Where to Eat and Drink in LoHi
We can all agree that LoHi (Lower Highlands) part of Denver has a plethora of spots to eat, drink and be merry. With everything being walking distance from each other (or a scooter away), you can even try to get all in one day if you’re up for it. Here in Lohi, you’ll find almost every trendy cuisine from Israeli to Sushi and everything in between.
Love soup in any weather? Do you love waiting 2 hours for the most amazing Ramen? Go to Uncle. The weekends pop off at Uncle, but it’s worth the wait for their buns and Ramen. Fans love the Spicy Chicken Ramen and the Spicy Bomb, but I’m a sucker for the veggie Ramen. Their menu changes seasonally, so go on and grab a bite with a long wait (it’s worth it!)
I am biased with Root Down because I tend to eat a mostly vegetarian diet, but Root Down (sister restaurant of El Five and Linger), has some of the best veggie and meat options in Denver. Their drink selection is amazing, and I always try to order the risotto with scallops if I’m feeling adventurous. They also have a spot at the airport, so if you’re on your way out of LoHi and Denver, you can try it before your next trip.
This Portland based Sushi restaurant won my heart when I curiously read about them and their well known sustainability practices. Here at Bamboo, they only serve sustainable fish and they talk about where the fish comes from and how it was caught (how Portlandia is that?) No, they don’t have names, but with our oceans being depleted, it’s important to know where and what you’re eating. Their Happy Hour is killer, but it’s limited from 5-6PM on weekdays only. Their menu changes, but I highly suggest the Avocado Nigiri and the Green Machine roll.
I’m not always the biggest fan of middle eastern food, I tend to think it’s dry and bland, but Ash’kara has some of the best pita bread I’ve ever had. Yes, pita bread. Not to mention their falafel was on point and anything but dry. This restaurant just opened up last December, so be sure to get there early, and make sure to try their baba ganoush.
Postino is more of a wine bar (who can beat $5 wine and beer Happy Hour!?), but their appetizers, brunch and tapas plates are to die for. People love the meatballs and goat cheese, speciality bruschetta, veggie sandwiches and farm scramble. Postino is located in the heart of LoHi, so you’ll want to sit on the outdoor patio and enjoy the people watching!
Is Avanti a restaurant or a food court? It’s both – but for adults. Avanti is Bi-level shipping container with a variety of vendors ranging from Poke and Burgers to Tacos and much more. Vendors change every so often, so you’ll never know what’s next. They have a great Happy Hour, 3 bars, a lounge and outdoor seating with great views to Coors Field and Downtown Denver. They’re known to be a little slow when it comes to cocktail service, so be sure to order at the bar if you’re in a rush.
Lola specializes in Coastal foods from Mexico (yes, there’s more to Mexico than Cancun and Tijuana). Do you love Tequila? Come to Lola, they have over 200 tequilas, most of which are 100% agave. So skip the patron, come and grab some deilcious Mexician seafood and don’ forget to try the fresh guac.
Forest Room 5
Could this place be any more “Colorado”, nope. Walk into the back patio and have some flashbacks to your Girls Scout or Eagle Scout trip as a child…but with a cocktail. They’re known for their delicious cocktails, eclectic cabin decor, outdoor fire pits and Aspen trees. I once had a conversation with one of the waiters who might’ve been a Wizard on the weekends, so be ready for some funny chats and even better drinks.
There’s no complete list of best bars in Lohi without Recess. Known for their large patio, Recess is usually your first or last stop on your binge drinking tour. Here, you’ll run into Bachelor/Bachlorette groups, after school style them and decor and appetizers. Although I’ve only had finger foods, they are known for their all-you-can-eat $11 wings on Mondays, go figure!