The Highlands – It’s Where to Eat This Weekend

September 3rd, 2010 Posted by Chefs, Culinary Connectors, Denver, restaurants No Comment yet

It’s been a dream of mine to live in the Highlands for many years. Recently my dream came true. From my new duplex I can walk to Shazz, Parisi, Café Brazil, my local supermarket and more importantly the wine store.

I thought I knew everything about my new neighborhood, but apparently I was wrong. I went on Culinary Connectors Highlands walking tour last weekend and discovered restaurants I didn’t know about. Gasp!

Our first stop was Happy Cakes, a cupcake shop that Martha Stewart picked as having the best cupcakes in Denver. Each Friday they have Happy Hour cupcakes like Jack and Coke, Margarita and Cosmo. Cupcake flavors change on a day to day basis but they have some, their Red Velvet for example, that are always on the menu. The next stop on the walking tour was Trattoria Stella. In his tiny kitchen Chef Nick will sometimes do as many as 250 covers a night. The pasta is housemade and the patio is one of the most charming spots on 32nd Avenue.  Next door is BANG! This family run restaurant has been in business in the Highlands since 1996. We ate grilled pork chops with Olathe sweet corn and swooned over the flavors. A must try is the homemade gingerbread dessert that has been on the menu since the beginning. We ended our tour at Highlands Cork and Coffee. Here you can sip sangria, wine or coffee if you are feeling abstentious, use their free wifi to get some work done and munch on Panini sandwiches in case you get hungry.

Recreate the walking tour I did last weekend and get out of the house to try these four charming spots. As a side note, Culinary Connectors offers walking tours in the Highlands every other weekend.

Happy Cakes

Trattoria Stella


Highlands Cork and Coffee

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