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Jun 12, 2008 10:01 AM

Looking for some Denver Recommendations

Hi Denver Chowhouds!

I'm looking for some recommendations in Denver. First, I'll give you some details that might help in what we're looking for. We're a group of 8 guys from Toronto, average age of 40, coming to Denver in the early fall for a Broncos game and hopefully some golf. We'll be staying at the Sheraton downtown but don't mind cabbing it to get around. We are looking for the following:

1) A great Steakhouse, preferably not a chain. Don't mind spending upwards of $140 pp for a great steak and a few drinks.

2) Breakfast spot - must be walking distance from the hotel, quick service and must have great coffee.

3) Brew pub - I've heard that Denver is famous for their brew pubs and beer. Good food would be a bonus. Walking distance to the hotel would be nice but not necessary.

4) Sports bar - Multiple tv's & games to watch would be good. Good food would be a bonus (if one of the brew pubs carries the games, that would work). walking distance would also be a bonus.

5) Anywhere else that is a must try.

On a non-food related point, any golf course recommendations? Also, does anyone know of a car/van service that we could hire to shuttle us around to golf/dinner etc..

Thanks and look forward to the responses.

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  1. Steakhouse:
    Elway's Downtown in the Ritz-Carlton at 18th and Curtis:

    Ideas for brew pubs/sports bars:
    Wynkoop Brewing Co. at 18th and Wynkoop
    Lodo's on Market
    Breckenridge Brewery on Blake

    1. A few suggestions:
      For breakfast, I like Snooze. If you factor the 16th Street shuttle in, the walk shouldn't be too bad (7 blocks).

      While not technically a brewpub, Falling Rock Tap House has the most diverse beer list in town.

      As for golf, I think Arrowhead Golf Course is a great experience for someone visiting the area. As far as transportation goes, I would check with your hotel.

      1. Nearly everything in downtown is within walking distance of the Sheraton if you use the free 16th Street Mall shuttle.
        1) I would send you to the original Elway's in Cherry Creek for a steak, it's a much better scene for 8 guys from Toronto whose average age is 40.
        2) Hard to beat the breakfasts at Dixons at 16th and Wazee and the Starbucks coffee they serve is very good.
        3) I second the vote for Wynkoop Brewery, Denver's oldest brewpub.
        4) If you don't want to go to Lodo's for sports, the ESPN Zone has 3 million tvs.

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        1. re: Pastajohn

          OK, PJ, you may have to unpack some of your statements for me. Why is the 1 Elway's better than the other for 40-yr-old Torontans? Also Dixon's is a Racine's relative, correct? "Hard to beat" in what sense? I kinda get a kick out of Racine's but I wouldn't call it top of its class.

          What about Sam's No. 3? I've seen praise, but I'm not sure it's been on this board.

          1. re: tatamagouche

            Sams does a better than average breakfast, but their coffee is subpar and their Mexican offerings get high praise on this board for reasons I haven't comprehended.

            1. re: tatamagouche

              Although I just looked at the Dixon's menu and that "breakfast salad" sounds really intriguing. Anyone had it?

              1. re: tatamagouche

                Elway's in Cherry Creek has a vibrant bar scene with a mixed crowd of men and women that I thought might appeal to a group of 40 year old Torontan men. Sitting at a high top table in the bar is like watching a movie.

                Dixons is Racines sister restaurant and serves good, straight-ahead breakfasts - no rhubarb pineapple upside down pancakes or truffled scrambled duck eggs with purple Peruvian hash browns. But most importantly, the request for great coffee spurred its recommendation.

                I like the vibe at Sam's #3 but have never been impressed by the food and they definitely have mediocre coffee.

                1. re: Pastajohn

                  Ha, I guess I thought you were saying something about Torontans in particular. Yeah, so it's a pretty funny pick-up scene?

                  Well, I'll have to try Dixon's breakfast salad, b/c what I like best about that group is their salads.

                  Although I have to admit the froufrou dishes you describe sound awesome to me!!

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