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Here’s Denver can support restaurants - Operation Family Meal

Here’s Denver can support restaurants - Operation Family Meal | Foodie 151 | Scoop.it

With the widespread economic impact on both businesses and restaurants, it's better now more than ever to support the local hospitality industry.

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Operation Family Meal is a non-profit set up to feed Denver's hospitality industry employees and their families. This is in direct response to the COVID-19 virus, as all of Denver's bars and restaurants have been mandated to close until May 11th, 2020, displacing thousands of hospitality industry employees across the city.
 
Participating partner restaurants include Brava! Pizzeria, Meta Asian Kitchen, Bistro Georgette, Olivia, Quiero Arepas, Hinman’s Bakery, Blackbelly, Il Posto, American Elm, Highland Tap & Burger, Brider and Pizza Lady, with more joining every day. Distribution partners include Breakthrough Beverage, New Belgium Brewing, Gallo Wines, Southern and Diageo, Sysco, Shamrock, Performance, Altius Farms, Seattle Fish Company, Grower's Organic, US Foods, and Denver Food Rescue.
 
The program is fluid and will be expanding based on demand, but for now, meals can be picked up at the locations below between ***12 p.m. and 2 p.m.*** Monday, Wednesday and Friday (social distancing will be enforced).
 
Please bring any form of identification and proof of past restaurant/bar/hospitality employment. Meals will be distributed on a first-come-first-served basis until they run out.
 
PICKUP LOCATIONS:

Avanti F&B, 3200 Pecos Street
Quiero Arepas, 1859 S. Pearl Street
Olivia, 290 S. Downing Street
Il Posto, 2601 Larimer Street
American Elm, 4132 W 38th Avenue
Highland Tap & Burger (Sloan’s Lake), 1565 N. Raleigh Street
It is easy for anyone in Colorado to get involved and support Operation Family Meal:

- Financial donations. Donations to help expand the program and cover costs can be taken through CHOW (bit.ly/33K1bu9)
- Donating to-go packaging
- Offering food donations
- Staffing meal pick-up locations
- Lending commissary kitchen use
- Volunteering
 
“It is critical to nourish the mind, body, and soul during a crisis,” said John Hinman, owner of Hinman’s Bakery and Founder of CHOW. “Our hope is that this program will ease the stress and fears around this unprecedented situation and provide impacted restaurant workers with a sense of family during such a difficult time.”
 
To support this program, CHOW will be starting weekly online meetings via Zoom with professional therapist Heather Lundy from Khesed Wellness. 
Khesed Wellness
 is a mental health 501(c)3 and will provide free direct video/phone mental health therapy services to those out of work during this time.
 
For more information, visit https://www.chowco.org.
For inquiries about general questions about Operation Family Meal, please contact info@operationfamilymeal.com.
If you are an impacted employee looking for free mental health resources related to COVID-19, please contact John@chowco.org.
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Pork Carnitas Tacos with Roasted Pineapple Habanero Sauce Recipe

Pork Carnitas Tacos with Roasted Pineapple Habanero Sauce Recipe | Foodie 151 | Scoop.it

Pork Carnitas slowly braised on the stove in Roasted Pineapple Habanero Sauce until tender. Use recipe as a filling for tacos, burritos, tortas and tamales.

Read the full article at: www.spoonabilities.com

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A detailed look at President Biden's Restaurant Relief Fund

A detailed look at President Biden's Restaurant Relief Fund | Foodie 151 | Scoop.it

The aid package would provide grants of up to $5 million per unit, with few spending restrictions, and is targeted at those that need it

Read the full article at: www.restaurantbusinessonline.com

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Independent Restaurants Are Out Of Options

Independent Restaurants Are Out Of Options | Foodie 151 | Scoop.it

One in five jobs lost during the Coronavirus pandemic come from restaurant industry.

500,000 independent restaurants and 11 million jobs are on the brink of going away forever. In order for restaurants to serve communities again and assist in reigniting the economy, we need the Senate to follow the House's lead and pass restaurant relief, specifically the RESTAURANTS Act, establishing the $120B Independent Restaurant Revitalization Fund.  They need our help now.

Tell Washington to Pass Restaurant Relief NOW!


