Jan 132011
Stilton sandwich

Stilton sandwich at Euclid Hall in Denver.

I spent the holidays in Denver and while I was there, I had a great time dining at Euclid Hall. Located in downtown Denver’s Larimer Square, Euclid Hall is in an airy warehouse building that boasts a trendy vibe, although in this case that means a fair amount of stairs and a “wheelchair accessible” restroom on the second floor. Still, memorable food, good service and the company of good friends in a pleasant space made it well worth the climb.

The restaurant sports an unusual beer list, and a varied selection of meats, cheeses and pickles.  There’s a sausage sampler, a brat burger, roasted duck Poutine, and a killer pork chop for meat-lovers. But my favorite dish hands down is the stilton sandwich with tomato jam on grilled sourdough. Grilled cheese will never be the same again!

The theme of the menu at Euclid Hall reminded me very much of Publican, and I’ve been wanting to head back to Publican for another go. What’s your favorite dish there? Let me know! And if you find yourself in the Rockies go try that stilton sandwich. You won’t regret it!

Euclid Hall Bar and Kitchen
1317 14th St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 595-4255

Nov 192010

Continuing from yesterday, this is a quick guide for Chicago foodies looking for Philadelphia equivalents.

If you like De Cero, then give Distrito a try…

Yellowtail Taco | Distrito

Yellowtail served taco style.

At first glance, this restaurant nothing like De Cero — it’s very pink with a two-story wall of Lucha Libre masks and a low rider/table parked inside the front window. De Cero is loud, but not the visual feast that Distrito is. However, the similarities become more apparent when you try their amazing tacos and guacamole. If you have room, place an order for a specialty flatbread — I tried one with carmelized brussel sprouts and pepitas that was simply amazing. Plan to walk away stuffed for around $25.

Distrito Restaurant
3945 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3621 | (215) 222-1657

If you like Green Zebra, make a reservation at Horizons…


Horizons - the place where vegans feast!

Like Green Zebra, Horizons focuses on creating outstanding vegan dishes without beating you over the head with crunchy granola goodness. This is cuisine — food that is sourced, prepared, plated, paired and served with as much care and detail that can be found at meatier restaurants. During the week, they have a $45 tasting menu that’s an excellent way to sample the best they offer. However, if you go a la carte, be sure to order the Italian Squash Bisque and Pan Seared Tofu. They were especially delish!

611 South 7th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147-2103
(215) 923-6117

If you like Bleeding Heart or Angel Food Bakery, check out Flying Monkey…

Pumpple | Flying Monkey

The pumpple.

Like many favorite Chicago bakeries, Flying Monkey is well known for their cupcakes, brownies, whoopie pies, and signature cakes. And, like Chicago bakeries, they push the concept of dessert. I’m still trying to wrap my mind around the pummple – a foot-tall buttercream-slathered chocolate and vanilla layer cake with pumpkin and apple pies baked inside. Only $8/slice.

Flying Monkey
1112 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 592-6505
& in Reading Market Terminal

Once again, thanks to Theresa! Maybe next time I’m town we can split a slice of pumpple.

Nov 182010

On a recent trip to Philadelphia, every place I ate seemed to invite a comparison to the Chicago restaurant scene. As I matched up places to familiar spots, I realized this may be a handy way for people to look for places to eat in the City of Brotherly Love. Here’s part one of my dining adventures out East…

If you like Chicago’s French Market, make a stop at Reading Market Terminal…

Reading Market Terminal | Breakfast & Sausage Sandwiches

A plethora of choices await at Reading Market Terminal.

Our train station/eating extravaganza is a polite, dainty cousin compared to the Philadelphia experience. Fish mongers, organic farmers, and chocolate-covered onion purveyors duke it out in a raucous visual and culinary battle for your senses. There is something for everyone here, and you only have to fall off the train to get it. If you’re tired of the calm in Chicago, go sit next to the Philbert pig statue with an obligatory cheese steak sandwich and wonder why our train station can’t be fun like this.

Reading Terminal Market
51 North 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107-2954
(215) 922-2317

If you like Cyrano’s, then try the cuisine at Parc…

Parc Scallops

Scallops served over a bed of spaghetti squash.

Expect tiny tables, cozy fare and home-made bread at this French bistro located on Rittenhouse overlooking the park. There’s an emphasis on fresh seafood at Parc, and the staff is happy to share the provenance of any dish you have questions about. I’m still raving about the scallops I tried here, and the black cod was also outstanding. There are also plenty of traditional French dishes on the menu including pomme frites, escargot, and coq au vin. It’s a reasonably priced taste of Paris, at about $40 per person.

227 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 545-2262

Miss Chicago’s cupcake trucks? Track down Buttercream!

Buttercream Cupcake Truck Philadelphia

Cupcakes for those at the right place and time!

Philadelphia’s Buttercream cupcake truck works the same way that Chicago’s trucks do. Look up the schedule via their Twitter account and hope they don’t run out of the good stuff before you get there. Buttercream carries at least two fancy flavors on the truck as well as the usual standards. My big regret I wasn’t there for the egg nog buttercream, yum!

$2 for standard cupcakes, $3 for fancy.

Special thanks to Theresa for being my guide to Philly! I’m willing to come back and eat any time.