Ten best restaurants in the Golden Triangle

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If you're going to the Westword Music Showcase -- and why wouldn't you be? -- you'll likely be prowling the Golden Triangle for sustenance and refreshments before, between, and especially after the shows. Luckily, in this neighborhood there is no shortage of options for the discerning palate, the ready-to-snarf, the caffeine addict or the late-night lingerer. Here are ten of our favorites (in no particular order) to stop your belly from rumbling after your ears are buzzing.

See also: Ten best restaurants in the Ballpark neighborhood

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Dazzle Restaurant & Lounge

Those seeking reprieve from the heat and hustle of the Music Showcase can duck into the cool cavern of Dazzle's bar for a classic cocktail like a New Orleans-inspired Sazerac or a perfect martini (ask for it that way if you value your gin and aren't afraid of vermouth). Known more for its internationally acknowledged live jazz program than for its menu, you still won't go wrong with a plate of immaculately breaded and crisped calamari or almost magically creamy risotto balls. Bonus points for a very late-night happy hour.

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Rooster & Moon Coffee Pub

What Rooster & Moon lacks in ambiance (unless you like an elementary-school cafeteria vibe), it more than makes up for with deeply roasty coffee brewed from venerable Boulder roaster Allegro, fresh-fruit smoothies and a vast board of breakfast favorites -- we lean toward the PB & J oatmeal on a brisk morning. Showcase wanderers will welcome the special menu featuring two summery cocktails and Korean tacos with kimchi and either kogi-doused pork belly or equally luscious jackfruit -- the perfect vegetarian answer to pulled pork.

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Parsley

Don't expect to see Parsley advertising two-for-one deals on a billboard. Don't even expect anyone to answer the phone there. But that doesn't mean Parsley doesn't care: It just means that this sweet little lunch spot is so busy catering to the needs of its Golden Triangle neighborhood that it's too busy to do anything else. Under the thoughtful guidance of owner Jason Bailey, Parsley has been preparing sandwiches (on City Bakery-supplied ciabatta bread), salads and soups, as well as a variety of veggie juices and smoothies, since 2008. More than a few menu items are veggie-friendly, and more than 50 percent of its ingredients are organic. Enjoy them in a sherbet-bright setting with a spartan, Ikea-like feel.

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Palettes Contemporary Cuisine

The downtown empire of veteran restaurateur Kevin Taylor may have dwindled, but this only gives him more time to focus on his mostly-lunch café (although it's open until 8 p.m. on Fridays) located inside the Denver Art Museum. Inspired by the art surrounding the cool, modernist dining room, the menu dances with colors and squiggles and features a light and elegant touch with salads and sandwiches alike; a watercress and endive salad balances sweet candied pecans with tart verjus while a pork schnitzel sandwich belies its heavy-sounding ingredients with a fine panko crust and an airy pretzel bun. A carpaccio appetizer may best capture the collision of composed artistry and sophisticated flavors.

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DJ's 9th Avenue Cafe

Brothers Devin and Jason Stallings won a lot of fans with their DJ's Berkeley Cafe in northwest Denver, so in early 2013 they brought the same winning concept to the Golden Triangle, where they opened DJ's 9th Avenue Cafe. Like the original, it opens at 7 a.m. every morning and stays open until early afternoon, serving breakfast (pancakes and breakfast burritos), lunch (sandwiches and a daily soup special), lots of good, strong coffee...and six versions of eggs Benedict, including salmon with asparagus, chorizo with poblanos over polenta, and the classic, with Canadian bacon, a sturdy poached egg and a thick, toasted English muffin blanketed with an excellent Hollandaise made with chicken stock. While the menu at this younger sibling is the same as at the original, the space is larger and airier, with more seating and windows along Lincoln that let in the morning light.

Keep reading for five more favorites in the Golden Triangle.


Location Info

Dazzle Restaurant & Lounge

930 Lincoln St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Rooster & Moon Coffee Pub

955 Bannock St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Parsley

303 W. 11th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Palettes Contemporary Cuisine

100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Dj's 9th Ave Cafe

865 Lincoln St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

DiFranco's

955 Lincoln St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Denver Diner

740 W. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Gallo di Nero

1135 Bannock Street, Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Charcoal

43 W. 9th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Cuba Cuba Cafe & Bar

1173 Delaware St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

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17 comments
Garrett Manasco
Garrett Manasco

this should be called the only 10 restaurants in the golden triangle

Jennifer Mickelsen
Jennifer Mickelsen

You missed Martine's Bakery in the alley NE corner of 7th and Lincoln behind Turin bike shop.

Kim Kennedy
Kim Kennedy

I worked at parsley for almost two years, and miss the food a lot! Love that place :)

Melanie Johnson
Melanie Johnson

Rooster & Moon and Parsley are my favorites and I work basically right in the middle of them. So good

Brendan Flynn
Brendan Flynn

I'm partial to Pint's Pub, but my brother works at Rooster and Moon so I have to give them a shout out.

Alli Evans
Alli Evans

Or you could eat from one of the food trucks who will be at the showcase. Pretty sure there are quite a few...

Shilo Rohlman
Shilo Rohlman

If Dazzle counts as being in GT..I'd add Lowdown and 9th Door to your list.

Jough
Jough

I miss Fired Up. Absolutely fantastic. What is insurance for if an electrical fire puts you out of business?  Doesnt make sense. 

Amanda Wolz
Amanda Wolz

Look at that hot piece of man. I bet his wife is a babe.

ScubaSteve
ScubaSteve topcommenter

I wonder how many of those joints will exist a year from now.

Denver Dave
Denver Dave topcommenter

@ScubaSteve I'd say the chances are very good that they'll all be around a year from now since they've all been around for more than that already - most for much longer.

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