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Jul 28, 2009 12:01 PM

Lunch spot b/w airport and Estes Park?

Ok, searched the posts and couldn't figure out what might be along my route from the Denver airport to Estes Park. Would love hole in the wall Mexican, Tex/Mex with great margs, but will settle for any great hole in the wall as long as they have a bar, too. Have to make a pit stop in Henderson in caset here is anything there worthwhile, too. Options for route to EP is through Longmont or Boulder. But would prefer something closer to DEN since we arrive right around noon and will be starving!

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  1. Henderson? Unless you have some particular secret tip. consider taking Pena Blvd. to I-70, driving west through Denver and getting off at Federal Blvd., which offers the greatest concentration of holes-in-the-wall in Denver. Jack-n-Grill (2524 Federal Blvd.) has some of the best Tex-Mex food in Denver and also a full bar. Drive north few blocks from the freeway. The restaurant is on the east side of Federal. You would then continue north on Federal to US 36 westbound and follow that through Boulder and Lyons all the way to Estes Park.

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    1. re: ClaireWalter

      Sorry Claire, but them's fighting words! Jack N Grill is NOT Tex Mex. It is New Mexico Mex, and there is a HUGE difference. That being said, I heartily second your rec. JnG is a rockin' place.

      1. re: GroovinGourmet

        GroovinGourmet, consider that people from elsewhere (perhaps like Shansman) lump it all together as "Mexican." **TACOS** TOSTADAS** POSOLE** CHILE BOWLS** are on the online and in-house menus -- and to many people that = Mexican, regardless of the recipe's povenance.

    2. Sorry, sticky fingers. Not trick in Henderson. Have to stop to p/u package. Was asking whether there WAS anything in Henderson to eat. From my search, and your reply, there isn't anything. Thanks for the recommendation!

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      1. re: Schansman

        And thank you for the clarification. If you drive west on Henderson Blvd (or Rd or whatever) that becomes W 120th Ave. you'll eventually reach US 36 (Boulder Turnpike). You'll be driving through Thornton and Northglenn, both relentlessly suburbanized but probably w/ some spots that others might recommend. I've heard about, but never been to, Las Palmas 120th at Colorado Blvd. See - website even has coupons.

        1. re: ClaireWalter

          Clair, what about the Pho places next to the Pacific rim market on 120th I think

          1. re: paul balbin

            Schansman specifically asked about Mexican or Tex-Mex w/ great margs.

            1. re: ClaireWalter

              What about Santiago's? There are a number of locations in the area that would be doable.

              Or Efrain's in Lafayette (there's a Santiago's here too).

              1. re: RobynS

                Schansman originally wrote, "But would prefer something closer to DEN since we arrive right around noon and will be starving!" I've never been to any of the Santiago's, and in fact, didn't realize there were so many. Since the Schansman party expects to be starving, their best bet might be the Santiago's in Brighton. Santiago's green chile has a good rep, but do they also have a bar? I figured Efrain's was farther than they wanted to drive after landing at noon, waiting for the bags, getting a rental vehicle and picking up whatever they have to get in Henderson.

                1. re: ClaireWalter

                  I understand but I don't think the spots on Federal are more than 5 or 10 minutes closer than Lafayette. Especially with a stop in Henderson.

                  1. re: RobynS

                    You're probably right, RobynS. When Shansman first asked for recommendations, I didn't know that they had to go to Henderson to pick something up, so I suggested a straight shot out I-70 w/ stop at Jck-n-Grill for a marg and a meal. Everything became more complicated with each new information revelation. Ideal would be something along 120th St, which is the reason I suggest Las Palmas. I also thought that Thornton (I-25) to Lafayette was about 20 miles, but maybe I'm wrong.

                    1. re: ClaireWalter

                      It's about 11 miles. And the info about Henderson was in the original post so the Jack-n-Grill suggestion is further away in a direction away from Estes. I'm just trying to give options. I've never been to or heard of Las Palmas so can't say whether it's any good. But, you're right about the bar, I don't know if Santiago's has them. Sounds like either Las Palmas or Efrains are going to be the best bets.