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Boulder, CO suggestions

Mountain Sun/Southern Sun pubs are good spots for beers and a burger, but their food is fairly ordinary to recommend to a visitor on a short trip. I would not think of Oak as "very expensive" (that would be Flagstaff House) and it's one of the best places to eat in Boulder right now in addition to having CO craft beers. You can spend $23 on the wood-fired chicken and be stuffed. $5 fried pickles plus great happy hour, mid-day, and late night specials. Since the OP mentioned The Kitchen I was recommending something along those lines for another choice and I think Oak is at the top of their game right now.

Oct 06, 2013
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Boulder, CO suggestions

Oak at Fourteenth has great food and lots of CO craft beers like Avery, Oskar Blues, Left Hand, Great Divide, etc. http://www.oakatfourteenth.com

Oct 05, 2013
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Weekend Trip Report - Denver

Thanks for the write-up! Always good to have perspective from visitors. Please come back and try more of our restaurants. PS: Walk a couple of blocks over from The Palm to Elway's next time and check out a local steakhouse.

Oct 03, 2013
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Looking for wine shops with good prices-boulder

I just think it's silly that when I go to Cured to buy cheese, that amazing lemon-rosemary crown which has its own thread here on CH, and wine that I have to go into a separate room for the wine like it's something dirty and pay for it separately.

I personally drive all over the metro to support businesses/markets I care about (even though it costs me more time and money) from Marczyk Fine Foods to BoCo Farmers Market to The Truffle to Eat Drink and now The Source, but I can't get TP or contact lens solution and the like at any of these places, so I have no problem with shopping at King Soopers or Costco for this stuff. Even the most hard core foodies I know still have to run into a close-by grocer/big box occasionally for the odd item or two. You won't be forced to burn your Slow Food membership card if you buy dishwasher pellets or thumb tacks at Target. Well, maybe in Boulder proper. :-)

Sep 11, 2013
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Looking for wine shops with good prices-boulder

States like TX and CA sell wine and full-strength beers in grocery stores (and liquor in the case of CA) and that hasn't ruined craft beer selection or driven independent shops out of business. Some grocery stores like Central Market stock great product. If you own a store with a great selection and superior customer service, then you shouldn't be worried. The mediocre shops next to grocery stores are the ones that are concerned and are lobbying to keep regulations in place. Weren't all liquor shops in CO supposed to already go out of business if we did away with the regulations against opening on Sundays? :-)

Sep 10, 2013
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Looking for wine shops with good prices-boulder

Due to silly state regulations, the Costco in Arvada on Wadsworth is the only one with a wine shop. The Target in Glendale also has wine (under a pharmacy loophole). Trader Joes will be opening in Boulder and Denver by at least next year. If you want something other than plonk, the Boulder Wine Merchant is owned by a master sommelier and has some great selections. Superior Liquor off of Hwy 36 near Boulder has a nice selection, good sales, and a points club. Total Beverage in Westminster on Sheridan off of 36 has everyday quaff-able wines at good prices too.

Aug 30, 2013
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Squeaky Bean dinner timing

If you haven't already been, now might not be the best time to go, as there has been a big shake-up in the kitchen (including departures of the chef and sous chef), the bar, and front of the house.
http://blogs.denverpost.com/food/2013...

http://denver.eater.com/archives/2013...

http://blogs.westword.com/cafesociety...

Aug 19, 2013
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Lunch at DEN, [activity] on light rail, dinner near [activity]

Thanks for sharing your report. Glad to hear you had some good meals in Denver.

Aug 14, 2013
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Boulder claims its a foodie town.

Frasca has featured vitello. Flagstaff House offers just about every animal and still has foie gras too.

Aug 10, 2013
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Good eats in Boulder

My favorites are Frasca, Pizzeria Locale, Oak at Fourteenth, and Basta.

I also like Snarf's, Dish Gourmet, Frasca Caffe, and Cured cheese shop for sandwiches and sides; Zoe Ma Ma for Chinese; Amu for Japanese; Boxcar for coffee; Snooze for breakfast; Bitter Bar for craft cocktails and nibbles (although my heart is truly with Oak on that front); Salt; Beehive; Black Cat.

