We ate too much food at Zeppelin Station so you can be prepared for its opening

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Empanadas De Championes made at Comal Kitchen's new location in Zeppelin Station, March 1, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  food; nightlife; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty; rino; five points;

Empanadas De Champiñones made at Comal Kitchen's new location in Zeppelin Station, March 1, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Zeppelin Station is set to open on March 12 and if you’re not one of the many people who will have office space inside, there’s only one thing that really matters to you: the food.

The massive new development features an upscale cafeteria for international street food — plus two spots for alcohol. There’s a lot to choose from, so we’re going to walk you through it.

Let’s go.

Did you find the front door?
Zeppelin Station is ready to open, March 1, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  food; nightlife; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty; rino; five points;

Zeppelin Station is ready to open, March 1, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Good work! This part of town is still tricky to navigate and probably pretty unfamiliar unless you work in one of the warehouses, but you really can’t miss this enormous building at 3501 Wazee St.

Start by consulting the directory.
Zeppelin Station is ready to open, March 1, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  food; nightlife; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty; rino; five points;

Zeppelin Station is ready to open, March 1, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

At the very least, you will understand why there are colored lines on the floor. At the very most, you will quickly and easily navigate to where you want to be.

Perhaps a cocktail at Kiss & Ride?
Kiss and Ride inside Zeppelin Station, March 1, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  food; nightlife; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty; rino; five points;

Kiss and Ride inside Zeppelin Station, March 1, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Yes, correct choice.
A Sherry Cobbler made at Kiss and Ride, a bar inside Zeppelin Station, March 1, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  food; nightlife; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty; rino; five points;

A Sherry Cobbler made at Kiss and Ride, a bar inside Zeppelin Station, March 1, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

First stop: Comal
Victoria Cardenas (left to right), Daniel Limache and Tim Bender behind the bar at Comal Kitchen's new location in Zeppelin Station, March 1, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  food; nightlife; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty; rino; five points;

Victoria Cardenas (left to right), Daniel Limache and Tim Bender behind the bar at Comal Kitchen's new location in Zeppelin Station, March 1, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The anchor restaurant space at Zeppelin Station, called No Vacancy, will host a new team every two to three months, and Comal is getting first crack at it.

The original Comal — a heritage food incubator where women entrepreneurs from  Globeville and Elyria-Swansea cook Mexican, El Salvadorian, Syrian and Ethiopian food — is inside Taxi Development, another Zeppelin property. They’ll be cooking up the same flavors at Zeppelin Station for three months.

Tinga De Res Tostada made at Comal Kitchen inside Zeppelin Station, March 1, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  food; nightlife; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty; rino; five points;

Tinga De Res Tostada made at Comal Kitchen inside Zeppelin Station, March 1, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

On to the permanent installations, starting with Injoi.
A fried chicken tender sandwich by Injoi Korean Kitchen at Zeppelin Station, March 1, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  food; nightlife; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty; rino; five points;

A fried chicken tender sandwich by Injoi Korean Kitchen at Zeppelin Station, March 1, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Asia meets the American South at Injoi (pronounced “enjoy”), created by Acorn chef Bill Espiricueta especially for Zeppelin Station.

That Korean fried chicken you see above can be served over salad, bibimbap, rice noodles or a bao bun. Also on the menu: kalbi, bulgogi, classic and seasonal kimchi, and kimchi fried rice.

Next up: Aloha Poke Co.
The Aloha Poke Co. in Zeppelin Station, March 1, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  food; nightlife; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty; rino; five points;

The Aloha Poke Co. in Zeppelin Station, March 1, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

You can’t stop the poke trend. This particular poke spot comes to Denver via Chicago — the company’s first foray outside the Windy City.

Fresh, build-your-own-bowl options include sushi-grade tuna and salmon and tofu over a base of rice or mixed greens, with toppings like cucumber and pineapple or Maui onions and seaweed.

The Crunch Bowl by Aloha Poke Co. Zeppelin Station, March 1, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  food; nightlife; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty; rino; five points;

The Crunch Bowl by Aloha Poke Co. Zeppelin Station, March 1, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Around the corner: Vinh Xuong
Zeppelin Station is ready to open, March 1, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  food; nightlife; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty; rino; five points;

Zeppelin Station is ready to open, March 1, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

You might already be familiar with Vinh Xuong Bakery (pronounced “vin song”) from its two Denver locations. The third-generation, family-owned and operated bahn mi shop.

The Huynh family opened their first bakery in Vietnam in 1951 and, in 1980, brought the family business to Denver. Vinh Xuong makes its baguettes fresh each day, along with its selection of Vietnamese baked goods.

