For brunch: Señor Bear is now serving a modern Latin American brunch Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Chef Blake Edmunds presents a healthful açaí bowl with banana, mango jam, toasted coconut flakes, and granola matched by the melt-in-your-mouth chicken-fried “steak” with a battered and fried slab of short rib served over cheesy grits with scribbles of chimichurri. Meanwhile, the beverage team churns out red and white sangria made with Jack Rabbit Hill brandy for the weekend warriors.
Drinks: The late-night basement bar of the new Izakaya Ronin is a destination in RiNo. The moody and industrial space is anchored by a glowing red back-bar that draws attention to a diverse collection of Japanese whiskies. It’s a place to get an education, where drinkers can order a high-ball here or splurge on the $375 Yamazaki Sherry Cask, while munching on affordable snacks such as ramen and dumplings from 5 p.m. until 1 a.m.
All day long: Meat lovers may be weary, but City O’ City puts out fare for folks who just like good food — cheesy, saucy, spicy, don’t-leave-hungry plates piled high in an eclectic environment. Breakfast sandwiches are piled with runny eggs or tofu, and buffalo seitan wings are popular for lunch or dinner. Open and active until 2 a.m., the after-hours food menu is a must as are some boozy beverages.
Dinner: The original Pizzeria Locale in Boulder is well worth a jaunt up U.S. Route 36. Slinging pizza napoletana in a high-class but low-stress setting on Pearl Street, there’s a hint of traditional Italian culture paired with American punk rock here. Start with a glass of brag-worthy wine from the extensive list then pop some arancini risotto balls. Among the best pies are the vongole with manilla clams, ‘nduja, garlic, lemon, and parsley along with the diavola featuring san marzano tomato, smoked mozzarella, salame piccante, and chili.
Quick breakfast: La Fillette, the inconspicuous pastry operation at the edge of Congress Park takes a page from the book of French baking, serving up fresh sweet and savory to-go items. The flaky croissants, creative macaron flavors, and selection of teas and coffees are all available for counter service.