With Broomfield’s 1stBank Center sitting empty since COVID hit this spring, April wasn’t the most opportune time for Czech-born cousins-in-law Tomas Zatloukal and Paul Rozsypal to open Vinca, a wine bar and restaurant located next to the event center in the Arista development. “That’s the most challenging part—finding the traffic,” Zatloukal says. But Denver-area diners should indeed make their way to Vinca for Zatloukal’s European-inspired recipes, like Vienna schnitzel and rich, house-made gnocchi with white wine and portobello mushroom sauce. There are also 63 wines by the glass on Vinca’s menu, which has to be some sort of record.

House-made gnocchi at Vinca. Photo by Allyson Reedy

Next door to Vinca, Arista Deli & Coffee opened in January, with all the things you’d expect from a small, neighborhood deli—well-priced coffee and sandwiches—and some things you wouldn’t, such as Rosenberg’s Bagels, dragon fruit-packed breakfast bowls, and a dozen flavors of homemade ice cream. Matt Casarez got into the deli business, along with his wife and brother, after selling his Mc2 Ice Cream,  which was inside the now-shuttered Prosper Oats in the Arista development. Without knowing COVID was right around the corner, early 2020 seemed like a good time and place to Casarez and family for a deli offering local, scratch-made products. “It’s kind of tragic, I just have to laugh,” Casarez says of the timing. But for a true record-setting experience, stop in for one (or more) of Casarez’s 985 ice cream flavors; he holds the Guinness Book of World Records for most ice cream flavors displayed together (just not all at once at the deli).

Husband-and-wife team Vipul and Madhoo Seth have recently switched gears, turning their Broomfield venue Copper Leaf Gardens & Event Center into a neighborhood restaurant serving globally inspired cuisine called Roots. The couple has also owned the Gourmet Kitchen Catering since 2002, so the cooking comes naturally for chef Madhoo, who lovingly makes dishes like potato croquettes with spiced cherry tomato jam and chicken satay with arbol-agave nectar sauce. Roots opened July 10, and its large backyard patio has quickly become a popular happy hour hangout for Broomfielders.

Landline Doughnuts started last year, but it was the pandemic that spurred Jodi and John Mowery to restart their potato doughnut business as a delivery operation. “The field was ripe for home delivery,” Jodi says. “And doughnuts—it’s a comfort food that everybody wanted.”

Landline Doughnuts. Photo courtesy of Landline Doughnuts

The yeastless doughnuts, made with mashed Colorado potatoes in place of some of the traditional flour, come in three standard flavors—brown butter, chocolate dip, and cinnamon sugar—plus a rotating seasonal variety. Right now, it is a roasted peach pie flavor using organic Palisade peaches; vegan pumpkin and apple cider are most likely going be on the menu this fall. To get a Landline doughnut, visit them at the Broomfield Farmers’ Market on Tuesday nights, the Erie Farmers’ Market on Thursday nights, or sign up for a Saturday delivery (within 15 miles of the Mowerys’ Broomfield home).

Near Flatiron Crossing Mall, one-year-old Eat! Food & Drink is a locally owned brunch spot that takes their A.M. cocktails very seriously. The 30-drink-strong menu features sips like green chile bloody Marys, a tropical brunch punch, mix-and-match bottomless mimosas, and a creamy peanut butter whiskey and crème de cacao concoction called the Peanut Butter Cup. Not to be outdone, the eats are equally indulgent (think: braised short rib Benedict, green chili drenched breakfast burritos, pastrami hash skillet, and Hawaiian pineapple pancakes).

Vinca is open Tuesday–Wednesday, 8 a.m.–1:30 p.m. and 4–9 p.m., and Thursday–Saturday, 8 a.m.–9 p.m.

The Arista Deli is open daily, 8 a.m.–9 p.m.

Roots’ happy hour runs from Wednesday–Saturday, 3–5:30 p.m.; check it out for dinner Wednesday–Thursday, 3–8 p.m., and Friday–Saturday, 3–9 p.m., and for weekend brunch, 9 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Eat! is open Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–3 p.m., and weekends, 7 a.m.–3 p.m.

Allyson Reedy
Allyson Reedy
Allyson Reedy is a freelance writer and ice cream fanatic living in Broomfield.