Social Sightings: Our food editor offers six recent favorite bites

Monday mornings are tough, but this series is not. Social Sightings is your quick look at interesting food insights we’ve spotted recently. It’s as easy to drink as your first cup of coffee and should whet your appetite for the week ahead.

We first told you about Little Arthur’s Hoagies pop-ups back in September. Since then, chef/owner AJ Shreffler has left his full-time job at Bar Dough to pursue his Philly sandwich dreams full-time. He does a lot more pop-ups, mostly at King of Wings as his kitchen remains closed following a fire last December (he hopes to reopen mid-July). We recently had the opportunity to bite into the Vinny Vennuto, loaded with shaved ribeye, broccoli rabe, roasted red peppers, fried onions and “Italian cheese” made with provolone, fontina and Parmesan cheese. The verdict: Get your hands on one of these sandwiches ASAP. Do you have any other sandwich shop recommendations? E-mail [email protected].
Instagram: @littlearthurshoagies

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Burger cravings continue. We recently served up our picks for the ten best burgers in Denver along with five burger pop-ups to check out this summer, but this melted-cheese-stuffed option earned an honorable mention. Lucy’s Burger Bar on Tennyson opened last August and should be a top priority for anyone who is a fan of the Minneapolis staple, Juicy Lucy. Also spotted on a recent visit: owner Michelle “Meesh” McGlone giving free photos (and temporary tattoos) to two friends celebrating their 60th and 58th birthdays together. The good vibes here are plentiful.
Instagram: @lucysburgerbar

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Safta’s brunch buffet is back and more glorious than ever. It’s $45, which includes coffee and tea (alcohol is extra) and gives you access to unlimited amounts of hummus, pita, shakshuka, latkes, bagels and lox, pastries And much more. If you’re looking for a brunch option for a special occasion – or if you’re really, really hungry – this is the place.
Instagram: @eatwithsafta

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Noodles Express on Colorado Boulevard nearly closed earlier this year but managed to renegotiate its lease and stay after an outpouring of support. Losing a gem like Blue Ocean/Little Chengdu in the Tech Center is a great reminder to visit places like these and visit often. On a recent trip back to Noodles, the owner recommended the twice-cooked pork, and it’s another winner, sprinkled with fizzy Sichuan peppercorns that make it hard to put the chopsticks down.
Address: 703 South Colorado Blvd.

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Denver’s oldest cheese factory changed hands last August. We recently heard about Lisa Morris’ story of how she became a cheese pro after years of working in accounting, and she, of course, offered a cheese recommendation as well. This stunner is Langres AOP Germain, a cow’s milk cheese with a pungent aroma and a soft, creamy taste. According to Morris, the recess at the top is meant to be filled with champagne. Stop by the store and pick up a few to try this indulgent snack for yourself.
Instagram: @trufflecheeseshop

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Farmers market season is in full swing, and that haul came from the extensive South Pearl Street Sunday morning edition. A few highlights: Wine from Sauvage Spectrum from Palisade, pesto from Casa Crobu (which has some of Denver’s best Italian food, frozen), strawberry and grapefruit jam from Yummy Lotus, and compound butters from Fireworks in Boulder. Want to explore the scene? We have a list of all the markets taking place this summer.
Instagram: @southpearlst

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