Good Denver Restaurant: Ignite!

2013 January 18
by David Schlichter

Wood-fired pizza from Ignite!

A few nights ago we were in the mood to dine out, but we weren’t sure where we wanted to go.  As is becoming a standard practice in situations like these, we got out our trusty Eat Denver Dining Deck, poured through the cards, and decided upon Ignite!, “a relaxed urban gastro pub that offers fire crafted food, cast iron comfort food, creative libations and home grown hooch.”  The Denver restaurant opened a little over a year ago in the Ballpark neighborhood, and since we hadn’t tried it out yet, we thought we’d give it a shot.

We couldn’t have been happier with our decision.

Let’s start with the ambiance, which is the first thing we noticed about Ignite!.  It has a cozy feel–intimate but not too small, it was full of people but not too loud, and it had nice decor, featuring turn-of-the century brick/wood elements, pine beetle wood, and an open fire-centered kitchen visible from the entire restaurant.  On a warmer day, the renowned rooftop deck and bar would have been open too, but given that it had snowed that day, we weren’t able to check it out.

We sat down at our table and our server, Laura, stopped by right away.  Throughout the course of the evening, she gave us some of the best service we’ve had in Denver.  She was super nice, walked us through the menu, checked in on us regularly, and anticipated our every need.

The menu at Ignite! is excellent.  Appetizers include items such as the “man candy” (sweet and spicy bacon), fried calamari (this was very Good), fried pickles, whiskey wings, and more.  For main courses, they serve pizzas from a 700+ degree wood-fired oven (ours was delicious), soups and salads, hand-crafted burgers, and signature cast-iron-cooked dishes.  I went with the cast-iron-cooked shepherd’s pie, and it was dynamite!  Other items that looked Good were the chicken pot pie, the buffalo meatloaf, and the Ignite! mac and cheese.

Had we been there with a group, we might have tried out the group shots or the Ignite! bombs, and had we been there for brunch we probably would have indulged in the $8.99 bottomless mimosas.  We’ll have to save those for next time, which we are sure will be sooner rather than later!

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