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Chef Coming To Denver March 10-12

Every place mentioned above is VERY worthy. If you are open to "Colorado casual," consider the brand new Corner House in the Franklin Park neighbhorhood. Matt Selby, the talented still-young chef who put Vesta Dipping Grill and Steuben's on the culinary map, is chef/partner. The place is trendy (recycled and repurposed wood, metal, etc.).. They menu is tight and shareable. Not high end, but hight taste.

If you and your friends are open to heading to Boulder for an evening, AND if you can get in, Frasca Food & Wine (exquisite Friulian cuisine and topnotch service) is my number one recommendation.
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Jan 12, 2013
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Thai Ingredients in Denver - where to buy?

There's also a Pacific Ocean at 6600 W 120th Ave., Broomfield, CO 80020, (303) 410-8168. Both locations are small supermarket size (might have once been Safeways or something) and therefore carry large inventories of food and cooking utensils from various countries.

May 18, 2012
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Multi Course Prix Fixe/Chef's Menu in Denver?

I'd "third" the Frasca recommendation and also add the Flagstaff House for great food, topnotch service, excellent wine list plus fabulous views of Boulder and beyond.
They generally have some sort of seasonal chef's menu. But if you want to stay in Denver, the Palace Arms in the legendary Brown Palace Hotel offers a five-course tasting menu. The historic artifacts in this treasure-filled dining room alone are practically worth the price.

May 12, 2012
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Is there any decent place in Breckenridge for lunch?

Head up the road a few miles to Frisco and go to FoodHedz, near the Wal-Mart on the west side of Hwy 9. Sign over the door reads "Cafe" or something like that. Closed Sundays and Mondays.

Apr 14, 2012
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motorcycle trip to crested butte,co

Good eats in Crested Butte or enroute to CB, and if so, from where?

Apr 09, 2012
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any decent chinese dim sum in denver??

New Port hasn't been New Port for quite some time. It is now a Szechuan restaurant that nevertheless claims to offer dim sum. I haven't been there since it changed.

Apr 07, 2012
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Nabulsi cheese in boulder/denver

Another thought: Arash Grocery & Deli in Aurora. It's the area's best known Middle Eastern specialty food store.

Nov 21, 2011
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Mountain Town Restaurant for Thanksgiving Near Denver

Good point, LurkerDan. My husband, friends and I had a quite wonderful dinner (not a buffet) there. Fine food, service, wine list. Also extremely reasonable: $27.50 for adults, $9.50 for ages 3 to 10, free for under 3. Three mid-day seatings if that works for you. See http://www.maryslakelodge.com/dining.htm

Nov 20, 2011
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Nabulsi cheese in boulder/denver

Or the new Cured shop in Boulder.

Nov 20, 2011
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Boulder, CO Steakhouse

The sign says they're opening on Nov 25. So we'll see.

Nov 18, 2011
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Thanksgiving Dinner in Denver

Another thought: District Meats, Charlie Palmer's new restaurant in LoDo, is opening on Monday. They will be doing a $35, 3-course prix fixe dinner featuring heritage turkey. 1/2-price for children 12 and under. They will also have their regular a la carte menu available. (http://www.charliepalmer.com/Properti...)

Nov 17, 2011
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Boulder, CO Steakhouse

I went by this morning and a sign indicates that it still hasn't opened. It is going into space behind Tahona. No opening date but a website listed on the sign. I thought it was pearlstreetsteakhouse.com, but that leads nowhere. I'll look more carefully tomorrow, and maybe my brain will be sufficiently defogged to pay attention.

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Tahona
1035 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302

Nov 17, 2011
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Good cheap food near Paramount in Denver

Mici - Fast-casual Italian restaurant. Pizza, pasta. Very close to the Paramount.

Nov 17, 2011
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Thanksgiving Dinner in Denver

If you ARE willing to drive as far as Boulder (which isn't all THAT far), consider Black Cat Bistro. The owner/chef/farmer Eric Skokan, raises most of why he serves on his 70-acre farm. For Thanksgiving, guests are encouraged to pay what they can for their meal in the hopes of embracing the spirit of giving -- and to reflect the original Thanksgiving. They will put out a donation box so all guests can pay what they feel their meal was worth and hopefully to leave a little more and help out someone less fortunate. A portion of proceeds to go to Boulder County's Community Food Share. Meal service begins at 2 p.m. (http://www.blackcatboulder.com

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Black Cat
1964 13th Street, Boulder, CO 80302

Nov 17, 2011
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Boulder, CO Steakhouse

LurkerDan - I knew that the current owners (Mara and Peter Soutiere) bought Sushi Tora from the originals, who now have a sushi restaurant in Longmont. Just got back from New Zealand & brain is too foggy to remember which one, however.

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Sushi Tora
2014 10th St, Boulder, CO 80302

Nov 17, 2011
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Boulder, CO Steakhouse

The Pearl Street Steak Room is a (fairly) new venture by the owners of Sushi Tora and Tahona Tequila Bistro. I haven't been there yet, but I do know that their other two restaurants are well regarded and popular.

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Sushi Tora
2014 10th St, Boulder, CO 80302

Tahona Tequila Bistro
Boulder, CO, Boulder, CO

Nov 16, 2011
ClaireWalter in Mountain States

Dinner recommendations within walking distance of Crowne Plaza Denver?

