Denver Downtown Cheap and Cheerful
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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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.