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Dec 1, 2005 09:37 PM

Help - Need Denver recommendation open after midnight

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In February, my family and I will be arriving at Denver International Airport around 12 midnight. We are staying in a hotel near the airport. We need a recommendation for any restaurant (take out and fast food is fine) that is open after midnight. Any ides?

Thank you very much!

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    Tha Groovin' Gourmet

    There's pretty slim pickins around the airport hotels.

    Moonlight Diner might be open...have no idea whether it is houndworthy
    or not.

    There's a Bennigan's in the area if you do not have wheels. But, yuck.

    If you do have wheels, head for Mezcal on E Colfax. Excellent real Mex,
    full bar and as the name suggests, tons of tequilas. I think they serve until closing.

    1. There's Jerusalem, but it's not near the airport.


      1. DIA is in the middle of nowhere. The hotels are in the middle of nowhere, except that they are on i-70. Moonlight Diner used to do chicken fried steak and eggs that was pretty good, especially at midnight. Don't know the hours, but would throw out a second to the man's idea on Moonlight as an option. Really tough area for foodstuffs.

        1. We will be staying at the Denver Airport one night in order to catch an early flight out. I googled a map and have come up with Quiznos, Outback, Ted's Montana Grill, Anthony's Pizza, Jack and Grill, Emil-Lene's Sirloin House and a ton of other fast food places. Which of these places, or any others you can suggest, would be a good stop for dinner? Should we stop somewhere else coming out of the mountains and into Denver instead of eating near our hotel? Thanks for any help you can offer.

          1. I would CERTAINLY stop en route from the mountains to DIA for dinner. As ViValve noted, the airport and its nearby hotels are in the middle of nowhere -- and some of the restaurants that came up in your search are nowhere near the airport.

            You won't get the finest food ever if you stop right off I-70 in Georgetown or Idaho Springs (Exit 240), but at least you won't be chowing in chain -- and you won't be eating at midnight either. BeauJo's Mountain Pizzas in Idaho Springs is an iconic stop of filling custom pies -- long-time favorite of hungry locals. El Rancho right off I-70's Exit 252 is another icon. This large log building houses a retro restaurant serving classic American dishes and some Italian-ish fare. The tables are spacious and well spaced, and you'll feel as if you were rewinding to Granny's favorite special-occasion eatery. They even put a relish tray on the table along with the bread and butter.

            If you have stuff in/on top of your vehicle, you might prefer not to stop in urban Denver to eat and risk having something ripped off. Denver is not a particuarly dangerous city, but it's better not to tempt those who are up to no good.

            Last I heard (and this was some time ago), the Moonlight Diner was only open late on weekends.