Best Denver splurge?
- drawnrake Oct 26, 2009 12:45 PM
If you had $200 to spend on dinner in Denver, where would you go?
Sushi Sasa. Beatrice & Woodsley. Some would say a Kevin Taylor restaurant; I've never been but the menus never excite me. I might want to spend it at The Fort b/c I've never been, but that's not really a rec. Maybe Luca d'Italia, Mizuna, or Barolo Grill (been to the former, love it; not the latter two, but they're well respected).
I've been wanting to try Solera. (Goose Sorenson is a homegrown Wyoming boy, and his food sounds great) I'd love to splurge $200 at Osteria Marco-I could try all types of dishes and have a great bottle of wine to boot. Although I don't think you could wrong with any of Frank Bonanno's places. My husband & I had a lovely anniversary tasting at Restaurant Kevin Taylor. We had a tasting menu with wine and enjoyed it very much. I think the one place I really want to try is Frasca. I know it's not in Denver, but for me it's not much farther to drive to Boulder than it is to Denver. (Driving down from Wyoming :) )
Now that I'm home from back-to-back-to-back trips out of state/out of the country, I have a little time to reflect on this question. For a real splurge, I'd also suggest the Palace Arms in the Brown Palace Hotel. The room is like a museum, Thanawat Bates is a talented young chef who puts out food that is as gorgeous as it is delicious, and the service is terrific too. Denver Post restaurant critic Tucker Shaw slammed the service last year, and the Palace Arms swiftly cleaned up its act. See http://tinyurl.com/yh8mqz8.
Brown Palace Hotel
321 17th Street, Denver, CO 80202
Without a doubt Z Cuisine in west highlands. I am from Montreal and my french dad did most of the home cooking so my palate is pretty picky when it comes to French cuisine, but this place does it right. It is pricey, but worth it.
As an aside never ever go to Le Central which, to me, is a very bad themed restaurant and an aberration to my french sensibilities. But that discussion could be a thread of its own.