Small plates shine at Seidel’s ultra-cool Union Station eatery & market.
When we have theater tickets in Denver, we usually drive from Boulder, park in a garage and grab a bite somewhere near the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Yesterday, we decided to be greener and took the bus, giving us an opportunity to try a Union Station restaurant. We passed the set-up for the watch party for Governor Hickenlooper’s re-election that was to occupy the grand hall and continued to the end of one of the corridors to Mercantile Dining & Provisions, Alex Seidel’s restaurant, bar, food market and all-round cool space.
Mercantile is pricey if all you think about is quantity, but based on quality and creativity, it’s a bargain. Being on the way to a high-energy production of “Kinky Boots,” we wanted to eat light, were happy with a couple of small plates, a bit of wine and the attractive and energizing Euro-market ambiance — and didn’t break the bank either.
Price check: At dinner, snacks, $6-$9; appetizers, $11-$14; soups and salads, $14-$15; pastas, $11-$14; vegetables, $13-$15; seafood, $26-$30; meat and poultry, $20-$30; ice cream and sorbet, $3 each; desserts, $10.