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Trip Report: Denver/Fort Collins/Niwot-Longmont

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Just spent five days in Denver and found some of the suggestions very helpful, so wanted to thank everyone and report on our findings.

First day we had to travel up to Fort Collins and had breakfast at The Silver Grill. They have some of the cinnamon rolls we have ever tasted! Our ten year old had pancakes which he really liked and the eggs were perfectly cooked. All in all a good find with friendly and efficient service to boot. For lunch in Fort Collins we went to Coopersmith's. Great root beer. Food was average for a brew pub type place. No dish exciting enough to report on. Nice area to shop though.

Then we headed to Denver. For dinner we tried to go to Buckhorn Exchange. Got a reservation, but when we got there and they showed us to our table it was on the roof in a solarium type room. Since it was about 96 degrees outside, I'd say it was 106 degrees in this room. We really had to leave. Ended up at Marlowe's on 16th Street Mall. We were pleasantly surprised. Husband had crusted pork chops which he says were very nicely done. Son had Buffalo Ribs which were almost as big as he is! They were delicious - very flavorful barbeque sauce and very tender.

On Tuesday we had breakfast at Ellyngton's in the Brown Palace Hotel. Absolutely, hands down, the very best french toast I have had in my entire life!!!!!!! Forget the price tag and go for it, it is just that good. Others had oatmeal (very nicely done of course with berries etc.) Eggs and toast were perfectly cooked and yummy. While my husband was not pleased with the price, even he admitted that the french toast was worth it.

Lunch was at Marco's Coal Fired Pizza over by Coors Field. They had a lunch special - salad, personal pizza and drink. I can't remember the price, but it was very reasonable. The salad was nicely done with mozzarella and grape tomatoes. Pizza was perfectly cooked and served with your choice of topping. Great service. All in all a great place - highly recommended. (They have a nutella dessert pizza on the menu that looks very interesting, but we didn't have room to try it - next time for sure).

Dinner was at Ted's Montana Grill. Husband had buffalo pot roast with garlic mashed potatoes. Very well prepared, tender and very flavorful. My son and I both had bison burgers. We thought they were good. Not sensational, but good.

Wednesday breakfast we went to Snooze, FABULOUS!!!! We loved everything. I had the sweet potato pancakes with ginger butter and just a hint of pecans sprinkled on top. Very Yummy. Son had chocolate chip pancakes - he loved them. Husband had french toast sandwich which was two slice of french toast with scrambled eggs, swiss cheese and ham inside with flavored syrup and some homemade jam to dip - he is still talking about it. Snooze is worth every minute of the wait.

No time for lunch, but dinner we went to Osteria Marco.Delicious! I had a fig and goat cheese pizza which was an incredible mix of flavors, cooked perfectly. Husband had a pizza with broccoli rappini, spicy sausage and ricotta. Again, cooked to perfection and YUMMY. Highly recommended.

Thursday we drove out to Niwot/Longmont. Had breakfast at a cute little place called the Garden Cafe. Pancakes the size of a frisbee were fluffy and good. Eggs cooked well and service very friendly. Good find.

Back in Denver we went to ParkBurger for dinner. (Remember we had a ten year old in tow...).We were very happy with the decision. The buffalo burgers were very tasty, cooked perfectly on a perfectly toasted bun. Sweet potato fries were excellent - not greasy and crispy outside tender inside, just right. Service was the friendliest and most efficient we found in Denver. All in all a great experience. (Oh yes, my husband reports the best lemonade in town!)

On Friday morning we went to Panzano for breakfast. The pancakes were crepe like - crispy around the edges, tender center, very good flavor. French toast was delicious, but after eating the version at the Brown palace, we are forever ruined for any other french toast. Yogurt with granola was plentifula and good. While the breakfast was good, for the price (expensive) I'd think I'd rather spend $5 or so more and go to Brown Palace. It's the difference between Great! and Wow!!!!!!!!!

Friday lunch was our only disappointment in Denver. We went to Wynkoop Brewery. Started off with a hot pretzel (actually they serve two) - very large and pretty good. That was it for good. The root beer has good taste, but was kind of flat. Husband had incredibly bad ribs. Says they are the worst he has ever had (and he's had plenty...). Son had some very mediocre macaroni and cheese. I had a buffalo taco salad. Buffalo carnitas on a very (very)small salad inside of a huge taco shell. Good, not great. Service was really, really, really slow. Maybe it was just an off day?

Friday Dinner we went back to Osteria Marco. Brushcetta with homemade mozzarella, prosciutto, roasted peppers, sun dried tomatoes and balsamic reduction was devine. Husband had an absolutey fabulous panini and the little guy had a regular old plain cheese pizza, which somehow they made incredibly delicious.

Saturday, we had to head out, but our son wanted one more stop at Snooze. So off we went. this time had the flight of pancakes (you can pick one each of three different kinds of your choice). I had the blueberry/quinoa/cornmeal (unbelievably good!), sweet potato (repeat from above - great!) and the special which was whole wheat with apple compote (Yummy!). Breakfast taco was good (not great sorry to report), but a side of egg white was perfectly cooked and the chocolate chip pancakes were once again a hit. Snooze is a must if you go to Denver.

Other places we ventured were Sweet Action Ice Cream on Broadway (really good - interesting flavors - well worth the short line) and the Gelato Place on 16th Street Mall (Amore????) it was right near Marlowe's -- very, very good.

Our only regret is that we could not try Rioja... just couldn't find anything on the menu that our son would eat. Menu looks fantastic though....

Thanks to everyone for your suggestions. We hope this report will help others. :0)

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Buckhorn Exchange
1000 Osage St, Denver, CO 80204

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

Silver Grill Cafe
218 Walnut St, Fort Collins, CO 80524

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

Montana Grill
5480 US Highway 93 S, Somers, MT 59932

Panzano
909 17th St., Denver, CO 80202

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  1. Thanks for the great writeup!

    1. Wow, thanks -- heading to Denver very soon for the first time and your report will be so helpful! Plus, you guys are obviously Breakfast Hounds like we are (most under-appreciated meal of the day).

      1. Great writeup. FWIW, Wynkoop's known for its beer, not so much its food (and even then, I think, there are better brewpubs in town, though it gets points for being the first).
        I adore Panzano, but I've never tried it for breakfast.

        http://www.denveater.com

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        Panzano
        909 17th St., Denver, CO 80202

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        1. re: tatamagouche

          Okay, I'm a newbie - what is FWIW? Will be looking for you guys next year - we have to come back to Denver, so find some great new places for us!!! Thanks..

          1. re: boyzmom11

            For what it's worth... :)

            1. re: tatamagouche

              Thanks! :0)