Adagio Bakery and Cafe – For the Kids and for You

How often can you go out to eat with your kids and really relax? Not that often. A new restaurant in town has food, prices and atmosphere to keep both parents and kids happy.

Adagio Bakery

Mmmmm, baked goodies!

The name may be familiar to those in the Park Hill neighborhood but the vibe is different. Adagio Bakery and Café has opened a new location in the Hilltop area, on Holly Street, just north of Alameda. In the spot shared by Park Burger and High Point Creamery, Adagio is giving an expanded, sit-down menu experience a good try. You can still pop in and get baked goods to go, like their other location in Park Hill, but this pretty interior and spacious patio calls for lingering.

While there are many delicious baked goods kids (and adults) would love, including more flavors of scone than you can shake a mixing spoon at, the Kids Menu features a choice of pancakes, scrambled eggs, PB&J, hot dog or grilled cheese plus a side of house fries, fresh fruit, cottage cheese and pineapple for $5. The portions are good and the food is great. When the kids start to get antsy, there’s a large chalkboard and chalks set up inside to let the kids get creative.

Of course, it’s not all about pleasing the kids (although it often feels like it is). There’s plenty at Adagio that the grownups will love. When we went, we had the Sunny Side Duck ($12) with duck confit, duck potatoes (fried in duck fat?), chive hollandaise and a drizzle of tart cherry jam. It was rich and delicious. The only thing missing was a piece of toast with which I could have gathered up the yolk and hollandaise instead of licking the plate which was embarrassing. Just kidding.

Nearly every breakfast place has a breakfast burrito and it always surprises me how they can all differ so much. Adagio makes a big one with bacon or sausage or veggie,

Adagio Bakery

Spinach, goat cheese and mushroom all come together in this delicious omelette.

with home fried potatoes, scrambled egg, red peppers and sweet onion ($9). My favorite of the bunch was the Wild Mushroom and Goat Cheese Omelette with herbed potatoes, creamy Havarti cheese, spinach, tomato and a mushroom ragout ($9). It’s a little, half-moon dream come true for mushroom and goat cheese fans like me.

Adagio offers a breakfast menu until 11am with entrees, breakfast and specialty sandwiches. Then at 11am, panini, salads and other sandwiches get added to the offerings. The Roasted Turkey with Pesto, provolone, caramelized onion and tomato sounds good, as does the Salami and Pepperoni with mustard, provolone, oven roasted tomato and caramelized onion. All panini are $9 and are served with mixed greens or coleslaw. Salads such as the Beet Salad with roasted red, yellow and candy striped beets, goat cheese, mixed greens, pecans and raspberry vinaigrette ($8) sound tasty and are probably beautiful too.

Adagio has a great reputation for their baked goods so we couldn’t leave without trying some of them too. The coconut macaroons are luscious and the biscotti make every warm drink a happier thing. The mini-banana bread loaf was just like mama used to make. The variety of scones is staggering and the flavors change all the time but just consider ones like chocolate raspberry, banana chocolate chip and blackberry honey…you probably can’t go wrong with any of them. I’m nuts for Adagio’s granola now with toasted coconut and pecans. I could have mixed some with yogurt or in oatmeal or something wonderful but I just reveled in its purity in a bowl with milk. So good.

Because the prices are reasonable, the food good and the atmosphere kid-friendly, you’ll actually be able to linger and enjoy, even with the kids. There are parking spots behind the building and on the street.

Adagio Bakery and Cafe is located at 217 South Holly Street, Denver.

 

 

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A Hamburger Place to Please Everyone! By Edan Goode

I love hamburgers the way other people love football. Or beer. Or camping. Or their children. Hamburgers are the one thing I’m always craving, even right after I’ve had one. 

Menu-at-a-glance at 5280 Burger Bar. Don't worry, there's a real menu and kids' menu too.

Menu-at-a-glance at 5280 Burger Bar. Don’t worry, there’s a real menu and kids’ menu too.

5280 Burger Bar opened mid-February, ambitiously, in the center of the Denver Pavilions, downtown, making house-baked buns, house-made condiments, including ketchup, American cheese and ice cream! In fact, 5280 Ice Cream, their self-contained and cute-as-a-button ice cream shop is adjacent. So you could just pop in for an ice cream treat or have some with your meal in the restaurant.

One look at the descriptions on the menu and it’s obvious a lot of thought and creativity went into every menu item. The chef and his crew have fiddled with tiny elements of ingredients to get things just so. Prior experience at Sushi Den really shows both in the light and delicious Ahi Tuna Nachos and the tempura battered onion rings that were, hands down, the best I’ve ever had in terms of texture and flavor.

There’s something for every taste and dietary-restriction there since every burger can be made with either ground beef, bison, turkey or a quinoa/white bean patty. You can come up with your own toppings combo but why, when there are so many options. The “I Can’t Decide” is a great way to go because you can order two different burgers in more-than-ample slider size to increase your options.

