Eating Adventures

Breakfast goes over easy at Nick's Diner

In A Federal Case, I'll be eating my way up Federal Boulevard -- south to north -- within Denver city limits. I'll be skipping the national chains and per-scoop Chinese joints, but otherwise I'll report from every vinyl booth, walk-up window and bar stool where food is served. Here's the report on this week's stop...

My journey up Federal Boulevard has taken me far enough north that I have a hard time visualizing the exact order of restaurants from week to week, or even remembering which one is next. The streets above Speer are unfamiliar, aside from the right turn onto West 32nd Avenue -- which leads to a hillside of trendy bars and award-winning menus -- and the iconic 38th Avenue, which offers even more of what makes Federal so appealing, with its cross-section of regional Mexican fare, Den-Mex standbys and family-run establishments. Nick's Diner sits roughly midway between those two streets, capping a block of early-twentieth century mansions, most of which have seen better days.

See also: Federal may be busy, but brunch is never hurried at Newbarry's

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Mark Antonation is the former Westword Food & Drink Editor. In 2018, he was named Outstanding Media Professional by the Colorado Restaurant Association; he's now with the Colorado Restaurant Foundation.
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