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Adam Larkey

Where to Eat on Christmas If You’re Jewish (Or at Least Jewish-ish)

Top 10 picks to make the Yuletide a little more Yiddish.

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| Adam Larkey

Here’s the short answer, time-tested and mamaleh-approved: pancake houses and Chinese restaurants. For the longer answer, read on—unless you keep kosher. Then the answer is "ask your rabbi already."

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Breakfast King

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300 West Mississippi Avenue
Denver, CO 80223
(303) 733-0795
Everybody knows this old favorite for chicken-fried steak, corned-beef hash and other downhome diner grub is open 24/7—except when it’s not. If you’re gunning for your usual swivel stool along the counter, you’d better get here before noon.

2. David's Kebab House

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970 S Oneida St
Denver, CO 80224
(303) 355-2188
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There’s a plaque on the wall of this blink-and-you’ll-miss-it south Denver cafe honoring the owners for their contributions to the local Russian-Jewish community. They’re earning those credentials by staying open today to dish up such comforts as borscht, stuffed cabbage and the namesake shish kebabs, best washed down with Baltika porter and capped off by tea cakes.

3. DazzleJazz

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930 Lincoln St
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 839-5100
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A buffet brunch, a bottomless mimosa bar and the smooth tunes of the Adam Bodine Trio: it’s all going down at this longtime jazz-lover’s lounge from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

4. Hasu Asian Bistro & Sushi

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250 Steele St #104
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 722-9968
With a sleek sushi bar anchoring the lilac-and-black dining room, this Cherry Creek newcomer is a lot snazzier than East Asia Garden, the owners’ previous outlet. Happily, they haven’t scuttled the old menu of regional Chinese specialties; in fact, they’ve expanded and improved on it. Could there be a merrier Jewish Christmas than a family-style feast of tofu with black eggs, seafood hot pot and ants on the tree—not to mention such tempting treyf as fried pork liver?

5. Hong Kong BBQ

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1044 S Federal Blvd
Denver, CO
(303) 937-8882
Roast duck and char siu pork are the celebratory centerpieces at this deceptively humble Federal fixture, but the whole menu warrants exploration, from the fish-ball curry to the water spinach in pickled tofu sauce. It’s a Christmas take-out tradition in the making.

6. Jaya Asian Grill

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1699 S Colorado Blvd
Denver, CO 80222
(303) 757-7887
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Skip the sesame chicken and lo mein just once. Though this half-hidden shopping-plaza sanctuary offers its share of Chinese-American staples, it does Southeast Asian cuisine so much better—including signatures like Indonesian gado gado (a hearty salad of cooked vegetables with eggs and peanut sauce), Malaysian char kway teow (a hawker-stall classic based on fried rice noodles), and the Singaporean seafood soup called curry laksa.

7. New York Deli News

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7105 E Hampden Ave
Denver, CO 80224
(303) 759-4741
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Both Rosenberg’s and The Bagel Deli will be closed for the holiday, but this South Denver homage to the Lower East Side haunts of old will be serving up its matzoh brei, cheese blintzes and chopped liver on rye as usual.

8. Olive & Finch

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1552 E 17th Ave.
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 832-8663
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Speaking of delis, a nosh from Mary Nguyen’s twinkling Uptown cafe-bakery—be it the sterling braised-tongue sandwich or a single perfect blueberry muffin—pretty much makes any day feel like Christmas, denomination be damned. (Note the special hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

9. Sobo 151

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151 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 778-1560
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Savor the stuff your bubbeh used to make at this slice of the Old Country on Baker, opening at 5:30 p.m today: goulash, chicken paprika and of course latkes (or bramboráky in Czech).

10. Yaffa's Savory

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2200 S Monaco Pkwy Unit B
Denver, CO 80222
(303) 758-0083
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Dine in on casual Mediterranean fare—shawarma, falafel, savory stuffed phyllo pastries—at this colorful, Israeli-run south Denver cafe and market, or stock up on an array of preserved fruits and veggies, hummus and other dips, and house-baked goods to spread the cheer at home.