Banh mi prepared by the Vinh Xuong Bakery inside Zeppelin Station, March 1, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  food; nightlife; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty; rino; five points;

Banh mi prepared by the Vinh Xuong Bakery inside Zeppelin Station, March 1, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Namkeen
Sindhura Reddy (left) and Elliot Strathmann inside their restaurant stall, Namkeen, in Zeppelin Station, March 1, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  food; nightlife; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty; rino; five points;

Sindhura Reddy (left) and Elliot Strathmann inside their restaurant stall, Namkeen, in Zeppelin Station, March 1, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Pronounced “numkins,” namkeens are Indian street snacks. Here, that includes Kathi rolls — which highlight a set of slow-cooked curries like Methi chicken, chana masala and lamb keema served wrapped in traditional flatbread or served over basmati rice — plus aloo tikki, samosas and chicken 65.

Wife-and-husband team Cindhura Reddy and Elliot Strathmann spent nine months traveling through Southeast Asia, India Africa and Europe before moving to Colorado in 2013, working at Spuntino and eventually buying it.

A samosa made at Namkeen inside Zeppelin Station is ready to open, March 1, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  food; nightlife; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty; rino; five points;

A samosa made at Namkeen inside Zeppelin Station is ready to open, March 1, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Last stop for entrées: Au Feu
Montreal smoked brisket served up by Au Feu inside Zeppelin Station, March 1, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  food; nightlife; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty; rino; five points;

Montreal smoked brisket served up by Au Feu inside Zeppelin Station, March 1, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

If pepper-edged beef smoked for 16 hours and served on a traditional Jewish rye with stone-ground mustard and house-made pickles sounds like your kind of thing Au Feu (“oh foo”) is your kind of thing.

For coffee: Dandy Lion Coffee
Pandan coconut waffle and coffee at Dandy Lion Coffee. (Courtesy of Zeppelin Station)

Pandan coconut waffle and coffee at Dandy Lion Coffee. (Courtesy of Zeppelin Station)

Another project from the Huynh family, the coffee shop with a delightful mascot works with Commonwealth Roasters and adds its own Asian flare with chicory, lavender, coconut, chrysanthemum and pandan.

For dessert: Gelato Boy
Giulia and Bryce Licht behind the counter at their Gelato Boy stand inside Zeppelin Station, March 1, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  food; nightlife; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty; rino; five points;

Giulia and Bryce Licht behind the counter at their Gelato Boy stand inside Zeppelin Station, March 1, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Gelato Boy has a very cute story. Bryce Licht walks into a gelato shop in Italy and sees Giulia. Missing his chance to introduce himself, he keeps going back to the gelato shop, hoping to find her. He goes so much they start calling him Gelato Boy and, eventually, he meets Giulia.

They’re married now with two children but in the end — to a customer, anyway — the only thing that really matters is the gelato. It’s good gelato.

Gelato sandwiched in warm pizza dough at Gelato Boy inside Zeppelin Station, March 1, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  food; nightlife; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty; rino; five points;

Gelato sandwiched in warm pizza dough at Fior Gelato inside Zeppelin Station, March 1, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Plop down on the stadium seating, which faces arrival and departure screens for the nearby A Line, or climb upstairs to Zeppelin Station’s moodier bar.
Kyle Zeppelin talks on the phone inside his new development, Zeppelin Station, which is about ready to open, March 1, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  food; nightlife; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty; rino; five points;

Kyle Zeppelin talks on the phone inside his new development, Zeppelin Station, which is about ready to open, March 1, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

You’re in Big Trouble now.
Big Trouble, the bar on the second floor inside Zeppelin Station, March 1, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  food; nightlife; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty; rino; five points;

Big Trouble, the bar on the second floor inside Zeppelin Station, March 1, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

I know I’m playing into a marketing scheme by saying that and I’m sorry. But sometimes it feels good to let go and sink into the warm, numbing embrace of branding.

Big Trouble, the bar on the second floor inside Zeppelin Station, March 1, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  food; nightlife; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty; rino; five points;

Big Trouble, the bar on the second floor inside Zeppelin Station, March 1, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

And speaking of numbing, look at this thing:

We're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat, the massive sharable booze vessel served at Big Trouble inside Zeppelin Station, March 1, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  food; nightlife; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty; rino; five points;

We're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat, the massive sharable booze vessel served at Big Trouble inside Zeppelin Station, March 1, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

If you’re having that kind of night, more power to you. From Zeppelin Station, good night and good luck.