Good Healthy Sandwiches: Parsley

2009 November 12
by David Schlichter
Parsley (303 W. 11th Ave.)

Parsley (303 W. 11th Ave.)

If you’re looking for the healthiest and tastiest sandwiches in Denver, you should check out Parsley (303 W. 11th Ave.).  We don’t know of any sandwich shop in Denver providing a stronger combination of healthiness and tastiness (though if you think such a shop exists, we would love to try it).  Parsley has been open for a year and a half and it is seeing more and more business every month.  So what’s so special about it?

Parsley’s motto is “Eat Well, Be Healthy.”  This is not too hard of a task with Parsley’s fresh ingredients (most of which are organic) and amazing ingredient combinations.  Sandwiches range from the relatively standard Roast Beef and Tomato (roast beef, tomato pesto, fresh or sun-dried tomato, provolone, red onion) to the unique Lox and Avocado (lox, superbly fresh guacamole, tomato, red onion) to the more European Fig and Brie Turkey (turkey, fig spread, brie, lettuce).  Our favorite sandwich, though, is the Texture Tuna (tuna, chipotle aioli, cucumber, tomato, red onion, black sesame seeds).  If you could take the best spicy tuna roll from your favorite sushi restaurant and somehow turn it into a sandwich, you would end up with the Texture Tuna.  It’s amazingly Good.

The delicious Texture Tuna sandwich from Parsley

The delicious Texture Tuna sandwich from Parsley

You might get a little thirsty when eating your sandwich, so how about some kale, parsley, spinach, celery, and carrots?  “Uh…what?” you ask.  Combined, those ingredients make up Kate’s Kiss, one of Parsley’s best-selling juices.  These juices don’t come from a bottle.  No, owner Jason Bailey has a juicer.  A really big, powerful juicer that could juice pretty much anything.   Kale?  No problem.  Apples?  In its sleep.  In go the vegetables and out comes pure, raw, fresh, and delicious vegetable juice from perhaps the only place in the city to make it right in front of your eyes.

In addition to serving many fresh green vegetables and having a green-painted interior, Parsley also incorporates some green business practices into its operations, including utilizing compostable drink containers, having a recycling bin inside the shop (nearly everything involved in your order can be recycled), and incorporating some recycled wood in its interior design.  The prices at Parsley are moderately high ($7.00-10.70 for full-sized sandwiches and $3.95-5.75 for juices and smoothies), but given the unbelievably fresh and organic ingredients, the food is worth it.  Consider the price you pay a down-payment on your health.

Parsley is open from 11-5 daily.

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