A selection of donuts from Pandemic Donuts, home delivery and the now in store Denver Donut startup that started during the pandemic. (Provided by Pandemic Donuts)

If the foods we fell on in Denver last year are any sign of it, we have a collective healthy diet to do in 2021. From donuts to morning rolls, ice cream and fried chicken, it’s clear we looked for consolation species during the pandemic.

The following nine local examples have gone viral – that is, they have found dedicated followers, sold out in hours or minutes, and expanded their business for some.

Pandemic donuts

Gabrielle Henning and Michael Milton started making these yeast donuts back in April – with holes on top. Now they are so successful that they offer home deliveries of half a dozen, dozen and gluten-free boxes while also selling Queen City Collective Coffee in Five Points every day. Start with the classic maple glaze before moving on to PB + J, honey pistachio, rootbeer float, and red velvet.


Oh Golly Dumplings’ original dumpling is filled with Wagyu beef, cabbage, and carrots. (Provided by Oh Golly)

Oh golly dumplings

Ryan Van Splinter and Sara Timmer founded Oh Golly to challenge their home cooking skills and deliver comforting food to friends during the pandemic. Now they’re taking their dumplings out on the streets, popping up from Denver to the mountains and even to Chicago. Their original filling is Wagyu beef with cabbage and carrots. Also see specialties like chicken, spring onions, and cabbage with peanut-garlic-Sichuan sauce or tofu with mushrooms and cabbage.


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Bucket and Bubbs of Fried Chicken

Local French restaurant Morin turned to sporadic fried chicken pop-ups during the pandemic and was consistently sold out. For their latest Super Bowl special, these classically trained chefs prepared soft pretzels with warm Gruyere, buffalo chicken dip with crispy tortilla chips and, of course, buckets of crispy fried chicken with champagne bottles. Check the website out before major events or holidays and you will likely find a sale.


A political themed cake from Sugar Bakeshop in Denver, baked for the 2020 election. (Courtesy of Natalie Slevin)

Sugar Bakeshop sweets

Sugar Bakeshop owner Natalie Slevin is no stranger to fashion trends. For more than a decade, her bakery in Denver has been producing cult favorite products like the vegan Popster, a pastry filled with fresh jams and icing. But as 2020 went on, Zucker’s purpose became something completely different. The creations sent great messages to commemorate everything from the Black Lives Matter movement to the 2020 presidential election. Our latest favorites are just plain cute and silly: Anti-Conversation Heart Valentine’s Day cookies with messages like “Get lost”.


Samosa shop

Chef Dave Hadley is a regular on the Food Network where he was a Chopped Champion in 2016 and a recurring competitor later this month. In Denver, he pops up at local restaurants and events with creative samosas filled with sausage and peppers or chicken pot pie, to name a few. Hadley’s Chutneys are freshly made in flavors such as coriander mint and tamarind date. And you can even enjoy them with a juicy chai to sip on.


Chef Alex Figura rubs mimolette cheese on a pepperoni pizza in the Redeemer. (Eli Imadali, Denver Post special)

Savior Pizza

The newest New York pizza in Denver sells out before it even opens. With a handful of pop-up events in January and February, reservations for these 18-inch cakes are made in three minutes or less. Chefs Alex Figura and Spencer White were already known in town for their handcrafted pasta shop, Dio Mio. However, if they open a pizzeria this spring, we can imagine the company will be just as popular.


The Sanducci from Jabroni & Sons – Mortadella, Gabagool (Coppa), chili peppers, Provolone, Shrettuce (grated salad), Giardiniera and garlic aioli. (AJ Shreffler, provided by Jabroni & Sons)

Soap & Sounds Sandwiches

Another lynchpin of the pandemic was the short but popular time of the Italian restaurant Bar Dough as a sub (or hoagie or just sandwich) shop. In the summer, customers often had to call up to 50 times to order these jabronis in combinations like the American Wit with Angus Ribeye, fried onions, and American cheese. or the Sanducci with mortadella, gabagool, pepperoni, provolone, garett, giardiniera and garlic aioli. While Jabroni is currently out of operation, owners can expect a more permanent comeback, according to Denver.


A selection of freshly baked pastries offered by Bakery Four in Denver on November 22nd. The bakery is regularly sold out within 90 minutes of opening. (Kevin Mohatt, Special for the Denver Post)

Bakery Four Loaves

This iconic Highland bakery is doing so well that its owners are expanding to a larger location in Berkeley. At the moment, the lines along 32nd Avenue are a good indication of the popularity of the daily freshly baked croissants, morning rolls and country breads from baker Shawn Bergin.


Real ice cream

And finally, a reason to look forward to Monday morning: Then the local ice cream maker David Right will put his latest batches online to pick them up weekly. By noon this week, the Earn Your Badges flavors with do-si-dos, trefoils and tagalongs were sold out. and Year of the Ox, made with fortune cookies, lemongrass, ginger, and five spice. Right is trained as a chef and his ice cream is intended for anyone who doesn’t shy away from a good piece or biscuit.


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