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Staying in Northfield/Stapleton -- where to dine?

I'm staying at the Timbers Hotel in the Northfield/Stapleton area and am looking for some good places to dine. Not really into the whole Red Lobster thing.
I'm willing to drive all the way to Denver (in which case I totally know places to go) but is there anything worth going to that's closer?

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  1. Berkshire on 29th street is the best restaurant I've been to in Stapleton, with an emphasis on all things pork but a diverse menu besides that. Good happy hour and bar menu, too. La Sandia in Northfield is also pretty good for upscale Mexican. You can get better Mexican food for a lot less money but if you want to eat in Northfield it's a good choice. Also has a pretty good happy hour but you need to either sit at the bar or outside. La Sandia also has happy hour all day Sunday.

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    La Sandia
    8340 Northfield Blvd, Denver, CO 80238

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    1. re: mountaincane

      La Sandia's menu is exactly like Tamayos -- not that it's a bad thing, but been there, done that. Anyone ever been to Texas de Brazil or Islamorada? Are they worth it?
      Last night ended up braving Rockies traffic and driving all the way down to Vesta. It was worth it, as usual.

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      Tamayo Restaurant
      1400 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80202

      La Sandia Restaurant
      8419 Park Meadows Center Dr., Lone Tree, CO 80124

      1. re: elle7573

        Northfield is Chains-ville. Best option is Udi's, south of I-70, which IS a chain but a small loca one, spawned from a good artisan bakery. Except in the rush hour, getting through Denver is pretty straightforward, so yo9u have a wider choice than just the places directly at Northfield. And if you don't have a car, hop on RTD ad explore the city a bit.

        1. re: elle7573

          TdB is pretty good if you feel like eating a lot of meat. I honestly don't know anyone who has eaten at Islamorada, which says something since I live in the neighborhood. Claire is right, it's chains up here and making the 15 min trek to downtown is worth it.
          Oh, actually I just remembered Tables at 23rd and Kearney... great little restaurant!

          1. re: ijack

            I actually went to Islamadora about two years ago with sneaky co-workers who out-voted me. It tastes about like what one would expect for a restaurant located inside a Bass Pro Shop. Incredibly bland "blackened" grilled salmon with no hint of cajun spices, wild rice, and carrots/zucchini/squash not so much cooked as pummelled to death.

            1. re: ijack

              I went to Islamaorada a couple of years ago at the behest of some visiting Manitoba tourism represemtatives, and it was just dreadful. I recall a lot of overcooking and precious little flavor.

            2. re: elle7573

              The first time i went to La Sandia (first opened) it was great. To die for caipirinha. Went again a year later - awful. bad food, worse service, terrible drinks. And the place was empty - 2 other tables. So it wasnt b/c they were busy. I have seen people comment elsewhere about Sandoval's restaurants having this issue - good at first and then downhill.. Also had a terrible experience in the same vein at the Tysons Corner VA location. So just a fair warning.

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              La Sandia Restaurant
              8419 Park Meadows Center Dr., Lone Tree, CO 80124

              1. re: lalajane

                I've never thought Tamayo was more than so-so; Zengo I felt went downhill for about a year, then came back up again—at least last time I was there a couple of months ago, when I had some really good dishes.

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                Tamayo Restaurant
                1400 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80202

                Zengo
                1610 Little Raven, Denver, CO 80202

                1. re: tatamagouche

                  La Sandia seems to be a detuned Tamayo. IMHO, the big, Park Meadows location with its great roof-top scene gets all the attention, while Stapleton-Northfield languishes.

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                  Tamayo Restaurant
                  1400 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80202

                  La Sandia Restaurant
                  8419 Park Meadows Center Dr., Lone Tree, CO 80124

          2. Of course, you're not that far from Aurora either, where there's lots of Korean...

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            1. re: tatamagouche

              The best place we ate? Honestly? Was when we drove all the way down to Vesta. Tried Islamorada and all that -- not so hot. Did hear some nice live jazz (every Fri) at the Peoria Grill and sipped a tasty raz margarita (made with fresh raspberries)