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    I've noticed that there are a lot of Broncomaniacs from out of town and that some of them come to Denver on rare occasions to watch a game or to visit.

    Anyhow, I just thought that it would be cool if we offered a thread with restaurants and other attractions that are a good value. Before I visit a city, I like to know about a few good restaurants that are worth the trip.

    So, Broncomaniacs, please offer your favorite restaurants and general places to have fun for our visting friends. And visitors, feel free to give us an idea of what you'd like to hear about. For example, nowadays with our transportation system, seafood can be found here and be fresh, but I wouldn't call it a specialty of ours and unfortunately, the cost of transporting it to this part of the country can make the seafood a bit more expensive.

    Well, I'll start:



    Japanese food -- Denver has a lot of good Japanese food throughout the city. I don't really like any downtown if that's where you are staying and the ones in that area are overpriced for what they offer.

    For sushi, my favorite sushi restaurant is Tazu Sushi in Cherry Creek (Not too far from downtown where a whole bunch of expensive stores can be found. Tazu is also not cheap, but it is pretty good for sushi in Denver). (By the way, Elways is in that neighborhood. I haven't tried it, but as Broncos fans, you might care. I'll check it out some day and report.)

    The other place in Denver that gets a lot of press is Sushi Den and it isn't shabby. They've got some good sushi, but they are pricey, the parking sucks and they are always so busy that it's hard to get in. I don't think they're worth it.

    If you don't mind the travel, or you are heading up to the mountains, you may want to stop at a place in Golden, Colorado. In Golden, there is a sushi shop called Uokura. Golden is a small town in the suburbs of Denver, but it is more than a suburb. It has a history all its own. It was considered as the capitol of Colorado at one point, but lost out to Denver. It is right on the edge of the mountains and is on the way to the casinos in the area, so you may want to consider a visit.

    Anyway, the head chef at Uokura was actually trained in Japan and he makes some good sushi. If you come on a holiday, they tend to have good all-you-can-eat deals. They are also priced slightly lower than Tazu and Sushi Den, but only slightly.

    As far as non-sushi Japanese food, there are several more restaurants to consider.

    My favorite is Kikis Japanese Cuisine. It's a small store on Colorado Boulevard and just north of Evans Avenue. (I suppose I'll supply addresses for all of these places in my next post). This store has a good variety of everyday Japanese food well done. They've started to throw on some Korean items because the wife of the guy that owns it is Korean, but it's still mostly Japanese. You can tell it's good because Japanese people go there a lot, so they prefer that restaurants to other ones.

    Another good, but a bit pricey one is Domo Restaurant that is right by the Auraria campus downtown. It is actually an aikidou doujou, but they serve country style Japanese food that is quite unique. It's different from any other Japanese food that I've had.

    If you like ramen, there's an authentic ramen restaurant in Denver called Oshima Ramen. It's pretty good. It's on Hampden Avenue off of Tamarac Drive.




    Chinese Food -- My favourite Chinese food restaurant is Little Shanghai on Broadway. It's somewhat pricey, but overall it's not bad.

    Now, it's not authentic or anything, but it is good and I love their Honey Shrimp Delight and they do everything well. They have a good number of signature dishes each of which is pretty good.

    I know of a few other Chinese food restaurants, but most are just run of the mill places that pander to what Americans have come to expect in Chinese foods with a change here and there. If you need one of those places (for carry out, maybe), open up the phone book in your room. Most of the restaurants in your phone book are those types of places.

    There's a place in Golden that I like, but mostly because they have Peking duck and I love Peking Duck. If you care, it's called Golden City Chinese Food (Not to be confused with Golden City Brewery).

    Oh, one more thing, a lot of people like PF Changs which is a chain here and is supposed to be unique and modern. I don't know, you may like them, but I don't. Their food is kind of Chinese, but it just seems like they are trying too hard and it comes out in the taste. It's not all that good (And their chopsticks are too damn slippery).



