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Aspen Peak - 2016 - Issue 2 - Winter

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ASPENPEAK-MAGAZINE.COM  81 from top left: The Art Deco-industrial Black Eye Coffee brings charm—and a top-shelf roasting and coffee program—to emerging Capitol Hill; the oldie-but-goodie Hotel Teatro, in the theater district, provides ballast to the newer hotels popping up around town; a warm artichoke salad with roasted shiitakes, micro fennel, and porcini dressing, at Avelina. slow-roasts meats in a pair of antique rotisserie ovens. Fish market? Check. Italian joint? Yep. Chocolatier, bakery, butcher, bar, coffee shop? Yes to all, and more! Make plans to hit nearby LoDo, too, where longtime local chef John Broening and his wife, acclaimed pastry chef Yasmin Lozada- Hissom, have opened Avelina (1550 17th St., 720-904-6711; avelina The gorgeous space, enveloped in warm earth tones and textures, offers a smart menu divided into small and large plates. Broening's beloved duck liver mousse joins new items such as a roasted chicken for two with chorizo, flageolet beans, and spicy greens. Lozada-Hissom's sweeter contributions include a coconut panna cotta and a citrus olive oil cake. Downtown, enjoy coffee, lunch, or drinks on the roof of the excellent Museum of Contemporary Art (1485 Delgany St., 303-298-7554; But first tour the museum's three new exhibitions, each on view through late January 2017: a solo show by sculptor and installation artist Nathan Carter; the first major survey of work by Boulder artist Kim Dickey; and a group show, "Bodacioussss," with pieces from 20 digitally influenced artists. Capitol Hill—at once charming (historic housing stock) and gritty (Colfax Avenue)—ups the charm factor with Black Eye Coffee (800 Sherman St., 303-955-1205; drink, an Art Deco-inspired spectacle of interior design. Want something stronger? Swing by Terminal Bar in Union Station (Union Station Food Court, 720-460-3701;, the city's recently overhauled transit hub (with light rail to Denver International), which now offers a swell cast of restaurants, from fine dining to deli. Terminal Bar stands as its throbbing heart, serving drinks inside and to tables throughout the open-air station. For lodging, several outstanding new hotels dot the city, but the leader remains the historic favorite Hotel Teatro (1100 14th St., 303-228-1100;, in the theater district. The swank spot, with its excellent restaurant, The Nickel (720-889-2128; thenickel, is a paragon of class and service, repeatedly winning "best of" awards for its excel- lence. From the looks of it, the rest of the city is following suit. .

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