Oct 26, 2022 - News

Bodega Denver is the best new sandwich shop in Sunnyside

The Basic breakfast sandwich (L) and Happy Lil Burgie served at Bodega Denver. Photos: Lauren DeFilippo/Cognoscenti Creative, courtesy of Bodega Denver

A new "rowdy lil sandwich shop" is taking Denver's Sunnyside neighborhood by storm with its spin on an NYC corner store.

Details: Bodega Denver, which debuted over the summer, combines the perfectly sloppy and unapologetically carb-loaded bites you find at a bodega with quality and creative ingredients.

  • Menu highlights include hearty breakfast sandwiches ($11), griddled banana bread ($7), cheesy smashed-patty burgers ($9) and mix-matched fries ($5).
  • Espresso, coffee, beer and cocktails are also on tap.

What they're saying: "The idea with Bodega is, it's where people go get their coffee, their newspaper, their gossip, a breakfast sandwich," Cliff Blauvel, owner and longtime Denver resident and chef, told Westword, noting that bodegas in general are "more of a community center."

  • "Sure, they're stores β€” but this is kind of that, reimagined."

πŸ₯ͺ My thought bubble: This place was packed when I popped in around 10am one recent Sunday, and the line took about 30 minutes β€” but The Basic breakfast sando I bought was worth the wait.

  • I'll be back β€” and go earlier next time β€” to try The Boujee, which was sold out. It comes with eggs, greens, herby feta and goat cheese, and za'atar on focaccia bread. Yum.

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