Fend Off Vampires With These Great Garlic Dishes in Denver

From garlic knots to a mussel broth, these garlicky dishes are to die for

The vampires are coming. More specifically, we're willing to bet vampires will be among the costumes roaming the street this Halloween, trick-or-treating or going to costume parties, baring their fangs and thirsty for blood! (There at least ought to be a few classic vampire costumes rubbing shoulders with others dressed up with some 2016-esque costumes, you know, a garden variety of Presidential candidates and the cast of Stranger Things).  

Time to switch into full-on survival mode, Denverites. And, legend has it that garlic fends off vampires. Rather than hanging the bulbs on your door (that’s a thing), there’s a more delish way to repel vampires. Whether it’s a dash or a heap, here are the best garlicky dishes you’ll find in Denver.

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    ••• It's vampire season. Eat your garlic. (Photo by H. Armstrong Roberts/Getty Images)

     For a taste of New York in Denver, point your GPS to this New York-style pizzeria, a fave in the Sunnyside neighborhood. Chefs make fresh pizza dough every morning, as well as a homemade mozzarella. Garlic lovers, rejoice, though. This is where you’ll find the best garlic knots in the city. Ernie’s Garlic Knots are bite-sized, butter-drenched pillowy dough that’s seasoned with Parmesan cheese and served with ranch and marinara.

    Ernie’s Bar & Pizza | 2915 W. 44th Ave. Denver, CO 80211

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     A relative newcomer to Market Street, this German-style restaurant and bar offers an elevated and fresh take on German beer hall classics and is one of the best places in the city to find a lager. Enjoy some spicy, garlicky sausages, like the hirschwurst, a lightly smoked venison and beef sausage seasoned with garlic, sage, caraway, rosemary and black pepper. Or, another sausage stand-out: The Nuremberg with black pepper, garlic, and marjoram in lamb casings.

    Rhein Haus | 1415 Market St, Denver, CO 80202

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     Garlic lovers, you’ll be in heaven at this delish Italian restaurant with red-and-white checkered tablecloths and generous servings of garlic that are reminiscent of European street cafes. Pasta Jay’s has two locations in Colorado. If you find yourself at the Boulder one, the patio looking out at Pearl Street is a prime people-watching spot. Bonus if you’re there on a Friday night before a home football game; you’ll be treated to a parade courtesy of the University of Colorado Buffs. An additional location is in the ‘burbs in Lone Tree. Just about everything on the menu is made great with garlic, starting with the basket of garlic bread.


    Pasta Jay’s | 1001 Pearl St. in Boulder, CO, 80302 and Park Meadows and 9226 Park Meadows Dr, Lone Tree, CO 80124

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    The nouveau food hall concept meets a historic train station vibe at Denver’s Union Station, a bustling spot in the middle of the city trains come and go amid locals and tourists visiting the bars and restaurants. (Certainly, not a bad spot for a layover!) But instead of so-so grab-and-go spots, the train depot hosts some of the city’s best restaurants and in a cool setting. A worthwhile stop: Stoic & Genuine, which is earning praise as one of the country’s best seafood, a noteworthy feat for a restaurant in a landlocked state. They master the mussels, serving ‘em up with garlic, shallots, white wine, chorizo, and alongside some corn bread good for sopping up the sauce.

    Stoic & Genuine | 1701 Wynkoop St. Denver, CO. 80202

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    You can tell just how committed a restaurant is to homemade when they craft their own condiments even. This restaurant and lounge, with a backstory as a famed candy factory during the 1800’s that sold sweets like taffies and bon bons. In its current life, this downtown eatery serves up seasonal eats. Among the hits on its fall menu? An array of flatbreads, including a potato bacon one with caramelized onion, three cheese blend, and garlic cream. Stick around for a show. The listening lounge is a great spot for jazz.

    Baur’s Restaurant and Listening Lounge | 1512 Curtis St. Denver, CO. 80202