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#1 Post by AlexO » July 21st, 2015, 9:37 am

Going to Denver for a wedding in about 6 weeks. Since the wedding is for my wife's best friend, the whole weekend is going to be about what she and the bride want to do. That being said, we get in on early Thursday (wedding is on Saturday) and we are going to be in city itself on Thursday so I'd like to have lunch at one of those "bucket list" types of places. I love the diners, drive-ins & dive types of places, but I'm just as open to something much nicer that does a lunch.

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#2 Post by Jim Anderson » July 21st, 2015, 10:27 am

I was just in Denver. Tons of terrific places. Tons. Lots are not open for lunch (Solitiare and Populist for instance) or have radically different and simpler if still delicious menus (Mercantile). I might give Acorn a go. Delicious food, fun environment and good wine program. Don't know if it's a bucket list place but it's a very good Denver restaurant. YMMV.
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#3 Post by John S » July 21st, 2015, 10:29 am

Not Denver but nearby in Boulder Frasca. World class IMHO.
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#4 Post by Pat Martin » July 21st, 2015, 11:03 am

There are tons, here are a few of my favorites...

The Kitchen is terrific and it is a great part of Downtown. Il Posto is a small, energetic Italian spot a mile east of downtown with great food and a terrific NYC vibe (a bit cramped, a bit noisy, lots of staff bustling around... all done with lots of charm). Rioja is another fine spot. I'm also loyal to Table 6.

If in Boulder, I would strongly second Frasca (reservations are a must).
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#5 Post by Kyle Schlachter » July 21st, 2015, 11:12 am

Since you're limited to lunch: Acorn, Cholon, Stoic & Genuine, or Mercantile Dining & Provision (just sandwich counter service, but stellar).

If you can find time for dinner: Barolo, Fruition, or Mizuna jump to the head of the line...
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#6 Post by John Kight » July 21st, 2015, 11:19 am

John S wrote:Not Denver but nearby in Boulder Frasca. World class IMHO.
Agreed. Frasca Food & Wine. Great food and one of the best wine lists in the country (with a special emphasis on Italian wines, esp. those from Friuli-Venezia Giulia). Destination worthy.

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#7 Post by Will F » July 21st, 2015, 12:52 pm

Fruition is my favorite in Denver. Frasca is great if you want to drive 30 mins to Boulder. Acorn was already mentioned but would probably be number 2 in Denver.
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#8 Post by Kelly Walker » July 21st, 2015, 1:01 pm

I was in Denver last month and had dinner at an amazing Italian place just outside of downtown in the Highland district called Spuntino, 2639 West 32 Ave. Really cool well selected Italian wine list. The food is amazing. Get the rabbit.
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#9 Post by Dale Bowers » July 21st, 2015, 1:15 pm

If you love Sushi..The Sushi Den. Very near the DU campus.
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#11 Post by Kyle Schlachter » July 21st, 2015, 1:30 pm

Oh dear God... Casa Bonita! YES! Perhaps the worst food in the world!!!
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#12 Post by Michael Martin » July 21st, 2015, 2:58 pm

Will F wrote:Fruition is my favorite in Denver. Frasca is great if you want to drive 30 mins to Boulder. Acorn was already mentioned but would probably be number 2 in Denver.
All of these ^^^^^^ Fruition is my favorite restaurant in Denver.
Plus I would add Mercantile though I have only had dinners there.

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#13 Post by Mel Hill » July 21st, 2015, 4:21 pm

Been to Acorn for lunch twice in the last
month. It is very nice but not bucket list
the building it is in is very cool with a couple of nice foodie shops and great tap room in the back (Crooked Stave)

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#14 Post by Joy L » July 21st, 2015, 4:30 pm

+1 on Stoic & Genuine. Fantastic oysters and seafood; great wine list!
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#15 Post by alan weinberg » July 21st, 2015, 6:23 pm

if you can't get into Frasca, decent food and amazing wine list at Flagstaff House in Boulder.

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#16 Post by Pat Martin » July 21st, 2015, 6:45 pm

Dale Bowers wrote:If you love Sushi..The Sushi Den. Very near the DU campus.
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#17 Post by P. D e r d e y n » July 21st, 2015, 7:08 pm

I'm going to add Squeaky Bean to the list. A very casual place with an avant garde menu and great cocktails. Nothing fancy, but a perfect place for lunch.
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#18 Post by James Sanders » July 21st, 2015, 8:25 pm

I've been to most of the places listed here. Based on my experiences, For fine dining I'd put Frasca, Fruition, Oak, Acorn and Mercantile at the top, in that order. Sushi Den is always excellent. If you are looking for morning stuff, Rosenberg's Bagels are New York quality.

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#19 Post by AlexO » July 22nd, 2015, 9:11 am

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#20 Post by ClarkstonMark » July 22nd, 2015, 10:27 am

Do you like beer? Falling Rock Tap House is good (they usually have Pliny the Elder on tap - bonus!).
And the food is sorta DDD-esque, but go for the beer.
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#21 Post by John Draper » July 22nd, 2015, 1:18 pm

Mark, since you mentioned you are limited to lunch, I would say Acorn, Mercantile, or maybe Bones. Euclid Hall could be fun, kind of elevated pub grub with a solid beer program. If you are able to finesse dinner then the aforementioned suggestions of Fruition and Frasca are spot on. Hit up Glazed and Confuzed for some righteous donuts to start your morning.
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#22 Post by C Prince » July 22nd, 2015, 7:55 pm

We liked Frasca but were really bowled over by Black Cat in Boulder. Frasca was a more dressy place / space but I was so mesmerized by the food at Black Cat that I made notes of what we ate ... as if we'd ever be able to duplicate that at home!
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#23 Post by Joe Chanley » September 9th, 2015, 5:05 am

just went to fruition last night....fantastic.

thank you for the recommendation.

