Secrets of the Suburbs

From gourmet pizzerias and beer gardens to eclectic boutiques and Asian markets, our Mile High suburbs are overflowing with places worth discovering. We’ve pulled together an assortment of spots that embody the vibrant, appealingly quirky spirit of our city’s outlying areas. 

April 2011

We’re All Human…Right?

Let’s face it: Suburbanites and city dwellers think differently, live differently, and act differently. Ever tried to convince a city dweller that big-box stores aren’t the downfall of society? Ever tried to tell a suburbanite that more isn’t always more? Good luck. Sometimes, we just have to agree to disagree. —Robert Sanchez

Urbanitevs. Suburbanite



Twenty miles is...

Urbanite: A day trip.

Suburbanite: A one-way trip to work.

You secretly think...

Urbanite: Your suburban friends are bad with money; they paid way too much for that five-bedroom cookie-cutter monstrosity.

Suburbanite: Your city friends are bad with money; they pay rent.

You can’t live without...

Urbanite: Fresh sushi.

Suburbanite: Freshly cut grass.

A bicycle is...

Urbanite: An eco-friendly form of transportation.

Suburbanite: A child’s plaything.

You think you’re cool...

Urbanite: Because you have three plots in your community’s urban garden.

Suburbanite: Because you have a three-car garage—and a garden.

Your bumper sticker says...

Urbanite: “Coexist.”

Suburbanite: “My child is an honor student at (insert school name).”

Your most annoying conversational habit is...

Urbanite: Telling your suburban friends about the great Moroccan joint that just opened down the street that serves the most amazing harira soup—and gosh you haven’t had that since your last visit to North Africa.

Suburbanite: Telling your city friends that they could have a place the size of Morocco if they bought the house next door to you.

A neighbor’s dog just “number two’d” on someone else’s lawn. You...

Urbanite: Burst out of your town house and scold the dog owner about the need to preserve green spaces.

Suburbanite: Call your homeowners association and log an anonymous complaint.

Giving directions to Little Raven Street...

Urbanite: Is easy. Obviously, it’s the street downtown where Zengo is located.

Suburbanite: Is easy. Obviously, it’s the street after Little Raven Road that forks off of Little Raven Boulevard right before it turns into Little Raven Circle and loops around Little Raven Park.

You’re cutting it close for dinner downtown and can’t find parking. You...

Urbanite: Skip the appetizers and drive around the block 14 times until a spot opens up.

Suburbanite: Skip dinner altogether and drive 14 miles home.

You’ve just visited friends who live a half hour away. Your first thought as the door closes on your way out is...

Urbanite: How can they live like this?

Suburbanite: How can they live like this?


Get Cookin’

There are plenty of cooking schools in Denver—we’ve tried nearly all of them, and they’re great. But lately, when we really want a satisfying and memorable experience, we sign up for a class at the Landmark’s Kitchen Table Cooking School (www.kitchentablegv.com) in Greenwood Village. The course selection is giant, from cooking basics (Sauces 101) and specialties (Outrageous Holiday Desserts) to regional themes (Peru: Winter in the Andes) and a wine series. The school even has teen and kids’ programs. Bonus: The gift shop has the best-priced knives in town. Our latest purchase there was $95. The same knife cost a cool $44 more at Williams-Sonoma.