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Oct 29, 2010 07:44 PM

Denver local eats?

I'm headed to Denver for a conference (at the convention center) and I'm looking for some dinner spots that feature local/regional cuisine - any suggestions? Thanks!

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  1. Where are you staying? Will you have a car? What days will you be in Denver. What kind of budget are you talking about.

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    1. re: Littleman

      By convention center, 3rd week of november, budget not an issue (love greasy spoons and gourmet) looking for a place that specializes in local produce/suppliers

      1. re: 46137

        I know that you said greasy spoons, but seeing as this is Chowhound, I am with DrakeRemoray, Marlowe's and Rock Bottom may offer acceptable fare, but not something I'd recommend to someone on Chowhound looking for special food.

        This is a great thread to peruse: Anything listed in downtown or "LoDo" will be accessible by foot or the free 16th Street Mall Bus. Most other locations are probably a short cab ride away.

        1. re: LurkerDan

          Thanks a ton - to clarify the "greasy spoon" comment - my main goal is locally grown food, sometimes a low budget place specializes in that type of food and I'm a true chowhound that seeks out these special places :) But, will also gladly pony up for a gourmet experience. Thanks to all for the suggestions - this helps a bunch!

    2. Denver Diner is a joint open 24/7 that will provide some grease for breakfast. Marlowe's is a great place for lunch or dinner serving good burgers, sandwiches, soups, salads, seafood and steaks. They have a happy hour everyday 3/7 and breakfast on weekends. Dine at the sidewalk cafe outside. Dozen's is a fine place for breakfast or lunch. Delectable Egg is another outstanding cafe for good fresh breakfast or lunch. Trinity Grill is across from The Brown Palace and offers outstanding fresh soups, salads, sandwiches, seafood and steaks for lunch or dinner. Rock Bottom Brewery has cold drinks and good food for lunch or dinner. Panzano is an outstanding Italian restaurant for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

      Denver Diner @ 740 W Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 303 - 825 - 5443.
      Marlowe's @ 511 16th Street, Denver, CO 303 - 595 - 3700.
      Dozen's @ 236 W 13th Avenue, Denver, CO 303 - 572 - 0066.
      Delectable Egg @ 1642 Market Street, Denver, CO 303 - 572 - 8146.
      Trinity Grill @ 1801 Broadway, Denver, CO 303 - 293 - 2288.
      Rock Bottom Brewery @ 1001 16th Street Mall, Denver, Colorado 303 - 534 - 7616.
      Panzano @ 909 17th Street, Denver, CO 303 - 296 - 3525.

      Denver Diner
      740 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80204

      1. Bear in mind that I recently moved back to Denver after a 7-year stint in DC so I have some limited day-to-day experience of places to go but here are some of my suggestions based on visits I have had & plan to have (over the next couple of months):

        - Denver Diner: 2nd mention of this joint. I've truthfully only gone late at night after imbibing heavily so I probably can't accurately attest to the food but it's a popular greasy spoon.
        - Sam's No. 3: Good for Mountain-Mex breakfast. I haven't been in a couple years but the place still draws a crowd and you gotta go for green chili smothered items when in CO.
        - Market: This place has been open for 25+ years and, in my mind, is a good Denver spot for coffee & pastries. It's a deli-style place but I've only gone for the cafe stuff and sat outside/inside for people-watching and reading a good paper.
        - Rioja: It's arguably been mentioned as one of the best restaurants in Denver. I've only had lunch here but the lunch was outstanding (pricey, but outstanding). Features hand-made pastas and other Mediterranean-inspired dishes. The ingredients on the menu seem to be locally-sourced where it's possible.
        - Tag Continental Social Food: I haven't eaten here (I have a reservation for Friday night) but the menu/idea is good - Asian-inspired and locally-sourced ingredients where possible.
        - Los Cabos II: I've always had a soft spot for this Peruvian joint b/c of the uniqueness and quality of the food. I haven't been in a couple years but I do remember some great simple meals here.
        - Pete's Kitchen: Another long-standing Denver restuarant that's open 24/7. I haven't been to Pete's in a LONG time (i.e. it may have passed it's prime) but it's an option if you want to cab/drive down Colfax (a closer look at urban Denver).

        Hope these help and please post to let people know how your trip turns out!

        Denver Diner
        740 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80204

        1431 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80202

        1445 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202

        Pete's Kitchen
        1962 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206

        Los Cabos Restaurant II
        1525 Champa St, Denver, CO 80202

        Sam's No 3 U S Mexi-Grill & Bar
        1500 Curtis St, Denver, CO 80202

        1441 Larimer St., Denver, CO 80202

        1. I am not big on Marlowe's or Rock Bottom...pretty sure you will not get anything special there.

          Try Rioja, Colt & Grey, Vesta Dipping Grill, Osteria Marco. That will at least give you some local chefs and some of them feature local ingredients. Osteria Marco makes a lot of their own cheeses...

          Vesta Dipping Grill
          1822 Blake Street, Denver, CO 80202

          Osteria Marco
          1453 Larimer, Denver, CO 80202

          1431 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80202

          Colt & Gray
          1553 Platte Street, Denver, CO 80202

          1. When you're in Denver, you should definitely have Mexican food. There are tons of choices, but Benny's Cantina on Capitol Hill at 7th and Grant is a long-time local favorite. What you want is a smothered burrito - no matter where you go.

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            1. re: arashall

              I second the smothered burrito suggestion - good call arashall.

              Starts me wondering where in Denver has the best smothered burrito. Probably a subject/discussion for another thread. . .