Read the full article at: www.valuewalk.com

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The Pasta Queen's Ricotta Balls Recipe

The Pasta Queen's Ricotta Balls Recipe | Foodie 151 | Scoop.it
The Pasta Queen on TikTok is beloved for her wholesome commentary, sense of humor, and of course, delicious recipe. Finally, I tried one for myself.
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Wow, this recipe looks amazing.  Here is the recipe of the day via

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Ghost Kitchens Are Taking Off

Ghost Kitchens Are Taking Off | Foodie 151 | Scoop.it

Here's how online food ordering throughout coronavirus has changed the industry.

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What are ghost kitchens?

 

With the Covid-19 pandemic causing a lot of heartache in the restaurant industry, many restaurants are now testing "Ghost Kitchens." Others who have already tried them are moving full time to the ghost kitchen concept where meals are prepped for delivery.


Both ideas have begun to capitalize on the rising demand for ordering out with all the restaurants' lockdowns in place. The trend also speaks to third-party delivery partnerships' growing power, which has changed how many people find restaurants and elevated expectations for speed and convenience.

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Crispy Chire Bhaja/Fried Flattened Rice - Everydayrecipe.in

Crispy Chire Bhaja/Fried Flattened Rice - Everydayrecipe.in | Foodie 151 | Scoop.it
Chire Bhaja, a crispy companion to your evening tea and a smart keep for our sudden hunger pangs, uses the easily available ingredients from kitchen pantry

Via theeverydayrecipe
theeverydayrecipe's curator insight, August 6, 2020 8:29 AM
Containing the goodness of flattened rice, this dish once made can be stored and can be taken anytime, whenever the desire of munching overcomes your senses and can only be brought to control with none other than munching
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Top of the Town - Dining in Denver

Top of the Town - Dining in Denver | Foodie 151 | Scoop.it
Whether they’re traditional, experimental, or confectional, every one of our 29 culinary winners are exceptional.
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Eat Here: Some of the Best Denver Restaurants of 2020 from 5280.com

 

New Restaurant

Restaurant Olivia
290 S. Downing St., 303-999-0395

Coffeeshop

HiRa Cafe & Patisserie
10782 E. Iliff Ave., Aurora, 720-949-1703

Burger

Cherry Cricket
2641 E. Second Ave., 303-322-7666; 2220 Blake St., 303-297-3644

Indian

Little India
2390 S. Downing St., 303-298-1939; 330 E. Sixth Ave., 303-871-9777

Brunch

Corinne
1455 California St., 720-996-1555

Distillery

Mythology Distillery
3622 Tejon St., 720-458-0501

Chef

Ty Leon, Restaurant Olivia
290 S. Downing St., 303-999-0395

Bakery

HiRa Cafe & Patisserie
10782 E. Iliff Ave., Aurora, 720-949-1703

Dessert

The Macaron Shoppe

Italian

Mici Handcrafted Italian
Multiple locations

Steak

Bastien’s Restaurant
3503 E. Colfax Ave., 303-322-0363

Japanese

Izakaya Den
1487A S. Pearl St., 303-777-0691

Ethiopian

Queen of Sheba
7225 E. Colfax Ave., 303-399-9442

Vegan/Vegetarian

City, O’ City
206 E. 13th Ave., 303-831-6443

Korean

Dae Gee Korean BBQ
multiple locations

 

 

https://www.oliviadenver.com/menu

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A New Orleans Pastry Chef On the Shutdown: 'We Need a Miracle'

A New Orleans Pastry Chef On the Shutdown: 'We Need a Miracle' | Foodie 151 | Scoop.it
Who knows whether or not they’re going to have anyone coming in. We have no cruises coming out of New Orleans. We have no conventions. The hotels aren’t going to be full. I don’t see how this is going to work. We need a miracle.  
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What can we do to get Government to relax the restrictions and let small restaurants open?  Does Gov care about privately owned small businesses?  

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Restaurants open for takeout, delivery in Denver metro area - Curbside Takeout

Restaurants open for takeout, delivery in Denver metro area - Curbside Takeout | Foodie 151 | Scoop.it
Denver restaurants that previously only offered dining in are now offering curbside takeout     Here are a few of …
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America’s restaurants are in crisis. The coronavirus poses a significant threat to the future of an industry that employs more than 15 million Americans. That’s why we’re asking everyone in America to support restaurants and their employees on Tuesday, March 31, by joining #TheGreatAmericanTakeout and eating at least one delivery or pick-up meal.

