It’s Worth Traveling to Denver to Dine at Ace Eat Serve

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Photo credit: Ace Eat Serve
Photo credit: Ace Eat Serve

Some restaurants are boring. You sit down, choose from a menu of chicken fingers, burgers, and under-dressed salads and leave feeling slighted by drab food and high prices.

That will never happen at Ace Eat Serve. Located on the corner of 17th and Pennsylvania in downtown Denver, Colo., this one-of-a-kind restaurant combines eating, drinking, socializing and fun into a dining experience you’ll never want to end. These four reasons to dine and drink at Ace Eat Serve will probably inspire you to plan a trip to the Mile High City.

You’ll Travel Through Your Tastebuds

Photo credit: Ace Eat Serve
Photo credit: Ace Eat Serve

If you’re traveling all the way to Denver, you should probably take a (huge) detour to Southeast Asia too. Ace Eat Serve offers Asian-inspired cuisine, focusing on the unique dishes and flavours you’ll find in Southeast Asia’s best hole-in-the-walls and shop houses. Share Chef Biederman’s Braised Short Rib Bao or Kimchi Fritters with friends or indulge in your own Green Curry Noodles or Ramen Braised Pork Shank. You won’t find the same, boring menu items here.

It’s Not Just About the Food

Many restaurants are more concerned about turnover and profit than their customers having a memorable dining experience. That’s not the case at Ace Eat Serve. When you enter the restaurant, housed in the old Storz Garage building, you’ll notice it’s far more than a place to dine. Complete with an indoor-outdoor Ping-Pong hall, a Chef’s Counter for casual dining and a patio you won’t be able to refuse on a cozy spring day in Denver, Ace Eat Serve encourages visitors to eat, drink, share, play and simply, stay a while.

The Drinks Are Award-Winning

Photo Credit: Ace Eat Serve
Photo Credit: Ace Eat Serve

You don’t have to visit Ace Eat Serve on an empty stomach. Voted one of the Nation’s Best New Bars by Food & Wine Magazine in 2013, the bar menu is loaded with everything from Asian beers and craft cocktails to fresh juices and sodas made in-house.  However, you’ll probably find it difficult not to order a plate of the chef’s famous brussels sprouts, prepared with shishito peppers, togarashi, sesame seeds and lime mayo, when you catch a whiff of them being carried by your table.

The Ace Bar Bus Is the Stuff of Selfie Dreams

Bangkok is known for it’s quirky restaurants, bars and entire streets that sit among the glimmering skyscrapers and are barely noticeable from the air-conditioned seats of the BTS Skytrain. Mobile bars, converted from old Volkswagen buses, are some of the unique ways to drink and dine that often go unnoticed among Bangkok visitors. But when the Ace Eat Serve team found “bar buses” while doing research in the Southeast Asian city, they couldn’t seem to forget about them.

Ace Eat Serve’s candy red, 1978 Volkswagen bus (nicknamed Penny) hasn’t gone unnoticed on the streets of Denver either. This fully-functioning bar can often be found cruising the city streets, parked on the restaurant’s patio or taking private events to an entirely new level. There’s arguably no better place to grab a drink (and a selfie) in the Mile High City.

About the Author: Courtney McCaffrey

Courtney McCaffrey is a travel writer and editor based in Wilmington, N.C. In addition to writing, she lives for travel - seeing new places, experiencing new cultures and surfing new waves.

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