Eat & Drink

A New Era

Humboldt Restaurant does the happiest of hours justice.

February 2014

When Strings served its final meal last April, Denver diners wondered what would come next. The answer arrived quickly: Restaurateur Frank Day (known for the Denver ChopHouse, Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, and Old Chicago) signed the lease in May, and Humboldt Restaurant opened its doors in October. 

Where Strings was stuck in a bygone era, Humboldt keeps current with menu classics that lean on the farm-to-table ethos. The towering burger is made of ground beef sourced from Carbondale-based Crystal River Meats; the poultry (from Boulder Natural Meats) is accompanied by risotto stirred with Fort Collins–harvested Hazel Dell mushrooms; there’s a daily specials menu touting what’s in season. 

But the best way to sample Humboldt is to stop by during happy hour (3 to 6 p.m. daily) for food and drink that ranges from $1 to $8. The aforementioned burger—stacked with crispy onions, cheddar, and roasted garlic–onion jam—is $8 instead of $14. Add some salty fries for a buck (normally $5, or $4 when ordered sans happy hour burger). If you’re sharing, add the crispy broccoli ($5 rather than $8); the tempura-fried starter has quickly become a signature item. Or try the smoked trout dip with sweet onion jam and potato chips ($7, usually $11).

Drink specials are equally enticing: The $6 cocktails include an easy-to-sip horsefeather (W.L. Weller Bourbon, muddled citrus, ginger syrup, and soda), and there are $4 glasses of wine and pints of beer, including Avery’s Ellie’s Brown and Oskar Blues’ Mama’s Little Yella Pils. A happy hour deal that delivers a solid meal and a drink for less than $20? That’s a place worth seeking out.
1700 Humboldt St., 303-813-1700,