Historic Antique Row’s Restaurants

maria-about-picBy Jon DeStefano
The next time you visit Denver’s Historic Antique Row, 1100′s through 1800′ South Broadway, be sure to dive into their wide variety of restaurants and eateries. They offer great food and great shopping. The following is a brief summary of what is there.
Maria Empanada Restaurant
1298 S. Broadway
303-934-2221
Homemade everything. Baked from scratch deliciousness is what this wonderful Argentina Cafe and Bakery offers. “I remember years ago the aroma of our home in Bueno Aires when my mom would take her freshly baked empanadas out of the oven. No one could resist,” says Lorena Cantarovici. Maria Empanada uses only the best ingredients for their empanadas, tartas, Spanish tortillas, and salsas so they can bring a little of their home to you.
Mon -Sat 7:00 AM – 8:30 PM, Sun 9:00 AM – 5:00PM
La Cour French Bistro and Art Bar
1643 S. Broadway
303-777-5000
At La Cour, Denver’s Art Bar you will find a place where music, original art, delicious food and drinks are a part of everyone’s life, everyday. (Not to mention dancing.) This French Bistro is a unique gathering place. They feature easy food, with a local and fresh rotating menu and a rotating art exhibit. Their patio has a bar style fire pit and a cozy place inside for wintertime. It’s a bar, restaurant and gallery with a French flair. They also serve a great brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM and are available for private parties.
T -Th 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM, Fri – Sat 4:00  PM- 2:00 AM, Sun 4:00 PM – midnight
Capital Tea LLC
1450 S. Broadway
303-777-2255
Capital Tea is more than just a serene place to experience superior whole-leaf tea. They have wonderful handmade sandwiches and treats. In addition to more than 74 kinds of tea, they have a full food menu with salads, sandwiches, quiches and desserts. Dine in or carry out.
They also carry outstanding tea ware, in keeping with historic Antique Row tradition, including teapots, infusers, strainers and canisters.
Tue – Sat 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM, Sun noon – 5:00 PM
Black Crown — A Piano Lounge
1446 S. Broadway
720-353-4701
Black Crown is a very special piano lounge. It brings together fine cocktails and wine and a  small plate menu to satisfy your cravings, great music and shopping. Nestled in the heart of Antique Row they offer the comfort of a country club atmosphere with lots of eclectic charm. Intimate seating is arranged in several rooms and levels and all centered around the Baby Grand Piano. Two patios offer charming areas of conversation or read a good book by one of their Koi ponds.
Their decor features chandeliers, mirrors, framed art, and objet d’art all available for purchase. Retail selections offer home accents, lighting and unique finds.
M – Th 4 PM to Midnight, Fri. 4 PM -2 AM,
Sat. 11 AM – 2 AM, Sun. 11 AM – Midnight
Blue Bonnet Restaurant
1457 S. Broadway
303-778-0147
The Blue Bonnet is a family owned and operated authentic Mexican restaurant on historic South Broadway in Denver. The restaurant was established in the 1930s and upon purchase by the Mobells in the 1960s, transformed into the fresh, award-winning eatery run by the owner’s son and daughter to this day.
Their diverse menu includes signature tacos with house made salsas, unique tamales, famous chile rellenos and enchiladas, seasonal favorites such as posole, gazpacho, ceviche and pumpkin flan in addition to nearly 50 more items.
The margaritas are Latin-inspired from all reaches of the culture to include Cucumber-Jalapeno, Strawberry-Basil, Raspberry-Habanero and the multiple-award winning house margarita, the perfect margarita amongst nearly two dozen more.
Every item on the menu is made from scratch. Blue Bonnet uses fresh ingredients and local products whenever possible.
Whether it is a quick lunch, a night out, a meal after a game or a party for 300, Blue Bonnet is one of Denver’s historic gems. Don’t miss out on the spacious newly expanded patio and addition to the banquet room.
M -Th 11 AM – 10 PM, F – Sat. 11 AM – 11 PM,
Sun.  11 AM – 9 PM
Adelitas Cochina Y Cantina
1294 S. Broadway
303-778-1294
Adelitas Cocina y Cantina brings traditional Mexican fare, and tequila cocktails to your Platte Park neighborhood on Historic Denver’s Antique Row. They are a dual family owned, and operated company. They have made a collaborative effort to bring you a relaxing, comfortable, safe, and enjoyable atmosphere, along with traditional Mexican food from the state of Michocan, Mexico.
They offer Brunch (Saturday & Sunday), Lunch, and Dinner 7 days a week, and a late night menu to satisfy your late night cravings.  They intend to operate as a family orientated restaurant, but do not worry, after 9pm they dim the lights, and provide you with a warm, relaxing environment.
They chose the Adelitas name to pay tribute to their mothers who inspire them to share their traditional family recipes, refreshing cocktails, and a relaxing and safe environment.
M -Th 11 AM -  11 PM, Fri. 11 AM – Midnight,
Sat. 10 AM – midnight, Sun. 10 AM – 11 PM
Dive Inn
1380 S. Broadway
720-242-6157
If it’s a sports bar you want then the Dive Inn is one of Denver’s best venues. They are a cozy dive bar, a big screen sports bar and a lively game bar all in one. The Dive Inn Galley in-house taqueria serves up traditional Mexican favorites made from authentic recipes. Snack on some chicharrones or bring on the heat with their real green chili – from taco to tortas. The Galley has got your hunger covered.
The bar’s nautical theme was inspired by the owner’s numerous trips as a teenager to Cozumel, where he opened a dive shop after high school. At the Dive Inn, photos from deep-sea fishing trips share space in the back room with foosball and pool tables and a second bar. The place also sports a taqueria and 2,500 square feet of patio space.
Open daily 11 AM -  2 AM

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