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Apr 8, 2006 04:06 PM

Denver and Greenwood Village for 4 days in May

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I'm looking for “must not miss” places for lunch and dinner. I love everything from hole in the wall places (that only the locals know about) to very fine dining. I am not looking for trendy “meet market” type places… just good atmosphere and great food. Suggestions?

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  1. If you like Italian, Barolo Grill or Luca d'Italia are to die for. They would be in the fine dining category.

    My favorite place for sushi is in Greenwood Village, it's called Bara. There is a Bara downtown too, but it's not as good.

    A great place for Breakfast is Snooze downtown.

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    1. re: Mary Curry

      Downtown Bara already closed.. but I'll agree with your recommendation of the GV location. One of our favorite spots. Love the Monkey Brain appetizer (avo, crab, tuna, tempura-fried).

      Other recommendations in GV:
      mid-tier Italian at Venice and her homely-but still lovely sister restaurant Chianti.

      If you can get past the sewer gas smell that permeates the joint I like a San Francisco-style burrito at Illegal Petes.

      In same strip mall there's an outpost of Sauce, the Cal-Ital pizza place created by Fox Restaurants from Phoenix.

      Like most Hotel-rich neighborhoods GV is mostly home to chains chains and more chains. Bonefish, Del Frisco's, Morton's, Cool River, Yia-Yia's, Pappadeux, etc..

      Not sure if it's a chain, but we enjoy drinks and pub food at Darcy's. Good mexican at La Fogata. Good oysters and great cocktails at McCormick and Schmicks (sp??)

    2. One other thing: check out

      She's our local food critic and I always agree with her assessments.

      I've lived in Denver for 34 years, feel free to email me if you have any questions.

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      1. re: Mary Curry
        Foodwise in Denver

        sorry, but I must disagree on the plug for the blabby gabby gourmet. If she's a food critic, then i'm the pope. ick. there are some real restaurant critics in denver, including Tucker Shaw, who pens for the Denver Post, and John Lehndorff, who writes for the Rocky Mountain News. Jason Sheehan, the critic at Westword, is also good. But the Gabby gourmet is nothingmore than a has been who's way past her prime.

        1. re: Mary Curry

          Mary - Does Pat "Gabby" Miller ever write anything negative about any eatery? In her restaurant guide, she very, very rarely seems to give anyplace less than a 3 (out of 5) pig rating.

          1. re: Mary Curry

            Blabby gabby gourmet indeed!!! She's so beyond awful and has the credibility of a peanut. Ick sums it up perfectly. Jason Sheehan can make me insane, but he's growing on me, I think tucker shaw is great, and I really like Lori midson's reviews in the Rocky Mountain News (Lehndorff isn't reviewing right now.) Anyway, Chianti and Venice are both good options and Annabel's and Montecito South (same owner/same strip mall) are also very good (and local favorites.) These are all independents. While there are several chains in that area, there are plenty of locally-owned restaurants that are woth checking out.

            1. re: mwp

              This is a strange thread because the original poster was asking in 2006.

              Also Montecito South is closed and has replaced by Mel's which had recently closed in Cherry Creek. And I believe the original Montecitos also closed and was/will be also replaced by a Mel's. I am not aking this up - it was in the gossip section of the News. It must be true!

              "At the end of September, the Masters ditched the Montecito South concept and replaced it with Mel's, including old favorite menu items such as the chicken with taragon butter and the sizzling mussels.That done, the Masters took a hard look at Montecito North. "Was it working?" they pondered.
              "We never really realized how much Mel's was missed by people," Mel said. "Everyone kept asking, 'Why don't you do a Mel's up there?' Montecito was a great idea, but (why) fight it?"

              So Montecito North will close on Saturday and reopen Tuesday as Mel's Bistro and Bar, while its brother to the south will be called Mel's Restaurant of Greenwood Village.""

          2. If you're ever coming to Seattle, I'll point you in the right direction. Thanks again.

            1. Benedict's is great for brunch/lunch fare - it's on Arapahoe and Quebec-ish.

              Sam's #3 is one of my fave diners/HITW places for all types of food. They have awesome breakfast burritos and green chile as well as Mexican and Greek food. Their chicken souvlaki salad is yummy.