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Denver/Boulder Christmas Dinner

My husband and I are flying into Denver on Christmas Day, arriving about 6 p.m. and then driving on to Boulder. Anyone have a recommendation for where we might get a good dinner that night? We're looking for more fun than fancy but the quality of the food is most important.

We're game for anything between the airport and Boulder. Minor deviations from the main route are fine. We're just not sure what might be open.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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  1. That's a toughie. In Denver, the Brown Palace is serving brunch until mid-afternoon, and in Boulder, Q's in the Hotel Boulderado is doing the same, then a limited menu after 3 pm.

    According to the Rocky Mountain News LAST YEAR, the following metro area restaurants were openat Christmas 2005, though some (like the above) might just have been for brunch and most are not between the airport and Boulder:

    Basil Doc's Pizza, 2107 E. Virginia Ave., Denver; 303-778-7747; 4 to 9 p.m
    Chart House, 25908 Genesee Trail Road, Golden; 303-526-9813; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m
    HandleBar & Grill, 305 S. Downing St., Denver; 303-778-6761; 4 to 10 p.m
    New York Deli News, 7105 E. Hampden Ave., Denver; 303-759-4741; 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    Opus, 2575 Main St., Littleton; 303-795-9122; brunch 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner 5 to 10 p.m.
    Also: Zaidy's Deli, 121 Adams St.; Ellyngton's, Palace Arms and Ship Tavern in the Brown Palace, 321 17th St.; Briarwood Inn, 1630 Eighth St., Golden; Bastien's, 3501 E. Colfax Ave.; Prima, 1100 14th St.; Mirepoix, 150 Clayton Lane; Deli Tech, 8101 E. Belleview Blvd.; McCormick's downtown; Meritage at the Omni Interlocken Resort, Broomfield; Q's Restaurant, Boulder; Randolph's in the Warwick Hotel, 1776 Grant St.

    1. I just passed Moongate Asian Bistro (in Boulder on Pearl Street between 16th and 17th Streets). A sign in the window says they are open Xmas Eve and Day; no hours given, however. It's a modern Asian restaurant -- attractive, contemporary, interesting dishes, nothing wild. Service is usually good, but who knows what it'll be like on a holiday.

      1. Claire -
        Holiday eating when you're out of town is always a challenge. Thanks so much for your help.
        Cheers.

        1. Just found out, via their email newsletter, that the Trattoria on Pearl in Boulder will be open for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinners. Excellent dining.

          Trattoria on Pearl
          1430 Pearl St.
          Boulder, CO 80302
          www.trattoriaonpearl.com

          1. Our daughters live nearby The Chart House in Genesee (on Rt 70 on the way to Boulder). They've spent many holidays there and are very happy with the food. It's pricey and I would recommend reservations ASAP, the place fills up early.

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            1. re: scottso

              Pull out your map and take a look! I-70 is not exactly "on the way to Boulder." Unless you're headed to Boulder, UT.

              1. re: Mutt

                It's only about 23 miles -- not a huge distance and DEFINITELY worth the trip! The food in Boulder rocks!