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1. The Breakfast King

300 West Mississippi Avenue, Denver, CO 80223
Everybody knows this old favorite for chicken-fried steak, corned-beef hash and other downhome diner grub is open 24/7—except when it’s not. If you’re gunning for your usual swivel stool along the counter, you’d better get here before noon.
300 West Mississippi Avenue
Denver, CO 80223

2. David's Kebab House

970 S Oneida St, Denver, CO 80224
There’s a plaque on the wall of this blink-and-you’ll-miss-it south Denver cafe honoring the owners for their contributions to the local Russian-Jewish community. They’re earning those credentials by staying open today to dish up such comforts as borscht, stuffed cabbage and the namesake shish kebabs, best washed down with Baltika porter and capped off by tea cakes.
970 S Oneida St
Denver, CO 80224

3. DazzleJazz

930 Lincoln St, Denver, CO 80203
A buffet brunch, a bottomless mimosa bar and the smooth tunes of the Adam Bodine Trio: it’s all going down at this longtime jazz-lover’s lounge from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
930 Lincoln St
Denver, CO 80203

4. Hasu Asian Bistro & Sushi

250 Steele St #104, Denver, CO 80206
With a sleek sushi bar anchoring the lilac-and-black dining room, this Cherry Creek newcomer is a lot snazzier than East Asia Garden, the owners’ previous outlet. Happily, they haven’t scuttled the old menu of regional Chinese specialties; in fact, they’ve expanded and improved on it. Could there be a merrier Jewish Christmas than a family-style feast of tofu with black eggs, seafood hot pot and ants on the tree—not to mention such tempting treyf as fried pork liver?
250 Steele St #104
Denver, CO 80206

5. Hong Kong BBQ

1044 S Federal Blvd, Denver, CO
Roast duck and char siu pork are the celebratory centerpieces at this deceptively humble Federal fixture, but the whole menu warrants exploration, from the fish-ball curry to the water spinach in pickled tofu sauce. It’s a Christmas take-out tradition in the making.
1044 S Federal Blvd
Denver, CO

6. Jaya Asian Grill

1699 S Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80222
Skip the sesame chicken and lo mein just once. Though this half-hidden shopping-plaza sanctuary offers its share of Chinese-American staples, it does Southeast Asian cuisine so much better—including signatures like Indonesian gado gado (a hearty salad of cooked vegetables with eggs and peanut sauce), Malaysian char kway teow (a hawker-stall classic based on fried rice noodles), and the Singaporean seafood soup called curry laksa.
1699 S Colorado Blvd
Denver, CO 80222

7. New York Deli News

7105 E Hampden Ave, Denver, CO 80224
Both Rosenberg’s and The Bagel Deli will be closed for the holiday, but this South Denver homage to the Lower East Side haunts of old will be serving up its matzoh brei, cheese blintzes and chopped liver on rye as usual.
7105 E Hampden Ave
Denver, CO 80224

8. Olive & Finch

1552 E 17th Ave., Denver, CO 80218
Speaking of delis, a nosh from Mary Nguyen’s twinkling Uptown cafe-bakery—be it the sterling braised-tongue sandwich or a single perfect blueberry muffin—pretty much makes any day feel like Christmas, denomination be damned. (Note the special hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
1552 E 17th Ave.
Denver, CO 80218

9. Sobo 151

151 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209
Savor the stuff your bubbeh used to make at this slice of the Old Country on Baker, opening at 5:30 p.m today: goulash, chicken paprika and of course latkes (or bramboráky in Czech).
151 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80209

10. Yaffa's Savory

2200 S Monaco Pkwy Unit B, Denver, CO 80222
Dine in on casual Mediterranean fare—shawarma, falafel, savory stuffed phyllo pastries—at this colorful, Israeli-run south Denver cafe and market, or stock up on an array of preserved fruits and veggies, hummus and other dips, and house-baked goods to spread the cheer at home.
2200 S Monaco Pkwy Unit B
Denver, CO 80222

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