Coohills, 1400 Wewatta Street, 303-623-5700, coohills.com
Coohills occupies an active and bustling corner of LoDo near 15th Street and Wewatta. The laid-back mood and proximity to nightlife makes Coohills the ideal dinner location to start your night out in downtown Denver. After your meal or drinks, you have only a short walk to the Pepsi Center, the new Union Station, or a host of other hotspots downtown.
On a nice evening, patrons have the option of dining on the large, pleasant, west-facing patio set back from Speer across the river. If you instead choose to dine indoors, there are both smaller intimate tables and large community tables reminiscent of a farm house. The wait staff is friendly and their service outstanding.
According to Coohill’s website, Chef Tom Coohill “began his love affair with French cuisine” while studying in Kentucky. The Docket Committee began our own love affair with his unique culinary creations last week. Styled as Colorado-grown but French-influenced, this hip restaurant serves up everything from sliders to duck confit.
Our committee ordered a round of locally brewed draft beers, including Oskar Blues, Upslope and Avery. The bar also features a wide selection of Great Divide in bottles, plus an encyclopedic wine list boasting several American varietals along with a few international favorites showcased in the mix. If cocktails are your thing, choose from nearly a dozen house drinks always crafted with fresh ingredients. And don’t forget the sangria!
Never afraid of sampling several dishes, our committee ordered a half-dozen plates to enjoy the plethora of what Coohills has to offer. The herbed nuts and Castlevertano olives got us talking, but the Wagyu sliders shut us up. The sliders are a “must order.” The shoestring-thin pommes frites were another popular side at our table. The whipped chevre spread on grilled sourdough was also a hit. Although our group focused on the happy hour menu, the dinner menu boasts duck, steak, and lamb, salmon or scallops, and vegetables to round out the meal. Lastly, no French dinner is complete without the experience of classic dessert menu offerings and Coohills’ assortment of sweets will leave you satisfied.
Regardless of whether you visit Coohills for happy hour and light apps or for a full-course dinner, you will delight in the freshness, the creativity and the taste that make Coohills a surefire stop for any downtown diners looking to try something unique and delicious. Merci, Coohills!
By Keith Lewis