Fries or onion rings cost extra and are worth every reasonable penny. The fries are just like you’d want them to be – potatoey, tender inside, crispy outside. I’ve already sung the praises of the onion rings but they deserve an extra shout out.

The children’s menu offers a burger, cheeseburger, hot dog, salad, grilled cheese (made with house-made American cheese) and an ice cream cone. Add fries and a drink for $2 more.

5280 Ice Cream - stop in for a treat or order something with your meal at 5280 Burger Bar.

5280 Ice Cream – stop in for a treat or order something with your meal at 5280 Burger Bar.

5280 Burger Bar also serves salads which sounded really good, such as the 5280 Chopped Salad and the Wedge. They have a strong beer selection, including 12 Colorado beers. Combine a cocktail with dessert in a Shaketini – a milk-shake treat for Mom and Dad only!

With such a primo location, you could incorporate 5280 Burger Bar into a family day downtown spent shopping, taking in a movie, seeing a play or just strolling around. The promise of great food, including great ice cream should be incentive enough to keep everyone behaving well and happy. 

5280 Burger Bar is located at 500 16th Street. www.5280BurgerBar.com.

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Wear Your Jammies for a Good Cause By Edan Goode

Did you know that the average Coloradoan eats 5 eggs per week? Or that Colorado egg farms provide jobs for more than 250 families and supply nearly $100 million annually to the state’s economy?

Yep, Colorado families love their eggs. And why not? Eggs are loaded with health benefits including vitamins and minerals including Vitamin D, choline, folate, calcium, iron and selenium. And they are a strong source of protein.

October 11 is World Egg Day and to celebrate, Colorado Egg Producers organized PJs and Eggs, a special dining event that combines eating a great breakfast at an area restaurant with a charitable contribution.

Here’s how it works: 

On October 11, from 7am-8pm, head to one of the participating restaurants. Donate $20 and in return diners will receive a meal, non-alcoholic beverage and one dozen eggs to take home (to make future breakfasts where you can also wear you PJs). Restaurants with offer either a set menu for the meal or offer patrons their choice of entree (varies by location).

Then feel good knowing that proceeds from PJs and Eggs go to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Denver, serving families whose children are receiving medical care in Denver area hospitals. Funds will also help victims of the recent floods in Colorado.

In addition to the monetary donation, the event will also collect unused children’s pajamas to donate to the charities. Look for the collection box inside each restaurant to donate pajamas leading up to the event.

Visit http://pjsandeggsco.eventbrite.com/ or call 303-320-7790 for a complete list of participating restaurants and the hours each will be serving breakfast. RSVP’s are recommended. Tickets are $20 in advance and day-of.

Here are a few more eggscellent bites of trivia to share with the kids at breakfast from Colorado Egg Producers:

  • There are approximately 3.8 million hens in Colorado that produce more than 1 billion eggs.
  • The average hen lays 5 eggs per week.
  • Egg preferences break down this way: 2% prefer Cage Free; 4% prefer Cage Free Organic; 12% prefer Nutrient Enhanced Caged and 82% prefer White or Brown Caged.

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Food and Fun for Father’s Day By Edan Goode

Colorado Dads like to eat and do stuff. So this year, plan a unique Father’s Day with some of both! Here are some Father's Dayideas from a Denver Dad who thinks any of these options would be a whole lot better than another tie…

Urbane Dad – Take Dad downtown to the Commons Park area for a stroll and to eat at one of many hip “LoHi” restaurants with a great city view. Ale House has straightforward fare at reasonable prices. Zengo offers upscale brunch fare with chef’s mini-plates. After, take a B-Cycle ride exploring the area and the biking trails. Finish with an ice cream from Little Man.

Roughing It Dad – Buy Steven Raichlen’s BBQ University book and ask Dad to cook “Caveman Steaks”. This requires digging a shallow pit in the backyard (with the kids!), using good quality “clean wood,” and throwing big thick steaks right on the coals!

Mountain Lover Dad – Pack a light lunch and take a hike to the top of a 14’er (or an 8er, 9er, etc.), and eat at the top with a great view! Don’t want a long drive? Nearby metro “mountain-like” experiences await at Daniel’s Park, Castlewood Canyon or one of the many Jefferson County Open Space parks in the foothills. End the day with family-friendly dining at Tommyknocker’s in Idaho Springs, Woody’s Pizza in Golden or Rockyard Brewery in Castle Rock.

Granola Dad – Head to Boulder and stroll the Pearl St Mall to take in the sights and sounds of the street performers. Eat lunch at The Mountain Sun, a local brewpub with something for everyone. Finish with a hike in Chautauqua Park.

