Originally Posted by CEH
For a colorado landmark try beau jos pizza
I think there is one in Denver but the original is in Idaho springs
20 minutes up I 70
Been featured on man vs food and diners driveins and dives
is typically the first place I recomend.
For fine dining, try Trilium
in Lodo... great Scandinavian food.
For Italian, Osteria Marco
in Larimer is a safe bet. Very nice and very reasonable, too. They have an absinthe bar and their wine prices really can't be beat.
For cheap(er) pub fare, Champa Street Burger Works
is pretty incredible... they have beef, buffalo, and elk... and their homemade pickles and mustard go good on the burgers.
For brewpubs, Wynkoop
and Rock Bottom
are great. I like hoppy stuff, so I like the Vonnegut Malt at Wynkoop and it pairs well with the Philly Cheesteak or their Lingonberry medallions... Rock Bottom I'll order whatever, but their Molly's Unsinkable Brown Ale is good, kinda Fat Tire-y. I haven't tried Breckenridge Brewpub yet.
If you want to go all indie and catch a local show with good wood-fired pizza, the Marquis
(further north on Larimer) is one of my favorites.
For REALLY exotic food - rattlesnake, quail - a lot of people go to The Fort
in Morrison (sort of near Red Rocks amphitheater)... while I'm at it, The Morrison Inn (in Morrison, duh) has some great Taco Burgers.
Speaking of local fare, MTs in Grand Lake has great Colorado-caught trout. If you go that far up, go to Grand Lake brewery and try the chilicheese fries with the WollyBooger brown ale.
Finally, closer to where I live, you have Old Blinking Light
in Towncenter. Their Green Chili Bacon Mac-and-cheese is one of the best I've had (green chili galore - its New Mexican ranch-themed). Although they also have great truffle fries and chilled cucumber soup, too.
Then in downtown Littleton two of my favorites are Delizios
, Cafe Terrecota
- both of these are really more lunch/brunch places - and for dinner, The Melting Pot
. Delizios has a catalan steak/arugula salad with raspberry vinaigrette and goat cheese. It's been a while since I've been to Cafe Terrecota, but know that all their pastries are made on-site, and they have great crepes. The Melting Pot is super generic (there are three or four options combining vegetables/meats/desserts) and is a Fondue place - quite expensive though.
If you want to shell out a lot of cash, are looking for a good steak, and a Broncos-ish vibe, Elway's
is pretty decent. The Colorado Chophouse
is good too.
over on Gaylord is good... can't make any recommendations, and it's kinda expensive. But it is general food at the discretion of the chef.
Speaking of Indie places (if you feel feel like a super-cool hipster), here are some other places (these places are usually either accompanied by local music and/or concept art):
- The Hi-Dive
(Broadway) - pretty ecclectic mix, I recommend the falafel pita.
- The Walnut Room
- a pizza place located in the most random industrial part of north Denver... it's right on the edge of LoDo north of Coors Field (right across from the Cross-Fit that Knoshown Moreno works out).
- Forrest Room 5
(Highland Hills, north of Mile High) - You sit on tree stumps indoors and they always have this really bizzare concept art playing on the back screen. I like the food - tunasteak sliders were good - and they have the most obscure Dutch Beer... may not be "family friendly."
- Paris on the Platt
(Highland Hills) - it's been a while since I've been there, but it's a local joint with a lot of organic and obscure dishes.
Speaking of, there is a place right by the Denver Art Museum called City-O-City
. It's completely vegan... but try their seitan buffalo "chicken" wings. I like them better than the real thing.
If you're concerned with rankings... the aforementioned Trilium has gotten great reviews.... back in 2007, Esquire ranked Summit
at Broadmoor (CO. Springs) as top ten in the nation... I tried the lobster salad and it was pretty good.
Of course for the Omane tailgaters (former, since most of the people in the group don't pos here any more - Sassy, RHogan, Crawdad, TailgateNut) - anyway, I always catch up with them once a year at Rodizio Grill
- a Brazilian steakhouse. The waiters just rotate with all sorts of meats and you just call for them to cut a slice on your plate.
Oh I almost forgot - the Paramount Cafe
next to the Paramount Theater is not bad at all, either.
Of course this is all my opinion... hope that helps.