LATE-NIGHT: Famous Original J’s
New to the Five Points neighborhood, Famous Original J’s Pizza brings New York slices to those Denver transplants dreaming of an oversized portion of melty cheese and savory sweet sauce. The lucky few will time their visit just right and have the option to order a slice of the grandma pie, which takes just under an hour to cook but is certainly a crowd-pleaser with a deep crust and thick sauce on top of it.
FOR BREAKFAST: Hi*Rise
When looking for something quick, easy, and equally satisfying, Hi Rise bakery on Larimer Street is a good bet. Lines can get long on weekends but tend to move quickly so that adventure fiends can get out and into the mountains. The fancy eggs and bacon breakfast sandwich comes piled high on nine-grain bread with two eggs, thick and crispy bacon, caramelized onions, cheddar cheese, and avocado.
FOR LUNCH: Brider
The rotisserie chicken banh mi with pickled carrots and cucumbers, paté aioli, and herbs served on a roll is a go-to for lunchtime cravings. But that’s not the only sandwich Brider gets right. The porchetta and kimchi comes packed with roast pork, house fermented cabbage, cheddar cheese, and arugula, then slathered in herb aioli.
FOR DRINKS: there...
The name can be confusing when trying to make plans with someone — “Meet me at there...” — but the cocktails and food are anything but. Happy hour boasts of affordable bites and cocktails such as steamed buns and lettuce wraps, or bottles of wine and table-side martinis. The bitter mango is made with vodka and Campari, mango puree, and fresh lime juice.
FOR DINNER: Cattivella
Cattivella in Stapleton is a must-try because of its chef-owner Elise Wiggins, her laid-back dining room, and a fun-filled exhibition kitchen. Anything from the menu equals Italian comfort. The focaccia di recco, or cheesy flatbread, is great for sharing. Two thin layers of crisp crust are baked with prosciutto and crescenza then topped with balsamic and arugula.