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Five Places Worth Trying This Weekend

For brunch, lunch, drinks, a snack, or dinner

A grilled oyster platter at Fish N Beer
Josie Sexton

FOR DINNER: Chef Antonio Herrera Ramirez left the Virgin Islands with his family after Hurricane Irma last September. Now he’s in Denver expanding Fish N Beer’s menu, already known for its coastal staples. Go for the selection of grilled oysters topped with blue cheese, butter, and bacon; or garlic, parmesan, and parsley butter. The clam chowder is a must-try, as is the Ora king salmon with pillowy potato gnocchi. “Antonio’s Rich Ass Chocolate Cake” is a strong way to finish and, diet alert, it’s also flourless.

FOR BRUNCH: Brand new Julep debuts its brunch menu this weekend, just in time to skip out and eat well on Super Bowl Sunday. Go for a Kentucky Hot Brown, winter vegetable succotash, or fried chicken in three different styles. Breakfast cocktails are not to be missed, including the Pimm’s cup and a bourbon or cognac milk punch. To end the morning, there’s a sweet potato sticky bun. Televisions will not be available.

The banana trifle at Julep
Josie Sexton

A QUICK LUNCH: The popular food truck Quiero Arepas can be found all winter long inside LoHi’s Avanti F&B making Venezuelan corn flat “breads” overflowing with vegetables, stewed meat, and plantain toppings. The Pabellon has slow-roasted chicken, peppers, beans, and cheese; and the Original has plantains, black beans, and avocado. Order a coconut water or an alcoholic beverage at the bar.

ALL DAY: Ace Eat Serve’s new chef, Thach Tran, has performed a massive menu overhaul inside the Uptown ping-pong hall. Find all new ramen (pork belly tonkotsu, beef, and miso mushroom) and bao buns (pork belly, short rib, and tempura mushroom). Order the Crazy Sichuan Shrimp Wontons and the Scallop and Shrimp X.O. Rice Pillows, and wash them down with the Eastern Standard Thyme (Ginza soju, ginger liqueur, and bitter lemon syrup). Tran arrived at Ace after years at Sushi Den, ChoLon, and most recently Stella’s. His food and the drinks are on special during happy hour from 2 to 6 p.m. this Saturday, and Ace serves his menu every night until 11.

The Miso Mushroom Ramen and Kabocha Kho Sol at Ace Eat Serve
Josie Sexton

DRINKS: Denver Distillery opened last week on South Broadway, and its starting lineup includes flavored liqueurs, moonshine, and silver and dark rums. The distillery and full bar are set in the 125-year-old Imperial Building; customers can watch the distilling process and find relics from the 6-year buildout on display alongside Colorado spirits, beers, and cider. Boulder-based Tip Top Savory provides New Zealand meat and vegetarian pies for snacking.

Correction: A previous version of this article misspelled the name of the chef at Ace Eat Serve. He is Thach Tran.

Ace Eat Serve

501 East 17th Avenue, , CO 80203 (303) 800-7705 Visit Website


4141 Pennsylvania Avenue, , MO 64111 (816) 216-7000 Visit Website

Denver Distillery

244 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80231 Visit Website

Avanti F&B, a collective eatery

, Denver, CO (720) 269-4778

Fish N Beer

3510 Larimer Street, , CO 80205 (303) 248-3497 Visit Website