    Korean Food -- Well, I used to tutor these Korean Fellows before in Calculus and a couple of other subjects and they would pay my services in Korean food. Ever since, when I go to a Korean restaurant, it tastes crappy. Actually, it tastes good, but I find myself thinking of how they made it and wishing that they weren't too advanced in their majors for me to tutor them. Of course, they are friends, so I see them from time to time, but it's just not the same.

    Anyway, of Korean places I know, there is only one that I know of in Denver itself. I'm sure there are others, but I've never happenstanced upon them. This place is called Seoul Food (Clever ain't it). They're food is decent. I go there from time to time, but they recently decided to make it a dual, Japanese/Korean restaurant. Actually, their Korean food is the same, but I once tried some of their Japanese food and it was just horrid, so if you go there, don't order any Japanese food. Maybe they'll come to their senses and stop selling the Japanese food.

    There is a couple of Korean markets down a street called Parker Road. One is called Han mart and another is called Ko mart. Anyway, they are both decent for buying Korean food and also Japanese food and are great with tons of cool ingredients. I love to shop there and I go to Han mart much more often because it is larger and just has more stuff. In that area, there are a bunch of Korean restaurants that I've been meaning to explore. Unfortunately, it's a long bike ride and I'm not wasting money on gas, so it may take awhile for me to get down there.




    Thai food -- I know of a couple of Thai food and all of them taste good, but only because Thai food tastes good. I can't say that any of them stands out, so I'll tell you nothing. Look in a phone book and you will find a run of the mill Thai places.




    Ethiopian food -- I have several Ethiopian friends (Who all seem to be pretty staunch Christians). Anyway, I always asked them to make me food, but they haven't yet. I'll keep pressuring them of course, but until then, I was curious about Ethiopian food. I found that if you walk out to Colfax near my house (York and Josephine), and walk down the street, there are several Ethiopian restaurants. All of them taste good, but none is significantly better than the others, but none are bad.

    If you like Ethiopian food, these places all taste good to me, so you might give them a shot (Just look for Colfax addresses in the phone book).




    Greek Food -- Right around my area of town are several Greek restaurants as well. I like Greek food all right, but it's not my favorite. My favorite place is called Chef Zorbas Cuisine. It actually has a pretty good breakfast menu as well and claims to have Mexican food, but I haven't ever tried their Mexican stuff. I'm sure that some other Denverites know of other places.




    Italian Food -- I feel weird because of this, but I don't know of many Italian restaurants in Denver. Well, I know of a few in Cherry Creek that taste pretty good, but are expensive up the wazoo. And I know of the chains, but of good small places, there is really only one that I visit. Pappa D's is that place and it is pretty good and for a reasonable price. If you want to overspend, feel free to look up those places in Cherry Creek. One is called Cucina Colore and it was pretty good as I recall.

    I'm sure that others could tell more than I could.




    Mexican food -- Ok, well, my whole family makes Mexican food, so we don't go out to Mexican restaurants very often. And to me, how you tell if a Mexican restaurant is good is to ask for chicharones on whatever you're having. If they have them, they are good. Otherwise, it's still possible that they are good if they do a lot of other stuff right, but they should have chicharrones.

    My family is from Taos, so I prefer New Mexican style Mexican cuisine. I've only found one place that specializes in that, but I don't know what they are called. I only remember that they are located next to the Subway across the street from the Auraria campus busstop on Colfax. I like their style, but I have a bad habit of comparing their food to my families, so I don't go there. It's really not a comparison. (For enough money, I'll sell you some of my grandpa's food).

    If you're looking for a dirt cheap inexplicably scrumptious place, there are two to mention: Taco House is a chain in Denver, but the original is the best by far. It's located on Federal and Virginia I think. The other is the Tamale Kitchen which specializes in umm... yeah... tamales. They make other junk too, but their tamales are better than anything else they make, so that's what I buy if I go there (I still prefer my families tamales though).
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    Steak House -- Yeah, well, this region is prime for cattle to munch on and so visiting a steak house makes tons of sense, but I'm not the person to tell you. I like to make my own steaks. I think I do them better anyway, so if you want to find a steak house, you'll have to ask some other Denverite. I've been to a couple and they were good, but it's been awhile and I don't remember they're names.

