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NACBS 2011 Restaurant Guide

Published: August 23, 2012

NACBS/WCBS Restaurant Guide
The Denver Visitors’ Bureau http://www.denver.org lists many restaurants all over the city. There are lots of eating and drinking establishments very close to the hotel; it’s easy to grab a quick bite, sandwich, or burger on the 16th Street Mall.

You will find the FREE 16th Street Mall Shuttle the best way to move around downtown (or you can walk). The Shuttle stops at every corner on 16th Street between Civic Center and Wynkoop Street.

The following restaurants are highlights, according to me. I take my food and drink seriously.
~Marjorie Levine-Clark

 

Downtown
The following restaurants/drinking establishments are either walking distance or a free mall shuttle ride from the Sheraton:

9th Door, 1808 Blake St., http://www.9thdoor.com/. Really good tapas. Becomes a scene after 9pm or so.

Bistro Vendome, 1420 Larimer St., http://www.bistrovendome.com. Lovely French bistro with lots of atmosphere.

ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro, 1555 Blake St., http://www.cholon.com/denver/. A new favorite. Really interesting cocktails. Try the house-made tonic with Leopold’s gin.

Euclid Hall, 1317 14th St., http://www.euclidhall.com/. Homemade sausages and good beer.

Falling Rock Tap House, 1919 Blake St. http://fallingrocktaphouse.com/. Over 75 beers on tap. The real deal.

Marco’s Coal-Fired Pizza, 2129 Larimer St., http://www.marcoscoalfiredpizza.com/. If you’re an east-coast pizza snob (like me), Marco’s might not do it for you, but they do have tasty pies.

Osteria Marco, 1453 Larimer St., http://www.osteriamarco.com/. Homemade salami and cheeses, pizzas, and delicious fare all around.

Panzano, 909 17th St., http://www.panzano-denver.com/. Northern Italian. Good happy hour. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Pint’s Pub, 221 W. 13th Ave, http://pintspub.com/. Cask conditioned ales and the “purveyor of the largest selection of single malt whisky this side of Edinburgh, Scotland.” Not really downtown, but walking distance from the Sheraton.

Restaurant Kevin Taylor, 1106 14th St., http://www.ktrg.net/. Very upscale, very good, very expensive.

Rioja, 1431 Larimer St., http://www.riojadenver.com/. Mediterranean. I highly recommend this one.

Sushi Sasa, 2401 15th St., http://www.sushisasadenver.com/. I might rate Sasa the best sushi in Denver (along with Sushi Den and Itzakaya Den, which are much further from downtown).

TAG Restaurant, 1441 Larimer St., http://tag-restaurant.com/.  Funky small plates and cocktails.

Tamayo, 1400 Larimer St., http://www.richardsandoval.com/tamayo/. Very good modern Mexican cuisine.

Vesta Dipping Grill, 1822 Blake St., http://www.vestagrill.com/.  Love the bar and small plates here. One of my favorites.

Wazee Supper Club, 1600 15th St., http://www.wazeesupperclub.com/. Excellent pizza (even according to east coast snob) and beer. Casual and fun.

Wynkoop Brewing Company, 1634 18th St., http://www.wynkoop.com/. The place that led the renaissance of LoDo. Brew pub and fare.

Confluence Park area
Take the 16th Street Mall Shuttle to the west end, walk down to 15th St. (If you like outdoorsy stuff – you’ll find the flagship REI in this area on the other side of 15th.)

House of Commons, 2401 15th St., http://www.houseofcommonstea.com/. Tea house with good salads, sandwiches, scones and cream.

Mona’s. 2364 15th St., http://monasrestaurant.com/. Breakfast and lunch. Very good.
Paris on the Platte, 1553 Platte St., http://www.parisontheplattecafeandbar.com/. Café and bar. Open late.

Proto’s Pizzeria, 2401 15th St. (actually on Platte St.), http://www.protospizza.com/. Not east coast pizza, but good. Fun atmosphere.

Zengo, 1610 Little Raven St., http://www.richardsandoval.com/zengodenver/. Asian-Latin fusion – and it works.

