Lou's Food and Bar is a family restaurant that serves delicious American cuisine with light French influences. The dishes are innovative and a welcome change. For those who prefer lighter meals, the restaurant has an extensive list of salads and appetizers. Happy hours are on food as well as drinks. Call for more information.
The cute little music note over a walnut makes for an impressive logo for this hip music club, The Walnut Room. There's every reason to relish the audio-visual treat that Walnut Room offers each night. And if the cheering gets you tired and you need some boosting, do try one of their signature pizzas or a modest sandwich. Their delicious quick bites and appetizers won't leave you dissatisfied. The club also plays host to private parties and social or corporate events.
In 1934, Denver's most notorious family, the Smalldones opened up an eatery in the North Side to become the heart of both Italian cuisine and an illicit operation. While drawing the neighborhood's attention to their famous pasta, they also drew the attention from police as Denver's only mafia operated in the basement. It's not quite the hoodlum hangout as it used to be as the Smalldone Empire has fallen and Denver's mayor bought Gaetano's, but the food hasn't changed and Chauncy Smalldone still stops by for lunch. Open Monday to Saturday 11am onwards.
The food at Raw Down falls under a cuisine which is globally influenced. With the focus being on keeping food high on health, the restaurant offers everything from organic to vegan to raw foods. The wine list is extensive and you will be well guided to the right selection to go with your meal. Check for happy hours on the bar.
Even after a much-needed renovation, the Rosa Linda Café still has the tawdry charm that regulars have come to expect. The coats of paint did not displace the murals and paintings that create such ambiance. The place is still family-operated with love and care. The award-winning shredded beef burritos highlight the menu and the green chili elevates Mexican grub into an art form (not to be compared with that on the walls), making the chili rellenos another delight. It rates as extremely family-friendly.
Established in 2010, Highland Tap And Burger delights with its fantastic beer selection, delectable burgers and a relaxed space to enjoy it all. The interiors are a cozy affair, with mellow hues on the walls and thoughtful lighting for a warm effect. Sports enthusiasts won't miss on any of the action, thanks to the large screens throughout the bar. The outdoor patio, complete with umbrellas, is one of the patrons' favorite. The dinner menu starts off with a selection of sharing plates like artisan cheese board and sliders. The burger choice is varied and offers such delights as HTB Turkey Burger, Tap Burger and Mother Earth. Apart from this, there are dinner-only entrees including Angus Skirt Steak 'n' Fries as well as Kalbi Grilled Ahi Steak. The drinks list offers an exhaustive choice of draught and bottled beers as well as wines. Drop by during happy hours for some great deals. Check website for more.
Since opening its doors in 2011, iFish Japanese Grill and Sushi has become a favorite of residents and visitors alike, for fish deliciously prepared in the Japanese flair. A team of professional sushi chefs, under the tutelage of chef proprietor, Louis, put out flavorsome sushi rolls on the conveyor belt for guests to devor. House special rolls like Armani, Da Bomb, Ballpark and Home Run are quite popular. The menu also offers tempura, noodles and rice dishes. Sip on a refreshing sake or beer, while you wait for your food to arrive.
Ale House at Amato's is Denver's official Beer Haven. This bar offers its customers a range of 25 beers which are brewed at Wynkoop. Besides it 42 beers on a tap, Ale House also boasts of more than 30 types of wines on its menu. Their delectable cocktails feature the Huckleberry Vodka drink and the Bloody Mary, among others. The delicious food items in this bar include the Green Pork Chile over potatoes served with corn tortilla, the truffle parmesan fries and the Macaroni and Cheese. Having a rooftop set up, the best feature of this bar is the view of the stunning downtown skyline. A final plus point of this restaurant is its Happy Hour, when select liquors are offered at a discounted price.
Victory American Grill & Bar is located in Denver’s historic Baur Building, originally home to a confectionary and candy shop. It has been claimed that this very spot was the location where the first ice cream soda was served. The interior reflects the buildings history – high ceiling, spacious room – with some modern acoutrements – mirrors, private booths. Though it bills itself as American, Greek cuisine shares a portion of the menu: Greek Meatballs & Linquini and others. Try the Mac-N-3 Cheeses (gouda, chevre, and cheddar) with fried pickles. For dessert, ask for a confection inspired by one of Baur’s old recipes. -Theresa Ludwick