All those Kremey-come-lately doughnut joints keep coming to town, but Dutch Boy Donuts stubbornly hangs on. It's been frying up terrific doughnuts for 52 years, and a recent facelift should make the place good for another 52. Fortunately, nothing's been changed about the applesauce doughnuts; they're still a sweet way to start the day.

All those Kremey-come-lately doughnut joints keep coming to town, but Dutch Boy Donuts stubbornly hangs on. It's been frying up terrific doughnuts for 52 years, and a recent facelift should make the place good for another 52. Fortunately, nothing's been changed about the applesauce doughnuts; they're still a sweet way to start the day.

Oh, Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling -- calling for you to get your buns up to the Stockyards Inn for the town's best patty melt. But because the Stockyards' owners are Irish -- very -- their version is known as a "paddy" melt. Except for the spelling change, though, this is a quintessential take on the classic sandwich: a sizable, quality beef patty (the restaurant's located in Denver's stockyards, after all) paired with American cheese between two pieces of rye and then grilled to gooey greatness.

Oh, Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling -- calling for you to get your buns up to the Stockyards Inn for the town's best patty melt. But because the Stockyards' owners are Irish -- very -- their version is known as a "paddy" melt. Except for the spelling change, though, this is a quintessential take on the classic sandwich: a sizable, quality beef patty (the restaurant's located in Denver's stockyards, after all) paired with American cheese between two pieces of rye and then grilled to gooey greatness.

Gateaux
Hunter Stevens
When this simple, inviting bakery opened, it seemed like we'd been waiting for Gateaux our entire lives. From moist, hearty muffins and fruit-filled scones to chocolate-coated petits fours, oversized cookies and cinnamon rolls coated in crunchy sugar and topped with a rich cream-cheese icing, Gateaux takes the cake -- which is only fitting, since its name means "cake" in French. And cakes are a real specialty here, from a dense German chocolate to wedding cakes so stylish they could sit in a museum. But these confections not only look fabulous, they taste great.
When this simple, inviting bakery opened, it seemed like we'd been waiting for Gateaux our entire lives. From moist, hearty muffins and fruit-filled scones to chocolate-coated petits fours, oversized cookies and cinnamon rolls coated in crunchy sugar and topped with a rich cream-cheese icing, Gateaux takes the cake -- which is only fitting, since its name means "cake" in French. And cakes are a real specialty here, from a dense German chocolate to wedding cakes so stylish they could sit in a museum. But these confections not only look fabulous, they taste great.
Papa would be proud of the way Hemingway's Key West Grille has come into its own. These days the kitchen consistently cooks up some of the best seafood in town, serving it in a fun, casual nautical setting that captures some of Key West's appeal. But we doubt the author ever reeled in a catch as tasty as his namesake's fish and chips. Fresh pieces of cod are thickly coated in a beer batter that turns into wavy crests of crunch as soon as it hits hot oil; inside, the fish stays tender, so juicy it squirts at first bite. Write on!

Papa would be proud of the way Hemingway's Key West Grille has come into its own. These days the kitchen consistently cooks up some of the best seafood in town, serving it in a fun, casual nautical setting that captures some of Key West's appeal. But we doubt the author ever reeled in a catch as tasty as his namesake's fish and chips. Fresh pieces of cod are thickly coated in a beer batter that turns into wavy crests of crunch as soon as it hits hot oil; inside, the fish stays tender, so juicy it squirts at first bite. Write on!

There's no Miguel at Miguel's Breakfast Club anymore -- he was the manager who up and left not long after this modest spot opened -- but the movie poster for The Breakfast Club still hangs behind the pool tables as a reminder of where the rest of the name came from. More important, owner Mary Ramirez is still here. Ramirez does the cooking at this breakfast-all-day joint, and that includes the $2.99 special of one egg your way, a plate-sized pancake and either spicy sausage or thick-cut bacon that tastes like well-cured ham. Eat your breakfast in the quiet, booth-lined area back behind the bar, the ideal place for viewing the Price Is Right on the overhead TV or the local art hanging for sale on the walls. Coffee refills come quickly, in mismatched mugs that Ramirez has collected over the years, and chances are the server will bring a little taste of that day's lunch special.
There's no Miguel at Miguel's Breakfast Club anymore -- he was the manager who up and left not long after this modest spot opened -- but the movie poster for The Breakfast Club still hangs behind the pool tables as a reminder of where the rest of the name came from. More important, owner Mary Ramirez is still here. Ramirez does the cooking at this breakfast-all-day joint, and that includes the $2.99 special of one egg your way, a plate-sized pancake and either spicy sausage or thick-cut bacon that tastes like well-cured ham. Eat your breakfast in the quiet, booth-lined area back behind the bar, the ideal place for viewing the Price Is Right on the overhead TV or the local art hanging for sale on the walls. Coffee refills come quickly, in mismatched mugs that Ramirez has collected over the years, and chances are the server will bring a little taste of that day's lunch special.

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