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Any interesting, unusual restaurants in Denver or Boulder?

Jessie B Mar 16, 2010 03:17 PM

Can you suggest any restaurants in Denver or Boulder that have particularly interesting and unusual cooking? We don't have any preferences about the type of cuisine or the price, but we would like to go to some place really special for at least one of our two nights in the area. Thanks!

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    Pastajohn RE: Jessie B Mar 16, 2010 03:31 PM

    Can you give us a clue as to what you find interesting or unusual about a restaurant?

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      rlm RE: Jessie B Mar 16, 2010 08:28 PM

      Wear a Raiders jersey and go to Elway’s. Bonus points if you bring a member of PETA with you.

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        tatamagouche RE: rlm Mar 17, 2010 12:04 PM


        I'd recommend Beatrice & Woodsley for a start. Breathtaking decor and, at its best, whimsical (though not cheap) contemporary small plates.


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        ToddBradley RE: Jessie B Mar 16, 2010 09:21 PM

        I suppose microwaved hot dogs don't count as "unusual" do they?

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          ClaireWalter RE: Jessie B Mar 17, 2010 03:26 PM

          This area, particularly around Boulder, are a hotbed of Himalayan resturants: Nepali, Tibeten, northern Indian. Limon is Peruvian. Domo is country Japanese (no sushi). A few years ago, I would have called a Brazilian Churrascaria "unusual," but now Denver has three of them.

          1365 Osage St, Denver, CO 80204

          Limon Restaurant
          1618 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80218

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            rlm RE: ClaireWalter Mar 18, 2010 03:18 AM

            Domo does have "wanko" sushi which you can read about on their website here (scroll down towards the end of A Story of Soy Sauce):
            This reminds me that I need to go back soon, so thanks.

            Sherpa House is technically a Cultural Center, former minnesotan, although I'm not sure I would call the Coors posters on the patio, the boombox playing in the first dining area, and the dingy tub in the bathroom cultural artifacts. :-) They do have good naan and thukpa.

            Tibetan cuisine is only "unusual" if you've never had it before (same thing with Ethiopian--some people might find it odd to eat with their hands), so unless Jessie B gives us more clues about what might be unusual to him/her, we can only speculate.

            I agree that B&W has amazing decor and a quirky menu where even the titles of the dishes are entertaining.

            You could get a liquid nitrogen shake at HBurgerCo--the Nutella with toasted marshmallows is one of the best shakes I've had in ages. You can't really see them making the shakes very well in the corner of the bar though (and I was sitting at the bar) and the smoke effect is gone by the time you get your drink.

            1365 Osage St, Denver, CO 80204

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            former minnesotan RE: Jessie B Mar 17, 2010 10:01 PM


            The Sherpa House Restaurant and Museum in Golden has very different and quite good food as well as interesting decor. I like the momo's; the stew with big noodles; the Tibetan bread; lentil soup that comes with main courses and my husband likes both the Yak meat and lamb.

            I agree that Domo Restaurant in Denver has good Japanese food and interesting decor.

            Jaya Asian Grill on South Colorado Blvd in Denver has a nice mix of dishes from Malasia, Singapore, Thailand and China. The decor is simple but the place has a good feel. The have interesting spicing in their more exotic dishes.

            1365 Osage St, Denver, CO 80204

            Jaya Asian Grill
            1699 S Colorado Blvd Unit B, Denver, CO 80222

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              tatamagouche RE: former minnesotan Mar 18, 2010 06:04 AM

              Jaya's quite good, I second that. Granted, depending on where you're from, Malaysian/Singaporean may not be all that unusual.

              And I agree with the others that Domo is a good call. Both Domo and Beatrice & Woodsley would be unusual by any standards, IMO. As would the decor at Buckhorn Exchange, which is thus worthwhile for drinks, though the food is iffy.

              Beatrice & Woodsley
              38 S. Broadway, Denver, CO 80209

              1365 Osage St, Denver, CO 80204

              Buckhorn Exchange
              1000 Osage St, Denver, CO 80204

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                ClaireWalter RE: tatamagouche Mar 18, 2010 08:03 AM

                Also, Boulder Dushanbe Tea House. The food is some of the good standard-issue food on the organic, natural, (mostly)vegetarian continuum, but the setting is extraordinary. It is an authentic Tajik tea house from Dushanbe, one of Boulder's sister cities. It is a symphony of polychrome tiles, hand-carved wood, plants, and fountains. Location is downtown Boulder, across from City Park and along the street where the Boulder County Farmers' Market takes place. See http://www.boulderteahouse.com/index.... and know that the images don't do the place justice.

                Boulder Dushanbe Tea House
                1770 13th St, Boulder, CO 80302

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                  LurkerDan RE: ClaireWalter Mar 18, 2010 08:34 AM

                  the tea house is a good call. The menu is unusual only in the way it has dishes from many corners of the globe, but the setting is unlike any restaurant I have ever been to in this country.

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                    tatamagouche RE: LurkerDan Mar 18, 2010 10:45 AM

                    Oh, yeah, I always forget about that place. Haven't been there in years.

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                      ClaireWalter RE: tatamagouche Mar 19, 2010 02:08 PM

                      Well, Tatamagouche, maybe we ought to go there when you're up Boulder-way.

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                        tatamagouche RE: ClaireWalter Mar 21, 2010 11:51 AM

                        Sounds good!

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                    Heyteacher RE: ClaireWalter Mar 21, 2010 06:26 AM

                    Yes, love it - gorgeous setting and wonderful food....too bad it's not closer to summer and you could hit up the farmer's market after or before you go...

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                      ClaireWalter RE: Heyteacher Mar 24, 2010 12:28 PM

                      Boulder County Farmers' Market opens on Saturday, April 3.

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                        Heyteacher RE: ClaireWalter Mar 27, 2010 12:10 PM

                        That is awesome! Wow, that's early! :-)

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                          ClaireWalter RE: Heyteacher Mar 28, 2010 05:43 AM

                          Heysteacher - In 2009, I think the first 2 or 3 farmers' mkt Saurdays were cold and snowy. Let's hope for kinder weather this year -- but with good skiable snow remaining in the mts. For those who haven't been there, each season's early farmers' markets feature bedding plants, cut flowers, baked goods, preserves and prepared foods -- and enthusiasm. Local produces comes in later.

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