MAD Greens Restaurant Salads, Sandwiches and Soups (Downtown/16th St. Mall)
1600 Stout Street, Denver, CO, USA
MAD Greens Restaurant Salads, Sandwiches and Soups (Downtown/16th St. Mall) Denver Reviews
Great food and ambiance Apr 16, 2010
The 16th Street Mall is a downtown Denver shopping and dining district that stretches nearly 17 blocks in the trendy LoDo area. The "mall" is a pedestrian only street (other than the shuttle) lined with fun street vendors, great eateries, and entertainment. A free shuttle bus runs along the street to transport visitors from one end to another. The bus is free, but on the weekends or during Rockies games, the bus can get very full. The bus stops at each intersection along the mall. It connects with the light-rail stations at California and Stout, so it is a great option for getting around downtown!
In my opinion the shops don't offer a lot along the mall. There are a few Colorado trinket stores and some interesting boutiques, but there are also national chains lining the street such as Ross and Walgreens. I think this cheapens the experience somewhat. In truth, the best part about the mall is the food. There are great restaurant options along the mall. Appalooza is a fun place and I love getting a salad at Earl's. At the west end is Dixons, which I have reviewed separately. Dixons is a great place for brunch. There is a Hard Rock Cafe, which is a hopping place on the weekends.
The reason I enjoy hanging out on 16th is the city feel and great people watching. During the holiday season, lights decorate the street and horse drawn carriages are available to rent for a winters night ride. The carriages are available year round, but my vote is to spend the money during the winter at night with hot cocoa. The bustling street is quite picturesque. The historic district is a great place to photograph and take a stroll. 16th is the perfect place to grab a cup of joe and enjoy the beautiful, clean air. No cars are allowed along the road. Instead street performers, vendors, and trees claim real estate along the street adding to the exciting atmosphere.
The Pavilions offer great eating and nightlife. I love the Lucky Strike Bowling alley. It is a fun alley that offers a bloody Mary bar in the early afternoon. Jazz @ Jacks, also located in the Pavilions is a a great nightlife option. The Jazz club has live music 7 nights a week and a great atmosphere to grab a drink!
My favorite place to spend an afternoon and to take visitors, is the original Tattered Cover bookstore. The Tattered Cover is at the far west end of the mall. Established in 1971, this bookstore has become somewhat of a Denver icon. There are two stories of novels and books in the store. The old creaking wood floors and banisters make me smile ever time I walk in there. There are events that happen almost daily. They host poetry readings, special events, and famous authors come here to promote their new books!
The 16th Street Mall is also located near many of Denver’s top attractions. The Denver Performing Arts Complex and Colorado Convention Center are just two blocks from the Mall. Coors Field, The Pepsi Center and The City Lights Pavilion are only four blocks away. This makes 16th a perfect stop post show or baseball game. 16th is especially lovely and vibrant at night!
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