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Pop's Place Opens Today in the Ballpark Neighborhood

Chef Stephen Kleinman's new eatery, Pop's Place, opens today in the Ballpark neighborhood for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast, with a quirky roster designed by Jim Pittenger of Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs, begins at 7 a.m. today. Kleinman and Pittenger have been working to open Pop's since January, when they took over the corner space at 2020 Lawrence Street that was most recently home to Lower48 Kitchen.

The lunch and dinner menus cover a spread of internationally inspired plates, bowls and appetizers, from Szechuan chicken tacos to a banh mi sandwich to San Martin green-chile stew. The roster is divided into starters, soups and salads, sandwiches, specialty bowls and Pop's favorites — which include more time-intensive dishes like sous-vide prime rib and a daily roast served with collard greens and ugly potatoes. American dishes skew Southern, with hushpuppies, grits, buttermilk biscuits and beignets all making appearances. On the house burger, twice-cooked pork belly stands in for the more typical bacon.

Pittenger's breakfast menu will feature sandwiches, burritos, pancakes, waffles and egg dishes with creative twists. The new interior, decked out in warm, buttery yellow, feels perfect for lingering over a morning meal at a chef's counter that now has more of a 1950s diner feel than its previous incarnation.

Keep reading for more photos of the food and ambience at Pop's Place.


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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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