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Jan 20, 2014 08:41 PM

Denver near convention center in March (no car); small rem

Coming to Denver for the first time since the late 1970's. I will be going to a meeting at the convention center. We will be staying at around 22nd and Glenarm Place (I now see it is close to Five Points - hoping some things have changed).

I will need lunches close by the convention center and will eat most things. For dinner, we would like some nice places to eat at. Again, we will eat any cuisine but some of my favorite places are the New American cuisine. My wife is a carnivore. A decent wine list or lots of draft beer choices are definite pluses. We are planning a visit to Barolo Grill in Cherry Creek unless the naysayers are overwhelming. By the way, is corkage allowed in Colorado?

In the (very) old days, we would eat at Leonardi's for "cannolis" which were really calzones (I think it was sort of/kind of somewhat near Wahington Park), McFann's on Capitol Hill for prime rib sandwiches (a poor man's prime rib dinner) and the Satire for beer, Mexican food, beer and some more beer. No money but pretty good times.

Thanks for the help. I try to report back.

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    1. re: Ammafo

      So I don't like to recommend places that I've never been to, but this board is so dead that I suppose any tip is better than none.

      The following 3 restaurants are on my to-try list. They're all run by the same pair of chefs, Jen Jasinski and Beth Gruitch and are 5 blocks away from the convention center:

      * Euclid House ( - International
      * Rioja ( - Mediterranean / Spanish
      * Bistro Vendome ( - French

      Denver also has a mega-ton of microbreweries. Euclid House, has a decent selection of beers, but if you have time and are ok walking a bit farther, there are a couple of breweries in the vicinity of the convention center. Check out this beer map:

        1. re: juliejulez

          Ha, so it is and right there in the link too. Must have been one of those days.

        2. re: fivefivefive

          I have been traveling to denver on business for the last few months...Near convention center... Rioja was one of the best meals I have had in a long time. Ostio Marco was good for a lower key meal. Cholon is supposed to be very good but I wasn't wowed.

          Fruition was also excellent. Table 6 was interesting, the duck was excellent, a flatbread was so-so.

      1. Hello, Denver 'hounds! I'm writing from NJ, where I'm doing some research for a colleague who will be there for a conference in January; any additional recommendations for business dinners? I've grabbed a few from this board already (Osteria Marco, Rioja, Euclid Hall), but could use a few more. He's not super-adventurous with food (he thinks I eat "weird stuff") but every time I've done this for him he's been thrilled with my lists, as have our clients.

        He's staying at the Sheraton Denver Downtown and won't have a car, so access via cab or a *short* walk (JANUARY) is appreciated. Thanks in advance for your help!

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        1. re: Curlz

          Panzano is a great place for business dinners. And a non-adventurous eater should be happy there. The Kitchen is great. There's a bunch of new options in Union Station (he can take the free mall ride bus there).