Mom’s Night Out in Denver: Tackling Al Lado’s Whole Shebang
posted by: Amber Johnson
When was the last time you had a girl’s night out?
Admittedly, I was long overdue so when Mile High Mama’s hard-working bloggers were invited to check-out al Lado, the new wine and tapas bar from Richard Sandoval, we were all-in. Ideally located on Little Raven along the South Platte River, this Latin-style, ultra-hip newish restaurant has a cozy vibe with some delicious tapas that are so authentic you’ll swear you’ve been plopped in the middle of Madrid.
Their menu is expansive (prices range from $4-15) but we were there to try The Whole Shebang. For $170, you get 18 Spanish-inspired small plates – for another $50 add any one magnum of wine from their entire selection (red, white or sparkling – great for celebrations)–perfect for a group of 6-8 hungry mamas.
We started out with the Spanish Olives & Candied Almonds and then the food just kept coming and coming. Blistered Shishito Peppers. Grilled Bread with Tomatoes, Olive Oil, Serrano Ham and Manchego Cheese (my favorite), surprises like bacon-wrapped dates with Valdeon cheese, Baby Octopus with Shaved Fennel Blood Orange Chipotle, Beef Tenderloin and Lamb Merquez skewers and Tortilla Espanola with roasted garlic aioli.
A few of our observations:
1) The food was unique, varied and tasty. We decided we would switch our focus from mom bloggers to food if we could eat like that every day.
2) We visited on a Thursday and al Lado was packed with Denver’s coolest people. Who were out on a school night. Who knew such things even happened?
As our evening wound down, Mama Drama Editor Lisa gazed around the vacated room and commented, “We outlasted all the hipsters!”
Glad we figured out that sometimes there’s a lot more to week nights than homework .
Al Lado is located at 1610 Little Raven Street, Riverfront Park, Denver. Telephone 303.572.3000.