    Oh, and a word of wisdom, steak houses always offer potatos with their dishes. Baked or mashed or french fries or whatever. Anyway, ask if they offer sweet potatos (Unless you don't like them). They'll be made like the baked potato most likely, but they'll be better with just butter, a baked sweet potato is much better than a baked regular potato. Mashed potatos can also be good, so I guess it's up to you, but mmm... sweet potato.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Archimedes Owl
      Steak House -- Yeah, well, this region is prime for cattle to munch on and so visiting a steak house makes tons of sense, but I'm not the person to tell you. I like to make my own steaks. I think I do them better anyway, so if you want to find a steak house, you'll have to ask some other Denverite. I've been to a couple and they were good, but it's been awhile and I don't remember they're names.

      Oh, and a word of wisdom, steak houses always offer potatos with their dishes. Baked or mashed or french fries or whatever. Anyway, ask if they offer sweet potatos (Unless you don't like them). They'll be made like the baked potato most likely, but they'll be better with just butter, a baked sweet potato is much better than a baked regular potato. Mashed potatos can also be good, so I guess it's up to you, but mmm... sweet potato.

      Just to add a steakhouse.

      This one is a hole in the wall, has seating, but the steaks are great.

      The Columbine on Federal right around 6th Ave. On the east side of Federal. They grill the steaks in front of you. Meal includes salad and a baked potato or fries. The prices are decent also.
      Ready for the friggen season already!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Giveemlove
        Just to add a steakhouse.

        This one is a hole in the wall, has seating, but the steaks are great.

        The Columbine on Federal right around 6th Ave. On the east side of Federal. They grill the steaks in front of you. Meal includes salad and a baked potato or fries. The prices are decent also.
        When we gonna go??????????????
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        • #5
          This really has nothing to do with the thread, i just think its funny. I live in virginia beach, and we have a banner that flies down here for a place called "dirty ****'s"...well, the banner says "dirty ****'s has crabs"....just wanted to share that....
          "Chillez was right Brock is best champ in the UFC, I Jump on Mir bandwagon and he got crushed."

          Chillez won the sig bet. Congrats. Up next for brock? Fedor... stay tuned.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by TEXSOONER/BRONC
            When we gonna go??????????????

            Are ya open for lunch today?
            Ready for the friggen season already!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Giveemlove
              Just to add a steakhouse.

              This one is a hole in the wall, has seating, but the steaks are great.

              The Columbine on Federal right around 6th Ave. On the east side of Federal. They grill the steaks in front of you. Meal includes salad and a baked potato or fries. The prices are decent also.
              Yeah, The Columbine isn't too bad. I think their steaks are a bit small, but they taste good.

              That place isn't really like a traditional steak house. It's smaller and more like a diner. Well, actually it's kind of two sided. One side is like a diner, then the side with the bar is like a full scale restaurant (Not big, but it has booths).

              I think they were pretty well priced too.
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                I know many of you do not live in Boston but I will add some of my favorite local palces.

                Jimmys in Arlington MA. This is a steak house that has been one of my favs since I was a kid. The Steak Teriayki (spelling) is outstanding and it also specializes in surf n turf. The Salmon is excellent as well and I know if you went there you would not be disappointed.

                A second fav is Called Santarpios Pizza in East Boston MA. This place is a hole in the wall but serves phemonminal pizza and also had lamb tips and sausage grilled on BBQ to die for.

                A third is called Cafe Pompei in the North End of Boston. It has plenty of Italian dishes and also great pizza as well

                Lastly I will add a Chinese Rest

                In Burlington MA there is a place called Jade Pacific. The portions of appetizers are huge and the lomein and other plates are outstanding.

                I feel like I am doing a review for the food network. This has been great and now I am hungry
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Archimedes Owl
                  Yeah, The Columbine isn't too bad. I think their steaks are a bit small, but they taste good.

                  That place isn't really like a traditional steak house. It's smaller and more like a diner. Well, actually it's kind of two sided. One side is like a diner, then the side with the bar is like a full scale restaurant (Not big, but it has booths).

                  I think they were pretty well priced too.

