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  • Post #121 - June 24th, 2015, 2:41 pm
    Post #121 - June 24th, 2015, 2:41 pm Post #121 - June 24th, 2015, 2:41 pm
    My family lives in Denver now so I make it out occasionally. They claim the culinary scene is pretty weak, but there are some interesting things to be had.

    Maybe the best tortas I have ever eaten are from Las Tortugas. Huge, cheap and with a bewildering array of choices to stuff into your bread.

    Queen of Sheba is very good Ethiopian as far as I can tell in my limited experience with the cuisine. It's a one woman operation where you are almost eating in her living room.

    Carmine Lonardo's does great italian-style subs, better than anything I have eaten in Chicago.

    El Tacos de Mexico - known for their green chile sauce. I enjoyed it, but there are like a billion mexican joints in Denver so I am not sure it is worth going out of your way.

    I will petition my family for more when I get the chance.
  • Post #122 - June 28th, 2015, 3:07 pm
    Post #122 - June 28th, 2015, 3:07 pm Post #122 - June 28th, 2015, 3:07 pm
    jimswside wrote:nice report and photos, thanks for sharing.

    Ill be in Denver shortly - mostly gonna be chasing food trucks, green chili's, & revisiting spots from last time(Mexico City Lounge(also got another deep fried taco spot), Asian Cajun, Yabby Hut, etc.

    One of the new ones on my list is: The Source - billed as an artesian market - its in an old brick foundry from the 1800's - looks to have 15 merchants, - some restaurants - some cocktail bars.

    http://www.thesourcedenver.com/

    still kind of needing to find a spot out in the Golden / Red Rocks area for before a concert @ Redrocks -

    I've heard good things about Crooked Stave brewery, in the source.
  • Post #123 - July 6th, 2015, 1:41 pm
    Post #123 - July 6th, 2015, 1:41 pm Post #123 - July 6th, 2015, 1:41 pm
    Never get around to as much as I would like on my trips - all good - had fun for the 4 or so days we were out west in Denver. Had a couple reasons to drive out

    Reason # 2 was Widespread Panic @ Red Rocks - just saw the Sunday show - hot - but not one of my favorites over the years.

    the terrain around RR is beautiful:

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    the white wizard getting Down:

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    Hit a few food spots - some repeasts -

    Cherry Cricket was good for a late night burger after the concert

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    burger was better this visit - went with a basic over easy egg, and avocado cheeseburger.

    After Cherry Cricket went to a late night pizza joint - Two Fisted Marios - NY style slices - also a pretty cool bar next door:

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    Had a few cheap drafts and a slice togo - still a pretty solid piece by the time I got back to the hotel:

    Two Fisted Marios
    1626 Market
    Denver, CO.

    http://twofistedmarios.com/Two-fisted_Marios_Pizza.html

    Had to hit Asian Cajun again - went for a nice lunch -

    did up some snow crabs as well as some blue crabs Rangy style -

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    snow crabs were meaty and good - the blue crab rangy style was great - messy and finger licking good but great:

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    also had to do some bugs - big ones - top notch:

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    Another repeat - Mexico City lounge - cant resist a well executed deep fried taco - this place is what it is - and I like it -

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    this visit I had steak vs beef - comes with a slice of avocado:

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    also a chicken enchilada - smothered in green chili sauce - and a fried egg for grins:

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    Cold beers and cheap tequila made for a great visit.

    Im a sucker for a sloppy corned beef sandwich - especially for breakfast- so one thing I search out in any town is a deli - found 1 - Zaidys Deli

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    really enjoyed a # 7 for breakfast - warm corned beef, slaw, Russian dressing on Rye -

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    Zaidy's Deli
    121 Adams
    Denver

    http://www.zaidysdeli.com/

    We did roll into The Source on 2 occasions - having drinks at RiNo Yacht Club both times - $2 High Lifes cant be beat - cocktail I had was made wrong the 1st time - but corrected

    The Source - RiNo Yacht Club
    3350 Brighton Blvd.
    Denver

    http://www.thesourcedenver.com/yacht-club

    Some random pics around Golden - an easy cruise from Denver - so is Boulder:

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    Might try to get back to Denver again still this year - but as other states are wising up there are more travel options up my sleeve.

