Milk+Honey
Photo by Milk & Honey Bar + Kitchen

The plentiful land of milk & honey can be found tucked down a walkway in charming Larimer Square, accessible through an equally charming subterranean patio at the back of Larimer Square. Unless you knew it was there, it would be easy to miss Milk & Honey Bar + Kitchen, abundant with good food and drink.

The relatively new restaurant, which took over the spice after Lime departed, began serving lunches on December 1. Having been to Milk & Honey for cocktails and nibbles in the evening, finding its setting quite romantic, I wanted to see what it was like during the day. What I found was a place as suitable for a romantic lunch or brunch as it is for friends gathering or a wheeling and dealing business lunch.

First, a little history on the restaurant. It was founded by Michael Shiell who is also its executive chef. His name may be familiar because of his former restaurant, Micheal’s of Cherry Creek in the 1990’s. The staff has been trained to enable diners to be in and out at lunch within 30 minutes if they want. But they are, of course, more than welcome to linger. Here’s what I experienced the day a friend and I went – and happily lingered.

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Background: house Made Ricotta Toast with Meyer lemon jam ($9). While fresh tasting and cool, like most things on very crispy toast, they collapse into an embarrassing mess – not “first date” food, for sure. 
Foreground, caramelized nibbles, Balsamic Glazed Ribs with delicious crisp basil ($12). Eat those basil leaves – they are so good. The ribs were tender and smoky.
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We shared the 9oz. Prime Burger with Gruyere, heirloom tomato and truffle mayo plus thick, crispy fries. Both the burger and fries had great, full flavor and will satisfy burger cravings.

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Although everything was good, the highlight of my meal was the Pappardelle Bolognese with veal, beef and pork together in a thick, rich sauce, with Parmigiano ($17). I loved the way the tri-meat sauce clung to the ribbony noodles. The elegant red wine and herbs in the sauce were intoxicating! This dish is calling to me, still… Milk & Honey Bar + Kitchen is located at 1414 Larimer St. in Larimer Square. 

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