Dining in Denver: Live Basil

Since moving to Denver, we have been slowly working our way through the hundreds of restaurants that you can only find in Denver and the surrounding areas.  We have also loved trying the chain restaurants that you couldn’t find in Pensacola, the city from which we moved.  Dining in Denver is a series that will showcase all of the spots that we have tried and enjoyed.

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I was thrilled to get an invitation to Live Basil’s media preview night.  I had heard from many of my local friends that Live Basil was worth a visit but we just hadn’t made the time to get to one of the five locations around Denver.

Live Basil serves up fresh, handcrafted pizzas just a few minutes after you order them.  You can watch your pizza being made with quality ingredients.  The thing that I loved the most was that Live Basil tries to source local ingredients as often as they can.  They create a specialty pizza each month in addition to all of the favorites you can find on the menu.

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We tried a number of different pizzas and salads and although we left feeling full, I didn’t feel like I had eaten too much.  You know that feeling you get when you eat way more pizza than you should have?  This Neapolitan pizza has a much lighter feeling to it.

Each pizza that came out became my new favorite pizza.  This says a lot because I am not really a fan of pizza! *gasp* If you like simple and traditional pizza, try the Live Basil Margherita.  If you love mushrooms, the Arugula+Truffle+Wild Mushrooms is divine.

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My favorite pizza of the evening was the Maui BBQ Natural Chicken pizza.  Delicious!  This pizza was a combination of perfect ingredients and I have been dreaming about going back to order it again.

*Thank you to Live Basil for the media invite.  All opinions are always my own!

Broad Street Grille Champagne Brunch – Chattanooga, TN

When we travel, breakfast is usually a simple box of cereal or a free complimentary breakfast in the hotel (the kind with the make your own waffles!). Occasionally we will go out for breakfast, but most of the time we make lunch or dinner our big meal.

We were invited to eat brunch at Broad Street Grille,  The Chattanoogan’s restaurant.

This is not your typical Sunday brunch, my friends.

This award-winning Champagne Brunch has everything from the waffles and bacon that you would expect at most Sunday brunches to stuffed French toast, Southern Eggs Benedict with Fried Green Tomatoes, and hashbrown casserole. In addition to a myriad of delicious breakfast foods, there was also a fully stocked salad bar, braised pork shoulder, potatoes, salmon, chicken and more. There are fruits and an array of different cheeses.

There is also a dessert bar with cakes, bars, and the most delicious banana pudding I have ever had. Seriously. And of course no brunch would be complete without mimosas, which are unlimited!

If you have a gluten issue, everything is clearly marked if it is gluten free. My husband adheres to a strict gluten free (and beyond) regimen and often has a problem finding something to eat that fits within his dietary restrictions when we are at a restaurant. This brunch had plenty of options for him.

If you are in Chattanooga, I highly recommend the Champagne Brunch even if you aren’t staying at The Chattanoogan. The Chattanoogan is one of the last stops on the electric trolley if you are coming from Downtown Chattanooga.

The Champagne Brunch is offered Sundays from 11am to 2pm. Reservations are recommended. Adults can brunch for $21.95 and children can brunch for $11.95. Children under 6 eat free off of the kid’s menu.

Stop by Wanderlust and Lipstick for Wanderfood Wednesday. Have a snack ready though…the pictures of food will make your mouth water.

Disclosure: Thank you to The Chattanoogan for hosting us and inviting us to brunch.