One of the nights I was in Denver for work our group had dinner on our own and we got a list of restaurants close to our hotel to pick from. We split up into a couple smaller groups depending on cravings and preferences and my group ended up at Mod Market. It was listed under American and one of the guys looked up the description as “simple, clean food” and an emphasis on “using whole ingredients” and “keeping ingredient lists short and sweet.” It also mentioned gluten-free and vegetarian/vegan options so that sounded good to me (the first part, definitely not that vegetarian/vegan options no offense).
We made the 10-minute walk over and the entire time I was talking like “aaaare you asssking meeee a queeestion? from my teeth chattering. Since we had been up in the mountains with actual SNOW earlier in the week when we got back to Denver and it was a scorching 60 degrees I had shed a few of my winter clothes (which consisted of layering every sweatshirt I own- a grand total of 3). I unfortunately didn’t plan for the approaching night that came on during our walk and forgot the winter hat someone let me borrow in my room…. Needless to say I am glad to be back in Miami and only use sweatshirts when it gets cold ie. when it’s below 75 degrees with a breeze at night.
When we got to Mod Market it turned out to be a fast-casual kind of set-up. You order at the counter and they buzz you when your order is ready at the counter. The menu is salads, sandwiches, pizzas, and plates like chicken, steak, or tofu plates. The chicken and steak plates (with two sides like sweet potato mash, brocolini, roasted mash potatoes, quinoa salad, or cauliflower) looked pretty good to me and also because I didn’t feel like a salad. For a moment I thought the restaurant had “gluten-free” options like steak and salad that are naturally gluten-free, but then in smaller print it said the pizzas could be made on gluten-free crust and the sandwiches in a gluten-free wrap (looking afterwards at their online menu it says there is gluten-free bread, so maybe I read it wrong and missed that).
Given those gluten-free options I narrowed it down to a pizza or wrap. Some of the sandwiches (in a gluten-free wrap) intrigued me, but gluten-free pizza seemed more like a “gluten-pleasure” than a wrap. Despite just having pizza for lunch (and the best gluten-free pizza ever at Denver Pizza Company) I went for the gluten-free pizza. Also despite being a great meat eater I went for the 3 cheese pizza.(part skim mozzarella, fontina, and provolone cheeses). For a place that prioritizes from scratch, fresh, simple, and whole ingredients the prices were pretty affordable. I also got a side of their green chicken chili and that and the pizza came to like $15.
While Market Mod’s gluten-pizza competition was pretty stacked from Denver Pizza Company earlier in the day I enjoyed it a lot. It was a thin crust similar to Spris Pizza here in Miami, but not as charred. The cheese definitely tasted fresh and whole and was a nice balance of cheese, sauce, and crust. I also liked the green chicken chili. It wasn’t as spicy as I was expecting, but it was a good combination of chicken, chilis, and “broth.”
The group got a variety of things (sandwiches, pizzas, salads, soups) that they all enjoyed. Another gluten-free (who is also dairy-free) got the gluten-free crust and vegan cheese and said that it was really good (the pizza and surprisingly the vegan cheese, which she hadn’t had before).
The Mod Market was a pretty affordable, fresh, and delicious option for gluten-free, vegetarian/vegan, and regular options. It’s set-up so that it can either be a quick in and out meal or a longer sit-down one (including with a variety of beers and drinks). There are also locations around Denver if you’re looking for a quick gluten-free lunch or dinner.
Mod Market- 1000 S. Colorado Blvd Denver, CO (other locations across Denver)