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Five Places Worth Trying This Weekend

From snacks to drinks, your weekend eating is sorted

The Way Back just reopened in Berkeley, serving dinner and cocktails
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FOR A QUICK LUNCH: Makan Malaysian Cafe

At this South Pearl Street gem, try the Murtabok, a flat bread filled with meat, cabbage, and onions; the Siu Mai, or Malaysian steamed pork dumplings; and the Laksa, noodles in a spicy coconut broth with tofu and fish.

Some of the offerings at Makan on South Pearl Street


Jorge Aguirre, chef-owner of the popular Colombian food truck of the same name, has brought the flavors of his native country to South Broadway. Diners should start with the Leña Frita — fried yuca served with aji casero, lime, and garlic sauce — then follow it up with a Colombian classic, the Arepa Andina — fried corn masa pockets filled with chorizo, chicken, chicharron, or pulled pork. Wash it down with a refajo, the Colombian version of a shandy.

La Chiva serves Colombian food on South Broadway
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FOR DRINKS: The Way Back

Denverites are clamoring to welcome the newly reopened Way Back, relocated and expanded in the Berkeley neighborhood. With cozy booths and vintage floral wallpaper, the vibe is playful yet sultry. Helmed by Chad Michael George, a veteran behind the bar and president of the Colorado Bartenders Guild, the cocktail menu features whimsical new inventions. Try the Fluffer, a blend of Tequila Ocho, Aperol, and Rocky Mountain Orange Cream Soda.

FOR BRUNCH: The Empress Seafood Restaurant

This dim-sum staple offers a virtual trip to Hong Kong just off Federal Boulevard. Roaming carts serve shrimp dumplings, sesame balls, spare ribs, meat buns, spring rolls, and every other dish that makes brunchers’ dreams come true. It’s a great way to nosh and share with friends, Best of all, each item runs between $2 and $3, so guests can fill up for under $15.

Dim sum at Empress
The Empress [official photo]

ALL DAY: Maria Empanada

Is there ever a bad time for a hot pocket of savory fillings wrapped in flaky pastry? With locations all over the city, it’s easy to get a hold of some authentic Argentine-style empanadas, and they’re open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Each of the hand pies are sealed with a different technique according to what’s inside. See fillings such as ham and cheese, caprese, and beef.

Maria Empanada sells the Argentinian pastries at multiple Denver locations
Maria Empanada [official photo]

Note: An earlier version of this article included Post Oak Hall, which is closed for the month of March.

Maria Empanada

1298 South Broadway Avenue, , CO 80210 (303) 934-2221 Visit Website

Post Oak Hall

6195 West 44th Avenue, , CO 80033 (303) 834-7048 Visit Website

The Way Back

3963 Tennyson Street, , CO 80212 (970) 682-6888 Visit Website