The Cheesecake Factory is a chain of restaurants (although there are not too many in Colorado) that have the most wonderful cheesecakes that you can get either served in the restaurant or as a take-away. Trust me, after eating at the restaurant, you do not have room for the dessert -- so, do what I do, start with dessert :-)
I must admit, I am a cheesecake fanatic and one of the things I miss most about living in Europe is not having access to this restaurant. (Although when I head to the States to visit my grandson, my "payment" for babysitting in in Cheesecake Factory currency!).
There is a Cheesecake Factory at the Park Meadows Mall, south of Denver (and there is one in downtown Denver, although I haven’t been to that one). On beautiful days, you can eat outside. It is often crowded (the food is great) so when we have visitors, we often will get a take-away treat to eat when we get home (they even give you forks and napkins in case you can't make it that long).
Lots of varieties to choose from - the classic plain cheesecake to the turtle pecan caramel fudge to the chocolate chip cookie dough. These cheesecakes are rich and filling - you really can't eat a slice in one sitting - better to savor it bite by bite throughout the day.
This is definitely a sweet happy ending to your day in Denver!
After a very full morning of looking at all the sea creatures in the aquarium, we headed to the aquarium restaurant for some lunch. The aquarium itself was purchased in 2003 by the Landry’s restaurant chain so we expected the food to be good. While the food was very good, we were surprised at the reasonable prices (we had expected higher than normal prices since this was in a special venue).
As you walk into the restaurant, you can easily see the aquarium theme with the many fish decorations hanging from the ceiling and the very large aquarium wall with fish swimming around. We were offered seats either next to the tank or away from the tank. We opted to be away from the tank of fish simply because it included booth seats which we felt would be more comfortable. And we were still close enough to see the fish swimming by.
We had downloaded a coupon from the restaurant website which gave us a free appetizer; we shared a bruschetta, which was very good. Then we shared a yummy egg salad sandwich – there was so many we both came away full. The servers were lots of fun and the atmosphere was relaxed. It was a great ending to our visit to the aquarium.
If I ever go back to the Downtown Aquarium, I would eat at this restaurant again.
This is a Brazilian Steakhouse unlike any I have ever visited! 13 different steak options and they are ALL included in the dinner. The steaks are brought tableside by "Goucho's" with large carving knives and they slice off a piece of the steak as you wish. Dinner also includes a 30+ item salad bar including fresh salmon, sliced salami, fresh motz and sharp cheeses plus greens and vegies that were out of this world. Limeade was by request and I understand this is typical Brazilian refreshment (non-alcholic) and the coffee was strong and rich. You are given a two-sided card and if it is on the green side, the meat keeps coming! Turn it to the red side so you can enjoy what is on your plate. What a unique experience! Well worth the price. Enjoy.
Favorite Dish: Filet and lamb were outstanding. Grilled to perfection and the spice combo they use is not spicy- hot just very flavorful.
I've only ever had the infused vodka here, so I cannot speak for the food. I find the prices for the vodka carafes very agreeable and the selection of flavors fun. I like the red pepper, which has a nice spicy twist, and would be absolutely perfect in a bloody mary. Every carafe comes with a side of garnishes which you can use to enhance the flavor of your infusion. I enjoy sitting by the fireplace on cold nights and watching the people as they come and go. This bistro is tucked away in a little side alley in the city, which gives it a quaint vibe.
Favorite Dish: Infused vodka.
I absolutely love Smashburger, and even though I am dieting and cannot really have Smashburger, when I want to cheat, or if I am condemned to death or if I find out I am terminally ill, I will immediately begin to eat Smashburger, it's that good.
Favorite Dish: The classic Smash cheeseburger with American cheese. Their rosemary fries are also absolutely amazing!
