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Recommendations within WALKING distance of the Downtown Denver Westin

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Ross B Mar 20, 2011 02:57 PM

Especially lunch or breakfast.

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    blythe May 24, 2013 09:21 PM

    Bistro Vendome, oysters at The Oceanaire, mussels at The Cruise Room, Pizza at Anthony's or Two Fisted Marios. On 15th - across the highway - there's Forest Room 5, Vita, and Lola. All yummy

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      Ross B Mar 31, 2011 01:12 PM

      We ended up eating at Rioja, Osteria Marco, Vesta Dipping Grill, My Brother's Bar, Lola, Snooze and the Hi Rise. We also ordered late night pizza from Wazee Supper Club.

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      Vesta Dipping Grill
      1822 Blake Street, Denver, CO 80202

      Osteria Marco
      1453 Larimer, Denver, CO 80202

      Rioja
      1431 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80202

      My Brother's Bar
      2376 15th St, Denver, CO 80202

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        rlm Apr 1, 2011 08:29 AM

        What did you order and what did you think of the restaurants? Any favorites?

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          Morganna Apr 27, 2011 05:51 AM

          We ate at Osteria Marco last night for dinner. I got lamb meatballs (served with creamy polenta, goat milk ricotta, arugula and smoked tomato sauce). I loved it. I'm finishing the last meatball as I type this (they were big meatballs!). My husband got the carne pizza. It was good, though he grew up on Long Island and has specific preferences when it comes to pizza. This pizza was very like what we get at an Italian place in Montpelier, VT (we live in Central Vermont). It was good, reasonable for the price, and filling. I loved my meatballs, and the polenta and the cheeeese! Wheeee! It was great.

          The restaurant was very busy for a Tuesday night, and very noisy. VERY noisy. This is not a romantic place. :) It's where friends come to hang out and talk and laugh a lot, I'm thinking. :) We had no problem getting in without reservations at 8:15pm. We'd walked around the downtown mall area for two hours because I just couldn't settle on a place to eat. I'd seen the Osteria Marco menu previously, and knew it sounded good, but instead of going directly there from our hotel (we're at the Westin), we just wandered. I should have just taken us directly there. In any case, I got a good amount of exercise. Spent $40 (tips and tax included) for two of us, no beverages, no starters (we've had surgery and our stomachs are smaller than normal, so we don't usually get starters).

          I'm very glad we went to OM. :) I highly recommend it.

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          Osteria Marco
          1453 Larimer, Denver, CO 80202

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            Jacqbones Apr 27, 2011 11:34 AM

            Hi Morganna, just wanted to thank you for your kind comments on the Osteria. So glad you enjoyed your experience! Next time you're in Denver, slip across the street to Green Russell--our depression-era cocktail joint. Its definitely got the date-vibe! :) --Jacqueline Bonanno

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          duluth Mar 23, 2011 12:13 PM

          I have lived a block away from the Westin for 20 years and am a foodie.
          Venice (upscale) or Colore (downhome) for Italian. D-Corazon for downhome Mexican, Tamayas for upscale Mexican,Ted's for downhome bison or burgers Capital Grill for steaks. PF Changs has very good upscale Chinese, H-Burger is loud and service is poor. Cholon is the hottest place in Denver right now, delicious, small plates to share. The Market is alot of college kids and noise, go for just coffee and a pastry nad sit outside. Try Dixons for breakfast. French is Bistro Vendome. Riojas is good, alittle too over the top for some. Walk up 15th Street to Platte street for the oldest bar in denver (no sign, it's across from the Vitamin Cottage) and the best burgers, no tvs, just classical music, it is called My Brother's Bar- a big piece of Denver history. If you go for lunch wed-fri, sit at the bar and ask for Jimmy the bartender, and order a Johnny Burger (jalopeno cream cheese). You will have fun.

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          Rioja
          1431 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80202

          Bistro Vendome
          1420 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80202

          My Brother's Bar
          2376 15th St, Denver, CO 80202

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            ClaireWalter Mar 24, 2011 01:27 PM

            Great additions to the list, Duluth. I've heard nothing but good things about ChoLon but haven't been there yet. If I had a cyber eraser, however, I'd wipe Ted's Montana Grill and P.F. Chang's off the list. They are chains that could be anywhere in the country. Ted's in headquartered in Atlanta and PFC in Scottsdale -- not even Colorado-based.

