What would you do if you had just 36 hours in this city? "The signs of Denver's economic high times as a pot boomtown and bastion of progressive urban policies are everywhere," says the New York Times in the just-published "What to Do in Denver." Although the Times doesn't mention any particular pot shops, it name-checks a number of restaurants that are smart recommendations for any visitor to the Mile High City. And not a one of them serves Rocky Mountain oysters!
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Your "36 hours in Denver" would start with a happy-hour seafood supper at Jax Fish House -- despite the fact that Denver is "landlocked and a mile high" -- or a visit to Izakaya Den. From there, it's off to the roof of Historians Ale House for a quick tour through an assortment of Colorado beers. (If you only have time to visit one craft brewery, the Times suggests Great Divide.) And if you're still hungry? "Spicy, satisfying late-night sustenance at El Taco de Mexico." The choice for breakfast the next day is a bit like bringing coal to Newcastle: Rosenberg's Bagels & Delicatessen, where Josh Pollack makes what he says are the most authentic New York-style bagels this side of the Mississippi. "The deli's few Western adaptations, including a Hatch green chile cream cheese, are transcendent," promises the Times. But that's followed by the savvy suggestion of lunch at Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs, with dessert at Little Man Ice Cream. Both Jim Pittenger, owner of Biker Jim's, and Paul Tamburello, who named Little Man after his father, are featured on the video that goes with the Times piece, as is Bryan Dayton of Acorn, one of the fifty best new restaurants in the city, according to Bon Appetit, and the Times's choice for dinner. "If Acorn's current celebrity makes a table hard to come by," the piece advises, "try ChoLon, an inventive, Asian-influence bistro in LoDo."
For a final meal in Denver? Brunch the next day at one of the four locations of Lucile's Creole Cafe. But while the Times notes that Lucile's has long lines, it fails to mention that those lines are long enough to make you miss your plane back to New York City. You'll want to load up on bagels at Rosenberg's just in case.
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