Enormous salads! This place has an enormous cobb salad that is a little high priced, but is rather tasty. The salad itself is not spectacular (ok, the bacon that comes on it is), but the size of the salad is spectacular. One thing I do like about the cafe is that they actively participate in the community and encourage people in the community to learn about cooking and learn new skills, which is positive and makes me want to patronize their establishment more. Their sandwiches look delicious, but I have yet to try one. I also like that their packaging is eco-friendly.
Favorite Dish: Cobb salad.
I like the diverse menu here. Sometimes the wait is about 15 to 20 minutes, but I've never waited more than that. They have bar and outside seating as well, which is nice in the summer
Favorite Dish: . On my most recent visit I had the truffle scamble with fresh asparagus, black truffles, and swiss cheese. Delish! In the past I've tried the Sloans Breakfast, an omelet, the egg white frittata, a couple of the benedicts (all good) and the smoked gouda grits (weekends only). I have always liked my meals, the service is quick and friendly, and the coffee is good. One of my favorite local joints.
I don't think you can go wrong here, and the staff is very friendly with great service.
Favorite Dish: I've been here numerous times since they opened, and my favorite dish is the Pad Thai with Chicken or Shrimp. They make it with a peanut sauce that is do delish, I crave it. Their vermicelli noodle bowls are good. Their shrimp spring rolls are also good. They have an amazing dish with pork chops, rice, cucumbers, and other fresh ingredients. The pork chops are really tasty, which surprised me the first time I tried them (not something I would normally order).
My friends and I went to Bistro Vendome last night for Denver's Restaurant Week. I had been here before and thought it fair, but after last night I am singing a different tune. From the service, to the food, and the wine, everything about this meal was excellent. This was a great experience, with great service, and amazing food. I can't wait to go back and try the steak and frites with roquefort or have the mussels again.
Favorite Dish: So for $52.80 you get a three course meal during Denver Restaurant Week (for those who don't know this), and the nice part was they let you pick off the entire menu, unlike other places that had a pre-fixe meal with things you never want to eat. For first course I had amazing mussels in a white whie garlic sauce. Delish! Haven't had that good of mussels since Brussels (sorry about the rhyme). Second course I had the rabit confit with pearl onions, mushrooms and a cream sauce. I knew I liked rabbit, but last night I really liked rabbit. Its tender like the dark meat of a chicken thigh, it was served boneless, and the onions and mushooms were perfect. My husband had the beet salad with truffle oil and hazelnuts for first course, and he devoured it. For his second course he had the gnocchi with mushrooms and truffles. OMG! His was even better than mine, and I don't consider myself a lover of gnocchi. His plate was clean, every last bit of sauce sopped up with the amazing baguette served with our first course. For dessert we had the creme brulee. Not my favorite to begin with. I tried it, it was good, but my husband devoured that as well (so I'm pretty sure it was good).
Not just another Mexican Restaurant, but one that has an extensive menu, 6 pages of food is offered, good atmosphere, great margaritas, and a polite staff. The clue to how good this place is can be found when you see that the offer mole, many types of fish dishes, and soups. So you can expect more than the usual combination plates of burritos, tacos and enchiladas.
The family that owns this place started out with one small restaurant and it grew larger and larger into many restaurants. They have more than one in the Denver area.
When I go to Denver twice a year, I always make it a point to go here and also to the Mexican Restaurant called Noah Noah. My expectations of great Mexican food are always met.
I have put in the photos several pages of the menu so that you can see how extensive it is. That menu makes it worth the visit. You will have trouble deciding.........
Favorite Dish: I eat here often, and my favorite dish is now the Ceviche. Don't leave Denver without trying it. Shrimp cooked in lime juice with a margarita is the way to go.
I had Shrimp Portuguese last visit, and this is bacon wrapped large shrimp with a sauce.
Be brave and try something besides fajitas. You can get that back home.
For decades this small tavern in the town of Edgewater has been secretly known to locals as having the best pizza in Denver. Edgewater is a small town that lies west of the football stadium by Sloan's Lake. The owners, Ben and Josephine DiPietro, have expanded the tavern while keeping the old time feel.
