Vesta
Mark Antonation
Chef Matt Selby and his crew of fire worshipers at Vesta Dipping Grill know how to turn up the heat on a Saturday night. Whether you're out with the gang bar-hopping through LoDo or looking for a late-night rendezvous with that significant someone, the kitchen's sophisticated, globe-trotting menu is sure to impress. The decor is stunning -- super-cool twisting lamps that hang over deep, horseshoe-shaped booths, and enough wrought iron to come perilously close to ludicrously chic -- but what truly sets Vesta apart as an after-hours destination is the food. Anyone can attempt to create a hip atmosphere, but they'd be crazy to try to pull off a full menu (available until 11 p.m. on the weekends) in which skewers of beef tenderloin as soft as butter share space with brown-sugar-smoked duck breast, potato samosas and mango-braised pork ribs. Combine these dishes with more than two dozen dipping sauces, and even the most discriminating nightcrawling foodies are sure to find something worth staying up for.
Chef Matt Selby and his crew of fire worshipers at Vesta Dipping Grill know how to turn up the heat on a Saturday night. Whether you're out with the gang bar-hopping through LoDo or looking for a late-night rendezvous with that significant someone, the kitchen's sophisticated, globe-trotting menu is sure to impress. The decor is stunning -- super-cool twisting lamps that hang over deep, horseshoe-shaped booths, and enough wrought iron to come perilously close to ludicrously chic -- but what truly sets Vesta apart as an after-hours destination is the food. Anyone can attempt to create a hip atmosphere, but they'd be crazy to try to pull off a full menu (available until 11 p.m. on the weekends) in which skewers of beef tenderloin as soft as butter share space with brown-sugar-smoked duck breast, potato samosas and mango-braised pork ribs. Combine these dishes with more than two dozen dipping sauces, and even the most discriminating nightcrawling foodies are sure to find something worth staying up for.


It's late, and you're in the mood for a little something, but Taco Bell just isn't going to do the trick. Instead, head to Adega, where a chic but surprisingly comfortable wine bar borders the most upscale dining room in town. Although that dining room stops serving after 10 p.m., a short menu featuring the best collection of small plates in town -- plus dozens of vintages available by the glass to wash them down - is available at the bar until midnight every night but Sunday. Lobster, shrimp and black truffles baked in phyllo, a high-class charcuterie sampler, duck confit with pears, mussels provençal, almond-stuffed dates wrapped in bacon....You'll never need to make another run for the border. Because for the young and still restless, Adega is your final destination.
It's late, and you're in the mood for a little something, but Taco Bell just isn't going to do the trick. Instead, head to Adega, where a chic but surprisingly comfortable wine bar borders the most upscale dining room in town. Although that dining room stops serving after 10 p.m., a short menu featuring the best collection of small plates in town -- plus dozens of vintages available by the glass to wash them down - is available at the bar until midnight every night but Sunday. Lobster, shrimp and black truffles baked in phyllo, a high-class charcuterie sampler, duck confit with pears, mussels provençal, almond-stuffed dates wrapped in bacon....You'll never need to make another run for the border. Because for the young and still restless, Adega is your final destination.
Pete's Kitchen
Danielle Lirette
For those with a serious case of insomnia, Pete's Kitchen is like the land of the midnight sun. No matter what the clock says, on the weekends you can always rise and shine with breakfast at Pete's, a late-night oasis serving a unique blend of Greek, gringo-Mexican and American dive cuisine -- griddle-fried eggs, homemade pies, excellent gyros cut from a giant meat stick rotating in front of the grill -- to drunks, punks, suits and fruits in equal measure. The poised and patient waitstaff has probably seen more of Denver's late-night underbelly than the cops and cabbies who number among Pete's regulars.
For those with a serious case of insomnia, Pete's Kitchen is like the land of the midnight sun. No matter what the clock says, on the weekends you can always rise and shine with breakfast at Pete's, a late-night oasis serving a unique blend of Greek, gringo-Mexican and American dive cuisine -- griddle-fried eggs, homemade pies, excellent gyros cut from a giant meat stick rotating in front of the grill -- to drunks, punks, suits and fruits in equal measure. The poised and patient waitstaff has probably seen more of Denver's late-night underbelly than the cops and cabbies who number among Pete's regulars.


Pete's Kitchen
Danielle Lirette
Breakfast is supposed to be the most important meal of the day -- and given the size of the breakfasts at Kathy and Bill's Diner, it could be the only meal of the day. If you want to get the most for your money in our sour economy, head over to this genuinely friendly eatery, where that buck -- and your waistline -- will stretch like a bungee cord. The kitchen cooks up six breakfasts for just $3.49 and doesn't skimp on them, either: they include three -- count 'em, three -- eggs with meat, potatoes and toast; monstrous pancakes; and the Havana muffin (covered with ham, cheese and eggs, and big enough to eclipse the sun). Kathy and Bill will satisfy every hunger pain -- and they'll do it with a smile.
Breakfast is supposed to be the most important meal of the day -- and given the size of the breakfasts at Kathy and Bill's Diner, it could be the only meal of the day. If you want to get the most for your money in our sour economy, head over to this genuinely friendly eatery, where that buck -- and your waistline -- will stretch like a bungee cord. The kitchen cooks up six breakfasts for just $3.49 and doesn't skimp on them, either: they include three -- count 'em, three -- eggs with meat, potatoes and toast; monstrous pancakes; and the Havana muffin (covered with ham, cheese and eggs, and big enough to eclipse the sun). Kathy and Bill will satisfy every hunger pain -- and they'll do it with a smile.
Racines
Courtesy Racines
Someone should do a business-school thesis on how many big decisions have been made and how many million-dollar deals closed in the casual, funky Racines and its younger LoDo sibling, Dixons. The number is probably pretty high. For twenty years now, Racines has attracted movers and shakers, lawyers and lobbyists, artists and neighbors -- and while at first glance it might not seem like the sort of place where futures are being negotiated, all you have to do is look a little closer at the cell phones, fancy suits and expensive gold watches flashing around the pastel-colored dining room to realize that this neighborhood joint is the real deal. The power brokers at Dixons are a little more obvious, but the deal is every bit as real.
Someone should do a business-school thesis on how many big decisions have been made and how many million-dollar deals closed in the casual, funky Racines and its younger LoDo sibling, Dixons. The number is probably pretty high. For twenty years now, Racines has attracted movers and shakers, lawyers and lobbyists, artists and neighbors -- and while at first glance it might not seem like the sort of place where futures are being negotiated, all you have to do is look a little closer at the cell phones, fancy suits and expensive gold watches flashing around the pastel-colored dining room to realize that this neighborhood joint is the real deal. The power brokers at Dixons are a little more obvious, but the deal is every bit as real.


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