If you see the pink Comida taco truck around, that's a must (or go to their cantina in Longmont or the one that will be opening later this summer in Denver).

Rueben's Burger Bistro has pretty good burgers and Belgian beers. Snarf's also has a new-ish burger place but I haven't checked it out yet since I seem to hang out in Denver more lately. There is a Larkburger but the one in Boulder has never been as consistent as the original in Edwards or other metro locations.

Q's/Corner Bar and Flagstaff House are two of the original foodie haunts in Boulder.

Plus check out the Boulder County Farmer's Market on Saturdays from April - November (and Wednesdays during the bulk of the season).

Aug 10, 2013
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Squeaky Bean dinner timing

I'd recommend going a bit earlier to their bar for happy hour (starts at 4) and beginning with some spreads and shmears then ordering off the dinner menu at 5 if you are still running good on time. They offer different breads (papadum, focaccia, ciabatta) served with these little jars filled with magical things like bacon jelly/pimento cheese, deviled egg, duck mousse, etc. for only $5 each. Very filling. My first dinner experience after they re-opened a year ago was not great, but I'm glad I gave them another chance.

Denver is generally not a late-night eats kind of town, although you will find some things open after the game like Euclid Hall and Tom's Urban 24 in Larimer Square.

Stay hydrated and go easy on the booze at altitude (you can be a cheap drunk here). Take it easy and you will be fine.

Aug 10, 2013
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Way-too-specific question: Rioja's artichoke pasta

It is listed as truffle "essence" and is not a dish drowning in truffle oil if that is what you fear. The pillowy stuffed pasta itself and the broth is what shines. The good news is that you can purchase a smaller portion so you get a taste (in case it is not for you or you want to have room to sample more of the menu). Another classic is the fresh bacon with garbanzo bean puree to start. I love to cook, but I have looked at the recipes in Rioja's cookbook for these and they are so labor intensive that it's far easier to just go there and have them...Except they always have new dishes that sound interesting. They also do tasting menus on request and you could ask if they'd include a taste of the artichoke tortellini.

Aug 10, 2013
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Lunch at DEN, [activity] on light rail, dinner near [activity]

(1) When the new West line opened and light rail was free all weekend, we used this link below on Google Maps and clicked on each station then Search Nearby to plan our bar crawling and appetizer nibbling. Note that there is not a G line anymore and this map doesn’t include the new W to Lakewood/Golden. We found that walking to destinations from the light rail stations outside of downtown versus climbing in a car wasn’t really considered, so you might not have a direct path. There are better dining options in the core than the ‘burbs, so you might just take the line all the way to Union Station. Once you are in downtown Denver, besides easy walks you can take the free 16th Street Mall shuttle, B-cycle bike sharing, Uber, or find a taxi sitting in front of a hotel (they don’t circulate like in SF).
https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UT...

A few examples of walk-able items from some E stops:
--County Line--
Bonanno Brothers Pizzeria - This is from the chef who owns local favorites such as Mizuna, Osteria Marco, Bones
Cru
--Dry Creek--
Street Kitchen Asian Bistro
Marco's Coal-Fired Pizzeria
--Orchard--
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House
Pizza Republica
--Belleview--
Shanahan's Steakhouse
--Louisiana-Pearl--
Sushi Den
Izakaya Den
--10th & Osage--
El Taco de Mexico
The Buckhorn Exchange
Domo
--Union Station--
Museum of Contemporary Art (besides the art, they also have a rooftop café – new building opened in 2007).
Note that a bit further away is the Denver Art Museum (new Hamilton Building opened in 2006) and Clyfford Still Museum (opened in 2011) around 13th, as well as the History Colorado Center on Broadway (new building opened in 2012).
Zengo and Al Lado are just over the bridge
Walk or B-cycle across the park to Sushi Sasa, Colt and Gray, Eat Drink
West beyond that over another pedestrian bridge is the Highlands where Root Down and many other great options like Old Major and Z Cuisine are located

Further east of the stop you have lots of faves of locals like Rioja, Euclid Hall, Squeaky Bean, Twelve, etc.
Later this summer, The Source is opening in RiNo with Denver outposts of Boulder County favorites Comida and Oak (called Acorn) to keep in mind for your next trip.

