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Aug 30, 2007 05:00 PM

What is Chow-worthy and not too spendy near the Denver Tech Center?

Last minute change of plans, and instead of hitting our neighborhood mexican restaurant (Mezcal) for dinner tonight, I am meeting the husband down in the Tech Center for a late meal when he finishes with work. I don't really do the southern suburbs, and he generally eats down there with a bunch of non-foodie types, whose choices swing between Del Frisco's (too expensive and steak-y) and Red Robin (too depressing). Is there anything down there that (a) is not a chain and (b) provides tasty, interesting food?

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  1. Business travel sometimes takes me to the DTC and Greenwood Village. In several visits, Sahara has never failed me for tasty, reasonably priced Middle Eastern food.

    Sahara Restaurant
    9636 E Arapahoe Rd, Greenwood Village, CO 80112

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    1. re: silverbear

      There is also an outpost of Montecito on Orchard and Holly which is a couple of miles East of the Tech center. I have only been to the one on 6th Ave. but thought the food was good. Kind of "new American." Not a big menu if you are picky eater.

      The same owners also recently opened Annabels in the same complex- supposed to be similiar to thier former place - Mels- but I have not been. You can reserve tables at both through Open Table.

      Ther is also Yia Yia's. I have only been for lunch but they have a pretty varied menu. Might be more expensive then you are looking for.

      I am sure there are a couple of other places but I am kind of drawing a blank especially those that are more moderately priced. One thought is "Sauce" part of a small chain owned by the same group that owns "North." I have not been but I believe they are a pizza and wine casual kind of place.

    2. Haven't been in a couple years, but there is a little place called Chianti down there (owned by the same guy who owns Venice downtown) that used to have some fantastic gorgonzola ravioli...

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      1. Thanks for the recommendations everyone. He ended up working later than planned, so I just had left over pasta at home. I'll keep your recs in mind for the next time I meet him for dinner down there.

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        1. re: Megiac

          I live down here in SE Denver and second HGD's rec for Chianti (Belleview and Yosemite). It's the friendly, homely sister of the slightly more glamorous Venice (nearly identical menu) on Orchard and Holly (and more recently downtown). Great, great food... miserably overpriced winelist. We still go frequently cuz the food is sooo delicious.

          Also in the Italian style: Pesce Fresco on Quebec near Arapahoe

          Casual good food and usually good, sometimes awful service: Darcy's pub on Ulster (where they pour a very proper pint).

          Our can't miss place though in DTC is the wonderful Bara Japanese restaurant on Belleview. My wife has a hollow leg for sushi so we usually end up spending a pretty penny but it's a great place.

          Slightly more casual but good sushi can be had at Sushi Wave on Arapahoe just east of I-25.

        2. It's been awhile, but I enjoyed a couple of lunches at Bono's BBQ, west of I-25 near the shopping areas.

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          1. re: GroovinGourmet

            I did not care for Bono's Pit BBQ on my sole visit. I recall that they proudly displayed an Ore Ida symbol on their menu. Sadly, the frozen fries ended up being a highlight. The chicken was bone-dry, and none of the four sauces (Original, Red, "Hot," Sweet & Tangy) I liberally applied to said bird could rescue it. I must express disappointment that their sampler platter called Bono's Feast didn't come with a copy of "Under a Blood Red Sky" and a pint of Guinness. ;)

            1. re: rlm

              I have to agree with your evaluation of Bono's. If you are craving casual BBq in the area I would hit Brother's BBQ off Arapahoe and I-25 - good meats and sauces plus flavorful sides.

              1. re: mommy3esq

                There is a also now an outpost of Yazoo's in the Tech Center, which should kick both Brother's and Bono's BBQ butts.

                1. re: Megiac

                  probably should start a new thread- but had Yazoo's in tech center a couple of weeks ago. Fabsters! Great cue.... I had "The Bob" which is chicken wrapped in bacon and smoked. Great with a dip of sauce. Sides were okay.. Sweet and sour green beans (served cold) and baked beans (so-so). Looking forward to trying ribs and pork.

                  1. re: e_bone

                    I also love the brisket at the Broadway location.

                    1. re: Megiac

                      Where is the DTC location? Cross-streets please? Must...have...pulled...pork...soon.

                      1. re: rlm

                        It's at about Arapahoe and maybe S. Clinton. Near I-25 on the north side. Not tech center by my definition but it is by some.

                        1. re: RobynS

                          I must have missed Yazoo's completely -- What is the lowdown on this famed BBQ establishment???