Places to Eat in Cherry Creek

Couple having dinnerIf you are a foodie and love to eat, check out the Cherry Creek neighborhood for dozens of restaurants, bars, and coffee shops to satisfy your every craving. Denver is well-known for being a hub for chef-owned, impressive neighborhood restaurants that showcase the city’s talent and the abundance of local products. While there are certainly many more restaurants worthy of a visit, here are a ten of the best in the Cherry Creek area, in no particular order.

Patxi’s Pizza

Every neighborhood has that one pizza place that is just “the best,” and for Cherry Creek, Patxi’s Pizza is it. Although Patxi’s is part of a larger California chain restaurant, it has that local feel – and a great deep dish! Patxi’s also offers gluten-free and vegan options.

Harman’s Eat & Drink

Owned by renowned restaurateur Mark Fischer, Harman’s serves fancy fine dining cuisine at affordable prices. Inventive dishes combined with the comfortable and inviting atmosphere make this restaurant one of the best in the Cherry Creek neighborhood.

So Perfect Eats

If you’re in the mood for sandwiches on freshly-baked bread, crisp salads, and a wide variety of to-go appetizers, desserts, and baked goods, this is Cherry Creek lunch spot is the place for you!

Elway’s

Elway’s does steak like nobody else. Prime hand-cut steaks, an assortment of crustaceans, rich, delicious side dishes, and an impressive bar elevate this restaurant to one of the best in the area.

True Food Kitchen

One of the newer restaurants in Cherry Creek, True Food Kitchen’s focus is on healthy food. No butter or fat to be found here, but hearty, delicious, health-conscious dishes are the star of the show.

Cherry Cricket

For decades, the Cherry Cricket has been the iconic place to eat in the entire Denver metro area, all thanks to the famous ½ pound Cricket burger. If burgers aren’t your thing, the restaurant also offers a large selection of great pub fare – mac and cheese wedges, green chili, wings, you name it.

Aviano Coffee

For the coffee buff, Aviano Coffee serves pastries and snacks alongside cult-favorite Intelligentsia Coffee – a rarity in Denver and definitely worth a taste.

Sushi Tazu

Sushi Tazu seamlessly combines classic with modern; each dish is impeccably crafted and mouth-wateringly delicious, especially served alongside green tea or sake.

Ondo’s Spanish Tapas Bar

Ondo’s serves up traditional, classic Spanish small plates and is the perfect place for a bite to eat. Drop in when they are having a special and you won’t regret it ($3 paella night or 50% off a bottle of wine – yes, please!).

Second Home Kitchen & Bar

This JW Marriot’s in-house restaurant and bar offers classic comfort food dishes, like lobster pot pie, chips and dip, and chicken and waffles.

Big Easy Creole Kitchen, NOW OPEN!

The Big Easy Creole Kitchen, a lifelong dream of owner and chef, George Gastl is now opened! Located at 250 Steele Street, Suite 104 in Denver the restaurant brings wonderful tastes of creole dishes to food lovers around Denver.

George graduated from the Arizona Culinary institute in 1992. With a great deal of experience under his belt, a seal for cooking and love of fresh local ingredients, and a passionate staff, the Big Easy Creole Kitchen is already getting quite a bit of recognition.  With a live oyster bar, a voodoo lounge and many wonderful menu items, such as, French Quarter BBQ Shrimp, Paned Sweetbreads, Creole Seasoned Fillet of Beef, Turtle soup and more, residents and guest of Denver are in for a delight.

Dinner is served Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday from 5 pm to 10 pm and from 5 pm to 11 pm on Saturday’s.  Happy hour runs Tuesday through Sunday from 4 pm to 6 pm.

Get Skinny Summer Desserts

Summer is the best time for glorious fruits and delicious tastes that can’t be enjoyed any other time of the year.  It is also the best time of the year to enjoy desserts on the porch with the family.  The flip side to that beautiful scenario is the calories, so we’ve found some delicious low calorie desserts that will definitely top the ending of a day!

Frozen Chocolate Covered Bananas:  Kids aren’t the only family members that will enjoy this treat, the entire family will!  Peel the bananas, place a popsicle stick in the middle of the fruit, and dip the bananas in melted chocolate and roll in coconut.  Place the bananas on a waxed covered tray and cover and freeze!  These delicious treats only have 100 calories.

Watermelon Slush:  For a great summer slushy whirl up chunks of watermelon with ice, water, lime juice and a little sugar and you have a fantastic treat that is only 48 calories.

Mocha Pops:   These are a great after dinner treat or any time of the day for that matter.  Take about a half cup of hot brewed coffee and whisk four to five tablespoons of sugar and two tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder, in a medium bowl until the sugar has dissolved.  Whisk in a cup of half and half, a quarter of a teaspoon of vanilla extract and a pinch of salt.  Divide the mixture into freezer pop molds and insert the sticks and freeze.   These delicious treats are just 100 calories each!