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Restaurant Olivia in Denver Coming in 2020

Restaurant Olivia in Denver Coming in 2020 | Foodie 151 | Scoop.it
Restaurant Olivia will be a pasta driven, neighborhood focused and Italian inspired restaurant in Denver’s Wash Park.
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I am excited for this new Italian Pasta restaurant to open, Restaurant Olivia.  The owners that gave us Bistro Georgette and Cafe Marmotte are opening the new concept in 2020.  Can't wait to try the handmade pasta.

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The beloved Wash Park restaurant Cafe Marmotte will become Restaurant Olivia in 2020.  It will be owned by the team behind Bistro Georgette, which includes Chef Ty Leon, Austin Carson, and Heather Morrison.  It is going to be an Italian concept but there are still a lot of French influences that will be kept.  The Cafe Marmotte regulars are apprehensive about it changing but it could turn out to be a hit.  Either way Wash Park is getting something new and exciting.

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Excitement is in the air at Café Marmotte

Excitement is in the air at Café Marmotte | Foodie 151 | Scoop.it
Recently the Parisian bistro Cafe Marmotte has changed hands. The team responsible for the highly favored Bistro Georgette is now behind the wheel.
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You only have a weeks left to try Denver’s best French restaurant.

Until the end of the year, the new Cafe Marmotte serves classic French food. Then, it will switch to an Italian menu.

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One of Denver's Top Restaurants - Café Marmotte 

One of Denver's Top Restaurants - Café Marmotte  | Foodie 151 | Scoop.it
Editor's pick for “Best French Restaurant” by Westword magazine and Top French Restaurant on TripAdvisor. Valet Parking Available. A Classic French Bistro.
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I have eaten here a few times and am partial to local ownership.  The staff at Cafe Marmotte is always first class. It is near Wash Park so the parking can be a challenge, but it is always worth it every time I go.

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Thursday Nights In Denver

Thursday Nights In Denver | Foodie 151 | Scoop.it

Some of my favorite Thursday night foodie specials in Denver.

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Who has Thursday night dinner specials?

 

From a foodie's perspective, Thursday nights are not ideal to go out and eat.  It's too close to Friday, which is the best night for end of week fun.  It is also the middle of work week still.  So what would make a person want to venture out?  Well, usually I am not to keen on going out for dinner on Thursday's.  If I do want to roll out here is where I usually like to go:

 

Bull & Bush has the Prime Rib Special

 

There is the Chicken Tacos deal at Lola

 

One of my favorites, the "Bacon Flight" at Bacon Social House

 

Irish Snug has "Corned Beef Eggrolls" that you can wash down with their "Car Bombs".

 

Undici offers their "Bottle and Board" .  

 

More to come...

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25 Best Things To Do in Austin Texas

25 Best Things To Do in Austin Texas | Foodie 151 | Scoop.it

Explore the Best Things To Do In Austin with Our Hand-picked Top 25 List. Enjoy Austin Food, Drinks, Outdoors, Sights and much more.

Read the full article at: 365thingsaustin.com

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Restaurants in Douglas County Colorado begin to allow indoor seating

Restaurants in Douglas County Colorado begin to allow indoor seating | Foodie 151 | Scoop.it


A flurry of inspections at restaurants in Douglas County, Colorado took place Monday as they race to once again allow indoor seating.


The 2020 coronavirus outbreak allowed government administrators across the nation to force new restrictions on restaurants, draining the US economy’s momentum and hindering the recovery of millions of jobs lost during the recession. Finally, there might be some hope.


Read the full article at: kdvr.com

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Shepherd's Pie Recipe

Shepherd's Pie Recipe | Foodie 151 | Scoop.it
Every Friday morning, my phone would ring. “Boker Tov!” my grandmother would greet me. “You’re coming for dinner?” “Of course,” I would reply. “You’re
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Shepherd's Pie is a traditional dish, known since the 18th century, a dish that used to be made with leftovers.  Leftovers or not, I love me some Sheperd's Pie!

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Covid-19 has forced 100,000 restaurants to close

Covid-19 has forced 100,000 restaurants to close | Foodie 151 | Scoop.it
The National Restaurant Association reveals latest survey findings: 40% of operators say they are unlikely to stay in business six months from now if there are no additional relief packages from the federal government; trade group sends letter to Congress and White House
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It is so very sad what is happening to small independent restaurants.  Dreams crushed in only a few months and lots of unemployment due to the lockdowns.  There is NO evidence that restaurants are current hot spots for Covid-19 if social distancing practices are in place.

