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Favorite specialty food shops (DEN)?

SeattliteChower Feb 25, 2010 12:51 PM

What are your favorite food shops around Denver that specialize in something? I'm thinking the Bagel Store on Monaco for bagels and challah, the Truffle for cheese, Continental Sausage for meats, etc.

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  1. tatamagouche RE: SeattliteChower Feb 25, 2010 01:06 PM

    St. Kilian's for cheese—and the owner told me to check out Seafood Landing right nearby; said it was excellent quality. Divino for wine.

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      scrabblecat RE: tatamagouche Feb 25, 2010 06:35 PM

      Gotta try St. Kilians. I like the Cheese Importers in Longmont, soon also to be in Lafayette...

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        tatamagouche RE: scrabblecat Feb 26, 2010 05:44 AM

        Oh, I've heard good things about that place in Longmont too.

        SK is small but the quality of the selection is stellar.

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          RobynS RE: scrabblecat Feb 26, 2010 05:31 PM

          Uh, also in Lafayette? Oh, boy, I'm in trouble.

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        ClaireWalter RE: SeattliteChower Feb 26, 2010 02:31 PM

        Marczyk's for EVERYTHING they carry. Also, in Boulder, Olyv You & Me for olive oiils and related condiments, Belvedere for born-in-Colorado Belgian chocoates, and Savory Spice Shop (several locations) for herbs, spices and blends. Ocean Pacific (or is it Pacific Ocean? for all sorts of Asian foods from various countries.

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          tatamagouche RE: ClaireWalter Feb 26, 2010 03:37 PM

          Oh, agreed with Savory Spice Shop. They have one of the most aromatic curries I've ever come across. (And of course Marczyk's too.)

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          Heyteacher RE: SeattliteChower Feb 26, 2010 05:06 PM

          DIane's Bagel Shop on Parker Road for bagels and The English Teacup for bangers, beans and anything British!

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            tesnjen RE: SeattliteChower Feb 28, 2010 05:14 PM

            Here is my cheat sheet for speciality items:

            Edwards Meat Market in Arvada
            Tonys Market for meat and seafood, several locations in CO
            Herbs Meats for meat , especially exotic and organs, Broomfield
            Market Europa, cheese, Longmont and coming to Lafayette in Summer
            Truffle Cheese Store, Denver
            Cooks Fresh Market, Denver
            Bakers Way Bakery, Denver
            Rheinlander Bakery, Arvada for gluten free
            Katherines French Bakery, Denver and Aurora
            Nezar International Market, Denver, Indian
            Parisi, Denver, small italian deli
            Pacific Ocean Market, Westminster, Asian
            Sir Loin, Aurora, meat and spices, great source for Creole too
            Rancho Libiorio, Aurora, Mexican
            The English Teacup, Denver, British

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              tatamagouche RE: tesnjen Mar 1, 2010 04:55 AM

              Do tell about Nezar.

              Oh I should add that Den Deli's "market" is really just one shelf and one display case, but they do have some cool stuff, including fresh wasabi root (at like $26 a pound) as well as housemade kimchi etc.

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                tesnjen RE: tatamagouche Mar 1, 2010 05:27 AM

                Nezar, tends to lean towards alot of Turkish items, but that said they have quite a large selection of general spices/condiments too...lots of olives, pickled veggies and wonderful customer service. I've yet to leave there without the owner throwing in something for free, that I just had to try.

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                e_bone RE: tesnjen Mar 1, 2010 05:08 AM

                FYI- Sir Loin has closed- which is unfortunate. It was a neat place.

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                  tesnjen RE: e_bone Mar 1, 2010 05:28 AM

                  awww,, that's too bad.

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                    ClaireWalter RE: e_bone Mar 1, 2010 06:57 AM

                    Is Oliver's still open? Multi-generational, family-owned butcher shop.

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                    liveloveat34 RE: tesnjen Mar 3, 2010 08:10 PM

                    is the herbs meat in broomfield the affiliated with guys that are in boulder?

