Urban Pantry exterior Denver 2008Urban Pantry
1242 South Broadway
Monday to Saturday, 10:30 to 7:30
Bus directions: take the 0 from Market Street Station

Update: Urban Pantry closed in mid-2009. Alexandra Failmezger can be found on Facebook and Linked In.

When I walked into Urban Pantry on South Broadway in Denver, the first thing I noticed was the selection of beautiful holidays wreaths hanging over the cash register. And the second was how the layout of the store draws your eye toward the back, where the meat and cheese case awaits.

On the way, you walk past enticing displays of everything from oil and vinegar to nuts to chocolates.

Owner Alexandra Failmezger chose Denver as the location for her store after extensive research indicated it was a promising market for the kind of specialty market she envisioned. As she says on her website, she wanted Urban Pantry to be “a fun place where people can explore different flavors, sample new products, and learn more about food.”

And learn I did, because she was happy to talk to me and the other customers about how special the Iberico ham was (at $89.99 per pound, it had better be) and how hers was the only store in Denver to carry it. I took home some of the Iberico (see its history here and here), as well as prosciutto, and once my husband finished exclaiming over the price, we sampled both. The Iberico had a stronger flavor than the prosciutto, both more nutty and more fatty. We had only a few slices between us, but it was quite filling.Urban Pantry meats and cheeses Denver 2008

The case in the back was full of out-of-the-ordinary meats and cheeses (such as “Stinking Bishop, Sheep, Raw”) from the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy, and the United States. On the left were shelves full of crackers, and blackboards listed the sandwiches and fresh pasta available.

If you don’t fall in love with any of the hundreds of offerings at Urban Pantry, each selected by Alex, well … for a consolation prize, you can always pick up a “Chocolate Boyfriend” or “Chocolate Girlfriend” and take it home.

On the way out, I stopped to sample the P. B. Loco peanut butters, one with cinnamon and raisins, another with chocolate (my favorite, of course), and a third with banana. The sign read: “The mind is boggled. But tongue understands.”


Urban Pantry P. B. Loco Denver 2008Urban Pantry has an extensive party menu; please allow twenty-four hours notice for catering. The staff can create a basket for you combining food from Urban Pantry and wine from Divino next door.

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  1. Denveater December 16, 2008 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    I’m obsessed with the curried PB I got there; did a post on it back in April…Totally agree that Alex & her store are dandy. She makes a mean sandwich too. Field trip!

  2. Beth Partin December 16, 2008 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    Somehow I missed the curried PB, but since I like the Vosges Naga bar so much, I’d probably like the PB too.

    It’s a great store, but I imagine she could use some support right now, with the economy being what it is.

  3. BernardL December 17, 2008 at 11:57 am - Reply

    Interesting place. I would have to finally become a vegetarian at 90 bucks a pound. Paying that kind of price would make me chew my food more thoroughly though. 🙂

  4. Beth Partin December 17, 2008 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    You should always chew each bite 90 times! 🙂 Or, wait, was that 25 times?

    It was just a treat, Bernard. I don’t think I could eat it all the time–it was so fatty. Even if I could afford it.

    But I would only become a vegetarian if my doctor told me I was going to die immediately (say, within 2 hours) if I didn’t. And even then I’d have to stop to think whether it was worth it.

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