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Denver - Native Viewpoint- Overview

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A travel journal to Denver by Ashkitkat

Quote: Denver is one of the fastest growing cities in the country. What once was known as a "cow town" is becoming more and more metropolitan. Luckily, the city has tried hard, and sucessfully so, to keep it's western flavor.

Denver - Native Viewpoint- Overview

Overview

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Denver became a city thanks to the railroad. And you can still ride the train into the city today. The train station was at one time in the heart of the city. It's still in the Lower Downtown area, which is where you'll find all the popular bars and restaurants. Many of the old warehouses left from the trainyard days have been reverted into trendy lofts and commercial real estate. Coors Field is right there, and Invesco Field at Mile High Stadium and the Pepsi Center are only a short ride away.Quick Tips: If traveling within downtown, there's the new Light Rail system. However, for anything outside of the Metro area you will need a car. Since most of what Colorado has to offer (mounta...Read More

Le Central

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Restaurant

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Are you looking for a little culture and sophistication in your dining experience? 'Oui, oui,' you say? We felt the same way and decided to try Le Central. This well-established restaurant has been in the area for years and I had the pleasure of experiencing it on New Year's Eve. After the wonderful experience I had, I'll have to revist again. 'In with the new,' as they say! As we sat down to in the comfortable and cozy dining area, we sipped our wines and settled in to examine the menu. It changes frequently, but it's always a set menu at $35 per person. I enjoyed a salmon salad, followed by the duck l'orange and, for dessert (by far the most important course), a baked-appl...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 2, 2003

Le Central
112 East Eighth Ave
Denver, Colorado 80203
+1 303 863 8094

Denver Chophouse and Brewery

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Restaurant | "The Chophouse Brewery and Steakhouse"

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The Chophouse is located in the old train station right across the street from Coors Field. This place reeks of old money and quality. The food is excellent, and the chance of running into a local sports celebrity is good. Despite its reputation for hosting the after-parties of Denver's major leagure sports team's victories (NHL's Avalanche!) this isn't a sports bar in the traditional sense. This is fine dining, "Western-Style". The Chophouse makes no apologies for the large brewing kettles, the old-fashioned newspaper clippings of sports teams or the menu that features, almost exclusively, meat. Nor should it, because while it is old-fashioned in many ways it holds onto the quaint notion of q...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 7, 2002

Denver Chophouse and Brewery
1735 19th St
Denver, Colorado 80202
(303) 296-0800

Papa Keno's Pizzeria

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Restaurant

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Are you looking for good food, fast and cheap? Of course you are...you're in Denver with better things to do than blow a lot of money and time on lunch! Papa Keno's is an independantly owned pizzeria that serves hot sandwiches and salads as well as their pizzas. The single slice is what they are known for, though, so let that be known. I've never seen anywhere that serves such a large "slice". At first, I was astounded at the price - $5 dollars, I thought, for a slice of pizza! I was soon set straight when I realized that their slices were around 10 inches long and 8 inches wide! The hot, Italian sandwich is highly recommended, too. The staff is wonderful, helpful and will put an...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 22, 2002

Papa Keno's Pizzeria
827 Colorado Blvd
Denver, Colorado 80206
(303) 336-7272

Wynkoop Brewing Company

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Restaurant

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I always like to head to Wynkoop mid-week, right after work, to grab a bite to eat and meet friends. It's trendy (with-out being pretentious -God forbid!), always busy, and a in a good, central location to the rest of Denver's night life. It started out its life as an upscale pool hall in an not-so-upscale part of town. Lucky for it, Coors Field moved in right after it did and a slew of other bars and clubs sprang up around the neighborhood. Wynkoop has the bragging rights of being one of the first bars to populate the newly, trendy neighborhood. However, it's kept the old-time traditional feel to it. The first floor houses the restaurant that specializes in burgers and fries, and ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 24, 2002

Wynkoop Brewing Company
1634 18th St
Denver, Colorado 80202
(303) 297-2700

Tattered Cover Bookstore

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Attraction

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Whenever I travel I seek out quiet, local bookstores or coffee shops to relax and let the trip sink in. Actually, I do it at home, too. The Tattered Cover is my favorite store in Denver. It's a local, independant store that has spread to two locations, but is a far cry from your local Barnes and Noble. The dark wood panelled book shelves go from floor to ceiling and can completely swallow you in if you let them. If you somehow avoid getting lost in a good book amoung the three floors and numerous, overstuffed couches and chairs, the smell of coffee will rope you into the coffee shop. This is not a chain cafe, and the best part is that it truly feels like it's part of the book area. Local c...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 21, 2002

Tattered Cover Bookstore
2955 East First Ave
Denver, Colorado 80206
+1 303 322 7727; +1

Mount Evans 4th of July Adventure

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Story/Tip

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Mt. Evans is the only mountain, other than Pikes Peak, in Colorado that has a paved road up to the top of it. Because of its easy accessibility I am always taking out-of-town guests up to the top. This Fourth of July started out innocently enough -- two friends from the East Coast, and I (the native guide) decided to visit Mt. Evans. It was well over 90 degrees in Denver and we were ready to head for higher ground, and cooler temps. Dressed innocently enough in shorts, t-shirts and with a couple sweatshirts tucked in the back of the car, we started out. As we got off the interstate at Idaho Springs we first took note of the storm clouds coming in from the west. It started to get sp...Read More