MyNameIsTerry is right about the 16th Street Mall Shuttle, but beyond that, what do you consider "walking distance"? I don't know whether it is still so lavish, but Panzano has or at least had well-priced and lavish happy hour options. It's in the Hotel Monaco (18th & Curtis or thereabouts).

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Panzano
909 17th St., Denver, CO 80202

Nov 07, 2011
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Recommendation for Sunday afternoon lunch/brunch in Boulder?

Like Scrabblecat, I go to the Dushanbe Teahouse mainly for the fabulous building. I consider it a bonus to have a really good meal there.

Nov 01, 2011
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ISO child friendly restaurants in Boulder that can also work with allergies...

Re Farmers' market & fruit. Remember that Colorado has a very short growing season compared w/ SoCal. Come earlier in the year and find exceptional stone fruit (esp peaches but also plums and cherries in summer), melons and later, apples and pears. No, we don't have Colorado-grown citrus fruit, mangoes or bananas.

Re Boulder vs Denver for sushi. It's pretty broad-stroke to say that the sushi "in Denver" is better than Boulder. True that some of the best sushi around is in Denver (Sushi Den, Izakaya Den, Sushi Sasa), but there's also Sonoda's (several locations), which isn't all that good.

Re smart waitpeople: A lot of CU grads never want to leave Boulder; also, lots of grad students waiting on tables. Still, I get annoyed every time some waitron approaches a table with "Hey, how's it goin'?" as a welcome,

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Sushi Sasa
2401 15th Street, Suite 80, Denver, CO 80202

Izakaya Den
1518 South Pearl Street, Denver, CO 80210

Oct 27, 2011
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Where to eat in Vail (with a baby)?

Someday, in the distant future, your baby won't be a baby anymore, and s/he'll be accustomed to going to restaurants because s/he will have done so all his/her life.

Oct 26, 2011
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Restaurant Suggestions for Northern Utah...Ogden, Logan and Brigham City

I was in Ogden in Jan 2010 to ski and had a really pleasant dinner at Jāsoh. There is/was a fine dining restaurant in front and an informal pub/sports bar in back. http://www.jasoh.com/

Oct 26, 2011
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ISO child friendly restaurants in Boulder that can also work with allergies...

Thanks for the feedback, Trolley. Those of us who live here KNOW that Boulder is a great food town, and it's nice that some of our recommendations worked for you and your family. Especially in situations like your son's major food allergies, it's gratifying to learn that they were accommodated so well.

Oct 26, 2011
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Snooze in Boulder

Tangerine also offers a pancake flight. If you try theirs too, please post a comparison.

Oct 26, 2011
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Bakery That Delivers?

I don't know about a decent bakery in Westminster, but there are two in nearby Arvada that are very good. I don't know whether they deliver, so you'll have to call. Rheinlander Bakery does excellent breads and pastries, and is known for its gluten-free and anti-allergy products, 303-467-1810. There's an Udi's Pizza Cafe in Arvada, (303) 421-8000 -- and a bakery in Louisville (a bit farther), 303-657-611. I hope these help you accomplish your thoughtful gesture.

Oct 25, 2011
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Rioja = seriously fantastic!

Re cheese plate: Might have been different assortment of cheeses, or one diner's "odd" is another's "interesting."

Oct 22, 2011
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Where to eat in Vail (with a baby)?

When are you going? Now is off-season, and pretty much anyplace that is open will welcome you & the baby. I would pick up a copy of the Vail Daily and peruse the ads to find out which restaurants are operating (many have off-season "locals' specials"), and if you have questions about suitability for a baby, just call and ask. Come ski season, that's another story.

Oct 22, 2011
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Recommendation for Sunday afternoon lunch/brunch in Boulder?

The places that you mentioned and remember fondly are all still there, but mid-afternoon on a Sunday is a real challenge. Most places close (or at least stop serving brunch) at 2. The Kitchen [Next Door] on Pearl just west of The Kitchen (the old Tom's Tavern location) opens at 11. Service might be ongoing thru the evening. You'd have to check. The Pinyon (1710) serves Sunday brunch but is very cagey about its opening hours. Catch an earlier flight????? Good luck.

Oct 20, 2011
ClaireWalter in Mountain States

ISO child friendly restaurants in Boulder that can also work with allergies...

Sushi/Izakaya are in Denver, not Boulder with several sushi restaurants, most of them clustered downtown. Whole Foods recently expanded Pearl Street Market and Alfafa's are natural grocers that can accommodate your son's needs and have pleasant cafe areas for informal eating too.

Oct 16, 2011
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must eat Denver

Moonlight Diner on Tower Road.

Oct 15, 2011
ClaireWalter in Mountain States

must eat Denver

RLM - Many people don't care for menudo, lengua and assorted organ meats. Some of us do not eat meat at all. Some of us are squeamish at the thought of eating offal. Some of us have tried and dislike the taste and/or the texture, regardless of the culinary tradition in which it's prepared. A number of little joints in strip shopping centers or former fast food places serve those little tortillas with a bit of overcooked beef, pork or occasionally chicken with salsas available at the condiment bar. I've really tried them but haven't really kept track (many in East County), and I've never found them worth remembering by name or location. Nothing wrong with the food; I just don't care for it. And I hardly ever see any non-Latinos, so I have inferred that other gringos share my taste. Perhaps its a character and/or culinary flaw on my part.

Oct 15, 2011
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