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Feb 25, 2010 12:51 PM

Favorite specialty food shops (DEN)?

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

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    1. re: tatamagouche

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

      1. re: scrabblecat

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

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

        1. re: scrabblecat

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

      2. 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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        1. re: ClaireWalter

          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.)

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

          1. 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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            1. re: tesnjen

              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.

              1. re: tatamagouche

                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.

              2. re: tesnjen

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

                  1. re: e_bone

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

                  2. re: tesnjen

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

                    1. re: liveloveat34

                      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.

                      1. re: rlm

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

                        1. re: LurkerDan

                          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."

                        2. re: rlm

                          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!

                          1. re: rlm

                            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!

                            1. re: ToddBradley

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

                              1. re: liveloveat34

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

                                1. re: ToddBradley

                                  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.

                                  1. re: ClaireWalter

                                    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?

                                    1. re: rlm

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

                                      1. re: rlm

                                        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 even though it's not a restaurant.

                        3. 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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                          1. re: mmmcqueen

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

                            1. re: mmmcqueen

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