Mercantile Dining & Provision

Summary

Mercantile Dining & Provision is the one restaurant in the station that isn’t open yet, it is scheduled to open in September. It is owned by chef Alex Seidel of the well regarded Fruition, and is pitched as “a European inspired market and restaurant”. I have high hopes of this being one of my favorite places in the station!

More to come once it’s open – the last I saw, the opening was scheduled for September 8th.

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Phone 720 460 3708

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Fresh Exchange

Summary

Fresh Exchange, I have to be honest, is the one place in Union Station that I’m not really excited about. It’s an average sandwich shop. I get that they want a range of offerings in the station, it shouldn’t all be “high end”, that makes sense. And I get that they want non-chain places. But the other “basic” offerings – the burger place, the coffee shop, the ice cream parlor, all have something a little bit special and cool about them. To me this doesn’t, sorry :(. But if you want a quick sandwich in Union Station, you can get it here!

Inside Fresh Exchange

Inside Fresh Exchange

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Fresh Exchange is the only establishment in Union Station that has no web site or Facebook page, maybe that says something!

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If I wanted a sandwich within a block of Union Station, I would be more inclined to go to the Tattered Cover (the main one on 16th and Wynkoop) or to the Smiling Moose Deli, on Wynkoop between 16th and 15th. Or to the Protein Bar on 16th and Wynkoop for a wrap. More on those on this site in due course!

If you have a different impression of Fresh Exchange, please let me know!

 

Acme Burger & Brat Corporation

Summary

Acme Burger & Brat Corporation serves gourmet burgers and brats (as you might guess 🙂 !!). I am a fan of their elk jalapeño cheddar brat, and their fries are great. They have no dedicated seating, but you can take their food to eat in the Great Hall, to go, or you can order it at the Terminal Bar.

The Acme Burger and Brat counter, on the south side of the Great Hall

The Acme Burger and Brat counter, on the south side of the Great Hall

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Phone 720 460 3708

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Yelp review

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Hours: 11am to 11pm

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If you order directly from the counter, they give you a pager that will buzz when your order is ready. We ordered an elk jalapeño cheddar brat, veggie burger and fries and it took a little over ten minutes, at a time when it didn’t seem crowded – there was no line at the counter. They have two options for fries, regular or seasoned with malt vinegar, and both are excellent.

Acme's offerings in their own words

Acme’s offerings in their own words

 

Snooze

Summary

Many Denverites probably know Snooze, who have been serving great breakfasts in a fun environment in the Ballpark neighborhood since 2006. They’ve expanded to six locations in Colorado, and three outside, with Union Station being their latest one. You should plan on a wait, but they will text you when your table is ready, so check in as soon as you get there and plan on exploring the area while you wait. Highly recommended for a great breakfast or brunch!

Snooze has a bright and cheerful interior to wake you up!

Snooze has a bright and cheerful interior to wake you up in the morning!

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Phone 720 460 3708

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Hours: 6:30am to 2:30pm

Snooze does not take reservations, and they are known for often having quite a wait. However, they will take your cell phone number and text you when your table is ready. So plan to get there ahead of when you’d like to eat (maybe 30-45 minutes ahead on a weekend), and plan to spend some time exploring the rest of Union Station while you wait. They also offer complimentary coffee while you wait.

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You can sit either indoors or outdoors at Snooze, and both are nice environments. On this occasion we had the Huevos Rancheros and Breakfast Tacos (with pork), which were both excellent.

Outdoors at Snooze, with Huevos Rancheros and Breakfast Tacos!

Outdoors at Snooze, with Huevos Rancheros and Breakfast Tacos!

The Kitchen Next Door

Summary

I love the Kitchen Next Door “Community Pub” for its down to earth atmosphere and reasonable prices for gourmet comfort food. It’s part of The Kitchen family of restaurants started in Boulder by well known entrepreneur Kimball Musk. Its fancier cousin The Kitchen is just two blocks away up 16th Street, and is also well worth a visit.

