Restaurants & Bars
There are over a hundred restaurants and bars within half a mile of my loft.
Here are a few of my favorites.
- Wynkoop Brewing
Company. Of course my local brewery needs to be
first on the list! Colorado's oldest brewpub. Great
beer, pool hall and atmosphere. Some of my favorite
dishes there are the artichoke and parmesan dip with
beer bread (always recommended as a shared appetizer!),
the elk medallions and the Shepherd's Pie. An elevator
ride from my place!
- Vesta Dipping
Grill. My favorite downtown restaurant - their
distinction is that they have 30 different dipping
sauces, and each main dish comes with three recommended
sauces but you can substitute if you like. The food is
always great and it has a cool funky downtown
atmosphere. Two blocks from my place.
McCormick's. Fresh fish restaurant in the Oxford
Hotel, with an elegant, classic atmosphere. Some of the
best service I've had anywhere. One block from my place.
- Mori. My
favorite sushi place downtown - very down to earth and
unpretentious, not a typical LoDo place, but great food.
Highly recommend the caterpillar roll! A whole
four blocks from my place!
Another great seafood place, across the street from
McCormick's but very different atmosphere - noisier,
trendier, more crowded. One block from my place.
Vendome. Great little intimate French restaurant
hidden away on Larimer Square. The best pommes frites (french
fries!) I've ever had - quite unusual, sprinkled with
herbs and glazed with a little champagne!
Gumbo's. Nice, pretty upmarket, New Orleans
restaurant (and I've been to New Orleans enough times to
know one when I see one!). The sweet potato catfish is
excellent! Two blocks from our place.
- Trios Enoteca.
Excellent wine and jazz bar just a few steps from our
front door. Good food too - Paula and I often go for
three appetizers for $15, which is enough for the two of
- El Chapultepec. Very interesting old jazz bar which
has been around forever (by Denver standards) -
supposedly the likes of Frank Sinatra and Ella
Fitzgerald have played there. Not fancy at all, usually
pretty traditional jazz, and an interesting crowd of old
folks, hip students and assorted oddballs! They appear
to be the only place on this list without a web site,
which somehow doesn't surprise me!
The Cruise Room. Very cool bar in the Oxford Hotel,
modeled after one of the bars on the Queen Mary. Big
martini menu, you can get food from McCormicks and they
have a cool old jukebox. The Citysearch review says "an
elegant hotel bar James Bond would love" - so there you
Superb high end restaurant right on our block, which was
indirectly responsible for Paula and I meeting (long
story!). Had a great meal here with Paula on my 40th
birthday. Quite a few bad reviews on Citysearch
recently though, will have to go sometime to see if
there's any truth to them!
Fado. Local Irish bar which is always packed and