Thanks to a strong recommendation from Michelle, a very friendly and highly knowledgeable staffer at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Denver, I took my lunch break today at Euclid Hall Bar and Kitchen.
Euclid Hall is located on 14th Street in the Larimer Square Historic District, in an 1883 building that was once home to the highly respected Sappy Smith's bar.
This delightful American bistro has a young and contemporary vibe and features high quality and innovative pub food from around the world, including homemade sausages, po-boys, poutine and schnitzels. There is an extensive beer selection, and creative cocktails drive the beverage program.
I found the menu to be especially unique and interesting, and deciding exactly what to order was difficult. Finally, however, I opted for the Roasted Cauliflower Salad. It was listed under the category, "Because we want to." After just one bite, I understood why!
The starter featured a haystack of goat cheese, poblano and jalapeno marmalade scallions and tempura crunchies. It was, to me, unbelievably yummy! So much so, I asked for the recipe, hoping to prepare my next batch of roasted cauliflower just like it's done at Euclid Hall. Fortunately for me (and my future guests), the chef cheerfully agreed to my request.
Euclid Hall Bar and Kitchen is the third restaurant from the team of Jennifer Jasinski and Beth Gruitch, owners of the award-winning Rioja and Bistro Vendome on Denver's historic Larimer Square. Jasinski, by the way, was Denver's first chef honored by the James Beard Foundation. The honor was bestowed on her in 2013.
Euclid Hall is open for lunch Mondays through Fridays and nightly for dinner. Its location is perfect for visitors to the Pepsi Center, LoDo clubs, Denver Convention Center and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, as well as for those shopping around the corner in Larimer Square.
As a nod to college students who frequent the bar after classes, Euclid Hall has a unique take on its Happy Hour. It runs from 3 to 6 p.m. and is referred to as Study Hall, and appropriately so. Most afternoons and early evenings, Euclid Hall is filled with college students, all with their heads in their textbooks or their fingers pecking away on the keyboards of their laptops.