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DaJudge
February 6th, 2008, 08:14 PM
http://www.denver.org/denverrestaurant/Restaurants.asp

OrangeCrush
February 6th, 2008, 08:16 PM
I will definitely do that in 2 weeks thanks!!

Rhino95
February 6th, 2008, 08:20 PM
Score!

Which would be the best value? Rodizio Grill is on the list, but thats about how much it costs for 2 people anyway.

DaJudge
February 6th, 2008, 08:22 PM
I will definitely do that in 2 weeks thanks!!
Better hurry with reservations. The first half dozen places SWMBO tried were booked solid--Elways (both locations) Kevin Taylor (both locations, and a couple of others. We did get in at Altitude, Dazzle, the Palm, and the Keg in LoDo. We haven't been to any of them before so it is a good chance to broaden our culinary experiences.

DaJudge
February 6th, 2008, 08:25 PM
Score!

Which would be the best value? Rodizio Grill is on the list, but thats about how much it costs for 2 people anyway.
That's hard to say. Click on the places that sound interesting and check out the menus. Be adventurous.

OrangeCrush
February 6th, 2008, 08:33 PM
Via trattoria is an awesome dining experience last time I ate there 2 of us ate for around $230

cheftyler
February 6th, 2008, 08:44 PM
I'll go ahead and recommend Union in Castle Rock, I've never eaten there, but I know and have worked with the owners and chef(s).

Yia Yia's is good, The Corner Office is decent, Randolph's is good, Rioja is great, Tamayo is :drool:, I've heard good things about Terroir, Texas de Brazil is again :drool: (and that's ~ half price for two), and Via Baci is great.

DaJudge
February 6th, 2008, 08:59 PM
Note that some of the less expensive places like Via Baci add extras like a bottle of wine with the meal to make it a good deal. Places we have been and can recommend (in no particular order):

Chinook Tavern
Cafe Prague
Panzano
Buenas Aries Grill
Vesta Dipping Grill
Le Central
Cork House
Soleil Med. Grille
The Fort
Highlands Garden Cafe
Rialto Cafe
Denver Chophouse

DaJudge
March 3rd, 2008, 10:32 AM
btt. Any after action reports? I'll post mine a little later.

Trango
March 3rd, 2008, 11:27 AM
We also went to the Keg, opening Sunday night (a week ago). I did the Caeser, the Sirloin, and the Billy Miner chocolate confection. Linds got the Garlic Shrimp app, the Filet Mignon (what a hella good cut), and the Cr?me Brul?. All pretty killer apps. We split a beer and got out for like $65 - not too shabby.

What a great event - good for you for getting the word out. I was pretty oblivious about the whole event, all the restaurants participating etc, until I arrived, and Linds was like, "I EXPLAINED this to you." Whatever - still a good time and a few good meals at a great price. :thumbsup:

jnschwie
March 3rd, 2008, 11:40 AM
We went to La Fondue with some physicians from my wife's clinic.

It was OK. I'm not really into fondue, but if you are going to do it, I personally like Melting Pot better.

Eric
March 3rd, 2008, 12:22 PM
We went to the Briarwood on Wednesday night and didn't realize it was 5280 week until we got there :) :thumbsup: Same excellent food and service as last year, but at a better price. We're hooked, next year we're eating out that whole week! :D

DaJudge
March 3rd, 2008, 02:38 PM
Altitude (http://denverregency.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/entertainment/restaurants/index.jsp) at the new Hyatt downtown:

We took my son and daughter-in-law for a night out, away from the 3 year
old. I thought it was up high with a view--wrong! Ground level with a view
of the entrance to the Convention Center and the light rail stop across the
street. Decor is an extension of the lobby--high ceilings, glass and steel--
cold. Service was OK, nothing special. They were doing a prime rib buffet
that night and added it to the 5280 menu. We all opted for it and it was
delicious. The salads and appetizers were great-crab claw shooters were
the best. Besides prime rib they had wild mushroom ravioli, chicken with
onions and peppers, baby back ribs, all excellent and some fish I didn't try.
Very good deserts too. Wine was WAAY overpriced. They charged $38 a
bottle for a California red zinfandel that retails for $9/bottle. We enjoyed
ourselves but are unlikely to return as the place has no ambience.

Peaks Lounge is up high--27th floor--with a terrific view and prices to
match. We went up for drinks after dinner. 4 people + 2 drinks each =
$100 when tax and tip were added. It was crammed full and so loud you
had to shout to be heard across the table. Unlikely to return there either.

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The Palm (http://www.thepalm.com/sitemain.cfm?site_id=12): My brother and his wife used the reservation to take friends and
had a wonderful time and great meal. Maybe next year SWMBO and I will
go.

