The Noshery, a bakery and café nestled near Regis University is "the kind of place every neighborhood needs," critic Gretchen Kurtz says in this week's Westword review. Andrea Knight, whose culinary background includes D Bar, the Wooden Spoon, and Whole Foods, owns the casual spot. She handles all the pastry offerings, while Mike Alvarez handles the food line. The food is simple, but crafted in a true homemade style. Kurtz praised the small menu, which includes breakfast dishes, sandwiches, a daily homemade soup (which customers rave about), salad, antipasti, and macaroni and cheese. All in all, the café is a cozy, unpretentious spot to meet up with friends or to spend the afternoon studying.
Cart-Driver is an excellent addition to the RiNo dining scene, says critic William Porter of the Denver Post. It's a small, casual spot where patrons order at the counter, then wait at their table or booth for their wood-fired pizzas. Cart-Driver has nine pizzas, and a variety of small plates, most notably the Iowa prosciutto with pickled green tomatoes, which Porter called a "standout" item on the menu. Though the metro has seen a sudden influx of many pizza shops, Cart-Driver has made a name for itself.