Shake Shack Denver Opening and a Merry-Go-Round
We headed back to school and a new swim class session this week, but last week over spring break we had fun adventuring around Denver with Baba and doing a few special things. One excursion, heading downtown to give a very happy welcome to the best burger, I'm not an In-n-Outter girl, sorry, Shake Shack!
On Good Friday, we decided to spend the day as a family having good, no GREAT, burgers and fries! I almost had to go for the special custard collab with Glazed and Confused, but I wanted to save room for dessert, which was the Cadbury Creme Egg ice cream at Sweet Action Ice Cream on South Broadway which we had later on that afternoon, after some fresh air and exercise at Curtis park in between. I have to say the Instagram photo Sweet Action posted of their Easter-themed Cadbury Creme Egg ice cream looked a LOT more appetizing than it actually was. The bits that I did get in there were very small and, not much creme part of the egg. Could have been more robust.
Also, the guy working that day was super unfriendly. Is it me or does it seem like the hospitality industry and restaurant businesses could use some help that actually WANTS to be there in the establishment? He gave us a broken sugar cone and told my husband to be careful that it was broken, I had not heard this otherwise I would have asked for another right away. Sure enough, when I tried a lick of his mint chocolate chip it cracked and the whole scoop fell on the table. When I went to take it up and ask for a new cone, not even a replacement on the whole thing, which is not cheap by the way, $20 for two single scoops and two kiddie cones, he was not apologetic whatsoever and seemed irritated that I came up. He asked if I wanted to tip it in a cup. Um, no. I ordered a cone because I want to eat my ice cream on a cone... I told him no that I wanted a cone because that was the whole point was we wanted a cone. Another girl actually stepped in and completed the task for him. Poor communication. Terrible customer service, good ice cream. I have been here many times before, living blocks away at one time.
Sorry, that was a big rant. I know some of you think I may be too harsh on some small businesses I mention, but I also gladly and proudly shout from this platform when I see and receive excellent service and products too. This space has been about, and will always be about, authenticity. This post is not paid for. None of my posts are, but on the rare occassion some sponsored posts may be in trade in product, tickets for example, or discounts, and all are mentioned to you and disclosed. I want to be forthcoming here and say that when I see something awesome, I want to share that, but I also have the right to opinions on the other side of things too, when things aren't so great and can be improved upon. I am a big believer in constructive criticism. I actually do like their ice cream and was a little disappointed by our last trip there, but I know I will go back, if not for anything but their Baklava ice cream! And maybe an unbroken cone.
The Shake Shack Denver was so cool! It had an industrial feel, sort of matching all the new construction down in the RiNo area of town. They are on the corner of 30th and Larimer. Husband dropped me off so I could wait in line, and it was a perfectly sunny day. Plus, I could just taste that cheeseburger so no line was going to scare me away! Husband found great street parking and brought the girls over. The lines was only about 20 minutes maybe, and then after we got the buzzer, maybe another five. Shake Shacks always seem to have lines. At least all of the ones I have visited in New York and Chicago, and for good reason! But the menu is pretty simple, and everything is so streamlined. They have it down.
The girls found the perfect bar stools right in the front window with the final days of the March sunshine gleaming in on them, and their little smiley faces greeted all the people in line after us. They shared a burger and we all shared some crinkle fries. These fries! Something about them! Perfectly golden colored, salted to a "t," and they ends don't seem to get hard and crispy- soft all the way through! Mmmm... I heart Shake Shack and am so glad they found a home in Denver!
After lunch we walked three blocks East to Curtis Park. I love that playground. The girls had Baba push them on the merry-go-round. So HAPPY to see that merry-go-round. There aren't many around at playgrounds anymore it seems, but the ones we do see, we definitely utilize and LOVE. The girls did some swing action, lots of sliding and climbing and hide-and-seeking. It's a great play space.
On the way back to the car we caught some great murals and street art, as you do in that part of town. One of the reasons to make a trip down there for me is always, always the graffiti and street art. You don't have to go looking for it at all, it just seems to pop up and find you if you are taking in your surroundings and alert. look at that amazing green bear down there! Just up with the tree tops on the back of a residence, I think.
It was a great day to kick off Easter weekend as a little family. We had the perfect spring break around here and didn't need to hop a plane or highway to do any of it. We found lots of fun right in our own back yard. So much more to see and do with the Denver growth explosion, but always so thankful and happy we were natives and already had bought a home when we did and have established lives here before this crazy boom came. Oh, did I mention Denver is getting a Zara?! look out WORLD! I am excited for that.
Here's some photos of our Good Friday.
Wearing: I am wearing a vintage dress from the Arc. I am SUPER into the 80's office girl after-work look lately. Found this similar navy dress with huge white collar that is pretty amazing... Arlo is wearing a vintage dress from Etsy, Target leggings and Airwalk sneakers. Remy is wearing a thrifted Crew Cuts tee, and a Mini Rodini bunny skirt, (dress same fabric).