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Jun 30, 2011 04:30 PM

Need suggestion for Denver & Colorado Springs


I'll be passing through Denver & Colorado Springs in about a week and would appreciate some suggestions on places to eat.

We are pretty much open for any kind of food that's good and looking more for places unique to Colorado than chains even if they have good food. Pizza, Italian, Asian, BBQ, Japanese, burgers... almost anything except Indian or German.

We'll fly into Denver early evening Friday July 8th and be spending the night at the Hilton Garden Inn Denver South/Meridian so someplace between the airport and the hotel or in the area of the hotel.

A good breakfast joint would be appreciated as otherwise it'll be the Waffle House. :(

On our return trip we are planning on taking the cog railroad up Pikes Peak so breakfast, lunch and dinner suggestions for Colorado Springs would be helpful.

We'll be spending a one to two days in the Denver area on our return trip and are open for suggestions on things to do and good places to eat. We haven't made hotel reservations for the return but will probably stay near the airport so we're looking for breakfast, lunch & dinner places.

Probably go out to Golden one day to a museum so breakfast, lunch?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

If you ever make it to Portland, OR I'd be happy to reciprocate.


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  1. The two top breakfast places in Denver are Toast ( and Snooze ( . They might be a bit out of your way, but definitely worthwhile. Minimal traffic on Saturday mornings, and distances are not great.

    Cog RR departs from Manitou Springs, west of Colorado Springs. Adams Mountain Cafe is a good bet. The Cliff House, nearby, is absolutely lovely. I've always had good experiences there, but they do have chef turnover, and not everyone has been equally happy. In my experience , the Craftwood Inn is also excellent.

    Don't miss the Denver Art Museum. The building itself is a work of art. If Palettes, right in the museum, is open, try that. A big pricy but reliably good. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the city's best food trucks converge on Civic Center Park from (I believe) 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Great lunch options., For a real Denver experience, cross Civic Center Park and continue a couple of blocks to the Brown Palace, an iconic hotel with several dining options. Once there, you can also hop the 16th Street Mall shuttle (free) and pretty easily reach most downtown restaurants. The greatest concentration is on Larimer Square, which is a street(between 15th and 16th) and not a square. Much has been written about all. See previous Denver threads.

    Golden. If you are interested in mountaineering and climbing, don't miss the American Mountaineering Museum. Coors Brewery (world's largest) has an interesting free tour. there's also a nice little historic park and a walking path along Clear Creek. Several decent restaurants along Washington Street, the main drag.

    Have a good time.

    Craftwood Inn
    404 El Paso Blvd, Manitou Springs, CO 80829

    Adams Mountain Cafe
    110 Canon Ave, Manitou Springs, CO 80829

    Larimer Square
    , Denver, CO 80202

    1. For Friday evening, you could always do Beau Jo's pizza - looks like there's one a couple exits away from your HGI. It's Colorado Mountain pizza for a lack of a better term and would be something unique to Colorado.

      As far as breakfast, if you don't want to go too far out of your way, you can always do a diner-type breakfast at Gunther Toody's. Nothing fancy or mind-blowing but I would choose it over the Waffle House. ClaireWalter's suggestions are good for breakfast too but I'd suggest getting to Snooze VERY early if you want to beat the line.

      A couple other uniquely Colorado places in Denver:
      - Buckhorn Exchange
      - Jack-and-Grill
      - as ClaireWalter mentioned, Larimer Street
      - Highlands
      - The Fort (I haven't been in years and it's out of your way but it's definitely still known for good COLORADO food)

      Good luck and have fun. I'd be interested in hearing about where you end up and how it all goes.

      Buckhorn Exchange
      1000 Osage St, Denver, CO 80204

      1. Another fabulous breakfast place in Denver is Lucile's. It's a chain, but a local chain (admittedly, I have never been to the Denver one, but assume it is as good), and has the best biscuits anywhere.

        1. I'd like to thank everyone for their suggestions!


          1. Just looked at your hotel. On the way to the hotel and at the hotel entirely misses the heart of Denver. So if you're not willing to drive a bit out of your way, it looks like you're looking for places in Aurora (off of 225) or near the Tech Center (if you're searching for suggestions).