    I also highly recommend the 3 following spots: - 1) Wellspring 2) Oasis 3) Sweet Leaf
    R.I.P. jimswside - 5/2/16



    @GrubSeeker
  • Post #124 - September 24th, 2015, 9:03 pm
    Post #124 - September 24th, 2015, 9:03 pm Post #124 - September 24th, 2015, 9:03 pm
    Steve,

    We were in Denver and and Boulder last weekend and upon your recommendation we dined at Blackbelly and Mercantile and loved them both. Thanks.
    "I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day." Frank Sinatra
  • Post #125 - June 6th, 2016, 10:57 am
    Post #125 - June 6th, 2016, 10:57 am Post #125 - June 6th, 2016, 10:57 am
    We had another birthday weekend with my mom(99-yikes) and of course ate very well. We stayed close to her retirement home(not assisted living) in Louisville and ate at 740 Front in a charming, historic building. Food was not fancy but very good, including grilled artichoke with lemon aioli, tasty caesar salad, and a great bone-ribeye for 2 with a very flavorful mop. Mom had clam chowder and crown royal. That's how you make it to 99!

    Lunch the next day was at Post Brewing Company in Lafayette. Besides good craft beer, the menu has a southern bent. We enjoyed everything including deviled eggs with pork cheek, cheddar bisquit, creamy grits, fried catfish sandwich, and ultracrispy Nashville hot chicken.

    Dinner was at Oak on 14th in Boulder, the sister restaurant to Acorn in Denver. Everything is cooked with wood either on a flaming grill or wood-burning oven. The cuisine is inventive. Every dish was terrific-Spring pea & burrata cheese toast with mint, chili, Iberico chorizo, Crispy fried and white wine braised artichokes with shaved fennel, pickled fresno, queso fresco, charred lemon puree, Grilled octopus with house Italian sausage, leeks, fennel pollen, fingerling potatoes, and Grilled and fried pork belly with pineapple and other stuff I don't remember.

    Before heading to the airport we decided to check out "Chinatown" in Denver. I hadn't seen the post by jmswside otherwise we would've checked out Asian Cajun. However, Empress Seafood Restaurant was the real deal. They have a large selection of dim sum, although only a few of the items were offered on rolling carts. Otherwise, you order off the menu. The offerings we sampled were respectable and I would certainly return to try their regular menu which had the basics such as clams and black bean sauce, big tanks with some good looking fish and lobster, and hanging ducks, chicken, and pork.

    http://www.740front.com/
    http://www.postbrewing.com/
    http://oakatfourteenth.com/
    http://www.empressrestaurantdenver.com/
    "I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day." Frank Sinatra
  • Post #126 - October 31st, 2016, 2:29 pm
    Post #126 - October 31st, 2016, 2:29 pm Post #126 - October 31st, 2016, 2:29 pm
    I'll be in Denver for a few days later this week and am looking for any new recommendations. I'll be near the Capitol Hill and Congress Park neighborhoods with no car. I've started a list after reading the Denver threads.
    -Mary
  • Post #127 - October 31st, 2016, 3:00 pm
    Post #127 - October 31st, 2016, 3:00 pm Post #127 - October 31st, 2016, 3:00 pm
    On my last trip to Denver, I only dined in the city a couple of nights. Jim mentioned Mexico City Lounge upthread and I'll recommend it too . . . a bit of a throwback and I really enjoyed the fried tacos, red chili enchiladas, sopapillas & margaritas. . . . other than the margaritas, things I really don't find in Chicago.

    I thought the food at the considerably more upscale Mercantile Dining & Provisions was very good. Service was a little lacking but that may have been an issue only the night we were there.
    I find the pastrami to be the most sensual of all the salted, cured meats. (Seinfeld)

    Twitter: brbinchicago
  • Post #128 - November 1st, 2016, 9:35 am
    Post #128 - November 1st, 2016, 9:35 am Post #128 - November 1st, 2016, 9:35 am
    I can second the rec for Barolo Grill.
    I spent a lot of time in Denver about 2 years ago on a research project
    and had an amazing meal there.
    I reviewed it on tripadvisor here- (same username)
    https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserRev ... ml#REVIEWS

