Down and Out in Denver

Cherry Creek Farmers Market

Posted in denver, food, outdoors by Alastair on June 2, 2010

The warmer weather means many things: rosé, farmers markets, and al fresco dining, to name just a few. In other words… I’ve pulled out my eating dress. It’s been washed, pressed, and been put to good use these past few weeks. And before summer ends there will be plenty of chicken grease, mustard, and sangria stains to scrub out before it’s put back and away for winter.

More recently, me and my Oklahoman gal pal have been swinging by the Cherry Creek Farmers Market on Saturdays to try out the myriad of food options. It’s the perfect place to start off the weekend and to fuel up for one of our summer bicycle rides. However, unlike say, San Francisco’s Ferry Plaza Farmers Market or New York’s Union Square Greenmarket, there is not a wide variety of local produce to choose from. The majority of our interest lies in the food carts, trucks, and the purveyors of many fine baked goods. What follows are a few of our suggestions. Feel free to share yours.

Cowboy Catering

The quesadillas at Dana Hill’s Cowboy Catering cart are pretty spectacular. We’ve stopped by every time and have never been disappointed. We’ve tried both the Beef Fajita and Supreme (with Kobe beef) versions. Yes, we like BEEF. They were made simply and with the freshest of ingredients. Easy to eat and to split between the two of us, we’ll continue coming back for more.

Nicky’s Quickie

The greek gyros at Nicky’s Quickie are one-of-a-kind. It should be mentioned that the original impetus for heading to the CCFM was to catch the guys at Gastro Cart who have a terrific version of their own gyro, however we just missed the guys our first time around. Nicky’s sautéed gyro meat is served on a grilled pita with tzatziki, grilled onions, mixed greens, Roma tomatoes, feta, and a Kalamata olive. Before you judge Nicky’s Quickie on their menu spelling mistakes, try one of these gyros first. You’ll be happy you did.

Denver Biscuit Co’s Biscuit Bus

After a cup of Evo Bean Coffee, we stopped by for “breakfast” at the Denver Biscuit Co’s Biscuit Bus where everything, from the sausage to the biscuits are made in-house, everyday, from scratch. We had the homemade sausage biscuit with scrambled egg and cheddar cheese. If that wasn’t enough, we had it “smothered” in gravy. It was fresh, filling, and delicious. Our only comment would have been that it wasn’t really smothered. We love our gravy, especially my Oklahoman gal pal. And if you’re in doubt, part of the Oklahoma state meal is sausage and gravy. She should know! Nonetheless, we were very satisfied.


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  1. mamamonroe said, on June 3, 2010 at 8:03 am

    You know how it is in good old Colorado — no produce til August! Then it gets good 🙂

  2. Alastair said, on June 3, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Yes… I’m very much looking forward to August — aka Rocky Mountain Peach Season.

  3. Jack said, on October 27, 2010 at 12:07 am

    Nicky’s Quickie rocks! Their food is the best. We go there every week just for them.

  4. Ron said, on August 31, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Agreed….Nicky’s Quickie is absolutely wonderful!!!

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