TravelingMan42 on Trip Advisor
9 years ago
08/12/2012, 03:13 AM
A Hidden Gem in Downtown Denver
I was staying down the street at the Ramada hotel. While the hotel accommodations were wonderful, the restaurant is not. So the front desk clerk suggested I try Spices, an easy two block walk from the hotel.
Spices is hidden behind a British Pub which is directly on Colfax Ave. Spices is just behind it on the side street, Humboldt St. Upon entering it's a small place which resembles a NY Style deli with indoor and outdoor dining. I was immediately greeted by the Chef. Due to his attire, I knew he was the Chef. Very professional appearance, polite and welcoming, what every restaurant host should be but isn't. He immediately seated me and reviewed the menu and offered a beverage.
It's a small place with limited seating inside both table and counter in addition to extensive outdoor seating under an awning (which on my second visit was most pleasant). The Place has a lot of windows which lets the sunlight in and makes for a very pleasant experience. There were fresh flowers on my table and I was brought a glass of water (without having to ask) with a slice of lemon in it, a nice touch! My coffee was WONDERFUL! A dark, rich roast which was such a pleasant surprise as most places don't put a lot of thought into high quality coffee, expect a coffee house.
The menu offered the basics but also some different and special things. The prices blew me away! Not that they were expensive, but that they were so reasonable. Growing up in NY I am use to much higher prices for breakfast. My entire bill, with coffee and Juice was under $10.00 w/tip! I don't know how they make a living with these most reasonable prices. I ordered an omelet, bacon and toast with hash brown. When my meal arrived I was overwhelmed with the size of the order. It was a most generous serving. The best thing was that the hash browns were not left over potatoes from the day before, as you get with most restaurants. These were freshly prepared and very delicious. The presentation of the meal was also just beautiful. It was garnished with fresh sliced strawberries. This guy knows service, presentation and how to prepare food! (My second visit I ordered French Toast. It had to be the best French Toast I have ever had! i am not exaggerating. It was prepared to perfection!)
In making small talk with the Chef who also was my server, I discovered he was also the owner and (as I had thought) was professionally trained at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. This is the foremost place for education if you want to become a Chef. His training shines through.
I returned one other day before leaving Denver and without a doubt, I will be back on my next trip. I highly recommend Spices for breakfast or Lunch. I would go out of my way to eat here again! It's worth the wait, which during breakfast on Saturday there was a bit of a wait to be seated. but I promise you, it's definitely worth the wait. The pleasant conversation with the owner and the level of care and service one receives is worth the trip alone. What a pleasant experience in downtown Denver.