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ellen2321 Oct 8, 2011 07:12 AM

I will be in Denver with some of my college friends for a few days with no car. We need to find a couple places within walking distance of the convention center that won't break our budgets! Not looking for fine dining here, maybe sandwiches, pizza, take out, etc. I'd like to find something local instead of chains we see everywhere. Anything recommended? Anything to avoid? If nothing nearby, are there places that deliver to the hotels around the convention center? Thanks for the help.

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    ClaireWalter Oct 8, 2011 10:47 AM

    >Mici's on Stout between 15th & 16th; pizza & other Italian items. Small, reasonably priced menu. (http://www.miciitalian.com/
    )>Cook's Fresh Market, 16th St Mall at Glenarm. BL&D; value bistro dinner; takout too. (http://cooksfreshmarket.com/
    )>Cafe Options, Curtis just off 16th St Mall (direction 17th St). Bkfst & lunch on weekdays. Provides opportunities for financially challenged individuals to get into the workplace. Good food & good cause. (http://cafeoptions.com/
    )>Maggiano's Little Italy. Denver Pavilions (shopping/entertainment complex along the 16th St Mall). It is a chain, but serves enormous, shareable portions at moderate prices. (http://www.maggianos.com).
    >Sam's Number 3, 15th & Curtis. Old-school Big portions. Low prices. Lunch counter atmosphere. (http://www.samsno3.com/
    )>Brava! Pizzeria della Strada,mobile pizza oven usually parked at the historic D&F Tower at 16th & Larence (I think). Award-winning pies. Buy from cart & eat in adjacent Skyline Park (if weather is good). (http://bravapizza.com/
    )>Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs, usually at 16th & Arapahoe. Sausages made from "regular" & game meats. Ditto re buy from cart and eat in park. (http://bikerjimsdogs.com)

    1. LurkerDan Oct 8, 2011 10:57 AM

      Wazee Supper Club for pizza and sammiches.

      If you drink beer, the Wynkoop Brewpub is decent, one of the earliest, lots of pool tables too.
      Marco's Coal Fired Pizza is a long walk, but walkable.
      Snooze, again, a long walk but great breakfast, long waits on weekends
      My Brother's Bar, again not a short walk, but a cool bar with good burgers.

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

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

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        ClaireWalter Oct 8, 2011 10:59 AM

        >Mici's on Stout between 15th & 16th; pizza & other Italian items. Small, reasonably priced menu. >Cook's Fresh Market, 16th St Mall at Glenarm. BL&D; value bistro dinner; takout too. >Cafe Options, Curtis just off 16th St Mall (direction 17th St). Bkfst & lunch on weekdays. Provides opportunities for financially challenged individuals to get into the workplace. Good food & good cause.
        >Maggiano's Little Italy. Denver Pavilions (shopping/entertainment complex along the 16th St Mall). It is a chain, but serves enormous, shareable portions at moderate prices.
        >Sam's Number 3, 15th & Curtis. Old-school Big portions. Low prices. Lunch counter atmosphere.

        Two noteworthy carts; buy there & eat at Skyline Park if the weather is nice: >Brava! Pizzeria della Strada,mobile pizza oven usually parked at the historic D&F Tower at 16th & Lawrence (I think). Award-winning pies. >Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs, usually at 16th & Arapahoe. Sausages made from "regular" & game meats.

        All have wesbsites that you can check; too many for Chowhound to load.

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        jcattles Oct 10, 2011 07:47 AM

        Pat's Cheesesteak at 1604 Market Street.

        India House at 1514 Blake Street has a lunch buffet, I think it's around $10 per person but it's all you can eat.

        Denver as some really great street food trucks, you could check out these website for a list & follow them on Twitter or Facebook to get their locations for the day.

        http://www.denfoodtrucks.com/

        http://www.denverstreetfood.com/

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        India House Restaurant
        1514 Blake Street, Denver, CO 80202

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          MyNameIsTerry Oct 13, 2011 03:51 AM

          Biker Jim's (wild game sausages) and Marco's Coal-Fired Pizza are the first two that come to mind. Bayou Bob's for cajun. Euclid Hall (higher-end pub food) if you want to spend a bit more money while still not breaking the bank.

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          Bayou Bob's
          1635 Glenarm Pl, Denver, CO 80202

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            ellen2321 Oct 13, 2011 07:10 PM

            Thank you everyone for all the great ideas. We'll be spending most of our time at the convention center, which we will have spent most of our money just to get to, so I know these people will be looking to eat as cheaply as humanly possible (unfortunately, they're not foodies). Fortunately for me, I will be spending some extra time in Denver on someone else's wallet so hopefully I will have a chance to try some other options. However, I have put all these recommendations into my phone so I can whip it out and talk my friends into something delicious before they've had time to examine the prices. :)

            But the trip is still nearly a month away if you think of anything else! Thanks!

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              paul balbin Oct 23, 2011 11:16 AM

              http://www.yelp.com/biz/ba-le-sandwic...
              This place is the best in town...... $3.00 sandwiches oui la la

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