Take pleasure in a Daytime Lunch Escape at Bao Brewhouse in Downtown Denver

Whereas some persons are nonetheless working from residence, many are again within the workplace, which implies the lunch break is making an enormous comeback, too. For these working close to the sixteenth Avenue Mall, choices for a stable meal at an excellent worth from a neighborhood spot are getting simpler to come back by (even when you need to navigate the continuing building to achieve them). This week, go for brews, bao buns and extra. 

What: Bao Brewhouse

The place: 1317 14th Avenue

When: Bao Brewhouse is open for lunch Tuesday via Sunday. The downstairs Faucet Room is open from 4 to 10 p.m. on Mondays, midday to 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and midday to midnight Thursday via Saturday. The upstairs Tea Room is open from 5 to 10:30 p.m. all week.

For extra data:
Go to baobrewhouse.com

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Bao Brewhouse’s daytime eating room has largely community-style seating, however this nook is nice for dates.

Kristin Pazulski

Why we adore it: While you enter the Faucet Room at Bao Brewhouse, the darkish, purple accented, neon-filled eatery makes you’re feeling as for those who stepped far out of Denver. Due to this, it is a terrific place to overlook, no less than for some time, that you simply’re in the course of the work day. As an alternative of checking emails, this is a perfect spot to take a look at for some time — though you will have your cellphone, since that is how you will entry the QR code menu and place your meals order out of your desk.

It is also a lunch favourite, as a result of right here, glad hour begins at midday and runs till 5 p.m. Monday via Friday, with specials that finish in $0.88, since that quantity is nice luck in Chinese language tradition. Pleased hour drafts run from $2.88 (for the FlyteCo lager that is made specifically for the restaurant) to $7.88, and cocktails are $8.88.

Bao Brewhouse’s decor and daytime drink offers make it good for lunchtime dates, too, particularly for those who can rating the two-top within the nook subsequent to the cityscape mural. And if that meetup goes nicely, you possibly can head again for a night within the upstairs eating space dubbed the Tea Room, which serves dim sum and household dining-style entrees.

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The candy soy pork stomach bao comes with shrimp cracklins.

Kristin Pazulski

What’s for lunch: The menu at Bao Brewhouse boasts extra than simply bao buns.

The dim sum menu ($10.66 to $22.88) contains plenty of shareable dishes which can be sufficiently small to take pleasure in solo for those who’re eating by yourself. There are DIY lettuce wrap veggie rolls, cheese rangoons, pork and beef dumplings, shrimp shu-mai and mushroom dumplings. Every bao order ($16.88 to $19.88) comes with two buns plus a facet of togarashi-dusted shrimp cracklins to snack on, making it perfect to share. Bao choices embody pork stomach, tofu, the cleverly named In-n-Baout Bao and a Mushy Shell Crab Rouliamo with buttermilk fried crab.

There may be additionally a menu of skewered meats and prawns marinated in flavors like maple miso and garlic ginger glaze ($11.88 to $15.88 for a small; $19.88 to $26.88 for a big), a spicy duck soup ($18.88), vegan mushroom sweet-and-sour soup ($9.88), drunken noodles ($16.88) and garlic fried rice ($14.88).

The costs actually vary, permitting diners to go inexpensive with a cheerful hour merchandise (most are $8.88) and a facet of shrimp cracklins for $5.88, or splurge on the dozen breaded dry-rubbed wings together with your selection of sauce, or spicy beef tenderloin skewers, each on the upper finish at $22.88.

Comparable Locations: The extra informal sister restaurant of ChoLon and LeRoux, YumCha Dumpling & Noodle Bar, at 1520 sixteenth Avenue, serves quite a lot of dumplings, bao buns and different shareables for $12 to $19. New addition Chopstickers, at 1617 California Avenue, additionally serves bao buns, soup dumplings, potstickers and extra.