(2) At Snooze, you have to at least split a sweet potato pancake. I ordered a chocolate chip one once and ended up leaving it and eating a good portion of my better half’s sweet potato because it was far superior. You said you’re not really a drinker, but one of the things I liked most was their spicy bloody mary option with pepper-infused vodka. I have not been to Root Down in a while, but if they still have the carrot curry soup that is a delicious way to start.

(3) At DIA, no matter which gate you arrive at (A, B, C), you might want to take the train and eat in one of the concourse options for lunch rather than the sad main terminal before you exit security. Might be better to slip into a bar seat somewhere like local options 5280 Lounge or the new Elway’s in B and eat than line up for the fairly mediocre to-go options. If I had to grab-and-go I’d probably get some tamales at La Casita in C or a sandwich from the New Belgium Spoke in A or the Hub in B (although the latter is WAY down a concourse). If you are really in a hurry, you may have to settle for a passable chain like Quizno’s. For wine and snacks, there is a Cru (which also has a nice line of outlets for recharging along the banquette) and Vino Volo. You don’t want to settle for Pour La France (which is about as French as Jeff Foxworthy), Wolfgang Puck, or Burger King. Soon we are supposed to have a branch of Root Down and Steve’s Snappin’ Dogs at DIA. Check flydenver.com to see the current options.

The beautiful surrounding mountains are one of the things that make Denver so appealing, so if you don’t have a car you might miss out on seeing Red Rocks, Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park, the Flatirons…

Aug 04, 2013
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Recommendations for Aurora Denver CO area restaurants

Scratch Einstein Bros and Wahoo's from the list unless you like chains.

Aurora is really spread out, by the way, so it might be just as easy to take I-70 into Denver as opposed to wading through stoplights and speed traps.

Jun 12, 2013
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Recommendations for Aurora Denver CO area restaurants

A friend of mine put together this guide to independent eats in Aurora: https://www.auroragov.org/cs/groups/p...

Jun 12, 2013
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Dinner in Tech Center Area [Denver]

Bonanno Brothers Pizzeria will be opening soon in the Vistas at Park Meadows. Owned by same local chef/restaurateur who owns Mizuna, Osteria Marco, etc. There is also an outpost of Cru wine bar in the PM area and Richard Sandoval's La Sandia (small chains but good). Shanahan's has happy hour in the bar which should be kinder to your bank account. If you don't want to hassle with driving, you can take lite rail from the DTC to downtown Denver, as your opportunities for excellent dining increase.

Apr 23, 2013
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If a hound were moving to Denver, what neighborhood is chowest?

Boulder County Farmers' Market started on April 6th. Tons of great small farms around like Red Wagon, Munson, Cure Organic, Oxford, Berry Patch. You don't have to shop at Whole Foods (and yes, there are Trader Joe's slated to open in Boulder and Denver if you're into that sort of thing). Sure, we have a shorter growing season than some places and it would be nice if mass transit options such as rail would expand more quickly, but the year-round sunshine, captivating mountains, and friendly people make it worth it to me to call this home. We also have B-cycle bike sharing now which is great for the "last mile" problem, a rail line is being built to DIA, BRT lanes are going in on Hwy 36, etc. The last 6 years have seen enormous positive changes in the dining scene on the Front Range and I'm confident that will continue (with The Source and Lower 48 being just two exciting things coming soon). We have The Truffle, Eat Drink, Marczyk's for cheese/charcuterie/etc. in Denver and Cured in Boulder. More restaurants like Basta, Black Cat, Sushi Den, Squeaky Bean, etc. are growing their own produce as well. We have a world class food and wine destination (Frasca) which expanded/swankified a couple of years ago and opened Pizzeria Locale next door complete with Stefano Ferrara oven. Two of their alums opened Oak down the street which is turning out some of the best craft cocktails and food you will find anywhere. Seems like you left right when things were getting interesting.

Apr 13, 2013
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Dinner for 1 in Denver

Colt and Gray at the bar is an excellent idea. You will be well-cared for. I always sit at the bar there, whether solo or with company. Have Kevin or Brian make you a beer cocktail if you're up for it. Euclid Hall has great beers too and would also be a fine choice.

