Local Recommendations

Pat Miller, the Gabby Gourmet

Pat Miller, the Gabby Gourmet

Colorado’s Gabby Gourmet Recommends…

Recommendations and phrases from Pat Miller’s Gabby Gourmet 2016 Restaurant Guide are being shared with her permission. All of these restaurants are great and are listed in order of preference. If you can swing it, try to visit at least one of these places to enjoy some interesting and tasty food along with great service.

Restaurants – Worth the Reservations, Cost, and Distance!

Mercantile Dining & Provisions
1701 Wynkoop Street (17th/Wynkoop)
Reservations for dinner / Cuisine: American with international flair
Chef/Proprietor Alex Seidel and Executive Chef Matt Vawter host a “to die for” restaurant located in the historic Denver Union Station. The menu includes options ranging from cured meats to halibut cheeks, so be ready to enjoy a mix of extraordinary choices and tastes. “The dining room is dinner only while the market opens early morning. Breakfast and lunch are available and you can grab a seat, but it is serve yourself until dinner service begins.”

Snooze, an A.M. Eatery at Union Station
1701 Wynkoop Street (17th/Wynkoop)
No reservations / Cuisine: Breakfast!
Enjoy getting served breakfast in 1970s Jetson-style booths on the other side of Union Station from the Mercantile (see above). Enjoy a variety of breakfast options, but know that the number one reason to hurry is for their pancakes!

Osteria Marco at Larimer Square
1453 Larimer Square (15th/Larimer)
Reservations / Cuisine: Italian, Pizza
Chef-proprietor Frank Bonanno provides a location for lunches, dinners, and a quick snack by hosting a salumi stand at street level and a lower level dining area. Excellent salads, paninis, sandwiches, entrees, and (of course) pizzas are offered with service that is excellent, prices that are reasonable, and an entire experience that is a treat.

Bistro Vendôme
1420 Larimer Street (16th/Larimer)
Reservations / Cuisine: French
Owners Jennifer Jasinski and Beth Gruitch charm diners with a marvelous menu that starts with a French baguette served in a paper bag and concludes with desserts that include the option of homemade ice cream or sorbet. In the middle, diners will find a mix of wonder options that include a wonderful steak tartare, duck confit, cauliflower gratin, and many other options. With great service and a warm, friendly feel, Bistro Vendôme earns kudos as a great dining spot in Denver. If you are in town Sunday morning, try their brunch.

Reunion Gastropub
1480 Arapahoe Street (15th/Arapahoe)
Reservations / Cuisine: Wine, beer, and pub fare
A fun mix of unique foods, but our Gabby Gourmet says “go there for a burger!”

Venice Restorante & Wine Bar
1700 Wynkoop Street (17th/Wynkoop)
Reservations /Cuisine: Italian
Allessandro and Sara Carollo have created a fabulous Italian restaurant in LoDo (Lower Downtown) with stunning design, food, and service. If you enjoy wine, be sure to wander through the adega. And, be ready to review the extensive choices of wine available either by the bottle or by the glass. Of the food options, both the Caesar served in a parmesan bowl and risotto are top choices.

Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar
1539 17th Street (17th/Wazee)
Reservations / Cuisine: Seafood
Seafood in Denver?! But yes, Jax is an amazing fish house in the Mile High City. The raw bar is incredible, the cold plates range from salt cured foie gras to scallop ceviche, and hot dishes include a clam chowder that makes a visit here worth the trip. Be sure to try the house made epi bread, it is awesome. Finally, don’t forget dessert, it’s a must.

Work & Class in the RiNo District
2500 Larimer (25th/Larimer)
No reservations / Cuisine: Latin (and) American / Distance: 1.3 miles from Convention Center
Dine in or take away food from this fabulous restaurant owned by Chef Dana Rodriguez, front of house Delores Tronco, and bartender Tony Maciag. Together they make awesome “Latino” inspired food and drinks with unbelievable vision to the masses in Denver. If you can get over here, this award-winning restaurant worth the trip.

Biju’s Little Curry Shop in the RiNo District
1441 26th Street (26th/Walnut)
No reservations / Cuisine: Indian / Distance: 1.5 miles from Convention Center
A “GO TO” restaurant that nestled in Denver’s RiNo (River North) district that is worth the trip if you want divine curry and all the trimmings at the best price and with the best flavors ever. After finding the restaurant which is a bit hard to spot, head in and be ready to fill the bowl given to you with your preferences in rice, meats, veggies, curries, and toppings. From there, take a seat and enjoy your gourmet fast food experience.

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