Eating Adventures

Nine Restaurant Mash-Ups for the Adventurous Denver Diner

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6. Piper Inn
2251 South Parker Road
Rows of Harleys pack the parking lot at the Piper on weekends, when bikers rally for cheap beers, billiards and Buffalo hot wings. That's a familiar theme at any number of roadhouses around the metro area, but at this time-honored tavern, you can also get your wings smothered in Chinese-style sauce. Or you can plunge headfirst into a menu of Cantonese specialties, fried rice or egg foo young. When you're done, just swap out your chopsticks for a pool cue to keep the night going. 

7. Vietnam Bay
472 South Federal Boulevard
Vietnam Bay comes from the same tradition as the Asian Cajun, with Gulf Coast cuisine picked up by Vietnamese immigrants and brought to Denver. But this Federal Boulevard stop melds the two disparate styles more completely than at the other joint, offering shrimp, crab and crawfish boils in a fiery pineapple sauce that's equal parts Bayou and Southeast Asian; a plate of "gumbling" that's nothing more than sausage gumbo ladled over Vietnamese dumplings; and sticky chicken wings bursting with the flavors of fish sauce, lemongrass, garlic and chiles. Vietnam Bay's fusion fare rates an "A" for adventure.

8. Woody's Wing's n' Things
6817 Lowell Boulevard, Westminster

This northern Woody's outpost isn't associated with other spots in town with the same name, but you can still land a great plate of hot wings. Choose from standard, American-style wings in hot, medium, mild or barbecue, or go for something a little more exotic, like Szechuan, crispy Thai style, or lemongrass with peanuts. What make this Woody's unique, though, is the selection of Cambodian and Laotian dishes in addition to a long list of Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai selections. The name above the door doesn't begin to hint at the wonders inside.
9. Yak and Yeti
7803 Ralston Road, Arvada 

Yak and Yeti now has three locations around the city, but the original, in Old Town Arvada, is our favorite, with a full craft brewery and an Indian/Nepalese lunch buffet wedged into a quaint Victorian mansion that's said to be haunted. Our tip for a great combo: Nepalese momo dumplings and a pint of the house chai milk stout. 

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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.
Contact: Mark Antonation