A basket from the Denver Central Market contains chips, dips, spreads, bread, sausages, and more from the vendors in the market ($ 85). (Provided by Denver Central Market)

On the way to some strange holiday weekend, we look for ways to collect and eat, even if it happens on a much smaller and socially distant scale. Here are some of the foods that we crave after outdoor picnics and parties by only a few people. From lobster cooking to farmer’s market finds, barbecues and street tacos, we have 12 take-away options to really get the season going.


Denver Central Market, RiNo, denvercentralmarket.com

A new seasonal picnic box ($ 85) offers groceries from many of the hall’s vendors – sausages, crackers and spreads, fries and dip, bread and cookies, fresh fruit, ice cream, kombucha, and wine or beer (for an additional $ 20) .


Bad Girl, Stapleton, 303-645-3779

On Saturday, the cook Elise Wiggins will prepare a family-style lobster cook to take away from her wood-fired Italian restaurant. $ 125 buy 10 pounds of cooked crawfish, corn, potatoes, andouille sausage, and chocolates. You can also order pre-made hurricane cocktails and sazeracs. The meal feeds four people.

A selection of plates at Postino, which now has two restaurants in Denver. (Becca Wright, provided by Postino)

Bruschetta and wine

Postino, LoHi and Broadway, postinowinecafe.com

Combine a mixed bruschetta board of four toppings of your choice (from about a dozen options for $ 15.75) with one of around 30 bottled wines (all for $ 15). For $ 30 the selection is unbeatable.


Ultreia, Union Station, ultreiadenver.com

A Spanish picnic basket at Ultreia costs $ 40 (or $ 50 with a bottle of wine). You get all the ingredients for a tapas spread made from Pan Con tomato, marinated olives, marcona almonds, jamon serrano and Manchego cheese as well as a fresh salad, olive oil and sea salt chocolate chip cookies.

A quiche and fresh cherries from the South Pearl Street Farmers Market. (Beth Rankin, the Denver Post)

Farm-fresh goods

South Pearl Farmers Market, Old South Pearl Street, southpearlstreet.com/farmers-market

In addition to picnic staples such as produce and cheese, you can also find ready-made take-away meals such as sandwiches and pastries, as well as local wines and other drinks to take away. The market, which takes place every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., limits the number of people who can shop at the same time. If you are visiting during peak hours you may have to stand in line. Buyers are required to wear a mask and are asked to make their own purchases.

Oysters ready to be peeled outside Stoic and Genuine at Union Station. (Beth Rankin, the Denver Post)


Stoic & Genuine, Union Station, stoicandgenuine.com

Find Chesapeake Bay oysters for sale outside Union Station for US $ 2.50 each, from noon until sold out every day (20 minutes on weekends). The Stoic & Genuine team will peel them for you, and you can sit at a bench or table nearby and sip to your heart’s content.

Banh mi

Vinh Xuong Bakery, Federal Boulevard, Alameda Avenue and Zeppelin Station, facebook.com/vinhxuongbakery

Try the combination sandwich at both locations of this family-run Vietnamese bakery. It’s filled with pate, barbecue, ham and pork head cheese, plus pickled carrots and daikon radishes, cucumber, coriander, jalapeƱo, and mayonnaise ($ 4 to $ 9.50).


La Calle, Alameda Avenue, lacalletaqueria.com

Choose from Al Pastor, Asada, Carnitas, Suadero, and more for your selection of tacos ($ 2.25 each) that come with a variety of toppings from a full salsa bar and drinks like Horchata and Agua Fresca.

Tacos and wings from the new Spice Trade Brewery and Kitchen in Greenwood Village. (Josie Sexton, The Denver Post)

International street food and beer

Spice Trade Brewing and Kitchen, Greenwood Village, spicetradebrewing.com

Thai chicken wings, green curry, and Korean barbecue tacos are some of the brand new menu items from Spice Trade. Order a trio of snacks to pair with house beers (which started under the famous Yak & Yeti Brewpub but have since been renamed).

Canned seafood snacks

Cart-Driver, RiNo and Highland, cart-driver.com

A new selection of take-away antipasto is the way to go at this popular pizza spot. Try seafood conserva (market price), chicken liver mousse with focaccia ($ 10), and a chopped salad ($ 10), or order the mixed snack platter for $ 24. Add in cocktails (two for $ 16) or even a clam pizza for $ 19.

Outside of Union Station, where several restaurants have walk-in order desks and a spontaneous picnic is possible. (Beth Rankin, the Denver Post)

Fancy bento

The Wolfsschneider, Sunnyside, exploretock.com/wolfstailor/

A The Wolf’s Tailor bento box with cucumber, nigiri, tomato salad, scallop tataki and mushroom salad. (Josie Sexton, The Denver Post)

This north-side restaurant has a seven to ten nibbles or course tasting menu for $ 45 during the pandemic, so you can grab the attention for a picnic. But trust us: Chicken liver mousse nigiri, scallop tataki, maitake mushroom salad and sophisticated taste are worth a try, even in to-go boxes.


Barbosa’s Barbeque, mobile trailer, barbosasbarbeque.com

Check the website for locations but find Pitmaster Alejandro Barbosa at Banded Oak Brewing for the next two weekends selling brisket, pork shoulder and ribs, plus turkey breast (all in pounds) and side dishes like charro beans, creole potato salad and pickled onion salad ( $ 4-15, various sizes) take away.

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