NuHu Mongolian Express

NuHu Mongolian Express Gets Cooking

NuHu Mongolian Express

Choose what’s going to go in your bowl, or rely on one of NuHu’s signature bowls.

It’s not unusual to go to a restaurant where you go up to the counter, order your food, make your way down the line, picking and choosing what goes into your meal before paying up and picking up your meal. What is unusual is watching your food being cooked to order, just for you, on a big, round, Mongolian grill. NuHu Mongolian Express, the first of its kind, opened in February in a primo spot at the corner of 12th and Broadway, across from the Denver Art Museum, History Colorado Center and the new Art Hotel. Remember that, parents, when you have a hungry kiddo after you have visited the museums or Denver Public Library!

The Denver location of Express is the first, fast-casual offspring of HuHot Mongolian Grill restaurants, located in Colorado and throughout the country. “NuHu” is, therefore, the “New HuHot.” Get it? NuHu Mongolian Express pares down the many, many options of their HuHot restaurants but certainly doesn’t leave one wanting for choices.

Start by choosing your protein: chicken, pork, tofu or veggie or beef or shrimp for a slightly higher cost. Second, choose noodles or rice, then sauces and fresh veggies. I found it interesting that the variety of sauces are intended to all work together well. People are encouraged to add several to their bowl. I was told the only way you could really ruin your created bowl is if you aren’t a seriously spicy food fan and choose a sauce that’s too hot. But the friendly staffers working the line can give guidance. If creating your own bowl is more than you want to deal with, you can choose to trust in the Signature Bowls, tried and true combinations such as the Teriyaki Warrior (zucchini, carrots, napa cabbage, green onions and broccoli with House Teriyaki sauce over rice) and the Genghis Thai (Pad Thai noodles, bean sprouts, broccoli, onions, carrots and green peppers with House Peanut sauce). All bowls run between $6.99-$9.59. Kids meals are priced at either $3.99 or $4.99. 

NuHu Mongolian Express

Yum. And yum. Two bowls from NuHu Mongolian Express.

The real fun of the NuHu Mongolian Express experience, at least for me, was to watch the prepped bowls being emptied onto the large Mongolian grill. Kids will love this, too. Like conducting an orchestra, the staffer works rapidly around the grill, chopping, mixing, tossing and finishing off each person’s meal before scooping it into your bowl. Each bowl is served with a round Roti flatbread, also cooked to order on the grill. Slightly toasty, but just tender enough, each Roti is seasoned with a proprietary blend of seasonings. For a slight up-charge of $2.99, add a drink and either an egg roll, side salad or thick cookie to any bowl/Roti.

NuHu Mongolian Express

Imagine cooking on THAT!

NuHu Mongolian Express offers a nice, fresh, flavorful option in Denver, capitalizing on all of the exciting flavors of Asian cuisine. The restaurant is located at 1147 Broadway. 

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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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