If you’re looking for something new to try for lunch in Denver check out these spots we had the luxury of visiting this week. Everything from specialty pizza to gourmet waffle sandwiches, this weeks ‘5 New lunch spots in Denver you need to try’ will satisfy your every craving.
5. Ian’s Pizza By The Slice2210 Blake St
Denver, CO 80205
These Wisconsin-based pizza purveyors have some of the most unique specialty pizzas I have ever seen. I ordered a slice of the Mushroom Blues and my friend had the Mac N’ Cheese. The dough was exquisite, a little crunchy, a little chewy, and not paper thin. Good ratio of dough/sauce/toppings. Not busy at all, which was a plus. We went on a Friday night. Ian’s is right next to Coors Field, so I’m assuming once the word spreads, this place will get packed! I will definitely go back. You can also buy the uncooked dough too if you want to make your own pizza at home. They deliver in a specific region around their location, which may come in handy! Just as a suggestion to Ian’s, I would love to see a specialty pizza with truffle mushrooms and a pesto with red sauce. A+ service.
4. Bruxie1000 South Colorado Blvd
Denver, CO 80246
This was our first time to Bruxie and it was absolutely amazing! Bruxie is a new take on The Sandwich, using a creative version of an authentic Belgian Waffle as the bread. The waffles were perfect, not too soft, not too dry, very flavorful and delicious. Everything at Bruxie is made to order. You do have to wait, but the restaurant has a very open and refreshing feel to it. When the weather is nice and they open the garage style patio doors, this location is a great place to hang out. We tried the Bacon, Egg & Cheddar sandwich (Applewood Bacon, Tillamook Cheddar, Mayo, & Jumbo Egg) and the Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Waffles (Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Chili Honey, and a Cider Slaw) both we’re so delicious I couldn’t decide on which one I wanted more so I ate both. I really enjoyed the Chicken & Waffles sandwich and if you want it a little bit sweeter you can order a side of Bruxie’s 100% pure Vermont maple syrup I thought it complemented the sandwich very well. Bruxie also serves its own Bold Blend of coffee that packs a punch with a nice bold roasted flavor. And don’t forget to try the Irish Nachos (crispy waffle cut fries, Bruxie cheese sauce, Applewood bacon, sour cream and chives) those things were addicting, very tasty! They also have old fashion cane sugar sodas and they keep it creative with seasonal flavors, the cream soda was delish! After the amazing lunch we were not finished yet we had to try one of their sweet treats. We had the Crème Brûlée waffle with vanilla cream, burnt raw sugar and strawberries, I loved it so much, I’d like to go back and get another one (or 6, or 30) today! One of the best desserts around, I think. Definitely a must try if you visit Bruxie. The frozen custard was also yummy we had it in a fresh strawberry shake to-go that was fantastic. Overall this place was great and the service was awesome, the only problem with Bruxie is there’s not enough locations in Colorado. Looking forward to coming back again soon!
3. The Universal2911 W 38th Ave
Denver, CO 80211
If you want a quality breakfast in Denver with some southern influence The Universal is what you want, need, and crave! I ordered the Cornbread Rancheros served with cornbread, black beans, roasted tomato salsa, two fried eggs, pico fresco, cheese, sour cream, and avocado. Not only was this huge, it was fresh, gorgeous, and with every bite it got better and better. Delicious down to the last lick of the bowl. Depth of flavor, salsa complimented the homemade cornbread and the avocado added some much needed creaminess. OMG – can I have one right now, I want one now! I got The Universal served with two eggs (any style), potatoes or grits, pancake or biscuit with sausage gravy, and a choice of meat. My friend chose the grits and the biscuit with the sausage gravy. The gravy is scratch made and looks so dark and rich. Biscuit homemade as well and was flaky goodness. Sausage was delicious and also done in house. There’s a theme here, homemade, scratch, in house. They make it all here guys, fresh and yummy. This is what I’m looking for in a Breakfast/Brunch/Lunch joint, great service, fun atmosphere, and food I will want the rest of my life. I may have just found the best breakfast in Denver. We still have more places to try but The Universal is in the top three.
2. DJ’s 9th Avenue Cafe865 Lincoln St
Denver, CO 80203
This was my first time eating here and I can say that I will definitely be returning! My friend and I were searching for a place to grab a quick bite to eat before work and ended up coming here. After noticing several different dishes that caught my eye, (it was super difficult to pick ONE) we finally ordered. I ordered the New Mexico Benedict, (which was fabulous!) and my friend got a variety plate of (delicious) pancakes. The NM Benedict had just the right amount of spice to it, which made it hard to put my fork down! Plus, the fresh fruit and home fried potatoes on the side really sealed the deal. My friend chose the blueberry, banana-walnut, and chocolate chip pancakes. All of them were absolutely delicious! Quite possibly the best pancakes I’ve had so far in Denver! Needless to say, we were pretty pleased with our choice for a breakfast spot. The server was fast, friendly, and super efficient. I look forward to our next trip here!
1. Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery4990 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80220
So I’d heard good things about this place, but I wasn’t expecting it to be THIS good! Chop Shop is what the better-than-fast-food places aspire to! Located on a corner at about Colfax and Elm, the restaurant isn’t the most attention grabbing, but it stands out. The decor is nice and modern, but really you’re there for the food prepare to be impressed. The sirloin was fabulous, medium rare topped with peppers and served with kale and fries. My girlfriends cheeseburger with chips was delicious as well. We also split a small trofie pasta side, which was described as mac and cheese with peas, but better! If you like delicious, elevated yet simple comfort food in a laid back place definitely give Chop Shop a try! We’ll be back for sure!