Mooyah

Crowing for Mooyah

It’s fun to discover new restaurants that enable the whole family to eat and with healthy choices to boot. The great customer service we experienced was an added (big) bonus! 

We visited the Denver location of Mooyah Burgers Fries & Shakes recently (they also have a location in Thornton and Westminster) and found not only a good variety of menu options but also extremely good customer service from the friendly employees.

Mooyah

The Mooyah Burger, Turkey Burger, Loaded Salad, Shake and Fries at Mooyah!

There is a large menu board up high, nice and visible while you’re in line. But if your neck is starting to strain, don’t worry, there are menus closer to the register where you order too. We ordered the Turkey Burger (there’s also a Jennie-O Jalapeño Jack Turkey burger available until mid-May with mushroomy-goodness that looks delicious), the Mooyah Burger with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion strings and Mooyah sauce (kind of a Thousand Island) and the Loaded House Salad. Oh, and the large order of fresh-cut fries was a ton, spread all over a tray which made my husband very, very happy. This exercise-freak man of mine rubbed his hands together when they brought the tray of hot fries saying “this is like a dream come true to me!”

All of our food was great. I loved my irregularly-shaped burger that was clearly not from a pre-formed patty – it reminded me of the burgers my grandma used to make – yum! I appreciated the number of choices, from the type of (baked in-house) bun you can order (white, wheat or lettuce wrap) to the type of burger (beef, turkey, black bean, or hot dog) to extras like cheese, bacon, avocado, veggies and sauces.

The salad deserves special mention because it’s enormous! Food is served on trays, including the salad. You can add a beef, turkey or veggie patty or chicken tenders on top but my husband was happy with the avocado and bacon that came on it, along with tomatoes, mushrooms and a tasty nest of fried onion strings. The only negative was that the spicy ranch dressing seemed to just be ranch with some tobacco sauce and was really nothing special.

Kids can order a Little Burger, hot dog, grilled cheese and chicken tenders with fries or applesauce and a drink.

A visit to Mooyah would not be complete without mention of their ice cream shakes with mix-ins. My daughter ordered the peanut butter cups with hers and it was mixed just enough to get some chocolate-peanut butter goodness flavoring the ice cream but leaving big chunks of candy for scooping – it was quite a dessert.

The atmosphere at Mooyah is sunny and bright with a huge blackboard and kiddie chairs at one end to let kids create to their hearts’ content. However, the kid-orientation didn’t stop one adult patron when we were there from writing a note about how much he loves Mooyah burgers! Nice.

When you go, share #myMOOYAH photos of your meal and your experience with the restaurant. Also, they are having a #MOOMillians Mooyah Millionaire Sweepstakes in which every burger purchased until May 31 enters you for a chance to win a million dollars!

We were given a gift card toward the purchase of our meal to facilitate a review. However, our opinions are absolutely our own.

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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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