Uptown
A bus ride (the 20 down 17th) or long walk or cab from the Sheraton. My home turf.

Cheeky Monk, 534 E. Colfax, http://www.thecheekymonk.com/ . Belgian brews and pub fare. The 15 bus.

dBar Desserts, 1475 E. 17th Ave., http://www.dbardesserts.com/. More than just desserts. Always a crowd.

Il Posto, 2011 E. 17th Ave., http://www.ilpostodenver.com/.  Worth the trip. Delicious, fresh, innovative Italian. I’m a regular.

Olivea, 719 E. 17th Ave., http://www.olivearestaurant.com/. Mediterranean small and large plates. Yummy.

Parallel 17, 1600 E. 17th Ave., http://www.parallelseventeen.com/.  Modern Vietnamese. Good for small plates and large.

Steuben’s, 523 E. 17th Ave., http://www.steubens.com/. Funky diner-ish restaurant with good cocktails.

Strings, 1700 Humboldt St., http://www.stringsrestaurant.com/. An institution. Always good.

The Thin Man, 2015 E. 17th Ave. http://www.thinmantavern.com/. No food, great bar. Infused vodkas.

Vine Street Pub, 1700 Vine St., http://www.mountainsunpub.com/. Great beer, good pub fare.

Capitol Hill/Congress Park/Cherry Creek
A few are walkable, but most a cab ride. My other home turf. All of these would be worth the price of a cab.

Barolo Grill, 3030 E. 6th Ave., http://www.barologrilldenver.com/.  A special occasion meal. Northern Italian. Fantastic. Pricey.

Bones, 701 Grant St., http://www.bonesdenver.com/. Amazing. Noodle bowls and fantastic apps. Tiny place.

Fruition, 1313 E. 6th Ave.. http://fruitionrestaurant.com/. One of America’s top new restaurants in 2007. Intimate, lovely, local.

Lala’s Wine Bar and Pizzeria, 410 E. 7th Ave., http://www.lalaswinebar.com/Site/Home.html. Casual. Great wine list and really nice happy hour.

Le Central. 112 E. 8th St., http://www.lecentral.com/. “The affordable French restaurant.”
Luca d’Italia, 711 Grant St., http://www.lucadenver.com/. One of Denver’s best from one of Denver’s top chefs. Pricey.

Mizuna, 225 E. 7th Ave., http://mizunadenver.com/.  Same chef as Luca. Often voted Denver’s best. Pricey.

Potager, 1109 Ogden St., http://www.potagerrestaurant.com/. One of my favorites. All local. Small and large plates. No reservations.

Table 6, 609 Corona St., http://www.table6denver.com/. Interesting combinations, delicious results.

Highlands
A hopping neighborhood I rarely get to. All of these are highly rated restaurants that you can reach by bus or easy cab ride.

Bang! 3472 W. 32nd Ave., http://www.bangdenver.com/.

Duo, 2413 W. 32nd Ave., http://duodenver.com/. Local food.

Highland’s Garden Café, 3927 W. 32nd Ave., http://www.highlandsgardencafe.com/. Old Victorian houses. Lovely.

Lola, 1575 Boulder St., http://www.loladenver.com/. Modern Mexican.

Root Down, 1600 W. 33rd St., http://www.rootdowndenver.com/. Funky, fresh, local. Known for their cocktails.

Sushi Hai, 3600 W. 32nd Ave., http://www.sushihai.com/.

Z Cuisine, 2239 W. 30th Ave., http://www.zcuisineonline.com/. French Bistro.

Old South Pearl
Not close to downtown, but both of these are excellent. And, South Pearl is fun to stroll.

Izakaya Den, 1518 S. Pearl St., http://www.izakayaden.net/.

Sushi Den, 1487 S. Pearl St., http://www.sushiden.net/.

Also of note:
Buckhorn Exchange, 1000 Osage St., http://www.buckhorn.com/. An institution. Big game, etc. I’ve never been. Take light rail.

Taxis
Metro Taxi: 303-333-3333
Yellow Cab: 303-777-7777
Freedom Cab: 303-444-4444

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