                  As with most places on a budget, things aren't what they used to be. The steaks have gotten smaller, but still they are so good!
                  Ready for the friggen season already!

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                  • #10
                    I just thought of another good steak joint.....

                    It's a little bar at 64th & Sheridan, right next to the Dollar movies. It's called Madrid's Lounge. They serve a mix of American & Chinese. The cook Jimmy makes a mean steak! Absolutely terrific. Their Chicken and Snow Peas is great as well. A bit pricey, but to die for. The meal comes with soup, salad, rolls( which are the absolute bomb!!!) and the main entree, choice of potatos.
                    Ready for the friggen season already!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Giveemlove
                      I just thought of another good steak joint.....

                      It's a little bar at 64th & Sheridan, right next to the Dollar movies. It's called Madrid's Lounge. They serve a mix of American & Chinese. The cook Jimmy makes a mean steak! Absolutely terrific. Their Chicken and Snow Peas is great as well. A bit pricey, but to die for. The meal comes with soup, salad, rolls( which are the absolute bomb!!!) and the main entree, choice of potatos.
                      When are you taking me.

                      this should be the get hungry thread
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                      • #12
                        As with most places on a budget, things aren't what they used to be. The steaks have gotten smaller, but still they are so good!
                        If I recall, they season them with just salt and pepper and not a bunch of other junk that only covers up the flavor of the steak. That's one reason that I really like them.

                        I hate that one Outback Steakhouse commercial where he's talking about a seventeen spice steak. I had one of their steaks before and you couldn't taste it. Which is all for the better because it was pretty much a hockey puck.

                        Originally posted by Giveemlove
                        I just thought of another good steak joint.....

                        It's a little bar at 64th & Sheridan, right next to the Dollar movies. It's called Madrid's Lounge. They serve a mix of American & Chinese. The cook Jimmy makes a mean steak! Absolutely terrific. Their Chicken and Snow Peas is great as well. A bit pricey, but to die for. The meal comes with soup, salad, rolls( which are the absolute bomb!!!) and the main entree, choice of potatos.
                        I'll have to give them a try for sure. Thanks for the suggestion.




                        Oh, and Medford, thanks for posting your MA places. It's true that us Broncos fans like to travel to other places to. As long as the place doesn't feature dirty **** crabs.
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                        • #13
                          Owl, you forgot one for Italian food, Maggino's. It is in inner city Denver next to the 16th Street Mall. This place is a favorite of all Denver people. I was in there for lunch and you couldn't sit ANYWHERE!!! It was absolutely crazy, the food was awesome.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Archimedes Owl


                            Oh, and Medford, thanks for posting your MA places. It's true that us Broncos fans like to travel to other places to. As long as the place doesn't feature dirty **** crabs.
                            I can assure you that it does not.

                            I also forgot to add two more excellent places in Boston

                            Legal Seafoods is great located on the Boston waterfront and

                            Maggianos Italian Restaurant in Boston gives huge portions and all the dishes there

                            I wish I could come to Denver to experiene all the great ones listed as well and this is Emeril signing off. :wave:
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by West
                              Owl, you forgot one for Italian food, Maggino's. It is in inner city Denver next to the 16th Street Mall. This place is a favorite of all Denver people. I was in there for lunch and you couldn't sit ANYWHERE!!! It was absolutely crazy, the food was awesome.
                              That's nothin'. I completely forgot a soul food category.


                              Nuts, huh??



                              Soul Food -- A popular soul food restaurant in Denver is called M & Ds and it's pretty good. There are actually a good number of good rib joints throughout town and a lot of good soul food places in general.

                              I like Pierres on Madison. They had a ton of excellent food. I found their catfish to be fantastic. And, really, everything that I tried there was fantastic. It's on Madison and umm... like 28th or something. Well, Madison is just to the west of Colorado, so find madison then drive until you run into Pierres in one of the 20something streets.

                              Bourbon Grill is pretty good on Colfax in East Denver.

                              I don't know too many cajun places and the ones I do know, I can't recall their names. I just remember where they are, so if somebody wants to name some good ones feel free.
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