Five favorite stuffed-dough dishes in Denver

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Danielle Lirette
Buffalo empanadellas at Bocadillo.
The menu at Bocadillo, Derek Dietz's casual restaurant in Sunnyside, is short, with only a dozen or so choices. And while the lineup frequently includes soups, a salad and a few entrees along with the snacks, you never know what form these dishes are going to take, given how often Dietz changes things up. That's why I didn't hesitate to order the buffalo empanadellas when I saw them on the menu one night. They sounded terrific, especially to a stuffed-dough loving girl like me, and I didn't want to save them for another time and risk missing out. While I liked much about Bocadillo, I wasn't wowed by those empanadellas, which could've used more pop in both the filling and the sauce. But that got me thinking about other stuffed dough I've loved along the way. Here are five of my favorites.

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Danielle Lirette

5) Rincon Argentino
2525 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder
At Rincon Argentino, Christian Saber and his crew wake up early to start on the flaky dough they'll tuck and fold over everything from ground beef to spinach and pine nuts. These days, it's the pollo empanada I can't stop thinking about, with chicken, green olives and a hint of paprika.

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4) DiFranco's
955 Lincoln Street, Suite. D
Like their cousin ravioli, agnolotti show off the Italian love affair with filled pasta, so it's no wonder that one of my favorite plates of these plump pockets came from DiFranco's. The dish I enjoyed featured a pea, ricotta and lemon filling tucked inside sheets of tender dough. It isn't on the current menu, but keep your fingers crossed: It might make a reappearance come spring.

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3) Harman's eat + drink
2900 East Second Avenue

While you can't get agnolotti at DiFranco's right now, you can always try a more seasonal, just as tasty version at Harman's eat + drink. Here, the housemade pasta shelters a smooth filling of butternut squash puree. The dish is hearty, accented with the kinds of flavors you crave in cooler weather: sautéed squash, fennel, apples and fried sage.

Location Info

Bocadillo - CLOSED

4044 Tejon St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Rincon Argentino

2525 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO

Category: Restaurant

DiFranco's

955 Lincoln St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Harman's eat and drink

2900 E. 2nd Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Comida Cantina

3350 Brighton Blvd., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

India's Restaurant

7400 E. Hampden Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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4 comments
Anthony Anrig
Anthony Anrig

This was probably the most disappointing food article I've read from westword (who I SHOULD know by now as a perpetual source of disappointment). The lady friend is gluten free for medical reasons not the en vogue dietary choice as of late. Even based on the pictures, most of us would like to order a meal, not a morsel. Sure India's restaraunt is great but that picture derails me completely, why would I order a single item just to have it surrounded by a plethora of sides which the main dish simply cannot suffice? That spells waste to me. Most of these places appear hoighty toighty, with a focus on presentation rather than taste or value. Sadly the only one that seemed worthwhile was your introductory clause that ended up being the "worst" on your list.

Kiko Woelfel
Kiko Woelfel

Stuffed sopapilla @Santiago's? Chile relleno burrito @Taco de Mexico? Cannoli's @Lechuga's? I challenge the validity of this list: you can do better than this...

Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

The really cool thing about someone's opinion is that you don't need to "challenge the validity" of the list. You just offer your opinion into the mix. There are certainly fields of expertise in which being 100% right is critical, but when it comes to food opinions - especially from someone like Gretchen who's been scouring the city for great food for quite a while now, the more options, the better. 


So thank you for offering some of your favorites! Without invalidating your tastes, I will add a few more ideas: pupusas at El Tamarindo, arepas at Empanada Express, the lamb stromboli that used to be on the menu at Lala's and that they seriously need to bring back, and the Filipino empanadas from the Orange Crunch truck. 

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