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NM Restaurant Association sues governor over indoor dining

NM Restaurant Association sues governor over indoor dining | Foodie 151 | Scoop.it
“It’s about as frustrating as it could possibly be,” one longtime operator says about legal wrangling that is keeping the state’s
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“Now, we’re getting people who are boycotting us because we’re participating in a peaceful protest, because of the PPP list of who got money,” he said. “I feel like a punching bag. … We’re just trying to survive.”

 

In New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced a new public health emergency order re-enacting emergency public health restrictions.  There is no way restaurants in this country are going to survive if the government keeps changing the rules.  Most restaurant owners have sanitized and have proper COVID protocols in place have struggled since March to stay in business.  I know several restaurant owners in Denver and I can say that with opening and reopening during the pandemic, along with the extended unemployment benefits, they are at their wits end.  All they want to do is serve food and keep their doors open.  

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What Racism Looks Like Inside a Napa Valley Tasting Room

What Racism Looks Like Inside a Napa Valley Tasting Room | Foodie 151 | Scoop.it
In the tasting room, the customers I interacted with weren’t even subtle in sharing their racially biased views.
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Great article from a Napa perspective.  Wine makes life better.  All lives.  Can't we all just get along.

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Salt Lake City and ActorTy Burrell Develop ‘Tip Your Server’ Relief Plan for Food and Beverage Industry

Salt Lake City and ActorTy Burrell Develop ‘Tip Your Server’ Relief Plan for Food and Beverage Industry | Foodie 151 | Scoop.it
SALT LAKE CITY – Relief will soon be on the way for some employees in Salt Lake City’s deeply impacted food and beverage industry. With continued uncertainty due to this week’s earthquake and the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, local restaurateur/bar owner Ty Burrell, Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall and the Downtown Alliance announced […]
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Why Emergency Funds Are so Essential to the Restaurant Industry, and How You Can Help

 

 

The hospitality industry is really hurting from restaurant & bar closures due to the pandemic.  They need our help more than ever.

 

Regional efforts have popped up as well to help support local restaurants.

 

If you’re wanting to see more creative initiatives that restaurants are taking to feed the community and keep their doors from closing, check out this article

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National relief efforts are in place to help restaurants all around the US. One Fair Wage is working to give sub-minimum wage employees no-strings-attached cash assistance, with a goal of $213,000, since the federal tipped minimum wage is still $2.13 an hour. 

 

Toast has launched Rally for Restaurants, a campaign to help restaurants through this unprecedented time with the purchase of gift cards. This essentially is a micro-loan to your favorite eatery, and a promise that you’ll dine in as soon as you’re able to. Plus, Toast is donating $1 to organizations that are supporting the restaurant community for every gift card purchase shared on social media. 

 

CORE Gives grants support to children of food and beverage service employees navigating life-altering circumstances. 

United Way offers a 211 call service and encourages folks to reach out if they are unable to pay critical bills, access childcare, or other essential needs.

 

 

Chicago Hospitality United has launched a line of merchandise where all proceeds go to hospitality workers around the city. 

Behind You, a Boston-based program, is taking donations for hospitality workers in need on Boston’s North Shore. 

Rethink Food will provide 30 New York restaurants with $40,000 to change their operation model into a food distribution center.

Hook Hall Helps is working with Washington, D.C. Costco stores to fill open roles with restaurant workers that are out of work. They are also distributing care kits and family meals daily for industry workers in Washington D.C., and have implemented the Worker’s Relief Fund in partnership with Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington to receive donations to support industry worker relief measures. 

9 in 10 restaurants have fewer than 50 employees, meaning they don’t qualify for certain government assistance loans and bail-outs. It’s such an important time to rally behind the restaurants that love and serve your community and this country. If you’re looking for other helpful restaurant-related guidance for navigating the COVID-19 outbreak, check out this resource.

 

SOURCE:  

https://pos.toasttab.com/blog/on-the-line/how-to-help-restaurants-during-covid-19 

 

 

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Here’s Denver can support restaurants - Operation Family Meal

Here’s Denver can support restaurants - Operation Family Meal | Foodie 151 | Scoop.it

With the widespread economic impact on both businesses and restaurants, it's better now more than ever to support the local hospitality industry.

