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May 1, 2010 09:06 PM

Denver - good eats near Convention Center

I'm going to be in Denver at the end of May for a convention, and am seeking recomendations of good places near the convention center. I won't have a car, so either walking, public transportion or even a cab (hopefully not). Ethnic/asian food and/or local great spots would be appreciated!


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    1. Virtually all of downtown Denver is available by walking or the 16th St Mall bus (free). If you search here for recommendation for Denver, anything downtown or "LoDo" would work.

      1. Tivon - Asking for "good places" is a very open-ended question. LurkerDan is right, of course, about the accessibility of anything downtown or LoDo, but a hint as to budget and/or type of food might get you some answers.

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        1. re: ClaireWalter

          I'm looking for any asian or other type ethnic - entrees hopefully less than $15 for dinner and less than $10 for lunch as I'm on a limited budget. Not too interested in burger and other chain food which is normally what one finds near a convention center.

          Most days I'll be pretty busy - esp during lunch - so any recommendations for places close to the convention center would be appreciated.

          1. re: tivon

            It's also worth noting that you might not be hearing much because this question is asked endlessly: it'd help if you do a board search for downtown Denver recs first, and then if you don't get answers you're looking for let us know.

            I will say that I tried the new Wild Bangkok downtown recently and while the decor is lovely I wasn't too impressed with the cooking.

            Also, if what you're picturing when you say "ethnic" are cheap "authentic" holes in the wall, there aren't a lot of those downtown. The best Chinese, Ethiopian, Vietnamese etc. is elsewhere. 8 Rivers might be worth a look: http://www.8riverslodo.com/


        2. Little India has a buffet for lunch, as does Los Cabos Dos, which is a Peruvian restaurant... they're right next to each other on 15th and Champa. But yeah, there's not many cheap/ethnic places right downtown, especially Asian (those are all on Federal/Alameda or in Aurora). There's JJ Bistro in Sakura Square, which is a nice Chinese place with good prices... that's a little ride/walk from the Convention Center but it's at Larimer and 19th.

          The BEST place you'll find within somewhat walking distance though is Domo, which is located on Osage St, which is just west of the main part of downtown on Colfax. Absolutely the best Japanese (non-sushi) restaurant in Denver, and a pretty unforgettable place if you're here visiting. Lunch is extremely reasonable from $5-11, and I'd highly suggest it if you can walk 8 blocks or so away from the Convention Center.

          1365 Osage St, Denver, CO 80204

          7555 E Arapahoe Rd Ste 5, Englewood, CO 80112

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          1. re: Stumbleweed

            Is that Peruvian place any good? Been meaning to try it forever...

            1. re: tatamagouche

              YES! Very authentic...we should check it out!

            2. re: Stumbleweed

              And if you can't or choose not to walk the eight blocks between the convention center and Domo, hop on lightrail, which stops right at the convention center and also behind Domo.

              1365 Osage St, Denver, CO 80204

            3. In the area of "local great spots", the Paramount Cafe would fit your bill pretty nicely. 16th Street Mall, just shy of Glenarm. Full bar, excellent variety of local fare, and I can vouch for the Mexican Hamburger (which is really more Colorado than Mexican) -- a great way to sample the local specialty, green chile (I wouldn't say theirs is the best in town, but it's very good nonetheless).


              Hope this helps.

              16th Street Cafe
              302 N 16th St Ste A, Canon City, CO 81212

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              1. re: WriterDude

                I've no idea why the Chowhound link keyed on someplace two hours away; please ignore it, but my link is good.