When you open the door you step back in time. The owner has kept his establishment up to date without taking away the historical look of an old tavern.
On the weekends the place is full of fun loving locals who drop in for a beer or pizza.
Don't look for Yuppies, they won't be here.
On Bronco Football days don't wear anything with another teams logo or name.
Otherwise you can get away with it--see the picture of the old miner.
Favorite Dish: At a mile high it is difficult to get good raised dough, but the Edgewater Tavern has mastered the difficulty and all their pizzas and calzones are great. Their sauce recipe has been handed down several decades. It has been run by a family over 60 years.
The majority of other pizza places in Denver has a dough that closely resembles cooked cardboard.
Located at the proximity of the famous Red Rocks just outside of Denver, this restaurant presents itself with flair. Constructed to resemble the fort designed by the Traders called Bent, which is shown here for comparison, they strive to make the ambience warm and southwest. Expect fireplaces, and western designs throughout matched by a menu, which is pricey but filled with recipes from the old west.
The photo shown here is of Bent's Fort near La Junta, Colorado of which the Fort Restaurant is patterned.
Be sure and visit the Red Rocks while in this area. During the summer there are also many concerts in Red Rocks by major performers.
Favorite Dish: Here are some main dish examples from the menu. They have great appetizers which even includes Rocky Mountain Oysters.
Buffalo (Bison) we serve are from select Rocky Mountain ranches.
Smoke House Buffalo Ribs Platter Smoked buffalo ribs,
Elk Chops S
The Fort's Game Plate Our most popular dish! An elk chop, buffalo medallion, and a grilled teriyaki quail.
This is not a place for t shirts and shorts.
Price below includes wine
I would suggest calling for reservations and asking for a table near the fireplace or with view
There are quite a few Middle Eastern restaurants in Denver, but Phoenician Kabob is by far the best of any of them. In fact, it's the best Middle Eastern food I've had anywhere in the U.S. Everything on the menu is fantastic, and the owner is always friendly. This is always the first place I take out-of-town visitors, and no one has ever been disappointed.
Favorite Dish: Sultan Combo - A little bit of everything (well, not really everything, but there's a LOT of food in this dish)
**NOTE - THIS PLACE IS NO LONGER IN BUSINESS AS OF MAY 2011**
It was late Sunday morning. Our crew of intrepid party-goers was slow to wake up and even slower to get moving after a long night of cocktails. No one was in the mood to drive, but we were starving. Surely there was someplace within walking distance where we could get a decent breakfast (or was it brunch?).
Then, lo and behold, we spotted Cafe Star as we turned the corner onto Colfax. Like a beacon on a stormy night it drew us in and provided safe harbor. The waitress didn't mind a bit that we demanded one glass of ice water after another to rehydrate our depleted bodies, and even brought some pitchers (no doubt to make her job easier, but it helped us a lot too).
And the food? Well, it was fantastic. The menu is innovative without being excessively whimsical or frivolous. I knew we had a winner when the butter served with the bread had strawberry sauce mixed with it. Delicious, as was everything we ordered. Six people, six satisfied customers. No one had a single complaint. I left with a full stomach and the memory of a really outstanding meal. Sure, it was a bit on the pricey side, but we're not talking Denny's here. It is well worth the extra money.
Oh, and they even serve lunch and dinner (but do note that they are closed on Tuesdays).
It's hard to imagine good French in Denver, but his place was pretty good. Actually, the food was more a combination of fresh produce California style mixed with some French style food. The wine list was a mixture of French and California wines, and priced about right by the glass. I ordered a French Sauvignon Blanc, a plate full of mussels, and the special, a Crepe de Jour. My friend ordered the special also. The patio dining of this place is off the street, so the noise of Larimer is not a nuisance. This was lunch, and though it was only April, the weather was warm enough. There's also dining inside. Overall the atmosphere for this place was really good. Service was very good, but the waiter was inexperienced with respect to the wine list. The price for two was very reasonable at about $40- including tip.
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