Visit Colorado: Dinner at Work And Class in Denver

Visit Colorado: Dinner at Work And Class in Denver
05 Jul 2019

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Disclosure: My meal at Work And Class was covered by Visit Denver. All opinions are my own.

Quality Food. No fuss. No reservations.

Work And Class restaurant entrance

Work And Class

Sometimes simple is better. As is the case with Work And Class. Food that everyone loves, cooked with familiar ingredients, that doesn’t involve too much fuss. With tag line like “square meal, stiff drink, and fair price”, you know you are in for a treat!

Work & Class is all about the working class background and down-to-earth personalities of its two owners, Tony Maciag and Dana Rodriguez.

Tony (Minister of Service) is a Detroit native who attended Michigan State University, and moved to Colorado in 1992.

Dana (Executive Chef) grew up on a farm in Mexico. In 2015 and 2016, she received nominations in the Best Chef Southwest category by the James Beard Foundation for her work at Work & Class.

The menu they have created is inspired by their American and Latin American roots, and because of their “working class” backgrounds, service is unpretentious.

Once you step into Work And Class, you will see the patrons enjoying great looking food and drinks in a casual setting.

Dinner Menu

There is something to temp everyone’s palette on this American and Latin American inspired dinner menu:

Appetizers & Salads

Rosemary Red Wine Sausage: Pickled cabbage, dijon mustard
Beets By Loca: Mixed greens, toasted almonds, goat cheese, passionfruit vinaigrette
The Massive Attack Salad: Tempura broccoli, asparagus, avocado, spinach, cucumbers, parmesan, preserved lemon vinaigrette
Peppers Five Ways: Bacon-wrapped jalapeño with candied almonds, fresno popper, grilled shishitos, mixed pickled peppers, pepper jam add a fresno or jalapeño
Blue Corn Empanadas: Stuffed with mushrooms, asparagus, onion, garlic, brandy, manchego cheese with chimichurri sauce
Pork & Lamb Meatballs: Cheesy Grits With Spicy Tomato Sauce


Fried Cornmeal Cajun Catfish
Pork Carnitas
Rotisserie Chicken: Lemon brown butter or Cajun rum chicken
Roasted Goat (Cabrito)
Brandy & Peppercorn Beef Pot Roast
Coriander Roasted Colorado Lamb


Chickpea Croquettes
Pork Braised Greens
Dirty Rice With Sausage & Peppers
Spiced Fried Sweet Plantains
(Mind Your) Peas & Carrots
Green Chile Smashed Red Potatoes
Sweet Potato Fries
Heirloom Tomatoes With Ricotta & Basil Vinaigrette
Wisconsin Cheddar Mac & Cheese


Jalapeño Cornbread
Handmade Corn Tortillas
Green-Chile Cheddar Biscuit
Griddled Goat Cheese Masa


Butterscotch Pudding: Almond toffee, whipped cream
Warm Chocolate Brownie: Salty dog chocolate ice cream, toasted walnuts
Strawberry Rhubarb Cheesecake: Fresh strawberries
Loca’s Carrot Cake: Pineapple, walnuts, mascarpone & goat cheese frosting

Work And Class patrons

What We Ate

As we were in a group, we ordered a few selections to sample and share.

Work And Class Beets By Loca


The Beets By Loca were on point. Tasty beets, fresh mixed greens, crunchy toasted almonds, and a yummy passionfruit vinaigrette. We got this one with the goat cheese on the side.

Work And Class Heirloom Tomatoes

The Heirloom Tomatoes were fresh, and the basil vinaigrette added just the right amount of acidity.

Work And Class Blue Corn Empanadas


I’m a big fan of empanadas, and these Blue Corn Empanadas knocked it out the park! Stuffed with mushrooms, asparagus, onion, garlic, brandy, manchego cheese, with side of chimichurri sauce to dip.

Work And Class Rosemary Red Wine Sausage

My favourite appetizer was the Rosemary Red Wine Sausage. Pickled cabbage, drizzled dijon mustard. Juicy, tender, and flavourful!

Work And Class Brandy And Peppercorn Beef Pot Roast


The Brandy And Peppercorn Beef Pot Roast was super tender, with a tasty jus.

Work And Class Dirty Rice With Sausage And Peppers

I loved the Dirty Rice With Sausage And Peppers. It was the perfect side dish for the pot roast.

Work And Class Butterscotch Pudding


This Butterscotch Pudding was super tasty!

Work And Class Locas Carrot Cake

I only had a small bite of Loca’s Carrot Cake. It was very soft and had the right amount of sweetness.

Work And Class Strawberry Rhubarb Cheesecake

The girls demolished the Strawberry Rhubarb Cheesecake!

Work And Class Warm Chocolate Brownie

Not gonna lie… I may have eaten this entire Warm Chocolate Brownie. It was that good. Sharing is recommended, but not likely to happen.

Work And Class stiff drinks

Oh, and about those stuff drinks… all cocktails include two ounces of spirits. Go easy!


Work And Class is located at:
2500 Larimer Street, Suite 101, Denver, Colorado 80202


Monday: Closed
Tuesday to Thursday: 4:00pm to 10:00pm
Friday and Saturday: 4:00pm to 11:00pm
Sunday: 4:00pm to 10:00pm

Early Work Release Program (Happy Hour)
Tuesday to Friday: 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Saturday and Sunday: 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Small Batch Tequila Tuesdays
4:00pm to 10:00pm

No reservations needed or offered

Food And Drink For People Who Can Eat

If you are looking for a “square meal, stiff drink, and fair price”, give Work And Class a try. The food is super tasty, the protions are just right, the drink pours are generous, the atmosphere is fun, and the service is down-to-earth. A recipe for a great meal out.

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