The Denver Milk Market in the Dairy Block
It’s my first look at Milk Market, a huge food hall with seating for 350 or more. I can hear the alluring buzz even before the modernized liquor-friendly school yard comes into view. It’s a weeknight around 7pm and the place has a good buzz. I am alone, without a friend, and it’s a bit like a school yard without a friend…but I quickly become enamored with the attractive and stimulating sights and tastes.
What is the Denver Milk Market?
The Denver Milk Market is a food hall by Denver Chef Frank Bonnano featuring 16 restaurants and bars. It is part of the Dairy Block…a micro-district destination in lower downtown Denver for shopping, dining, hospitality and local business…a school-yard for high quality, hyper-focused craft products and services, including exceptional merchandise, dining options, craft cocktails, premium coffee and more. Parts of the Dairy Block are still under construction.
At Milk Market a future installation of the high-tech point-of-sale system designed by Toast will make it easy to shop, eat and drink at various positions and allow customers to order and pay for food online from any of the vendors and then pick up everything at once. Concierges will track purchases electronically and gather food into one order for pick-up or possibly even delivery. Patrons can also order at any of the counters or from servers who circulate around seating areas, creating a kind of hybrid fast-casual/full-service to satisfy the individual needs and preferences of every guest. You can also shop for meats, cheeses, pantry items and fresh-made ingredients like pastas and sauces to make a meal at home.
The Offerings of the Denver Milk Market
- Albina By The Sea: Seafood, crab cakes, and lobster bisque
- MoPoke: Hawaiian poke
- Cellar: tiny little jewel box room filled with Wine
- Ruth’s Butchery: Burgers and hot sandwiches
- Green Huntsman: Salads
- Mano Pastaria: Italian fresh pasta
- Fem: Crepes
- Cornicello: Fresh Spun Ice Cream and Gelato
- Lou’s: Fried chicken
- Stranded Pilgrim: Tasting room serving up local beers
- Engine Room: Pizza by the slice
- Morning Jones: Pastries, crumb cake, & nitrogenated lattes on tap
- Moo Bar: Main cocktail bar with center chandelier
- S&G: Sandwiches, house cured ‘nduja, finnocetta, bresaola, llonza and mortadella
- Bao Chica Bao: Asian street foodn