Classic Denver Dad – Lunch at The Brown Palace, Ship’s Tavern, followed by a stroll through Denver Botanic Gardens. Grab a soft serve cone at the Monet’s Garden café. (Pricey and best for older kids.) For something less expensive and better for  younger kids, substitute another Denver classic like Wazee Supper Club (pizza!) or Wynkoop Brewing Company (pub fare).

Classic Colorado Dad – Brunch at The Broadmoor, a stroll around the grounds then a drive through Garden of The Gods. Think ahead and pack a change of shoes to take an easy-going hike on one of the many trails. Pricey and not appropriate for younger children. Less expensive (but not cheap) is the Broadmoor’s newly renovated Golden Bee pub.

Beach Lover Dad – Take Dad to the family-friendly beaches of Aurora Reservoir where there are no motorized boats. Pack a picnic, Garden of the gods lit up in sunset colorsor grills are available. Relax on the sand, try the waters, and just enjoy the bright blue sky! Don’t forget the sunscreen and beach umbrellas! (Beach options: Chatfield, Cherry Creek.)

Cycle Lover Dad – Hit the nearest bike trail (Cherry Creek, South Platte, Sand Creek, etc.) and eat lunch somewhere along the way. Off the South Platte trail at Mineral is the Aspen Grove shopping area with Panera’s and Ted’s. Or pack a lunch and eat at a park along the way. For upscale picnic lunch options, try Whole Foods or Marczyk’s. If Dad’s the only cyclist enthusiast, let him cycle, and drive everyone to meet him at a park with a picnic!

Mother’s Day Brunch Round-up By Edan Goode

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Now, moms, we all know that if there is something we are wishing for on Mother’s Day, giving a little hint never hurt. If you are hoping for a nice Mother’s Day Brunch, but don’t have time to research a place to go (Who does, right?) we’ve done the work for you.

Here’s a round-up of area restaurants doing something special in honor of you, on Sunday, May 12. Make those reservations now – or rather, tell the person who needs to know this information to call right now to get a table or else! Happy Mother’s Day!

Where: Zengo Denver/1610 Little Raven St., Denver. http://www.richardsandoval.com/zengodenver/index.php
What: 10:30am-2:30pm. Mums & Mother’s Day Brunch celebration. Each mom will receive a mum (flower) with their brunch.
Cost: $35 per guest, $10 for children, and includes unlimited small plates and free flowing brunch cocktails.

Where: TAG Restaurant/1441 Larimer St., Denver. http://tag-restaurant.com/
What: A special Mother’s Day Brunch, 10am-2pm.
Cost: $40 per person. $15 for children.

Where:  The Corner Office/1401 Curtis St., Denver. http://thecornerofficedenver.com/
What: 
Sexy Mama Disco Brunch, 9am-3pm. Regular brunch a la carte menu but with the addition of a 10-minute chair massage, champagne and photo booth.
Cost: Depends on menu items chosen. Not fixed price.

Where: Tamayo/14oo Larimer St., Denver. www.richardsandoval.com
What: Bottomless Margarita Brunch and Mom’s Day chrysanthemum flower.
Cost:  Brunch includes unlimited small plates and breakfast cocktails for $35. Discount for those not drinking and for kids.

Where: Second Home Kitchen + Bar/150 Clayton Lane inside JW Marriott Hotel. www.secondhomedenver.com.
What: Mom receives a complimentary mimosa during the Mother’s Day Pajama Brunch from 7am-3pm or dinner from 5pm-10pm.
Cost: Order off of regular menu. Kids age 8 and under, free when wearing their PJ’s during the brunch. They get to eat and be entertained in a separate room.

Where: Gaetano’s/3760 Tejon St., Denver. www.gaetanositalian.com
What:  Noon-4 pm. Special Mother’s Day brunch items in addition to the regular menu. Also, a Prosecco-sicle, a liquor popsicle dropped into a glass of prosecco for $9.
Cost: Varies with menu items chosen.

Where: Altitude Restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Denver/650 15th St., Denver. http://www.downtowndenverhyatts.com/altitude-mothers-day-dining
What: Brunch from11am-3pm.
Cost: $42 per person 13+, $17 ages 6-12, 5 and under dine free.

Where: Garden Terrace at the Inverness Hotel/200 Inverness Drive West, Englewood.  http://www.invernesshotel.com/denver-restaurants.php
What: Buffet brunch. 9:30am-3pm.
Cost: $49.95 per person 11+, $23.95 ages 6-10, 5 and under dine free.

Where: Beatrice and Woodsley, South Broadway No. 38, Denver. http://beatriceandwoodsley.com/special-occasions-menus/
What: Table service brunch with multi-course options. 10am- 2pm.
Cost: $36 per adult, $20 per child.

Where:  Café Terracotta, (5649 S. Curtice St., Littleton. http://www.cafeterracottalittleton.com/.
What: Brunch 7:30am-2:30pm.
Cost: $29.95 per person, $14.95 children 10 and under.

