Anthony and I had such a fun weekend in Denver, CO. Our reason for going was because one of our favorite singer/bands was playing a benefit concert. Andrew McMahon was the lead singer of Something Corporate and Jacks Mannequin, both bands Anthony and I listened to in college. His current band is called Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness. He was diagnosed with leukemia and started a foundation called the Dear Jack Foundation, which helps adolescents and young adults with cancer. He does this benefit concert every year and all the proceeds go to the Dear Jack Foundation. Last year, Anthony and I went to the concert in Orange County, CA and absolutely loved it, and this year we were so excited we were able to go again. The reason it is such a good concert is because he sings songs from all three of the bands and brings back old band members to play with him too!
My mother-in-law, Stephanie, came out to our house Wednesday night because we had to leave at 5:30AM to go to the airport the next morning. I just want to make sure it is known how much we appreciate her watching the girls for us, especially for such a long time! The girls are so lucky to have such a wonderful Gammie!
Because of the time difference, we ended up landing in Denver around 9AM. After a 40 minute Uber ride to our hotel, Kimpton Hotel Monaco Denver, we were starving so we freshened up and made our way to a Denver-time early lunch. We went to Rialto Café, which was recommended to us by hotel staff and I also had it on my list of places to eat from my research.
We started our lunch with Bloody Mary’s… I mean, we were on vacation after all!
I went with the veggie burger and Anthony got the regular burger. I eat mine with no bun so that I won’t feel as guilty eating some of the fries, and I am so glad I decided to do that because these were maybe the best fries I ever had! They were all seasoned and cooked perfectly! Anthony also got a cup of French onion soup, which was also really good!
After lunch, we decided to walk around and explore a bit and we ended up at a Brewery. Jagged Mountain Brewery was the first of many breweries we visited on our trip. I swear Denver does not make a bad IPA!! Anthony was happy with all of his beers too! He is more of a Belgian beer guy. We hung out there for a couple drinks and then decided to explore a little more.
Our next stop was to Great Divide Brewery.
Again, all the beer was really good!
We started to get hungry, so we decided to go to happy hour at Range. Happy hour in Denver is ridiculous. Most restaurants have it from 3-6, and they have great drink and food specials! We tried the candied habanero bacon and OH…MY…GOSH!! I am not even a big bacon fan, but this was FANTASIC! Probably the best thing I ate all trip!
We decided to head back to the hotel around 5:30PM where they were offering a free beer and wine happy hour for hotel guests. We each got a drink and went back to our room. We maybe took two sips and decided we were exhausted and couldn’t drink anymore. We ordered a pizza and were in bed by 8PM. Parents gone wild! Ha! In our defense, we did get up at 4:30AM and then had a two hour time difference, so technically it was 10PM our time when we went to bed!
Friday morning we were up at 5AM, ugh! We got a workout in at the hotel gym and then drank some coffee and got ready for the day.
We picked a place for breakfast and it did not disappoint. It was called The Delectable Egg. I got a Mexican omelet with chorizo and Anthony got a green chili and chorizo benedict.
After breakfast, we decided to do some shopping on 16th Street Mall. That is a street in downtown Denver where they have little shops and restaurants all down it and then there is an outdoor two story mall also. We bought some souvenirs and a couple other things and then decided to go to 5280 Burger Bar and split a few things for lunch. We split the Carnitas Street Tacos, which had slow roasted pulled pork, pickled onion, cabbage and a cilantro aioli, and we ordered two specialty sliders. Anthony got a lamb slider and I got a spicy one with regular beef. We were both really impressed with the food there!
I apparently should have called this post, “Eating and Drinking Our Way Through Denver, Colorado,” because that seems like all we did! I will stop here for now and recap Friday night and Saturday in my next post!