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Five Places Worth Trying This Weekend

Two days of sustenance and pick-me-ups

An assortment of salads from Vert Kitchen
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ALL DAY: Watercourse Foods

A plant-based diet doesn’t mean sacrificing flavor and substance for bland boredom. For breakfast, lunch, and dinner, ingredients are prepared fresh and crafted into healthy dishes and comfort foods at this Uptown icon. Morning options include the skillet hash, country-fried seitan steak with gravy and hot chili agave nectar, and the loaded breakfast burrito with scrambled tofu. Later on, the tomato curry soup pairs well with a series of sandwiches or seitan wings with barbecue sauce.

FOR DRINKS: Bar Helix

For date night, a night out with friends or a solo adventure, try this swanky but unbuttoned lounge that doesn’t take itself too seriously, serving Miller High Life, caviar, and potato chips. Though the signature drink is the Helix negroni, a house favorite, try the other cheeky cocktails such as “an interesting single man,” with reposado tequila and jalapeno-infused agave syrup, or the “come + get it,” with vodka, St. Germain, and a citrus twist.

FOR BREAKFAST: The Bagel Deli

This family-owned Jewish deli has quick pick-up counter service and booth seating. No frills, but traditional preparations lend themselves to items such as the chopped liver, chicken matzo ball soup, and stacked sandwiches spotlighting brisket, pastrami, and corned beef.

FOR A QUICK LUNCH: Vert Kitchen

This quaint cafe uses locally sourced ingredients and organic produce in an intimate setting, with a patio that beckons hungry visitors craving some sunshine. Serving brunch, lunch, and an early supper in Wash Park, meals are met by coffee and tea, wine and beer, and an assortment of cocktails. Iconic salads include the honey chicken chop with carrot miso dressing. The sandwich selection includes roast turkey with fig jam and the curry chicken with currants and cashew tarragon pesto.

FOR DINNER: To The Wind

Though the menu changes often enough to keep Denverites on their toes, this petite eatery owned by a husband-wife team is deliberate with a quick wine list and small plates. For this weekend, fare includes a waldorf salad, cornmeal waffle, crispy sweetbreads, and octopus a la plancha.

To the Wind Bistro

3333 East Colfax Avenue, , CO 80206 (303) 316-3333 Visit Website

Vert Kitchen

704 South Pearl Street, , CO 80209 (303) 997-5941 Visit Website

bar helix

3440 Larimer Street, , CO 80205 (720) 449-8587 Visit Website

Watercourse Foods

837 East 17th Avenue, , CO 80218 (303) 832-7313 Visit Website

The Bagel Deli

6439 E Hampden Ave, Denver, CO 80222 (303) 756-6667 Visit Website