Blueberries with Lemon Cream:   Take four ounces of reduced fat cream cheese and break it up with a fork in a medium bowl.  Take three fourths of a cup of low fat vanilla yogurt and drain off any liquid from the yogurt and add to the bowl.  Add one teaspoon honey beat with an electric mixer at high speed.  Stir in two teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest.  In wineglasses or dessert dishes layer the lemon cream and two cups fresh blueberries.  Refrigerate for eight hours.   This delicious treat is only 156 calories per serving!

Earl’s Kitchen $10 Burger & Beer

There’s no denying Cherry Creek North as some exceptional events for us all to participate in this summer and Earls Kitchen is definitely delighting us with some spectaculars.  There current special, $10 Burger & Beer on Saturdays and Sundays.

Earl’s is all about burgers and fries, wine and cheese and peanut butter and chocolate.  The restaurant is an winning combination of fresh, house made deliciousness (some which are award winning!) and delicious beverages.

Earl’s Kitchen isn’t just any hometown diner.  Their culinary team travels the world to get the best scoop on the International food scene, which is reflected in their wonderful menu and great sips!

Lucky’s Café in Boulder Gets a Makeover and a New Menu!

YUMMM….. One of Boulder’s favorite cafes just got better!  The traditional breakfast and lunch fare has always been tasty and finger linking good, but, a tasty revamped menu is adding new character to the innovative kitchen with some mouthwatering takes on traditional fare.

Both the market and the restaurant have received a full fledged makeover that is now completely finished.  The new menu was created by Chef James Van Dyck.

Menu favorites include Friday’s fish and chips with Newcastle beer batter, country ham and grits, meatloaf, and lamb burgers.

4th Annual Food & Wine Celebration Dates Announced

The dates for the much-anticipated Cherry Creek North Food & Wine celebration have been announced. Going into its 4th year of celebration, the annual event celebrates the culinary arts while providing attendees the opportunity to explore and to enjoy all of the fine dining opportunities the Cherry Creek North neighborhood has to offer.

Taking place on Fillmore Plaza, the Cherry Creek North 4th Annual Food & Wine celebration will take place on Saturday, August 11. The event will be held in the area that falls between 2nd Avenue and Fillmore Street, with the Grand Tasting event taking place from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

While new restaurants are being added to the list on a regular basis, the current line-up of participating restaurants is quite impressive. These include:

  • Abrusci’s Italian Eatery
  • Aria
  • Bisque
  • Bombay Clay Oven
  • Cherry
  • Continental Deli
  • Cucina Colore
  • Cuppy Cakes of Cherry Creek
  • Earls Kitchen and Bar
  • Enstrom Candies
  • Hapa Sushi Grill & Sake Bar
  • Hillstone Restaurant
  • La Merise French Cuisine
  • Mad Greens
  • Margs Taco Bistro
  • Mici Handcrafted Italian
  • NoRTH
  • Pasquini’s Pizzeria & Bar
  • Peet’s Coffee
  • Second Home Kitchen & Bar
  • So Perfect Eats
  • Vineyard Wine Shop
  • Vinue Wine Bar
  • Whole Foods Market

Elway’s Steakhouse Launches its Summer Concert Series

Elway’s steakhouse will once again be launching its summer concert series. The special event offers live music every Wednesday night in the backyard of the beautiful Cherry Creek restaurant. In addition to providing entertainment with the live performances, Elway’s will offer specialty cocktails as well as a special patio menu for those who seat themselves in front of the performers.

The special concert series will offer live performances starting at 6:30 and playing until 9:00. The courtyard seating is on a first come, first serve basis, however, so it would be a good idea to arrive early in order to enjoy the best seats in the house. The backyard area opens at 5:00, allowing plenty of time to get settled in before the live performances begin. As an alternative, those who are interested in attending the concert series on a particular night can call ahead and make reservations. Bands scheduled to perform throughout the summer include:

  • July 11 – Forever in Blue Jeans
  • July 18 – Slamabama
  • July 25 – Funkiphino
  • August 1 – Under a Blood Read Sky
  • August 8 – Something Underground
  • August 15 – That Eighties Band
  • August 22 – The Informants
  • August 29 – Opie Gone Bad

For those who wish to enjoy the live music, but who prefer to dine from the full Elway’s menu, they may choose to sit on the covered patio instead.  Elway’s offers an extensive dinner menu with some interesting appetizer options. Some of these include steak tacos, lamb chop fondue, Rhode Island Style Calamari, Grilled Artichoke and Fresh Oysters. Soup and salad options include Asparagus Soup, Charred Red Pepper Soup, Roasted Corn and Chicken Chowder, Spicy Steak Chili, BLT Salad, Truffled Beet-Fresh Mozzarella Salad, Shrimp Salad, Asian Chicken Salad and Mediterranean Salad.

