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Feb 10, 2009 11:10 AM

Limelight, Prima or Panzano (Denver)?

I am visiting Denver in a couple of weeks, for three nights and could use some insight. My husband is a Zengo fan, so night 1 is set. The other two nights we are questing something walkable for the Marriott Center City (17th & California), with great food and a good environment (upbeat, chic, funky, warm or cool, it all works...just as long as the setting has been considered to some extent).

There is the "pain in the booty" kicker, though, I had surgery recently and have some dietary limitations; I need a kitchen that can have a bit of flexibility (low fat is my friend). I have read that Limelight can be a bit czarist in their preparation and I wonder if they should be off my list. I tend to seek seared ahi, my fall back is any grilled fish or raw offering and my husband is game for anything.

There is no price limit. Any endorsements for Limelight, Prima, Panzano or other thoughts? I appreciate your help!

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  1. I say Panzano's or Kevin Taylor downtown if cost is unlimited.

    If you walk one block over from your hotel to the 16th St. Mall, you can hop a free shuttle to LoDo. They come pretty frequently and will take you the 6-8 blocks or you can walk if it's a nice evening. You will have lots more options in that area, like Rioja, Bistro Vendome, Vesta Dipping Grill, Osteria Marco, Marco's Coal-Fired Pizza, etc. Vesta might be a good choice for your dietary needs since the sauces are served on the side.

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    1. re: SeattliteChower

      Marco's is way over-rated... So many other good choices.

      1. re: SeattliteChower

        I wholeheartedly vote for Panzano. A warm place with delightful food (great bread spread, BTW).

      2. If customizable seafood is your desire and money is no object, I would also suggest Oceanaire at 14th and Araphaoe. It's a small, upscale chain w/ really good seafood and a willingness to accommodate guests' needs. Just don't get grossed our by the monstrous heaps of fries coming out of the kichen w/ fish & Chips or any other fried fish dish.

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        1. re: ClaireWalter

          I like Oceanaire as well; it's a national chain, but it does a good job. Helps curb my oyster cravings after 10 years in Boston, with a wide daily changing selection.