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The Keg (LoDo): (http://en.kegsteakhouse.com/locations/Colorado/Denver) Went with 2 other couples and had a ball. A great
waitress really enhances the dining experience. SWMBO and I split
everything so we could sample more--wedge salad and french onion soup;
baseball sirloin (VERY good!) and filet (she likes it better than I); Billy Miner
pie and cherry cheesecake for dessert. Wine and drinks were reasonably
priced. Very enjoyable evening and we will go back!

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Dazzle (http://www.dazzlejazz.com/): Went with 2 other couples on Friday evening. The tail-end of
happy hour crowd made for great people watching. It was loud and
crowded at first but steadily improved as the evening progressed. Again,
SWMBO and I split everything--baby spinach salad and corn & crab bisque;
grilled sirloin and romano crusted chicken breast, Dewars butterscotch
pudding and mint night delight (mint choclate chip ice cream with oreo
crust). The desserts weren't as good as they sound but the rest was well
done. Next time we will pay the extra to be seated in the room where the
musicians perform. Their music was piped out to the bar but as noted it
was LOUD there.

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THE REAL REASON FOR RESTARAUNT WEEK! Discover a new place that you really like!

Wolfies Bistro (http://www.wolfiesneighborhoodbistro.com/) on Bannock between 11th and 12th has been open since late
June. Neat place! You enter through a spacious comfortable bar area and
proceed to the dining room next door. Tables are scattered to provide a
modicum of privacy in a pleasantly decorated hardwood-floored space.
Waitstaff was excellent. SWMBO had called to tell them we were late and
said she hoped that would not be a problem. Their response was, "We will
make sure it's not a problem for you" and it wasn't. That's a customer
service attitude. The food was excellent across the board; potato-leek
soup and house salad; cast iron seared ribeye (wow!) and maple-glazed
salmon; warm caramel apple tart with cinnamon ice cream and espresso
choclate cake--we licked the platter clean. Bar prices were not out of line
for the area and they had a small but good wine list with reasonable prices
too. In summary, a real keeper that we will go to again and recommend to
our friends.

cheftyler
March 3rd, 2008, 03:00 PM
:thumbsup: DaJudge

Abbye and I went to Union American Bistro (http://www.unionamericanbistro.com/) in Castle Rock. This is a great little restaurant, with killed happy hour deals on food and drinks. Abbye and I each got something different so we could sample the different options. The gnocci was phenomenal, and the petit-pot roast melted in your mouth. The garlic cream soup was good, but a full cup was a little much. I had their salmon entree with perfectly cooked veggies and the potatoes were just to die for. Abbye had the Shrimp pasta :drool:. For desert, I had the cheesecake (the best rendition of a true NY style I've ever had in Denver) and Abbye had the Kahlua bread pudding. The quality of the deserts weren't a surprise to me as I had worked with their pastry chef at her last restaurant.
As DaJudge said earlier, a great server can make a mediocre meal good, and a great meal fantastic. I knew going in that the service would be excellent (I worked for one of the owners back in the day) and we weren't disappointed.
The spring, summer, and fall will be incredible out on their patio, I can't imagine a nicer place to hang out and have a few drinks.

Eric
March 3rd, 2008, 04:35 PM
On a semi-related note, we also hit the buffet at the Ameristar Casino in Black Hawk on Saturday night for $20/ea. I gorged myself on snow crab legs all night, but Monica said the Prime Rib was good. :D

Al, check out the Briarwood next year, you won't be disappointed. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Whitey
March 3rd, 2008, 06:16 PM
The participating restaurants are very nice, that's a great bargain! However, I completely missed this. :(

The Fort, The Briarwood Inn, among many others, have received way more than than $52.80 for 2 from me. I can understand why most of them book full quickly.

Duo Restaurant alone was easily $500 for four of us. Sure wish I'd seen this earlier. I'll be aware next year. :thumbsup:

(If I can remember). :P

bulldozer
March 4th, 2008, 07:25 AM
Tamayo is very good. We went there last year and go back outside of the Restaurant week. The same people own Zengo and it was really, really good. They had a salmon tempura roll for the appetizer that I would sell my first born for.

Mkeeper19
March 4th, 2008, 08:49 AM
my hubby and I went to Cru ( a french wine bar) with 10 other people. GREAT service, excellent food and a great atmosphere. We were talking with the GM and realized that we had not tried one of the choices he promptly had the chef make us one on him for all of us to try. It was all AWESOME! All the wine was great as well!

cheftyler
March 4th, 2008, 11:45 AM
my hubby and I went to Cru ( a french wine bar) with 10 other people. GREAT service, excellent food and a great atmosphere. We were talking with the GM and realized that we had not tried one of the choices he promptly had the chef make us one on him for all of us to try. It was all AWESOME! All the wine was great as well!

We took my wife's friends from Europe there (one of them grew up in the Loire Valley so he was making all the wine decisions) a couple weeks ago and had a very similar experience. :thumbsup: