by Gigi Sukin Nov 16, 2016, 7:33pm MST
If you don't have the time or space for a festive feast next Thursday, November 24, fear not, your Thanksgiving hopes and dreams are still within reach and they will come true without a lot of running around doing grocery shopping and struggling with a big cleaning project after the fact.
Make a reservation at one of these 20 dinner destinations to celebrate your holiday, practice a bit of gratitude, and fill your belly to the brim. Check back as we may update this map with additional options. If you don't want to leave the house but also don't care to cook a big meal, look for our takeout guide tomorrow, which included many options from restaurants and specialty store around town.
10 Humboldt Farm Fish Wine
Keeping it simple but classic and consistent, Humboldt has a turkey dinner, along with other protein options, with mouthwatering starters and sides.
It's Week 6 of Brandon McManus' culinary tour through Denver and this week he takes you to Humboldt Farm, Fish & Wine.
After living in the Denver area for almost two years now, my wife, Nadia, and I (newly married) have decided that every Friday we will have a date night that consists of visiting a restaurant we have never been to before. Each week we will alternate who picks the restaurant but the key is to pick a new place and to make it a surprise. We know Denver has a great food scene and wanted to highlight some of the restaurants that will fill up our stomachs every Friday night.
Nadia and I are not reviewing the restaurant, nor are we food critics; we just want to bring you along our food escapades around the Denver area. Please enjoy our opinions and photos of what we sank our teeth into and hopefully you will taste some of our recommendations for yourself, on your own night out.
Week 6: Humboldt Farm, Fish & Wine
Humboldt Farm, Fish & Wine is a neighborhood bar that offers guests chef-inspired food that can be paired with delicious libations, and enjoyed in a relaxed atmosphere. They serve up fresh, seasonal fare with a focus on local ingredients. Be sure to check out this “fresh” spot at 1700 Humboldt St. Denver, Colorado 80218.
Order one of Humboldt’s hand-selected unique wines, craft beer or seasonal cocktails and you will not be disappointed. In addition, Humboldt’s setup encourages you to invite your friends to share the great selection of delicious small plates on their large tabletops. With happy hour every day inside and on their patio, you will surely enjoy the vibrant atmosphere that is both upscale and casual.
Nadia and I loved our two-person table in the dining room but the next time we come back, we want to dine under the covered patio that offers diners a chance to eat outside all year long. The staff is friendly and quick to the table. Our waitress was exceptional and offered dishes that helped highlight what Humboldt does best.
Recognized for utilizing only the freshest ingredients in daily specials on their “Fresh Sheet”, Humboldt has recently launched a new bar-specific fresh sheet focusing on releasing drinks weekly. The drive behind the cocktail sheet was to empower bartenders to exercise their freedom and creativity.
A recent fresh sheet was made up of concoctions such as the<strong>Violet Nail,</strong> a modern riff on the old Rusty Nail. Scotch, Drambuie, crème de violette are mixed with simple syrup and lemon juice.
The <strong>Spiced Paloma</strong> is tasty enough to become a staple on the regular drink menu. Equal parts of tequila and fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice (2 oz. each) are mixed with lime juice (1/2 oz.), jalapeno simple syrup (1/2 oz.), and then topped with citrus soda. The drink is perfectly balanced with spicy, sweet, and tart.
Humboldt’s ongoing cocktail menu has been crafted with considerable thought. One of the most popular <a href="http://www.examiner.com/topic/cocktails-17">cocktails</a> is the King of Montenegro. They created the <strong>King of Montenegro,</strong>featuring W.L. Wellers bourbon, amaro, lemon, Humboldt’s own house-made grenadine (reduced pomegranate juice, pomegranate molasses, and orange juice), and ginger beer which is then garnished with Luxardo cherry. The drink itself was prompted by the sweetly-bitter tang of the Italian herbal liqueur amaro.
Humboldt spent extensive time developing a drink to pair specifically with Washburn oysters farmed for them. As homage to its Boston namesake, they came up with <strong>The Union</strong>. The “Oyster Cocktail” is made with a Laphroaig scotch rinse, lemon bitters, and Pearl gin. When eaten with one of the Washburn oysters, the drink sparks the salinity of the bivalve.
While sipping away the day, a few of Humboldt’s most popular menu and happy hour food selections pair so well. Nibble on the <strong>Smoked Trout Dip</strong> served with homemade potato chips. Smoked trout is mixed with cream cheese and topped with a sweet onion jam.
The <strong>Humboldt Burger</strong> was awarded best burger by <a href="http://blogs.westword.com/cafesociety/2014/05/10_best_burgers_in_denver.php?page=3" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Westword</a>. The burger features a balanced Crystal River grass fed beef-bacon blend, garlic aioli, and Tillamook cheddar. The juicy burger is topped with a thick pickle slice.
All of Humboldt’s cocktails, nibbles, and entrees are found <a href="http://humboldtrestaurant.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">online</a>. Rumor has it, the bar will soon be offering a "secret menu" only for those in-the-know. Belly up to the bar to check out the day’s cocktail fresh sheet and enjoy!
<h4>Suggested by the author <a href="http://www.examiner.com/food-in-denver/kindra-evensen">Kindra Evensen</a></h4>
Humboldt Farm Fish and Wine in Denver opened up in early October of last year and has already been noted for their exceptional steaks, burgers, and fresh fish. I recently spent a lovely late morning/early afternoon catching up with a friend on the blissfully shaded patio, and enjoying a sampling of the fun stuff- starters, drinks and desserts.</span>
My first time in San Diego, at the age of 12, we went to a fish house with my dad's college friend who we were visiting. The long-haired, lifetime surfer with mischief perpetually gleaming in his eyes dared me to do an oyster shooter. After a brief sizing up of the shot glass full of cocktail sauce in which sunk something gray and a little menacing, I squared my shoulders and threw it back. Even since, that particular rush of lemon, brine, and ocean meat has been inseparable from that feeling of excitement and possibility. If you are as yet uninitiated to the wonderful world of oysters, an easy way to navigate all of the choices out there is by coast. Generally speaking, East Coast oysters tend to be brinier, West Coast tend to be creamier and milder, sometimes with a sweet or fruity flavor. In choosing from amongst Humboldt's daily specials, we went with the best of both worlds, the Naked Cowboy from Long Island and the Kumamoto from Humboldt Bay, CA. My dining companion preferred the mellow buttery Kumamoto (as do many Coloradans). I, being partial to all things briny, loved the refreshing bite of the Naked Cowboy.
Unbeknownst to me at the time, the cocktail I most enjoyed, the Pimm's Cup, was literally created to be the perfect accompaniment to an afternoon or evening of oyster swilling. After experiencing the invigorating classic cocktail made with Pimms No 1, cucumber, strawberries and ginger beer, I decided to investigate the origins of this gin-based liqueur called Pimm's. A couple of clicks later and I found that Pimms was created by James Pimm in 1840 and served as a beverage and base for cocktails at the oyster bar that he owned in London. Fresh and light, this is an ideal summer drink.
To finish off our dilettante's trio of hor d'oeuvres, cocktails, and desserts, we decided to really treat ourselves to the key lime pie with coconut crust and the molten caramel chocolate cake a la mode. The key lime pie was creamy and bright, a great dessert for a warm evening. The dark, hockey puck-sized chocolate cake was luxuriously dense with a consistency somewhere between a brownie and a truffle. It was served with a salt caramel ice cream and the play between the two was sophisticated, a little bit sexy and definitely delicious.
<span style="line-height: 1.5em;">The afternoon at Humboldt was one to remember, watching all of the beautiful young couples, families with young children, and handsome older couples with young attitudes and appetites. Chatting with a friend on the couch-seating on the porch, enjoying the July sun from under a big umbrella, treating ourselves to little delights, it is hard to feel that life here at Humboldt is anything but good.</span>
Interested in learning more about Humboldt Farm Fish Wine in Denver? Head over to their <a title="Humboldt Facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/humboldton17th" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer">Facebook Page</a> or<a title="Humboldt Twitter" href="https://twitter.com/humboldtffw" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer"> Twitter Feed</a> and show them some sugar!
Next Tuesday, August 5, is National Oyster Day! While Colorado may be a landlocked state, Denver has plenty of options when it comes to finding shellfish on the half-shell. Check out these oyster experts:
At <strong>Humboldt </strong>(<strong>1700 Humboldt Street</strong> -<a href="http://www.humboldtrestaurant.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.humboldtrestaurant.com</a>), oyster lovers order the pairing concept known as <em>Oysterology</em>, launched just this summer. Diners enjoy a flight of oysters, served by variety, and paired with a matched set of white wines specifically selected to complement and heighten the flavors of each. Humboldt’s beautifully informative printed card accompanies the flight and educates diners about the oysters, the wines, and the flavor profiles that make them a perfect match. Not in the mood for wine? Order an oyster-worthy cocktail (Humboldt’s version of the classic <strong>Blood & Sand </strong>is a great suggestion) and slurp down Humboldt’s own signature Washburn oysters - <strong>on special for just $1 all day</strong>.
<strong>Jax (539 17th Street </strong>- <a href="http://www.jaxfishhouse.com/denver/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.jaxfishhouse.com</a>): In celebration of the beloved bivalve, Jax Fish House is celebrating the day at all four Jax locations. At the LoDo location, <strong>Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper </strong>will serve as the “Head Shucker” behind the raw bar alongside owner Dave Query from 5:30 – 6:30 pm. Diners will find guest shuckers behind the bars at the Glendale and Fort Collins spots as well. During that magic hour, at all locations FREE oysters will be served to all, and ongoing deals for the evening include $1.25 oysters, $3 Dixie Lagers, $5 wine, $1 off all brews from The Post Brewing Company, and $2 Oyster shooters.
<strong>Lola Mexican Fish House</strong> (<strong>1575 Boulder Street</strong> - <a href="http://www.loladenver.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.loladenver.com</a>) will be playing the East Coast vs. West Coast by offering $2 East Coast oysters and $3 West Coast oysters all day. Don’t ask them to play favorites - Lola’s server staff is well-trained on oyster knowledge and can recommend either coast depending on your palate. Maybe you’d rather belly up to Lola’s Cold Bar and check out the large selection of oysters and watch chefs shuck fresh ones - try Lola’s <em>Oysters on the Half Shell,</em> served with a spicy habanero cocktail sauce, lime and onion blossom and de arbor vinegar (Lola’s take on a traditional mignonette). Lola’s vinegar, called <em>mama</em>, is a continually-flavoring vinegar that gets better with time - current batch has been going for three months.
<div><a href="http://www.examiner.com/article/governor-hickenlooper-at-jax-shucking-oysters-for-national-oyster-day">Governor Hickenlooper at Jax shucking oysters for National Oyster Day
<div><a href="http://www.examiner.com/food-in-denver/kindra-evensen">Kindra Evensen</a>
<div><a href="http://www.examiner.com/food-in-denver/kindra-evensen">Denver Food Examiner
<span style="line-height: 1.5em;">Let's all toast to National Scotch Day! When is National Scotch Day? It's this Sunday, July 27th.</span>
While it may seem hard to find a decent scotch drink in the craft-beer-heavy Denver, settle in, celebrate the special oak-barrel aged whisky that we know as scotch, and take a sip at one of these scotch-authorities:
<strong>License No. 1 </strong>(<strong>2115 13th Street, Boulderado Hotel</strong> -<a href="http://license1boulderado.com/" target="_blank"><b>www.license1boulderado.com</b></a>): Head downstairs, ring the doorbell at the back door of the Hotel Boulderado’s distilled spirits-focused bar and enjoy a classic <strong>Blood and Sand</strong>. License No. 1’s version offers Dewars Blended Scotch, Carpano Antica sweet vermouth, cherry heering and fresh orange juice. Not in the mood for a cocktail? Serious Scotch drinkers know to check in with the knowledgeable LNO bartenders - the bar back features 15 Scottish whiskeys on hand, ranging from Talisker 10yr or Storm (Highlands) to Laphroig 10 or Quarter Cask (Islay). If your sweet tooth has a hankering, ask for an off-menu scotch and chocolate pairing - the <strong>Flourless Chocolate Cake</strong>, the <strong>Raspberry Red Velvet Torte</strong>, and the <strong>House Made Truffles</strong> all have specially-paired whiskey choices.
<strong>Humboldt </strong>(<strong>1700 Humboldt Street</strong> - <a href="http://www.humboldtrestaurant.com/" target="_blank"><b>www.humboldtrestaurant.com</b></a>) offers their own east-coast seaside inspired version of the Blood & Sand. In their iteration, the Rudolph Valentino-inspired cocktail starts with Famous Grouse Scotch with Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth, cherry heering and a muddled orange in place of the orange juice, offering a fresh, citric note to the cocktail classic.
As always, both restaurants will showcase food from their menus. License No. 1 offers small plates like <strong>Caramelized Brussel Sprouts</strong>, <strong>Ginger Shrimp Skewers</strong>, or a <strong>Maine Lobster Roll</strong>.
Humboldt's <strong>Raw Oysters</strong>, <strong>Smoked Trout Dip</strong>, and their <strong>Cheese and Meat Board</strong> always make a nice addition to a scotch drink.
Check out all details and full menus online for <a href="http://humboldtrestaurant.com/" target="_blank"><b>Humboldt </b></a>and <a href="http://boulderado.com/dining-drinks/license/" target="_blank"><b>License No. 1
Kindra Evensen Denver Food Examiner
July 21, 2014
The restaurant that occupies the former <strong>Strings</strong> space launched brunch straight out of the gate when it opened in early October. The menu is extensive and ranges from the "Breakfast Stuff," with items like the <strong>house smoked fish</strong>, Humboldt Benedict, and a couple of omelets, "Two Handed Eats," like the Burger and Chicken Salad Croissants, and <strong>oysters</strong> served fresh on the half shell, baked, or charbroiled. Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday.
Eater, Thursday, December 12, 2013, by <a href="http://denver.eater.com/authors/andra-zeppelin">Andra Zeppelin</a>