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Tuesday, March 22, 2022

9 Ladies Who Lunch Restaurants in Denver

Something I loved about growing up in the South is the culture of turning old houses into luncheon spots. It's not as much of a thing in Denver, but I've rounded up the 9 places I think would make for a great lunch restaurant for your next book club, Junior League or Red Hat club meeting. What's your favorite?

1. Parsley

Located near downtown, this sandwich/smoothie/salad joint is in a historic brick building. In summer vines climb up the line green stairs into the restaurant and the wood floor creaks as you make your way to a table. It's counter service so easy if you need a quick spot.
What to order: Spicy Turkey sandwich on ciabatta

2. Mimosas

In the historic Five Points neighborhood, this Black-owned brunch place has the cutest patio. Snap a photo of the walls that are painted with cute oranges and enjoy a mimosa with pretty much any juice you could ever want.
What to order: Mimosa Toast

3. The Feedery

Grow + Gather is a pretty incredible concept. They are farm-to-table but the greenhouse is on the roof of the historic auto shop turned foodery. It's right across from Swedish and they have parking (so we love). You can pick up things in the market or just meet someone for lunch on a lazy Saturday.
What to order: Hampden Hot Tofu sandwich

4. Blue Sky Cafe

Truly my favorite place to get a salad in Denver. Fight me. This is one of the only locally owned restaurants in the Denver West area and the owner is so kind. They make everything from scratch including their juices. Whenever I'm in the area I order the salad above to-go because it's just so good.
What to order: Crispy Southwest Salad Bowl
One of my core memories from childhood is eating on the porch of Chautauqua with my parents. As previously discussed, I love an old house becoming a restaurant and this gives those vibes. Since 1898 they've been serving the Boulder community. I highly recommend going for a walk on one of the trails outside before joining up with the girlies for brunch on the veranda.
What to order: Chautauqua Breakfast & a Boulder Tea Chai
When asked for my go-to brunch place in Denver, this will always be the answer. It's located on historic Gaylord street where shops and restaurants overflow with customers onto the street. The Cookery is owned by the same people who bring you the amazing baked goods at Devil's Food (which I adore as well). Everything about this place screams ladies who lunch...now I'm getting in my car to go, ha!
What to order: Myrtle Hill Hash
At one end of historic Union Station is this lovely eatery. With high ceilings, subway tile and sandwiches that I dream about, it's the ideal place for grabbing lunch before catching the train with the gal pals. You can order at the counter and grab a high-top table sitting atop the classic tile floor, which is my preferred way of dining.
What to order: The K.F.C. sandwich

8. The Greenbriar Inn

This one requires quite the drive, but it's worth it! It kind of gives me Tavern on the Green (NYC) vibes...I know, I'm being crazy. But the green house tucked right along the Rocky Mountain foothills is ideal for when you want to impress someone. I like sitting out on the lawn under one of the big shade trees near one of the two ponds. When that pleasant breeze passes over you as you dine, you'll be in your happy place.
What to order: Orange Mascarpone Pancakes
Sat in an unsuspecting strip center, Lynn's is a new classic. They do afternoon tea as well as some delightful sandwiches. The lace tablecloths and mismatched tea sets make it a unique choice among west Littleton's chain restaurants. In the fall they have pumpkin juice...I'm just saying, maybe that'll convince you?

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