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#24 Post by P. Willenberg » September 9th, 2015, 7:26 am

I was very impressed by the Charcuterie program at Colt and Gray. It's called Viande Meats iirc and it could hold it's own against the best I've seen domestically. You can get access to it at their basement cocktail bar called St. Ellie. I can post pics if anyone cares.
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#25 Post by Michael Bowden » August 23rd, 2016, 6:34 pm

Any "new" Denver restaurants out there not mentioned in this thread or that have revamped, etc..? TIA.
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#26 Post by Michael Martin » August 23rd, 2016, 6:46 pm

http://solerarestaurant.com

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#27 Post by John Draper » August 24th, 2016, 2:59 pm

I had a good dinner at The Plimoth a couple of weeks back. On the more casual side, great cabrito at Work&Class and some good interpretations of Asian street eats at Cho77(big brother is ChoLon Bistro). Departure just opened in Cherry Creek and it's receiving some good early press but I have yet to dine there.
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#28 Post by Joe Chanley » April 25th, 2017, 12:25 pm

any thoughts on Root Down?

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#29 Post by Mel Hill » April 25th, 2017, 1:11 pm

We have only been to the one at DIA but it is the best airport restaurant I've been to recently.

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#30 Post by Jeff Twersky » April 28th, 2017, 6:58 am

I had an excellent meal at Root Down last year. So good, that I grabbed a bite at the one at DIA on my way back home.

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#31 Post by Barry L i p t o n » April 28th, 2017, 2:55 pm

John S wrote:Not Denver but nearby in Boulder Frasca. World class IMHO.
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#32 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » April 28th, 2017, 5:29 pm

Buckhorn exchange. Pretty unique.

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#33 Post by Joe Chanley » May 10th, 2017, 8:49 am

wanted to report back on my recent trip where I had three different and very good experiences.

Linger
Excellent service and interesting food to say the least. I'd go back. We tried the following:
- Pork Belly Bao Buns
- Colorado Lamb Kabobs
- Koran BBQ Tacos
- Pad Thai
- Masala Dosa
- Cricket and Cassava Empanada

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Our server was outstanding and super knowledgeable on the food and drinks equally. Most of the food was solid/good, but I think my expectations were really high:
- Marrow Bone Brulée - as good as you'd expect
- Iberico Ham special - hard not to be amazing
- Fruition Farms Ricotta Gnudi with morels and white asparagus - delicious
- Maple Leaf Farms Duck Breast - not bad but not memorable
- Pan Roasted Broccoli (didn't get to taste)
I'd also comment that the Downslope was a killer cocktail - eagle rare ‘mercantile’ single barrel bourbon, lustau vermut, gran classico, sherry, apricot, cocoa nib

Root Down
Popped in here on a whim and ate at the bar.....service was great and it was a nice night so the doors were open to the restaurant. Shared the scallops and the lamb sliders which were both fantastic

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#34 Post by Jim Brennan » June 13th, 2018, 8:06 pm

Eating at Annette in the Stanley Marketplace, and enjoying it quite a bit. I don't get to Denver often, so I don't have anything local to compare it to, but I'd absolutely come back. Cool and interesting wine list as well (not extensive, but virtually every selection is interesting to me). As an example, I'm drinking a Sandlands Trousseau...

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#35 Post by Kris Patten » January 27th, 2019, 7:22 pm

Bumping for some updates recommendations as I need to be there for 3 nights week after next.
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#36 Post by KMiller » January 28th, 2019, 3:09 pm

Tavernetta
The Wolf's Tailor
Beckon
Acorn
Annette
Hop Alley
Ultreia
Fruition
Linger
Root Down
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#37 Post by Robert Dentice » January 28th, 2019, 3:35 pm

I second Tavernetta and would suggest you go to Boulder if you can to their other place Frasca Food and Wine.

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#38 Post by Christine Huang » January 28th, 2019, 4:07 pm

Has anyone been to Safta? Its sister restaurant, Saba, is my favorite restaurant in NOLA. I absolutely love Alon Shaya’s food and I want to check it out

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#39 Post by John S » January 28th, 2019, 4:08 pm

Another Tavernetta rec in Denver.
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#40 Post by Michael Martin » January 28th, 2019, 5:02 pm

The Mercantile http://mercantiledenver.com
Sister restaurant to Fruition mentioned above.
Reserve the chef’s table overlooking the kitchen. They have a menu completely separate from the regular menu. You can get it with or without wine parings. One of the best meals I‘ve had in Denver.

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#41 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum » January 29th, 2019, 12:31 pm

Christine Huang wrote:
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Has anyone been to Safta? Its sister restaurant, Saba, is my favorite restaurant in NOLA. I absolutely love Alon Shaya’s food and I want to check it out
Yes, we were there this past weekend with some friends. We ordered mostly smaller plates as one person had a lot of dietary restrictions. The food was mostly very good, if a little heavy handed in the salt/sugar/sauce department. Some standouts were the charred cabbage, mushroom hummus and the short ribs with black garlic and harissa. I enjoyed the meal and would go back, but would have liked some more lightness and/or acid and bitter elements - by the end I was a little fatigued by the umami and richness. It's possible we could have ordered better and that other seasons would bring lighter elements. It's in the same complex with Acorn and near some good bars as well.

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#42 Post by John Draper » January 29th, 2019, 2:07 pm

as previously mentioned by others, Tavernetta is solid and Frasca is a step up from Tavernetta. Safta is very enjoyable especially when done with a group of 4-6 patrons to maximize the mixing and sharing of small plates. I would also add 12@Madison into the mix of recommendations for Fruition, Mercantile, etc.
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