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If you had $200 to spend on dinner in Denver, where would you go?

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  1. Normally my top pick is Fruition, but i also just had a wonderful meal on Friday at Barolo Grill.

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    1. re: SeattliteChower

      Thanks! Fruition has been on my radar...

    2. 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).

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      1. re: tatamagouche

        Thanks -- I've been to Luca (wonderful) and the others sound interesting as well.

      2. I had a fabulous meal at Restaurant Kevin Taylor. If you're willing to drive to Boulder, perhaps Frasca or the Flagstaff House?

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        1. re: LurkerDan

          I was thinking about Flagstaff House, but wasn't sure I wanted to make the drive. Thanks for the ideas!

          1. re: drawnrake

            I've not been terribly impressed by Flagstaff House but Frasca is definitely on my list of to try.

            1. re: RobynS

              i'm opposite of you...I wasn't too impressed with Frasca. i wanted to love it but it just didnt have that spark for me. Flagstaff in on my list to try tho...

              1. re: liveloveat34

                I'm impressed by both the Flagstaff House and Frasca -- very different and, IMHO, very wonderful. However, Drawnrake wanted recs for DENVER splurges,

                1. re: ClaireWalter

                  right i understood that. my response was replying to Robyn S. and the OP was actually interested in Flagstaff even though it is not in Denver.

                  1. re: liveloveat34

                    And my response was in reply to the OP specifically asking about Flagstaff House. The meal I had there was just okay. Not bad but not excellent.

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                    Flagstaff House Restaurant
                    1138 Flagstaff Dr, Boulder, CO 80302

        2. 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 :) )

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          1. re: jcattles

            Being a Wyoming girl myself, I will put Solera on the list. Thanks!

            (Love Osteria Marco, too. The house made burrata? Best thing ever. We are taking my mother-in-law there next week ...)

            1. re: jcattles

              You'd have to order a lot of food (or a really good wine) to spend $200 at OM; ditto Bones—but I'm with you, if I had $ to throw around, I'd do it in a second! (Maybe just several rounds of burrata or bone marrow?)

              1. re: tatamagouche

                Works for me! :)

            2. 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.

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              Brown Palace Hotel
              321 17th Street, Denver, CO 80202

              1. 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.

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                1. re: blisstone

                  I think, recently, it has been. :)

                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/715891