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

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              Strangewine Mar 25, 2011 09:05 AM

              Did you really just call PF Changs upscale Chinese?

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                rlm Mar 27, 2011 09:58 AM

                I realize this is too late for the OP, but I personally would never choose Venice and Colore over Panzano and Osteria Marco for Italian downtown. Panzano is right up 17th from the Westin, and besides lunch and dinner they’ve got a great breakfast and happy hour. Osteria Marco is on Larimer between 15th and 14th close to Rioja.
                http://www.panzano-denver.com/
                http://www.osteriamarco.com/

                Rioja and Cholon are both great suggestions. Hopefully Ross B will post about their meal at the former. The Larimer area’s got so many options now. Here’s a snapshot of the new TAG RAW BAR in Thrillist:
                http://www.thrillist.com/food/denver/co/80202/lodo/tag-raw-bar_asian_bars_date-spots_great-cocktails_sushi

                Not exactly close to the Westin (but easy to navigate to using the free mall shuttle—get off at Champa and walk two blocks down to 14th) is the brand new Row 14 wine bar in The Spire across from the Convention Center. Nicely-balanced wine list with reasonable mark-ups (served in Riedel), delicious food like a pork belly app with lentils and egg, and their bartenders can shake a mean drink too. Check this out:
                http://www.denvermagazine.com/Blogs/The-Mouthful/March-2011/Exclusive-Eats-Row-14-Bistro-Wine-Bar/

                Biker Jim’s now has a brick and mortar “sit down” location on Larimer in addition to the carts:
                http://blogs.westword.com/cafesociety/2011/03/first_look_biker_jims_gourmet_dogs.php

                5280 just had an issue devoted to breakfast with lots of great ideas:
                http://www.5280.com/magazine/2011/03/rise-dine

                If I were going to hoof it all the way over to 15th and Platte, I’d personally hit up Sushi Sasa or Colt and Gray.
                http://www.sushisasadenver.com/
                http://www.coltandgray.com/

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                Osteria Marco
                1453 Larimer, Denver, CO 80202

                Rioja
                1431 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80202

                Sushi Sasa
                2401 15th Street, Suite 80, Denver, CO 80202

                Panzano
                909 17th St., Denver, CO 80202

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                  Strangewine Mar 29, 2011 05:57 PM

                  Nice and informative post - thanks.

                  I would have to disagree with your last two recommendations though - I can't say enough bad things about Sushi Sasa and I found Colt and Gray to be terribly overpriced for what they offer. $14 for a Pliny the Elder pour? Are you kidding me?

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                  Sushi Sasa
                  2401 15th Street, Suite 80, Denver, CO 80202

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                    rlm Mar 29, 2011 06:57 PM

                    I've always had good luck with the food at Sushi Sasa (monkfish foie, say no more) and our most recent trip was far superior to the last ones at Sushi Den and Izakaya Den. Can't always say the same thing about the service, but like many places it depends on who you get. I love the creative cocktails at Colt and Gray and they have good prices on bar nibbles like gougeres. Have not been there since their chef left so not sure what effect that may have had on the menu.

                    I like that my biggest problem now in the metro area is deciding between so many equally-good options. It's work to try to keep everything in a decent rotation (especially since the Frasca Tractor Beam in Boulder added two more options to the arsenal to suck me in).

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                    Sushi Sasa
                    2401 15th Street, Suite 80, Denver, CO 80202

                    Sushi Den
                    1487 S Pearl St, Denver, CO 80210

                    Izakaya Den
                    1518 South Pearl Street, Denver, CO 80210

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                      rlm Apr 1, 2011 08:35 AM

                      Oh...went back to Colt & Gray and the food is still delicious. Same exec chef although the chef de cuisine moved on. If you haven't had Kevin Burke concoct a drink for you, then you are missing out. Plus $3 snacks during happy hour from 4:30-6:30 and $5 drinks.

                      Just a note that Cholon's happy hour in the lounge starts at 11 am! They also have $12 and $20 prix fixe lunches which include the amazing soup dumplings as an option.

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                      Colt & Gray
                      1553 Platte Street, Denver, CO 80202

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                        Strangewine Apr 5, 2011 11:22 AM

                        On your recommendation I'll give Colt & Gray another chance. I still think it's outrageous to charge $14 for a bottle of Pliny the Elder but...

                        Cholon is high on my list of places to try. That will be next. Thanks!

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                        Colt & Gray
                        1553 Platte Street, Denver, CO 80202

              2. LurkerDan Mar 22, 2011 08:08 AM

                Panzano at 17th and Champa is very close and good. Never eaten breakfast there, but lunch is tasty.

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                Panzano
                909 17th St., Denver, CO 80202

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                  LurkerDan Mar 22, 2011 11:48 AM

                  for casual/cheap, Wazee Supper Club on 15th and Wazee is good for basic sandwiches and pizzas.

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                  Wazee Supper Club
                  1600 15th St, Denver, CO 80202

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                  jcattles Mar 21, 2011 10:20 AM

                  You could hit Snooze at 2260 Larimar St, Sams #3 at 15th & Curtis, Cooks Fresh Market at 16th & Glenarm. I realize you said within walking distance, but the Westin sits along the 16th Street Mall which has a free bus that runs the length of 16th St. Another place is Pat's Cheesesteak (not affiliated with the Pat's in Philly) at 1624 Market St. Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs is a little farther down at 16th & Arapahoe, it's a cart, not a sit down place. Downtown Denver has a ton of restaurants (both locally owned & chains) but some of the best locally owned ones are located on Larimar Square. A newer place is Euclid Hall at 1317 14th St & features really good "pub" style food with an amazing selection of beer. Marco's Coal Fired Pizza is at 2129 Larimar St. & is near Coor's Field.

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                    ClaireWalter Mar 21, 2011 03:19 PM

                    For breakfast and lunch, I also like Cafe Options, 1650 Curtis (just off the Mall). Since Ross B didn't indicate what their idea of "walking distance" might be, I kept my suggestions REALLY close to the Westin. For some people, the long blocks between numbered streets are nothing; for others, they are an expedition -- especially at 5,280 feet. And I didn't mention the Mall Shuttle because he capitalized WALKING. .

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                    Cafe Options
                    1650 Curtis St, Denver, CO 80202

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                      jcattles Mar 21, 2011 06:26 PM

                      "And I didn't mention the Mall Shuttle because he capitalized WALKING."

                      That's why I stated that I realized he specified walking distance, but not knowing Ross B or what he knows about Denver, I thought I would offer the information about the Mall Shuttle. If he didn't know, it could certaily open up some dining possibilites for him & his wife. Since Ross B didn't say how close walking distance is for them, I took a chance & gave a variety of options.

                      I KNOW everyone has different tolerences for walking/distance and I feel like you are patronizing me, especially when all I was doing was answering a post that wasn't even directed at you.

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                        ClaireWalter Mar 22, 2011 09:19 AM

                        JCattles - My comment was not intended to be patronizing or an attack on you or anyone, but simply an explanation of why I made the suggestions that I did. Apologies if that wasn't clear. And I agree w/ LurkerDan that Panzano is also an excellent choice.

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                        Panzano
                        909 17th St., Denver, CO 80202

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                    ClaireWalter Mar 20, 2011 06:09 PM

                    The Westin Tabor Center is on Lawrence, between 16th and 17th. Larime Square is not a leafy Square but the block between 14th & 15th. The Market is a Denver instituion -- baked goods, esrpresso drinks and tasty lunch items. It's cluttered, charming and a throwback -- but w/ free WiFi. On the same block is Rioja, one of Denver's most acclaimed restaurants, which serves lunch Wed-Fri, Hi Burger Co, (16th and Blake) does great burgers and such.

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                    Rioja
                    1431 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80202

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                      Ross B Mar 21, 2011 07:20 AM

                      Thanks. We actually already have dinner reservations for Rioja Thursday night. Your recommendation makes me feel good about my wife's choice. The Market sounds like a great place. I definitely plan on walking over there for breakfast and/or lunch.

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                      Rioja
                      1431 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80202

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