There was never a time in my life where I went out on a “date.” In high school and college, you would “hang out” with someone or, if it was more serious, you “went out” with the person. Then marriage brought “date night” – a prearranged time to go out together for dinner, a movie, a show, another activity, or some combination.
By no means foodies, Josh and I always tried out new restaurants on our date nights. But since ZB transformed our duo into a trio, even finding time to check out the newest taste-bud sensations is a rarity.
Last Saturday, though, we hit up The Source in Denver’s River North District (RiNo). It was buzzing. The Source offers more than just a group of local restaurants, merchants, and bars within a renovated 1880’s brick foundry building – which already sounds pretty amazing.
“The Source – (sôrs, srs) , n -an artisan food market that occupies a former 1880‘s brick foundry building in Denver’s River North District. – a collective of food artisans and retailers offering visitors everything from freshly baked bread to craft cocktails, from street tacos to contemporary flower arrangements.” – The Source
The unseasonably warm weather afforded us an opportunity to enjoy the patio at Comida…in November! The street tacos and gorditas were delicious. I especially enjoyed the Situation’s unique mixture of slow braised top sirloin, sweat potatoes, onion, and cream. But the best part of the meal was the flan dessert. The custard perfectly melted in my mouth and the caramel left me craving more.
With our bellies full, we headed further into the awesome space. The architecture – and the building’s grandeur – is inspiring. After strolling past the butcher market, florist, and French bakery, we found ourselves saddling up at the Yacht Club – a bar plus casual seating centrally located within the Source. Once drinks were in hand, we were drawn to a quiet half-booth off to the side – after all, this was date night!
Just a little more time to spare on the babysitter clock allowed us to check out Crooked Stave – a local microbrewery specializing in sour beers. Crooked Stave is tucked into the back of the Source. From the taproom, you can catch glimpses of the brew process. If you like Belgian sour beers, you’ll love Crooked Stave.
As we savored our beers, Josh and I reminisced about our former life sans baby. The evening where, on a whim, we first found the Source. Spending hours sipping on specialty “booze” and feasting on small and large plates at Acorn without a care in the world. And the romance of the eclectic art and lighting. The nostalgia only made us have greater appreciation for our night out on the town just the two of us.