    I also really enjoyed dinners at Bastiens for the "sugar steak"
    https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_ ... orado.html

    and the Bull& Bush Pub and Brewery which was tons of fun, plus wonderful food!
    https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_ ... orado.html
    "If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home."
    ~James Michener
  • Post #129 - November 1st, 2016, 10:42 am
    Post #129 - November 1st, 2016, 10:42 am Post #129 - November 1st, 2016, 10:42 am
    Had a great brunch in Capitol Hill at Jelly. Cute place on 13th and Pearl street. Similar vibe to Flying Saucer in Chicago. Very inventive breakfasts and brunch dishes. Entire sections of the menu devoted to several different french toasts, pancakes, hash, scrambles, omelets, biscuits and gravy and breakfast "sliders". Not your run of the mill diner versions of these but very unique updated twists on the classics. Good strong coffee and fill your own donut holes come with three sauces. Highly recommended.
    http://www.eatmorejelly.com/
  • Post #130 - April 19th, 2017, 12:13 am
    Post #130 - April 19th, 2017, 12:13 am Post #130 - April 19th, 2017, 12:13 am
    Heading out in 10 days. Any additional suggestions?
    Ava-"If you get down and out, just get in the kitchen and bake a cake."- Jean Strickland

    Horto In Urbs- Falling in love with Urban Vegetable Gardening
  • Post #131 - April 19th, 2017, 9:51 am
    Post #131 - April 19th, 2017, 9:51 am Post #131 - April 19th, 2017, 9:51 am
    So two threads?

    I am heading out in about 9 days and would love some intel.--TIA
    Ava-"If you get down and out, just get in the kitchen and bake a cake."- Jean Strickland

    Horto In Urbs- Falling in love with Urban Vegetable Gardening
  • Post #132 - April 19th, 2017, 10:03 am
    Post #132 - April 19th, 2017, 10:03 am Post #132 - April 19th, 2017, 10:03 am
    pairs4life wrote:So two threads?

    I am heading out in about 9 days and would love some intel.--TIA

    No longer. They're now merged. Carry on.

    =R=
    for the Moderators
    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain

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  • Post #133 - April 19th, 2017, 9:58 pm
    Post #133 - April 19th, 2017, 9:58 pm Post #133 - April 19th, 2017, 9:58 pm
    pairs4life wrote:So two threads?

    I am heading out in about 9 days and would love some intel.--TIA


    We moved here 2 years ago. What are you interested in?


    Fancy?
    See and be seen?
    Cocktail program?
    Beer place?

    Union station is a pretty good jumping off place, stop in for a drink and hang out then walk to many great places in the neighborhood.


    We've been happy trying stuff off the Eater list
    http://denver.eater.com/maps/best-denver-restaurants-38

    Was recently at Mercantile Dining & Provision and it was very good.
    Love Acorn at The Source and the whole family really likes The Kitchen
    Great beer list at Falling Rock Tap House but the food is pretty simple burgers etc...
  • Post #134 - April 19th, 2017, 10:09 pm
    Post #134 - April 19th, 2017, 10:09 pm Post #134 - April 19th, 2017, 10:09 pm
    mhill95149 wrote:
    pairs4life wrote:So two threads?

    I am heading out in about 9 days and would love some intel.--TIA


    We moved here 2 years ago. What are you interested in?


    Fancy?
    See and be seen?
    Cocktail program?
    Beer place?

    Union station is a pretty good jumping off place, stop in for a drink and hang out then walk to many great places in the neighborhood.


    We've been happy trying stuff off the Eater list
    http://denver.eater.com/maps/best-denver-restaurants-38

    Was recently at Mercantile Dining & Provision and it was very good.
    Love Acorn at The Source and the whole family really likes The Kitchen
    Great beer list at Falling Rock Tap House but the food is pretty simple burgers etc...



    Awesome food first and foremost. My dining companion tends to be anti- "see & be seen".
    Ava-"If you get down and out, just get in the kitchen and bake a cake."- Jean Strickland

    Horto In Urbs- Falling in love with Urban Vegetable Gardening
  • Post #135 - April 20th, 2017, 8:27 pm
    Post #135 - April 20th, 2017, 8:27 pm Post #135 - April 20th, 2017, 8:27 pm
    Find these guys Ava . . . fantastic ice cream.
    I find the pastrami to be the most sensual of all the salted, cured meats. (Seinfeld)

    Twitter: brbinchicago
  • Post #136 - April 21st, 2017, 11:23 am
    Post #136 - April 21st, 2017, 11:23 am Post #136 - April 21st, 2017, 11:23 am
    BR wrote:Find these guys Ava . . . fantastic ice cream.


    Perfect!
    Ava-"If you get down and out, just get in the kitchen and bake a cake."- Jean Strickland

    Horto In Urbs- Falling in love with Urban Vegetable Gardening

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