Eat Your Manner Down East Colfax on Route 15

Throughout all of July and August, riders can take any bus and light-weight rail line free of charge because of RTD’s Zero Fare for Higher Air program. Lots of the routes traverse among the metropolis’s greatest areas for consuming and ingesting, so we’re breaking down some highlights. This week, take a journey on the 15 bus.

Route particulars: The 15 runs each eight to fifteen minutes, relying on the time of day, from Union Station to Aurora by way of East Colfax Avenue. The 15 Restricted (15L) runs an analogous schedule however goes farther west out of downtown and skips stops for a sooner journey throughout city. See the total schedule for the 15.

Neighborhoods: Downtown, Capitol Hill, Metropolis Park West, East Colfax, Aurora

The place to eat and drink: Colfax is effectively often known as the longest steady business avenue within the nation, and it is chock-full of eating places as numerous because the folks you may see alongside the way in which. You will discover meals at practically each cease, so we have rounded up some favorites.

There are a selection of Colfax classics that each one Denverites ought to hit between Race and Garfield Streets, together with Bastien’s Restaurant, famed for its sugar steak; Pete’s Kitchen, which is among the solely 24-hour diners left on the town — a minimum of on weekends; Tommy’s Thai; and PS Lounge, the place all girls nonetheless get a rose upon getting into.

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Fiction is one in every of many breweries accessible on the 15.

Kristin Pazulski

In search of a singular pub crawl? There are a selection of breweries alongside the busy line, together with Bruz Off Fax (Josephine cease), Fiction Beer Firm (Oneida), Woman Justice Brewing (Dayton) and Cerebral Brewing (Garfield), which additionally simply opened a weekend pop-up taproom on the Dayton cease.

Though one longstanding Ethiopian staple, Axum on Colfax and Hudson, not too long ago closed, there are nonetheless loads of different choices alongside the route for these craving the delicacies, together with Ethiopian Restaurant (Josephine); Africana Restaurant and Cafe (Eudora); Abyssinia and Queen of Sheba (each at Glencoe); and, close to the Quebec cease, Mesob and Lucy.

There are a minimum of three Honduran eating places, as effectively. Soar off at Uinta Avenue to go to Lempira, or at Beeler for Honduras Breeze. On the Syracuse cease is El Tamarindo, a festive little spot with a full bar and an enormous menu that features pollo guisado (a rooster stew), chuletas entomatadas (pork chops in creole sauce), carne asada (steak) and dishes served with sides of inexperienced banana chips, salads, rice and beans. Each desk will get tortilla chips and salsa. Diners will not be upset by the shrimp cocktail, served in an enormous cocktail glass with small shrimp floating in a gazpacho-like chilly broth, served with avocado and saltine crackers. El Tamarindo’s pupusas are heat and gooey, and one possibility is full of loroco, an El Salvadoran flower that appears like a bit inexperienced pod and tastes a bit like a candy inexperienced chile.

El Tamarindo’s bar serves the usual bar fare in addition to some notable non-alcoholic drinks, like marañon (cashew water), papaya shakes and horchata. Visitors can combine and match a six-beer bucket for $24, which is a enjoyable possibility because of its collection of Mexican and Central American bottles.

On the nook of Colfax and Pearl, it’s inconceivable to stroll by with out a whiff of Bourbon Grill, a rooster joint that has been in enterprise for over 25 years, 21 of these on Colfax. The Bourbon Grill serves a easy menu, however that is how you recognize they do the little they do proper. Chef and proprietor Lien Vo got here up with the recipes over a six-month interval, stated her husband Tom Leiber, who taste-tested all of them. The grill used to serve sandwiches, however on the new location, which opened six years in the past, the counter is just too busy. Patrons get wings in 5 completely different sauce choices, or a styrofoam clam of charbroiled bourbon, barbecue or blackened rooster with any variety of sides. The edges embrace Asian choices, like an egg roll or spicy noodles, and Southern sides, like Cajun potatoes or mac and cheese.

One other enjoyable Colfax cease was Good Bread, a bakery and part-time pizza cease off the 15 at Prepare dinner Avenue. Tucked behind a car parking zone on Colfax, Good Bread opens at 8 a.m. and serves bread and pastries via midday or till provides run out, they usually usually do. As the web site encourages, get there early! The pastry choice contains staples like croissants, baguettes and fats loaves of rye, and a few rotating objects based mostly on the time of 12 months, like in-season fruit Danishes. In March, Good Bread launched a twice-weekly pizza night time that looks like a speakeasy for pizza pie. Visitors can DM a reservation by way of Good Bread’s Instagram (search for bulletins) for the eat-in-only eating expertise on Thursday or Friday nights. The darkish, wood-covered eating room on this house-turned-restaurant provides to the unique really feel. The menu contains garlic knots and a salad for apps, spherical pies and thicker sq. pizza by the slice, plus a collection of canned craft beers, wine and some cocktails.

There are a selection of diners nonetheless left alongside Colfax, however probably the most noticeable from the bus is the Ranch Home Cafe. You may’t miss it is traditional Colfax-esque roadside signal, vivid yellow with a lantern on prime. There’s a conventional diner bar and cubicles, a white board with specials that rotate as wanted and good espresso in thick mugs. The fries include a little bit of seasoning, diners can order breakfast all day and the inexperienced chili is among the greatest I’ve tried.

Bonus stops: Route 15 passes music venues such because the Bluebird Theater, Misplaced Lake, Lion’s Lair, the Ogden Theatre and Fillmore Auditorium. There are requirements like Walgreens and Sprouts; vets and pressing care; pet shops and gardening facilities. Theater-goers can get a small, intimate theater expertise on the Aurora Fox Arts Heart, which additionally has a lot of foodie spots close by, and discover quite a lot of leisure on the Individuals’s Constructing.