With Denver skipping straight to summer this week, Eater found a few new eateries that are ripe for all-day outdoor dining in the warmer weather. Here’s a breakfast, lunch, and late-night option for enjoying outside, either on-the-go or with a few minutes for patio-sitting.
For breakfast, Snooze’s latest location provides a shaded patio in the Denver Tech Center. The Colorado-born chain has plenty of breakfast cocktails and hearty brunch offerings to get the day started. Pineapple upside-down pancakes or huevos rancheros are good bets, along with the morning margarita or boss hog bloody mary. The restaurant is open from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily at 5073 Syracuse Street.
At Zeppelin Station in RiNo, Gaijin is now serving Japanese yakitori skewers, with mesquite-fired meats and vegetables. The new food stall takes summer shish kabobs to the next level, offering an addictive spiced chicken “meatball” on a stick as well as charred shishito peppers and blackened okra topped in flakes of bonito. Most of the skewers are $4 and perfect for combining and sharing on the new food hall’s sunny patio. For those cooler spring days, Gaijin also sells chicken tonkotsu, miso, and vegetable mushroom ramen.
Starting at 5 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only, Famous Original J’s is tossing pizzas from inside a walk-up window in Five Points. By the creator of Rosenberg’s Bagels, this new side project (literally adjacent to the deli on 26th Avenue) is an homage to the pizza stalls of New York City. Two styles — round and grandma (square) — are offered in whole pies or slices. Chefs Josh Pollack and Mat Shumaker use San Marzano tomatoes, New Jersey Taylor ham, and whole-milk mozzarella, in addition to their proprietary dough made with reverse-osmosis “New York” water. The window is open until 3 a.m. weekend nights.