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Sep 9, 2007 10:14 AM

Dins in Denver

Seeing a show @ the Ogden Theater and are looking for some awesome recs for dinner nearby. One vegetarian, One carnivore - we love all types of food, as long as its gooooooood :) Haven't checked out too much of the Denver Dining scene. Really wanted to try Fruition, but I belive it is closed on Mondays...

Suggestions appreciated :)

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  1. The first thing that came to mind would be The Red Room which is west on Colfax from the theater. (here is the link to the late night menu: They have a late night menu.

    Further up Colfax is Cafe Star, and now is the time to go since the head chef is moving up to New York in the next few weeks they do close at 10 but it might be worth driving down early and getting a table before your show.

    Steubens on 17th : (, I have eaten there many times and it really is terrific.

    These are just the few ideas that came to mind. These are the first that came to mind that are in the area of the theater.

    A little further away but in a few mile radius would be:

    A few places that are off of 6th Avenue: Montecito (Mel Master's new place), Angelo's Pizza (its an old family favorite and honestly just a great little redsauce joint), Lime XS (although I don't know how late they are open there and there has been alot of chatter about the service being really slow) and then there are the places in the Governor's Park area:

    Sparrow has gotten a nice reputation for continental fare (their menu: but there are no hours on their site, sorry.

    There is Mizuna ( ((which shares a kitchen with Luca D'Italia ( that I went to a few years back that was delicious. My brother took me as a thank you dinner and I remember the salad still. They might not be open on Monday though, its hard to tell from their sites.

    I hope this helps!

    Steuben's Food Service
    523 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80203

    Red Room Restaurant & Bar
    320 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203

    Cafe Star
    3201 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206

    Montecito Restaurant
    1120 E 6th Ave, Denver, CO 80218

    Lime An American Catina
    1416 Larimer St Ste C, Denver, CO 80202

    Angelo's Pizza Parlor
    620 E 6th Ave, Denver, CO 80203

    Lala's Wine Bar + Pizzeria
    410 E 7th Ave, Denver, CO 80203

    225 East Seventh Avenue, Denver, CO 80203

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    1. re: aka_zoe

      Mizuna, Luca, and Sparrow are all closed on Mondays (as is Fruition).

      Since you want veggie options, Steuben's has a vegetarian chili relleno, mediterranean veggie sandwich, mac and cheese, habanero honey fried corn, and "healthy" sides like gravy fries and fried cheese on their menu.
      I'm not sure if their gravy is just flour, milk, and seasonings or if it starts with the crispy remnants of fried chicken or beef or such though.

      Cafe Star has several salads (heirloom tomato, beet, med), a couple of veggie pizzettas, English Pea and Mascarpone Agnolotti, and Roasted Spaghetti Squash Gratin on their posted menu.

      You might try peeking at Open Table and seeing what comes up for the area on a Monday night.

    2. Steuben's is great - all types of nice comfort food and a great atmosphere. Their coconut cake and gravy fries are AWESOME. Yum.

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      1. re: Heyteacher

        Nice! We will try either Steuben's or Cafe Star. Thanks :)

        1. re: Heyteacher

          Are their gravy fries of the "brown" variety or cream or what?

          I was sad to find out that you cannot get mashed potatoes with their CFS. That is un-American.

          1. re: rlm

            just to let you know on Sunday NIGHT you get mashed potatoes with the CFS. But during brunch it is to hard to have over three potato options while doing that amount of business. But on the other hand if you were to ask nicely I am sure they would do it for you.

            1. re: eatdtown

              Thanks for the tip, eatdtown. I did ask whether I could get mashed potatoes and they said no. They were busy so I didn't press the issue. Completely understand that options may sometimes need to be limited. I wish the staffer had told me I could get the mashers on Sunday nights.

        2. Sounds like you've already made up your mind, but Parallel Seventeen and Limon are also both open on Mondays....

          I love the feel of Steuben's, but I have to say that I mostly find the food there just OK.

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          1. re: Megiac

            ...And Parallel 17 and Limon are only a few feet from each other on 17th Avenue, so you could stop into each for a drink and app or split an entree. Peruvian followed by "modern" Vietnamese would make for a fun pre-show repast.

            One thing I like about Steuben's is that there always seems to be something on their menu to please just about anyone, so it's my fail-safe for groups (particularly with diverse ages). Besides, they have an adorable "milk flight" for kids (chocolate, strawberry, vanilla tastings), so you too can incur the wrath of your college buddies by having their six-year-old make tasting notes in crayon on her paper placemat.

            1. re: rlm

              Is Steuben's a "sit down" restaurant? We are running short on time and want to just kinda order something up front and nosh. WIll that do or should we try something else?

              1. re: lavendula

                Steuben's is sit down, but the also have a to go counter up front. If you just want to grab a sandwich or something Marczyk's Fine Foods makes a mean sandwich that you can eat at their tables outside.

                1. re: Megiac

                  You could nab a seat at the bar at Steuben's in order to get in-and-out quicker. I concur with Marczyk's at 17th and Clarkson for good sandwiches and nibbles. They have their own parking lot too (and an adjoining wine shop). They sometimes have a few ready-made sandwiches and salads in the back by the deli counter too if you're really in a hurry.This won't help you for Monday, but on Fridays in the summer they cook out burgers.

                  1. re: rlm

                    Awesome!! I will be prepared for the next show :)

                    1. re: lavendula

                      So where did you end up going?

                      1. re: rlm

                        Well...that night was a catastrophe and we ended up not eating out at all :( But, we did try Fruition last week and it was fantastic!