Thursday, June 9, 2011

My favorite Denver restaurants

The Denver restaurant scene is sizzling with great new places springing up all over metro area. Please share your favorite spots anywhere in the U.S or around the world at If you are like me a good recommendation is often better than using Zagat, OpenTable, or Yelp! I search for unique restaurants, from down home, hole-in-the –wall, greasy spoons, to Michelin starred bastions of culinary delight. I’m not an Anthony Bourdain, but I know what I like!

Locando del Borgo, in east Cherry Creek, has become a place I could go to twice a week! Great menu, professional servers, and kitchen that consistently brings it!

I eat at Patzcuaros almost once a week. Love this little Mexican food place on East 32nd.

It is easy to be transported to a French bistro at Z Cuisine and A Cote’ next door in Denver’s East-Highlands. This place is a must when a holiday in France is not in your budget but you crave Gallic provincial fare. How about an Absinthe at A Cote’ while waiting for your table at Z. They even project French movies on the wall!

Potager, in Capital Hill, is wonderful spot to sample creative seasonal dishes!

I could while away a long lunch with just a nice glass of wine and those addictive bread sticks at Strings in Uptown. The patio is superb in the summer!

The dining scene is young and hip at Root Down in East-Highlands. Their outdoor deck is the place to be and the views of downtown Denver are great!

Marla’s favorite is Rioja on Larimer street downtown.

Dining at the bar is the place for creative Mediterranean food at Olivea in Uptown.

Our favorite Polish restaurant is Crackovia in Westminster. One evening the owner treated us to glasses of his homemade cherry wine.

Though way out in the Southwest burbs, Farro does something special. Chef Matt Franklin hits the mark with tasty food at really moderate prices!

Izakaya Den, across the street from Sushi Den, features a broad spectrum of Asian fusion cuisine. The place has a hip vibe and the décor is very cool.

Restaurant wars really heat up when talking about Denver or Boulder. Many people think Boulder is the place. One of my absolute Colorado favorites is Frasca on Pearl Street. The owners once worked at the French Laundry in Yountville!

There is no better place for a spectacular view and fine dining than Boulder’s famous Flagstaff House. Their wine list is the size of a Manhattan phone book!

The deck of Boulder’s historic Chautauqua dining hall is my favorite place for breakfast. The views are sensational!

There are times when you need a little grease for breakfast. My favorite is the B & B Café in Castle Rock. There is nothing fancy about the place. The waitresses always seem a bit hung-over and the 17 year old chef probably didn’t get to bed yet from the night before. This is a classic dive to be cherished.

I would love to hear what your favorite restaurants are!

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