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Restaurants Suggestion for Denver, Colorado Near the 16th Street Mall

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I am staying near the infamous 16th Street Mall in Denver. This is my second time visiting here, and first time asking CHOWHOUND. Any particular restaurants I should be looking out around the area? I am not looking for anything too particular and have a fairly open mind. I would prefer something more "local/representitive" to Colorado and less franchise/chain. Thanks.

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

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  1. Larimer Square, which isn't a square but a street, has some of the city's best restaurants. There have been numerous threads with specific recommendations. Ocean Prime is a large, new, pretentious restaurant (small chain) that has recently roosted on a prominent corner, but otherwise, just about everything else is locally owned.

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    Larimer Square
    , Denver, CO 80202

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    1. re: ClaireWalter

      Yeah, I walked down that area just yesterday. It was hosting the "chalk art" yesterday. I didn't eat there, but ate at Appaloose Grill instead. I will visit Larimer Square again. Thanks.

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      Larimer Square
      , Denver, CO 80202

      1. re: Chemicalkinetics

        Food's decent at Appaloosa and they have a great happy hour where all Colorado brews are $3 a pint.

        1. re: heckonwheels

          Ok. I definitely didn't go to the happy hour then. :) Food was good, beer was good. The service was slow though.

          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

            I guess it depends, we had good service too.

    2. East 17th, Uptown, just a short walk, will have a more local feel as well. Steubens, Olivea, and others.

      1. Tacos Y Salsas for cheap Mexican food (be sure to hit up the salsa bar), Biker Jim's for some sausages or for something a bit nicer try Osteria Marco, Tag, Rioja, Jax or Euclid Hall. Enjoy!

        1. This is a great thread for Denver ideas: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/670760 Anything downtown will be accessible for you, either by walking or the free mall ride.