Sep 8, 2022 - News

New picks on Denver's food and drink scene

Denver's Ice House warehouse, where the new po'boy shop Pirate Alley Boucherie is opening. Photo: George Rose/Getty Images

Despite persistent problems facing local restaurants, Denver's dining scene is sprouting new spots to sip and eat citywide.

Driving the news: Pirate Alley Boucherie β€” a new po'boy joint serving sandwiches, charcuterie and small plates β€” opens Thursday, for lunch only, on the ground floor of LoDo's historic Ice House building at 1801 Wynkoop St.

  • Behind the seasonally driven deli are Katy and Kyle Foster, the previous owners of Julep, a Southern eatery in RiNo that closed during the pandemic.

πŸ§‡ Union Station is now home to Wafels & Dinges, a New York City chain known for its Belgian-style waffles and decadent desserts.

  • Of note: W&D was featured on the Food Network's "Best Thing I Ever Ate," so you know their treats are tasty.

🍸 Birch Road, a BYOB social club with locations in Chicago and Seattle, opens this Saturday in the previously home of Factotum Brewhouse at 3845 Lipan St.

  • How it works: With monthly memberships starting at $105, Denverites can have access to a 3,300-square-foot event space to drink, gather and escape the busy bar scene.

πŸ” Oregon-based Vegan chain Next Level Burger debuted in Denver's University neighborhood late last month with a mission to fight climate change.

  • The intrigue: This location represents a homecoming for co-founder and Denver native Matt de Gruyter, who met his wife Cierra while attending Metro State University.

πŸ‡«πŸ‡· Noisette β€” a French restaurant and bakery that opened Aug. 5 in LoHi β€” offers a fine dining experience at a friendlier price point. The eatery is run by husband and wife Tim and Lilian Lu, both graduates of the French Culinary Institute in New York.

  • What to try: Their take on a French classic β€” escargot ($17) β€” which comes enveloped in crispy potato choux pastry and served with a creamy herb aioli.

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