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                      rlm RE: liveloveat34 Mar 4, 2010 03:16 AM

                      It's the same one. They closed the Boulder store and are moving to Broomfield (where the current owners live). Daily Camera article at the end of last month said they were reopening in April at US 287 and 10th Street in Broomfield.

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                        LurkerDan RE: rlm Mar 4, 2010 07:05 AM

                        I miss Herb's Meats already, even though I didn't go there often.

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                          ToddBradley RE: LurkerDan Mar 6, 2010 06:54 PM

                          You and lots of others, LurkerDan. The owner said the Boulder community just didn't eat enough meat anymore to support a butcher shop. And apparently they didn't want to transition the business "Herb's Tofu."

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                          liveloveat34 RE: rlm Mar 4, 2010 07:36 AM

                          oh darn it, i've been meaning to go for a while now. i didn't realize they already moved. i guess i'll have to go when i do my weekly trip to POM. thanks for the info!

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                            ToddBradley RE: rlm Mar 6, 2010 06:53 PM

                            And it's about time! The original news article I read said the move would happen in September. I called them in October to ask "WTF?" and they told me it had been delayed until January. Now it's March and they're just now putting up the sign at the new store in Broomfield. I can't wait for them to open!

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                              liveloveat34 RE: ToddBradley Mar 6, 2010 10:34 PM

                              i'm certainly the least from being a tofu only customer...have they opened the broomfield location?

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                                ToddBradley RE: liveloveat34 Mar 7, 2010 08:17 PM

                                No, I don't believe the new Herbs has opened yet. But I can't wait to check it out!

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                                  ClaireWalter RE: ToddBradley Mar 9, 2010 07:50 AM

                                  Herb's story has been repeated over and over. People don't get around to patronizing local stores or do shop there often enough, and then, the rue their demise. This isn't just true in the retail food business but in every specialty. Bottom line: use it, or you'll lose it. Storeowners and restaurateurs cannot survive on nostalgia.

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                                    rlm RE: ClaireWalter Mar 9, 2010 02:07 PM

                                    I totally agree with Claire. If we don't support the places we love, we can't really complain when they're no longer around for us to enjoy. You might find yourself in a specialty store and think, "Hey, I could get this for a buck cheaper at Big Mega Mart," but stop and think about all the other fantastic items they have which you can't get at Big Mega Mart or anywhere else. Wouldn't you rather keep more money in the local community by supporting passionate local purveyors who might not have the volume discounts that Big Mega Mart has but who offer so much more from a quality perspective?

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                                      tatamagouche RE: rlm Mar 9, 2010 07:07 PM

                                      I'm still sad about Urban Pantry. This side of town needs a gourmet shop so bad.

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                                        ToddBradley RE: rlm Mar 14, 2010 09:14 PM

                                        I don't think the typical Chowhound reader is one to skimp on quality for the sake of price, so you're probably preaching to the choir here.

                                        And for what it's worth, Herb's definitely isn't open in Broomfield yet. I drove by Friday and Saturday but the place is still under construction. Once it does open up, I'll probably announce it on http://broomfieldrestaurantreviews.com even though it's not a restaurant.

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                          mmmcqueen RE: SeattliteChower Mar 4, 2010 03:34 PM

                          I signed up just to chime in on this. Yes, Oliver's is still open and is still open and run by the same family. They can do some great old fashioned cuts and once they know you they'll be happy to coach you on your butchering, ect.

                          Marcyzks, Savory, Truffle and Den Deli all deserve additional props.

                          The one that hasn't been mentioned is Evoo at 15th and Market in downtown Denver. It is a shop that sells nothing but Olive Oils and Balsamics. Everything can be sampled. They claim to source straight from Italy via California. Try the 18 year balsamic.

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                            tatamagouche RE: mmmcqueen Mar 7, 2010 05:01 AM

                            Oh, good one. A terrific store. The Persian lime olive oil is one of my best buys in this city.

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                              ClaireWalter RE: mmmcqueen Mar 17, 2010 03:22 PM

                              Today's Denver Post food section incl praise for Den Deli (why isn't it Deli Den?).

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                                tatamagouche RE: ClaireWalter Mar 17, 2010 05:37 PM

                                It's good, though expensive.

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