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DENVER: Father's Day and it's Opposite

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pusherman Jun 7, 2009 05:20 PM

Hi Denver Chowhounders!

Two Seattle 'hounds are headed to Denver in a couple of weeks for a weekend with my in-laws. I know basically zilch about Denver, and am hoping you can help point me in the right direction!

I need to take my father in law and his wife out to dinner on the big day. Can anyone recommend a moderately nice place (always threading that line with the in-laws...how nice is too nice?) we can go? They are *not* adventurous eaters, and are also somewhat clean-obsessed. And it needs to have the typical parent-friendly elements...not too loud, not to spicy, not too much like a bar, takes reservations...

In the other direction- my spouse and I are serious eaters and would appreciate any other kind of great Denver recommendations for while we're in town. What kind of food is can't-miss in Denver? What are the most fun places to go? I'm happy with super nice or hole-in-the-wall, but I want to find something I can't get at home (i.e., we can probably skip recs for seafood or Asian). Is there something that's hot right now in Denver (for example, in Seattle = gastropubs)? Is there a type of food that is native to the city or a local specialty?

Help!!!!

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    ClaireWalter Jun 7, 2009 07:19 PM

    Pusherman - Sounds as if you ought to take your inlaws to a hospital cafeteria. Seriously, a few that come to mind are Steuben's (it's all about comfort food and has a really nice patio), Highland's Garden Cafe (ditto tho' it's a bit more flowery than Steuben's) and Vesta Dipping Grill (maybe the bar scene will be tamped down on Dad's Day). A lot probably depends on where they live, but if you really want to play it safe, the metro area has just about every chain on the planet. You might also check http://opentable.com/start.aspx?m=5 to reserve.

    As for serious eaters' choices, you might want to look back at other threads, and if you do, you'll find the same recommendations over and over.

    Have a great time in the Mile High City.

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