Today, September 29, is International Coffee Day. Lots of Denver area restaurants and coffee shops will be serving up specials to celebrate one of the world’s most popular hot beverages. Check out these favorites to get you caffeinated:
Just opened in the former Paris on the Platte location, Carbon is known for a menu of inventive sandwiches, salads, munchies and beverages, with many offerings evoking the coffehouse’s former incarnation. For example, the Carbon cold brew Manhattan boasts bourbon, Noilly Prat vermouth, cold brew Method coffee and clove bitters, with a bracing coffee grounds rim. The cocktail is served with a sidecar “shot” of coffee for an added jolt.
At recently opened Honor Society they’re serving a unique blended, metabolism stimulating coffee drink called the Paleco (Paleo Coffee) that combines Robusto coffee with organic coconut oil, organic grass fed butter, macs root, vanilla, cinnamon, molasses and maple syrup. It’s a healthful, frothy, slightly sweetened coffee drink that’s both energizing and satisfying, whether you favor a Paleo diet or not.
The Market, a restaurant, bakery, coffee bar, deli and specialty store in the heart of Denver’s Larimer Square serves up an extensive list of 13 different Hot Toddy coffee-inspired cocktails that will warm you up. Order a Snow Bunny, a peppermint mocha with peppermint Schnapps, a Caramel Apple Coffee with whiskey, caramel sauce, apple syrup and coffee or a traditional Irish Coffee with Irish whiskey, coffee, sugar and whipped cream and you’ll be warm and toasty!
Celebrate National Sake Day, October 1, with Zengo’s menu of 15 different sakes. For a mixed drink, check out the Ginger Nigori Melon Martini.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Hard Rock Cafe Denver is uniting musicians, supporters and survivors in honor of the brand’s 16th annual PINKTOBER campaign! On Thursday, Oct. 1, the Cafe will host a kick-off party with Slacker and Steve from ALICE 105.9, where 2015 American Idol winner Nick Fradiani will perform. The event will benefit Susan G. Komen and Living Beyond Breast Cancer, and both organizations will be present to accept donations and answer questions. Additionally, you can donate new or gently used bras to Slacker and Steve’s bra campaign, which utilizes the bras as a display banner at the party. Throughout the month of October, support breast cancer research by visiting Hard Rock Cafe Denver and purchasing collectible pink merchandise, and the non-alcoholic Wildberry Smoothie.
National Taco Day, October 4, is this weekend. Check out La Biblioteca’s special for the day, Waygu Beef Chorizo Tacos will be served up all day for $6. Enjoy two wagyu beef tacos wrapped in a warm flour tortilla and topped with black beans, crema, cotija and won bok slaw with lime. Tamayo, the modern Mexican restaurant, offers a large selection of unique tacos. Enjoy an extensive taco menu, including the Lamb Belly Tacos with braised lamb belly, avocado, cilantro, pickled onions and salsa verde; the Chicken Tinga Tacos with pico de gallo, crema fresca and black beans; and the Al Pastor Tacos with adobo pork, carmelized pineapple, onion and cilantro.
Three local hot spots are dishing out an untraditional taco, the Fry Bread Taco, in honor of the day. Kachina Southwestern Grill serves up Top Taco Denver’s “People’s Choice Award” winner, the Mojave Taco, which includes duck confit, pickled cactus, chipotle agave, and manchego cheese. Share a plate at Zolo Grill in Boulder. The Fry Bread Trio comes with bbq brisket, smoked red chile pork, and chorizo fundido. At Tocabe in the Highland, guests are invited to build their own Fry Bread Tacos with options including chicken, bison, veggies, and more.