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Denver Downtown Cheap and Cheerful

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golfer1 Jul 7, 2009 09:44 AM

I am going to be in Denver later this month for a conference...for 9 nights. Staying at the Ritz Carleton, not my choice, so the $'s will be in short supply considering the cost of the hotel. Looking for breakfasts, lunchs and dinners for some of the days. Any suggestions with-in walking distance are great...no cuisine is off limits, I like it all. What's good and reasonable priced?

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    ClaireWalter Jul 8, 2009 05:07 AM

    The Ritz-Carlton is surprisingly not in the high-rent section of downtown Denver (it's across the street from the Greyhound station, in fact), but the neighborhood is rapidly gentrifying. The hotel is very close to Coors Field (the MLB ballpark), so the area abounds with brew pubs, some of which serve decent food at good prices -- and all of which are now astonishingly cheerful since the Rockies have been winning.

    In addition to "the usual suspects" at Larimer Square, closer eateries include Buenos Aires Pizzeria (1307 22nd St., http://www.bapizza.com/) is a nearby. So is Snooze (22nd and Larimer, www.snoozedenver.com) serving terrific fare at breakfast and lunch (just don't try to go at in at lunch before a day game). Stroll a few blocks twd the SW to Panzano in the Hotel Monaco (17th and Champa, www.panzano-denver.com), which served B, L and D and has a terrific (and well-priced happy hour). PrimeBar (16th and Arapahoe) is a new restaurant that among other things is doing a $35 wine-pairing dinner on Wed, 7/22, orchestrated by master sommelier Dough Krenik. (http://www.milehighonthecheap.com/200...).
    The Corner Office (14th & Curtis, thecornerofficedenver.com) w/ very cheerful retro decor, moderately priced comfort food and an after-work scene at the bar.

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      golfer1 Jul 9, 2009 02:17 PM

      Thanks for the suggestions and links...not going there till next wee so there is time for more!

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        ClaireWalter Jul 10, 2009 06:21 PM

        Man, did I typo my last post. The most egregious was "Dough Krenik" instead of "Doug Krenik." Apologies to all.

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        SeattliteChower Jul 7, 2009 02:20 PM

        This recent link has some recs in LoDo (Lower Downtown): http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/621282

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