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Best Place to Dip Your Fries in Ice Cream


Mark Antonation

The hungry weirdo who was the first person to dip fries into soft-serve ice cream turned out to be a genius, and the team behind Little Man Ice Cream is a close second, since fries and ice cream are the specialty at Dang. A pint of piping hot fries will cost you $4 — well worth it when you pair the food with one of the rotating soft-serves, which might be banana pudding, salted caramel, berry blast, peanut butter, vegan chocolate or a swirl of two flavors. You can also get specialty cones, tons of fun toppings and the bomb cyclone, Dang's upscale take on the classic blizzard. Grab your cones and fries to go; Dang is also selling pints of Little Man Ice Cream to enjoy at home.
Summer Powell

Brazilian cuisine is a rarity in Denver outside of the chain churrascarias, so for those who want to explore food beyond skewers of steak from the Western Hemisphere's second-most-populous country, Cafe Brazil has been a treasure trove of feijoada (Brazil's stewy national dish), seafood and caipirinhas for nearly thirty years. Coconut, chiles, black beans, plantains and collard greens are prevalent, spiked with surprising bursts of ginger, curry and dende oil. Cafe Brazil has streamlined service for curbside pick-up, with a roster that includes three styles of feijoada — brisket, pork or vegetarian — to choose from.
Courtesy Gates Deli

At a neighborhood spot like Platt Park Brewery, small changes can make a big difference. That was the idea behind Gates Deli & Grog, a tiny, 550-square-foot kitchen that Platt Park owner Colby Rankin and his family opened last summer in a space adjacent to the brewery. Serving up sandwiches, salads and soup, Gates serves its food through two windows — one out to the sidewalk, and one directly into the taproom. Although you can no longer drink there, you can now grab packaged brews at Platt Park to take with your grub.
Molly Martin

Chef Bo Porytko set up shop last fall in the Middleman's compact kitchen, serving a weird but delicious assortment of bar snacks, small plates and sandwiches. Have you ever had a corn dog that tastes exactly like a Reuben sandwich, or a whole broccoli head tempura-fried and served like a bone-in pork chop? Porytko's creations went splendidly with beers and shots at the bar at Middleman. And even though you can't belly up for a night of drinking, Misfit Snackbar has what you need, if mapo tofu sandwiches and pastrami tacos with chicken-liver mousse are your idea of necessities. Visit @misfitsnackbar on Instagram for the latest menus and hours of operation, then call in your order for some curbside craziness.

Mark Antonation

If perusing a restaurant's menu conjures more anxiety than excitement because you can't eat gluten, relax: Everything on Just Be Kitchen's menu is free of wheat, barley and rye (the primary gluten offenders). When she opened her spot, owner Jennifer Peters set out to satisfy guests on restrictive diets, creating a roster of comfort food that ranges from green chile-smothered burritos to country-style chicken and dumplings, all with your needs in mind. Biscuits, pancakes, brownies and cookies make appearances on the menu, too — a dream come true for those accustomed to going without such items. Peters just launched online ordering for pick-up and delivery; visit Just Be's website for complete service.
Molly Martin

Never has a restaurant channeled Miami Vice better than this plant-based South Broadway eatery; the pink and mint interior and intensely curated Instagram page combine to exude a laid-back, sun-bleached island vibe — but that belies the seriousness with which the kitchen treats the food. Like beautiful people sashaying down South Beach wearing the skimpiest of bathing costumes, the food is lean and sexy. Somebody People, named for a line in a David Bowie song, is offering curbside pick-up and limited delivery of a pared-down slate that includes coffee and juices in jars, along with pancakes, mushies on toast, eggplant sandwiches, granola and soup. Visit @somebodypeopledenver on Instagram for hours and menus.
Courtesy Now Pho

Pho Le was a favorite stop for Vietnamese noodle soups on Federal Boulevard for years, but the compact restaurant, known for its late-night service, recently changed hands. Now Pho didn't miss a beat, though, and its rich, beefy broth is as good as that of its predecessor. But for something extra-special, the kitchen offers a unique style called Pho Two Bowls, in which the broth comes in a piping-hot stone bowl still bubbling from the stovetop, and you add toppings to your own liking. While you can't take the hot stone bowl home with you, Now Pho's menu is otherwise available for pick-up and delivery through ChowNow (or just call the restaurant for pick-up).
Molly Martin

There's only one Ohana Island Kitchen, the unique and traditional Hawaiian lunch and dinner joint on the 15th Street hill in LoHi. In the summer of 2016, Louie and Regan Colburn started selling their poke out of a side window across the street; they settled into a full brick-and-mortar eatery six months later. There you can choose from two simple offerings — shoyu poke or spicy poke — both made with sushi-grade ahi tuna. Glistening, ruby-hued cubes of fish are marinated in soy, ginger and sesame for the former, and spicy mayo with masago (salty fish roe) for the latter. You won't find a long list of additional sauces or mix-ins; the Colburns keep their recipes pure so the fish is the star. Accept no substitutes: Ohana is open for takeout, curbside pick-up and delivery through DoorDash and UberEats.
Mark Antonation

A new Thai restaurant that opened in Lakewood took a deep dive into the country's cuisine. Farmhouse did it not with a voluminous menu, but with a selection of house specials bold with herbs, spices and other imported ingredients that make each dish shine. The Floating Market noodle soup packs a surprising punch of chiles in its rich, brown broth loaded with rice noodles and slow-cooked beef (or pork — your choice); northern Thai kao soi balances sweet coconut milk with complex curry and sports both soft and crispy noodles; and the hang leh curry offers a whirlwind of spicy, sweet, sour, salty and bitter tastes that are the hallmark of Thai cooking. The kitchen does a great job with the standards, too, from pad Thai to panang curry to pineapple fried rice. Pick-up and delivery orders can be placed on the Farmhouse Thai website.
Mark Antonation

One of the longest-standing Thai restaurants in Denver, Taste of Thailand has been famous for its "flu shot soup," a chicken (or tofu) wonton soup loaded with Southeast Asian spices and garden-fresh herbs and veggies. While the restaurant makes no claims to the broth's actual curative properties, it will certainly make you feel better in mind and soul. After moving from its longtime home in Englewood, Taste of Thailand has won new converts in Denver. It's currently open with abbreviated lunch and dinner hours for pick-up or delivery. While there's plenty on the menu, don't miss the soup.

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