The Wall Street Journal just posted its "Insider's Guide to Denver" -- and it's a lot more insightful than the Denver destinations for foodies list that USA Today produced earlier this year. But there's a lot more than food here, too.
The Journal spoke to actress AnnaSophia Robb, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver director Adam Lerner, Topo retailer Mark Hansen and chef Jen Jasinski, who'd rated as a top foodie attraction in the USA Today piece.
Secret Sip // Williams & Graham
A cool, classic, speakeasy-style bar. Owners Sean Kenyon and Todd Colehour made the storefront look like a bookstore. You enter the bar through a moveable bookcase. I love a good Sidecar, especially when Sean makes it. They have great food, too. 3160 Tejon St., williamsandgraham.com
Chinese Chow // JJ Chinese Dim Sum Seafood Restaurant
I can't decide what I like there more--the perfect Peking duck or the squid with spicy salt. You can feed your whole crew for cheap--and they're open late. 2500 W. Alameda Ave., jjrestaurant.com
Beer and the Beat // TRVE Brewing Company
It's run by a bunch of rowdy heavy-metal guys. They have a beer named Wanderlust, for a song by the band Baroness. They call it a Belgo-American Pale Ale. 227 Broadway #101, trvebrewing.com
Keep reading for Adam Lerner's picks. Adam Lerner, listed as "The Curator," offers these must-visit food spots:
Creative Compound // The Source
With restaurants, bars, a coffee shop and roastery, art gallery, butcher and more in an old iron-foundry building, the Source stands for everything exciting about artisan culture. I especially enjoy Comida for lunch--great fish tacos. 3350 Brighton Blvd., thesourcedenver.com
Sudsy Stroll // Beer walk
Start in the Lower Highlands at Prost Brewing Company and Breckenridge Brewery's Ale House at Amato's, then cross the pedestrian bridge at 16th Street to the Denver Beer Company. I really like their Kaffir Lime Wheat. Prost Brewing: 2540 19th St., prostbrewing.com; Breckenridge Brewery: 2501 16th St., alehousedenver.com; Denver Beer Company: 1695 Platte St., denverbeerco.com
After-Art Eating // Colt & Gray
A snout-to-tail restaurant with a serious cocktail bar. They serve simple, quality dishes in a quiet, adult environment. 1553 Platte St., coltandgray.com
Informal Feast // The Populist
At this warm, cozy spot, hipsters sit with serious foodies at communal tables. I love the sweet-chili Brussels sprouts and the heritage pork chop. 3163 Larimer St., thepopulistdenver.com
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The complete "Insider's Guide to Denver" is online now, and will be printed in the weekend Wall Street Journal.