Of course, Elway’s also offers a number of steak options to select from on its dinner menu. Cuts include New York Strip, Porterhouse, Prime Rib and Sirloin. For those who prefer fish or white meat, the restaurant offers options such as Roasted Alaskan Halibut, Dashi Braised Chilean Sea Bass, Maine Lobster Tail, Roasted ½ Chicken and White Marble Farms Two Chop Pork Chop. The restaurant also offers a brunch menu, a lunch menu, a dessert menu and an extensive wine list.

Delicious & Healthy Green Smoothie Recipes

Green smoothies are not only a delicious treat, they are healthy!  Green smoothies can help fight diabetes, aid in weight loss, healing ailments, fight the flu, help the body to digest and promote overall health.  They are light, easy and delicious and something that each household should consider as a healthy addition to their diet.  Below are a week’s worth of fabulous green smoothie recipes that are sure to please.

Sunday

This recipe, although it doesn’t have a name, is the perfect start to the day!!

  • ½ pineapple
  • 2 peaches
  • ½ inch fresh ginger root
  • 2 stalks celery
  • ½ bunch dandelion greens

Monday

Parsley Pizzazz

You’ll never taste parsley quite so good!

  • 1 to 2 cups water
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 Fuji apple
  • 1 cucumber, peeled
  • 1 bunch fresh parsley

Toss everything in the blender and blend till smooth.

Tuesday

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

This is a simple green smoothie recipe and will become an all time favorite.

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 ½ cups strawberries
  • ½ head fresh Romaine
  • Add everything to the blender and blend until smooth!

Wednesday

Fruit and Mixed Greens

This is another delicious delight and one that the entire family will love!

  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 2 handfuls fresh spinach
  • 1 packed cup beet tops, frozen
  • ½ cup pineapple, frozen
  • 1 cup blueberries, frozen
  • 2 bananas

Add everything to the blender and blend until smooth!

Thursday

Peaches and Spinach

This simple green smoothie recipe is a true treat!

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 handfuls spinach leaves
  • 6 peaches

Add everything to the blender and blend until smooth!

Friday

Kale Apples and Lemon Juice

This is another delicious smoothie and one that is perfect with lunch!

  • 2 cups water
  • 5 leaves kale
  • ½ lemon juice
  • 4 apples

Add everything to the blender and blend until smooth!

Saturday

Romaine and Fruit

This is a great start to the day, addition to lunch, or an after diner dessert!

  • 2 cups water
  • ½ bunch romaine
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup strawberries

Add everything to the blender and blend until smooth!

Cherry Night Club Happy Hour and Studio 54 Disco Night!!!

If you love the fabulous 70s, you’ll want to be at Cherry’s Happy Hour on Friday nights!  Cherry’s is the new dance venue in our prestigious neighborhood and residents who haven’t experienced the great drink specials and fun atmosphere are in for a treat.

Happy Hour is from 5 pm to 9 pm and drink specials are stellar with domestic beers, wine, and specialty drinks at a fraction of the price.  Dancing starts of 7 pm and guests enjoy a DJ who’s format is 70s and 80s music and a large dance floor and about 80 house guests!

The atmosphere is fun and friendly and the best from the 70s (great for all us middle aged moms and dads!).  The Happy Hour Disco tribute is each fourth Friday of the month.

Cherry is located at:

231 Milwaukee Street
Denver, CO 80206

Whole Foods Takes a Turn For Cherry Creek North Residents

We all love Whole Foods, the weekend special, the organic, fresh produce, gluten free baked good and hormone free meats.  But, Whole Foods just went a step further to offer Cherry Creek North residents even a greater taste of life!  The store is now offering nutrition classes and is a new hotspot for eating out.

Each weekend, among the many great specials, shopper now can enjoy a great lunch catered by Whole Foods that is delicious and cheap!   On Saturdays, the menu theme is “Street Food” with tasty menu items like curried funnel cake and pork belly sliders.  YUMMM!  The treat gets better, as there is nothing on the menu priced above $4.  This new summer fun activity is to celebrate the spirit of summer, and continue the tradition of nutritious eating.  On Sundays, the menu them is “Grilling” with the menu items including a grilled ancho glazed pineapple salad and a Father’s day steak sandwich.  The menu is fantastic and a great place to pick up a nutritional lunch for the entire family.

During the month of June, Whole Foods will be offering eight different classes that range in topics from Guoda-polloza cheese class to eating organic.  Cherry Creek residents are now offered much more from our local market, as they now are the place for organic foods, nutrition education and fine cuisine!  Discover the new delights for yourself!

Follow Whole Foods on Twitter @WholeFoods where the fun gets even better as you get great tips for more summer fun and savings.