The Scoop's insight:
Operation Family Meal is a non-profit set up to feed Denver's hospitality industry employees and their families. This is in direct response to the COVID-19 virus, as all of Denver's bars and restaurants have been mandated to close until May 11th, 2020, displacing thousands of hospitality industry employees across the city.
 
Participating partner restaurants include Brava! Pizzeria, Meta Asian Kitchen, Bistro Georgette, Olivia, Quiero Arepas, Hinman’s Bakery, Blackbelly, Il Posto, American Elm, Highland Tap & Burger, Brider and Pizza Lady, with more joining every day. Distribution partners include Breakthrough Beverage, New Belgium Brewing, Gallo Wines, Southern and Diageo, Sysco, Shamrock, Performance, Altius Farms, Seattle Fish Company, Grower's Organic, US Foods, and Denver Food Rescue.
 
The program is fluid and will be expanding based on demand, but for now, meals can be picked up at the locations below between ***12 p.m. and 2 p.m.*** Monday, Wednesday and Friday (social distancing will be enforced).
 
Please bring any form of identification and proof of past restaurant/bar/hospitality employment. Meals will be distributed on a first-come-first-served basis until they run out.
 
PICKUP LOCATIONS:

Avanti F&B, 3200 Pecos Street
Quiero Arepas, 1859 S. Pearl Street
Olivia, 290 S. Downing Street
Il Posto, 2601 Larimer Street
American Elm, 4132 W 38th Avenue
Highland Tap & Burger (Sloan’s Lake), 1565 N. Raleigh Street
It is easy for anyone in Colorado to get involved and support Operation Family Meal:

- Financial donations. Donations to help expand the program and cover costs can be taken through CHOW (bit.ly/33K1bu9)
- Donating to-go packaging
- Offering food donations
- Staffing meal pick-up locations
- Lending commissary kitchen use
- Volunteering
 
“It is critical to nourish the mind, body, and soul during a crisis,” said John Hinman, owner of Hinman’s Bakery and Founder of CHOW. “Our hope is that this program will ease the stress and fears around this unprecedented situation and provide impacted restaurant workers with a sense of family during such a difficult time.”
 
To support this program, CHOW will be starting weekly online meetings via Zoom with professional therapist Heather Lundy from Khesed Wellness. 
Khesed Wellness
 is a mental health 501(c)3 and will provide free direct video/phone mental health therapy services to those out of work during this time.
 
For more information, visit https://www.chowco.org.
For inquiries about general questions about Operation Family Meal, please contact info@operationfamilymeal.com.
If you are an impacted employee looking for free mental health resources related to COVID-19, please contact John@chowco.org.
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I Am Wild for this Thai Food Restaurant

I Am Wild for this Thai Food Restaurant | Foodie 151 | Scoop.it

Wild Ginger for the win!

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Love me some Wild Ginger

This may be the best kept secret in South Denver. Wild Ginger is a nice Thai restaurant off of Littleton Boulevard, in Littleton, CO. You get authentic Thai food and they'll make it as spicy as you want. In retrospect, I've done hot food challenges and can handle a lot of heat, but be careful. I order "thai hot" and it causes me heart palpitations, but it's worth it. I recommend the Pork Egg Rolls, Chicken Panang, and any of the Pad Thai dishes!

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Hollywood's Growing Hunger for Food TV Shows

Hollywood's Growing Hunger for Food TV Shows | Foodie 151 | Scoop.it
In response to a global appetite, networks and increasingly streamers are battling for camera-friendly chefs — from Gordon Ramsay to Padma Lakshmi — and serving up more than 100 shows in production for television's fastest-growing subgenre. Get ready to binge.
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Fantastic!  I love food shows.  I don't care what it is, Top Chef, Top Chef Jr, Ugly Delicious, Samurai Gourmet, Bizarre Foods, even Diners Drive Inns and Dives.  I don't care, the more food shows the better.  There has to be a show you love?

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 Best Waffles in Denver

 Best Waffles in Denver | Foodie 151 | Scoop.it
The early bird gets the worm! Let us whisk you up some fresh, made from scratch, waffles and some savory French Toast.
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I have had these waffles personally and can say they are some of the best.  While Cafe Marmotte is known for being a traditional French Bistro, their weekend brunch is still a nice option form the other places that take forever to get in.  I like being relaxed on the weekends and this is the place for that.

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