Where: Cool River Café,  8000 E. Belleview Ave. , Suite C 10, Greenwood Village. http://www.coolrivercafe.com/reservations.php?c=1&id=4
What:  Buffet 10am- 3pm.
Cost: $36.95 per person, $14.95 children under 12.

Just a reminder that buffets do not include tax and gratuity. Be kind to your server. They may be a mom or have one.

 

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A Grown-Ups Brunch…with Kids By Edan Goode

Recently, we had a date night dinner at Second Home Kitchen + Bar in Cherry Creek, inside the JW Marriott Hotel. We were really impressed. But we were even more impressed when we found out that they have a brunch where kids eat free and are entertained so the grownups can really enjoy their meal. Brilliant! Read on to find out all about it.

A leisurely Sunday Brunch can be such a wonderful thing. Taking your time eating, lingering over a mimosa…so relaxing. Unless your

Kids having their own, fun brunch at Second Home's Pajama Brunch.

Kids having their own, fun brunch at Second Home’s Pajama Brunch.

kids are in tow. Then it can be something not quite so wonderful or relaxing. Second Home Kitchen + Bar in Cherry Creek has our backs, parents. They have a Pajama Brunch on Sundays from 7am – 2pm. Kids ages 8 and under eat free from the Brunch Menu which includes a pancake and waffle bar with toppings like sprinkles, candy, cereal and fresh fruit. In a special kids lounge, kids do arts and crafts such as Fruit Loop necklaces, play games and watch age-appropriate movies. The lounge is surrounded with sleeping bags and pillows with a grown-up overseeing the activities. Even the wait staff wears their PJ’s during this brunch.

While the kids are occupied, parents can partake of the grown-ups menu that includes Crab Cake Benedict, Chicken-Fried Steak, Bread Pudding French Toast, Steel Cut Oatmeal, bottomless mimosas and a Do-It-Yourself-Bloody-Mary-Bar.
Reservations are recommended and valet parking is free at Second Home. For reservations, call 303-253-3000 or visit www.secondhomedenver.com. Second Home Kitchen + Bar is located at 150 Clayton Lane in Cherry Creek.
Sweet potato "Couch Potatoes" (l) served with White Cheddar Sour Cream & Chive dip and russet "Ranch Potatoes" served with French Onion Dip are served at brunch as well as at dinner.

Sweet potato “Couch Potatoes” (l) served with White Cheddar Sour Cream & Chive dip and russet “Ranch Potatoes” (r) served with French Onion Dip are served at brunch as well as at dinner.

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Burgers, Fries and Kids By Edan Goode

A hamburger and fries are basic and essential to American cuisine. Think about it – they are easy to prepare at home, can be purchased and consumed in ones’ car on the run and can also be ordered in a nice, sit-down restaurant. They are one-size-fits-all good! Of those three ways to enjoy a burger, I like going out to a restaurant best. I recently discovered a great place for a burger, fries and much more that also had a great kids’ menu that was more than your basic meal for the young ones.

For adults, you can create your ideal burger starting with what type of patty you want including angus beef, turkey, lamb, salmon,

Burgers for grown-ups but russet and sweet potato fries for everyone - so delicious!

Burgers for grown-ups but russet and sweet potato fries for everyone – so delicious!

bison and veggie. Then add the kind of toppings you want from cheeses, greens, sauces and even what type of bun you want. Oh, the infinite power of getting just what you want!

The russet fries are great but the sweet potato fries are over the moon delicious! Get a small order of each so you can go back and forth deciding which you like better until they are all gone and the decision is out of your hands.

There are other, non-burger choices at TAG Burger Bar too if, for some odd reason, you don’t want one. There’s also a Sunday Brunch that looks awesome.

Even though we parents deserve dinners away from the kids, this is one of those places where you can feel like you’re having an evening out, but it’s also okay (and encouraged) to bring the kids too. TAG Burger Bar’s children’s menus are more extensive than the usual with nary a dinosaur-shaped chicken nugget in sight. Instead, for lunch or dinner, kids can choose from items like two angus sliders with fries, a pizza bagel, a PB&J, a quarter of a rotisserie chicken and a side of fruit. During the weekend brunch, it’s all of those choices plus scrambled eggs and bacon, french toast and pancakes. Meals range from $3-5!

Top off the meal with a milkshake and add in 50-cent scoops of old-fashioned candy like Whoppers, Reeces and M&M’s. Kids will have a heyday deciding what they want from the old-fashioned candy jars located behind the bar. Yum!

Shake it up. The Mint Chocolate is made from real mint at TAG Burger Bar. Imagine mixing in scoops of candy into these! Heaven.

Tag Burger Bar is located at 1222 Madison St. http://tagburgerbar.com. This place is popular. I’d recommend making reservations.

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