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moderately priced in Lakewood, CO

renshiwo Dec 1, 2008 05:42 PM

I will be at a training in Lakewood, CO for one week, staying near 7400 W. Mansfield. I am looking for good, ethnic restaurants in the $15-20 range and a good coffee shop and bakery. I would love to find good Mexican, New Mexican, Vietnamese, Thai, dim sum... or any recommendations you have really for a place that shouldn't be missed.
Since I don't know the Denver area, please let me know if you recommend a place that's a bit of a drive. We will have a car available, put probably wouldn't want to go more than 20 minutes or so.

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    renshiwo Dec 11, 2008 06:11 PM

    Last night in town and I went to Virgilio's. Very tasty, and a friendly counter crowd that made it easy to find someone to chat with during dinner.

    1. Veggo Dec 9, 2008 06:00 PM

      Consider the White Fence Farm on Jewell in Lakewood. An institution for a couple generations, and a refreshing respite from strip center restos.

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        renshiwo Dec 9, 2008 05:46 PM

        Dinner tonight was New Saigon on Federal near Alameda. Yum! It has an extensive menu, with lots of dishes I had never heard of before. We tried pho, a seafood dish, and a vegetable sour soup. All of them were very tasty, and pretty cheap too.

        1. tastyjon Dec 6, 2008 10:42 PM

          Is that South Lakewood? If so you might be just as near to eateries in other cities within the metro area. I ask because there's a Mansfield and Wadsworth, south of 285, which would be a quick hop to Morrison, Littleton, some of Denver's Vietnamese faves, etc. I'm just not sure if we're talking about the same part of Lakewood.

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            renshiwo Dec 7, 2008 06:29 PM

            Yup, That's where I'm at. We arrived today and ate at Namaste in a strip mall off of Wadworth. It was delicious and a good value. We ordered a combination plate for 2 that came with chappati, samosas, basmati rice, naan, tandoori chicken, lamb curry, shrimp masala, dal, saag paneer, and kheer - all for less than $30. We both took away plenty for a meal tomorrow.

            I've got five more dinners to eat, so more recommendations are welcome!

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            Pampatz Dec 6, 2008 07:20 AM

            El Paraiso at 4690 Harlan St. is a really good Mexican restaurant. It is not Tex-Mex or Cal-Mex, but real Mex. Huge and diverse menu, probably several hundred selections. One of our favorites is to share a brazier of mixed meats and seafood along with nob onions.

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              renshiwo Dec 4, 2008 08:35 PM

              Hmmm.. Lakewood doesn't exactly sound like a food wonderland. Too bad.

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                chowmix Dec 5, 2008 02:34 AM

                That's why Henry Ford invented the Model T.

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                  BlueOx Dec 5, 2008 05:54 AM

                  Actually 240 Union, which surprisingly is at 240 Union in Lakewood is one of the better restaurants in the Denver area. Its good food and great service at a moderate price. With wine you can get out of there at about $50 person.

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                    ClaireWalter Dec 5, 2008 07:35 AM

                    In same shopping center as 240 Union is Bisque, which until a few weeks ago was called Cafe Bisque. Not sure how prices compare. It's been a while since I've been to either.

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                      BlueOx Dec 5, 2008 02:50 PM

                      Claire, a year ago I tried Bisque for dinner. It was about $10 less than I had spent at 240 for dinner a week before. Bisque was not busy that night but 240 was jammed.

                2. LurkerDan Dec 2, 2008 09:50 AM

                  Not the best reco, but it's something: I got takeout once from this place: http://www.denver.com/pho-hau-restaur... (I'm pretty sure that is the place, but I wouldn't bet my life on it). A strip mall restaurant, but the food was quite good.

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                    chowmix Dec 2, 2008 09:22 AM

                    Check out Davies Chuck Wagon Diner on West Colfax for a truly authentic experience as well as low prices.

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                      renshiwo Dec 1, 2008 05:43 PM

                      PS - At least some of the nights I will be dining with someone who prefers vegetarian cuisine.

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                        ClaireWalter Dec 1, 2008 07:55 PM

                        I haven't eaten in Lakewood too often, so I hope some Hounds from around there can help. If you were to ask for a great pizza place, I would have suggested Virgilio's for great New England pies. That would work for your vegetarian colleague. So would an Inidan/Nepalese place called Namaste, but I've never eaten there. Otherwise, Lakewood itself has mostly chains. Golden isn't far, and neither is the west side of Denver. Excellent Chinese at Super Star and King's Land, both on Alameda near Federal. Many ethnic eatries up and down Federal too.

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