Kitchen Next Door bar

The Kitchen Next Door has a cool bar with a classic sign

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Hours: 11am to close

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Both indoors and outdoors are great options at the Kichen Next Door. Most of the outdoor seating faces the fountains in the plaza, which are fun to watch. And indoors the bar is always crowded and the large vintage sign over it is atmospheric. The Kitchen is big into “community” and both indoor and out they have several shared community tables.

Everything we have had there has been good, but the kale chips are a particular favorite.

Enjoying the kale chips outdoors at the Kitchen Next Door

Enjoying the kale chips outdoors at the Kitchen Next Door

The "garlic smashers" potatoes are another favorite

The “garlic smashers” potatoes are another favorite

The Kitchen Next Door features a cool historic sign dating from around 1950

The Kitchen Next Door features a cool historic sign dating from around 1950

Terminal Bar

Summary

The Terminal Bar is one of my favorite spots in the station, there are lots of well done aspects to it. The huge eye-catching sign in the Great Hall is one of the first things you will notice when you walk into the station. They serve 30 different beers from Colorado, which you can drink in the bar area, inside or outside, or in the Great Hall.

You can't miss the Terminal Bar inside the main hall!

You can’t miss the Terminal Bar inside the main hall!

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Phone 720 460 3708

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Yelp review

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Hours: 10am to 2am 🙂 !!

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You can stand in line to buy drinks at the old station ticket window, which is another nice touch. You can sit anywhere in the Great Hall and drink those. The sit down area inside the Terminal Bar, where they will serve you, is nice too, with cozy booths and tiled walls and floors. They serve 30 different Colorado beers, following the local focus of the whole Union Station development. A good option is to try the beer flight, with small samples of five different beers. They do wines and spirits too, and those aren’t restricted to Colorado!

A beer flight is a great way to sample an assortment of the 30 Colorado beers on offer

A beer flight is a great way to sample an assortment of the 30 Colorado beers on offer

People standing in line to buy drinks at the old ticket window

People standing in line to buy drinks at the old ticket window

They serve a limited selection of food items from ACME Burgers and Brats, which are good but it would be nice if they had a bigger choice. I thought the Elk Jalapeno Cheddar Brat was very good, as were the fries (both the malt vinegar seasoned and regular variations).

We like the sign that points us home to Wynkoop Street!

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Cooper Lounge

Summary

The Cooper Lounge is an upmarket cocktail bar, upstairs on the mezzanine level. In order to get up there you have to check in with the reception desk in the Great Hall, near ACME Burgers and Brats. It has cool views down into the Great Hall, and through the big windows along 17th Street (though you need to stand up to see either!). They serve food from the raw bar at Stoic & Genuine – oysters, shrimp, lobster and caviar.

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The Cooper Lounge

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Phone 720 460 3708

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Hours: 11am to midnight

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The Cooper serves a limited menu of upmarket seafood items from Stoic & Genuine. We worked our way through the whole menu on our first evening there 🙂 !!

The Cooper is a champagne kinda place! They have lots of cocktails and a full bar too, of course.

The Cooper is a champagne kinda place! They have lots of cocktails and a full bar too, of course.


Starting out with oysters from Stoic & Genuine at the Cooper

Starting out with oysters from Stoic & Genuine at the Cooper


Shrimp from Stoic & Genuine at the Cooper Lounge

Shrimp from Stoic & Genuine at the Copper Lounge


In for a penny ... we figured we should do the caviar too as part of our research!

In for a penny … we figured we should do the caviar too as part of our research!


Paula living the good life at the Cooper!

Paula living the good life at the Cooper!


And finally the lobster at the Cooper!

And finally the lobster at the Cooper!

Even though we worked our way through the whole menu and spent quite a lot of money doing so :O, we were still a bit hungry at the end! Everything was excellent, but you may want to plan on food here being your appetizer before going on elsewhere. We were a bit disappointed that they didn’t offer anything for dessert, but we solved that by going to the Milkbox Ice Creamery. We’ll see if they add any dessert options as things get settled in.