Feb 25, 2013
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Restaurant Recs near City Park/Downtown in Denver

Olivea's owners are moving and it closed earlier this month. A new restaurant called Beast and Bottle is opening in that space: http://blogs.westword.com/cafesociety...

Jan 23, 2013
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treacle in denver?

I can confirm that Bayleaf in Boulder on the Pearl Street Mall does have treacle (by Heinz) right next to the cans of spotted dick.

Dec 08, 2012
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One dinner in/near downtown Denver?

What did you not like about your meal at Kelly Liken? Comparing it to McDonalds seems kind of harsh.

Oct 18, 2012
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Compare notes on Squeaky Bean?

I want to go back before I make up my mind (I personally love the feel of the space), but you captured my sole experience at the new location perfectly with the phrase "triumph of creative plating over eating pleasure." I was beginning to feel like the only person who didn't have a mind-blowing experience here, but while chatting with an insider who shall not be named, they had a similar experience wherein the food did not seem to be seasoned as well as it looked. The exception was the complimentary bread brought out which was perfect. The starter, mains, and even the cocktails did not not dazzle on our trip (nor did the service sadly). I am willing to allow for the fact that they had not been open in the new space that long and were swamped that evening to reach my decision that I will return at a later date and reassess, because there is just too much potential there. I know the chef can cook and the barkeep can sling drinks like nobody's business.

Oct 18, 2012
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One dinner in/near downtown Denver?

Frasca. Without question. If I ever moved, it is the one place I would fly back for.

Oct 11, 2012
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Anniversary dinner in Denver vicinity this Sunday night

Contenders like Frasca, Mizuna, and Barolo Grill are all closed on Sundays. One of the best options is probably Rioja in Denver, as they could do a great tasting menu for you on request featuring veg/fish for Mrs. C. http://www.riojadenver.com/ They always have a Vegetarian 4 Squares option on the dinner menu, so utilization of great vegetables in dishes with some zazz is not an afterthought. The Flagstaff House in Boulder is also open and there are plenty of swanky non-meat options on their menus. http://www.flagstaffhouse.com/ Black Cat in Boulder is romantic and also has great tasting menus available which could be customized. http://blackcatboulder.com/

Sep 03, 2012
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Trip report: eating in Denver, one lunch in Boulder (Long)

Thank you for the lovely write-up. Always nice to hear visitor reports. Keep Comida Cantina on your list for next trip since you enjoyed Pinche. They are in Longmont but may have their Denver location open the next time you visit.

Aug 24, 2012
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Denver Area - Great Food on a Sunday Mid-Afternoon

Bull and Bush kitchen is closed for renovations per Westword.

Aug 10, 2012
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Downtown HH - Suggestions please, RLM and others

Sorry I don't have as much time to post lately, but thank you. Some newer places I like for happy hour: Row 14, ChoLon Bistro, Euclid Hall. I haven't been for their happy hour yet, but I did enjoy dinner at Trillium. Twelve is off the beaten path but don't let that dissuade you. If you sit at the bar you get half price glasses of wine and they have a $38 prix fixe during the week.

Jul 12, 2012
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Bone Marrow in Denver or Boulder area?

Bones has bone marrow as a starter and Euclid Hall has Bruléed Beef Marrow Bones (both places highly recommended). Oak in Boulder has had bone marrow topped with caviar before too.

Jun 15, 2012
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Mexican in Boulder?

Pupusas Sabor Hispano on N. Broadway has breakfast items. Or check out the Sunday Mexican brunch at the Comida Cantina in the southern part of Longmont off of 287 in the Prospect area (no need to track down the big pink truck if you don't want to--it's in Aspen right now for the Food & Wine Classic anyway). Mexican chocolate pancakes are fantastic. Definitely rec the Sirloin Situation taco at lunch or dinner (or any of the tacos).

Jun 13, 2012
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Lunch in Boulder on a Thursday

I personally would not choose The Kitchen if I had one meal. The mais pizza at Pizzeria Locale is quite different and spectacular. The retooled (post-fire) Oak a few blocks away at Pearl and 14th has great cocktails, house made root beer and other sodas, and a great burger at lunch. If Bitter Bar is open for lunch now, they also have great cocktails. Definitely get some craft beer like Avery.

Jun 11, 2012
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