Denver love affair Part 1: D Bar….will you marry me?

There’s nothing like amazing food to put a place on the map and in this case Denver ought to send D Bar a nice thank you note for gettin’ the job done and putting me into a food coma!

D Bar
1475 E. 17th St. Denver, CO

Memorize this address becasue if you ever get to Denver add it to your list and thank me later!

I recently flew to Colorado for a weekend of Sister in law madness, thrifting and food! Let’s just say I wasn’t disappointing in any department!

Today I’ll reminisce about my inappropriate love affair with a Panini and bowl of French fries! First let me set the stage! My Sister in Law, Karrilynn, calls me a few days before our adventures and tells me she found the perfect restaurant we MUST visit! Being the foodie that I am I was all on board! Who wouldn’t love a restaurant that has these 3 major highlights…

  1. Serves only Appetizers!
  2. AND Desserts!
  3. And is owned and operated by Food Networks own Keegan Gerhard of Food Challenge!

First things first! The menu is the only bad thing about this place (wink wink!)! It’s next to impossible to narrow in on what you want to devourer so I suggest going with friends, ordering a ton of stuff and sharing! There are that many tempting choices!

We started off with:

the monika
roasted asparagus ∙ prosciutto ∙ fontina ∙ small arugula salad

and the

applewood bacon ∙ avocado ∙ white cheddar ∙ tomato ∙ small salad

Both Paninis were out of this world! It was a toss up on which one we liked the best! The salad was the perfect partner in crime with its light and flavorful vinaigrette!


Our next indulgent will tempt you to lick your monitor so resist with all your might!

Meet Crue Fries. I’m convinced theses bad boys should be added to the 7 Deadly Sins! They are heaven on earth and highly addictive!

garlic parm fries · mac sauce · melted cheddar jack · bacon · ranch · chives….I LOVE YOU! Honestly…could there be a better combo of goodness? I cross my heart and promise there isn’t!

The after math!

Dessert time was almost as euphoric as dinner! ( AGAIN…those fries!!!) D Bar is known for it’s heavenly plated desserts! We saw so many amazing dishes pass our table and it took all that I had in me not to dive across the patio and steal a donut hole or sneak a spoonful of Creme Brulee off a perfect strangers plate!! “Quick! Look over there!”

I’m a sucker for lime or lemon anything so this Lemon Tart had my name on it! Yes please! May I have another!

Karrilynn had to try the highly recommended Chocolate Cake and Milkshake! From the moment we took our first bite we knew exactly why it was a top seller! If your weakness is chocolate then I tell you what! This will for sure do you in! Is that little milkshake not the cutest thing ever!

The entire restaurant was beautiful! Classy and simple! Comfortable and inviting! We never wanted to leave!

And just our luckKeegan himself was on site making the whole experience all the more incredible!! When we first meet him we were blown away at how amazingly kind he was. He joined us at our table and indulged us in conversation! He recommended dished, talked about the menu he was working on and then invited us behind the line to see the kitchen, meet his beautiful wife, Lisa, and take a sneak peak at a Challenge Cake they are working on for a Toy Story 3 themed episode of Food Challenge!

Ummm yeah! Did you just hear all that! We got the V. I. P. treatment…or so I think ! I wouldn’t be surprised if Keegan is that nice to all his guests! Seriously he was amazing!

Hello there Toy Story crew! Nice to meet you!

So the moral of the story….

D Bar is a must when visiting Denver! If you pass through this beautiful state without stopping in it would be like visiting France and not seeing the Eiffel Tower or listening to your favorite Michael Jackson CD and not trying to do the moon walk! Do your stomach a favor and hit it hard! No holding back! Order three appetizers and 4 desserts! Trust me…you’ll love every bite!

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  1. 1

    What? What?
    WOW!! Love those crazy challenge cake shows!!

    Let me mark Disneyland off my list and then I'll get to Denver next!

  2. 2

    Hmmm. Looks delish!Thanks a lot for challenging my resolve to diet today!!! lol
    Lucky (or unlucky) for me, I live faaar away from Denver.
    But I am sure to make a note of this place when we go visit..

  3. 3
    Steph @ somewhatsimple says:

    I went to France and didn't see the Eiffel Tower… I guess I need to live a little! If I ever go to Denver I will make up for it by visiting this place.

  4. 4
    kirstin & jordan says:

    awww, I live in denver and love d bar! we have girls night there sometimes.
    sounds like you had a great trip!

  5. 5
    Smullin Family says:

    My whole family LOVES to watch those cake challenges! Sounds like sooo much fun. If I ever make it to Denver, I will be looking D-Bar up. :)

  6. 6

    Thank you, thank you for this post! We are taking a mini vacation to Denver in 3 days!! So this is PERFECT. :D I hope we get to try this.

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