Yes, I realize Kinga’s is nowhere near downtown Denver, but it fits because I was nowhere near downtown Denver over Fourth of July weekend. In fact, I was near Redstone, which is near Carbondale (pronounced “Car-bon-da-ley”) and Aspen, until late afternoon Monday. And that explains why I have to dig into my store of posts to update a theme from the spring of 2009.

I went to Kinga’s with Denveater and our respective honeys. From the outside, on Colfax, Kinga’s looks nondescript,Kinga's exterior Denver May 2009 but inside a series of rooms open up, from the bar with white columns to this formal dining roomKinga's fancy dining room Denver May 2009 to a dark fireplace lounge to the back patio.Kinga's back patio Denver May 2009

We began with drinks on the patio: spicy Zoladkowa orange-clover vodka for Denveater, served with OJ, and Zubrowka bison grass vodka for me, which had a more delicate flavor. Todd ordered the Okocim beer,Kinga's beer Denver May 2009 and we shared the zapiekanka, bread topped with provolone and mushrooms and onions and a tangy sauce made from ketchup and possibly Worcestershire sauce.Kinga's cheese mushroom and onion bread Denver May 2009

After the patio grew chilly, we moved a few feet to the lounge and sat at a granite counter, where we tried all four Polish entrees on the menu. The rest of the menu is pretty standard bar fare.

I had a massive breaded pork loin schnitzel, which seemed a little reconstituted but was otherwise inoffensive.Kinga's schnitzel, potatoes, and cuke salad Denver May 2009 The potatoes and the cucumber salad in sour cream impressed me more. Ruth’s Polish meatballs with cheese-mushroom sauce (noticing a theme here?)Kinga's Polish meatballs with cheese mushroom sauce Denver May 2009 reminded me of Salisbury steak. Brit had pierogi stuffed with potato, cabbage, and meat.Kinga's Pierogi Denver May 2009

Todd chose the smoked red Kielbasa, which gave him a stomachache (especially after he ate the leftover one the next day), and sauerkraut. Kinga's red kielbasa Denver May 2009Overall, he prefers the food at Cracovia, another Polish restaurant in Denver that he reviewed here.

At some point, I wondered aloud why a Polish restaurant would be named Kinga’s (I thought the name sounded African), and Todd informed me Kinga was a first name, no doubt belonging to one of the owners. It seemed a very laid-back family-owned place (even our very good waitress was family), a suitable stop  to work off late-night munchies after bar-hopping on Colfax.

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  1. Denveater July 7, 2009 at 6:36 am - Reply

    Oof, I’m full all over again, just looking at what we ate…
    .-= Denveater´s last blog ..A Quick Bite of Toast =-.

  2. Beth Partin July 7, 2009 at 10:15 am - Reply

    I know…it WAS a lot. And in a way, it was all the same.
    .-= Beth Partin´s last blog ..MonHaibun: Foxy Moron =-.

  3. Todd Bradley July 7, 2009 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    I look again at the plate of food I ordered, and I think I could make a better one. I’d smoke the kielbasa in my Traeger smoker on High, and serve it with locally-made natural sauerkraut from the Boulder Farmers Market (nothing but cabbage, salt, and water). The potatoes I probably couldn’t improve on.
    .-= Todd Bradley´s last blog ..empty Inbox =-.

  4. Beth Partin July 7, 2009 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    Maybe you could replace the potatoes with something else, like cooked apples.
    .-= Beth Partin´s last blog ..Denver Restaurants on Capitol Hill: Kinga’s Lounge =-.

  5. BernardL July 8, 2009 at 11:20 am - Reply

    It looks like a real nice place to stop in and eat at once in a while.

  6. Beth Partin July 8, 2009 at 11:55 am - Reply

    It was, Bernard…I’d like to see it when there are more than 10 people there.
    .-= Beth Partin´s last blog ..Downtown Denver Festivals: Cherry Blossoms =-.

  7. james Van Dellen July 13, 2009 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    Good review and photos. I live near and will plan on returning. I last checked this place out a few years back when it was some Cuban place which exact name I forgot.

    That beer looks inviting…
    .-= james Van Dellen´s last blog ..Marchas y Protestas en Buenos Aires =-.

  8. Beth Partin July 13, 2009 at 7:18 pm - Reply

    James, thanks for stopping by!
    .-= Beth Partin´s last blog ..MonHaibun: After the movie, =-.