A travel journal
to Denver by mplunkert
Quote: I fell in love with Denver when I moved to the area over 16 years ago. Regardless of whether you're a sports fanatic, like to shop 'til you drop, or have a penchant for museums, you'll have no trouble indulging yourself here.
Restaurant | "McCormick's Fish House and Bar"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 12, 2001
McCormick's Fish House & Bar
1659 Wazee St
Denver, Colorado 80202
+1 303 825 1107
Restaurant | "The Chili Pepper"
As you cross a small wooden bridge to enter the restaurant from the parking lot, the first thing you will spy is a massive stone fireplace with a crackling fire that sets the scene for the quiet Mexican ambiance to be found inside. One entire side of the restaurant is windows. The Chili Pepper sits on a small hill overlooking Six Flags Elitch Gardens, with downtown Denver serving as a backdrop. While you can enjoy the view from virtually every spot in the restaurant, you may want to call ahead to reserve a table by the windows. The view is especially pretty at night.
You can enjoy complimentary chips and salsa as you leisurely peruse the menu. My companions and I have enjoyed chicken fajitas, all types of burritos, and the chicken enchiladas with equal relish. If you like margaritas, they make one of the best I've had. Their Sunday brunch offers a wide range of dishes to choose from, not just the Mexican variety.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 6, 2001
2150 Bryant St
Denver, Colorado 80211
Restaurant | "Ship Tavern"
Rather than entering the restaurant from the street, we entered through the hotel lobby so that we could view the 2,800 square foot stained glass ceiling that was part of the original decor when the hotel was completed in 1892 and enjoy the historical memorabilia displays scattered around the lobby.
The Ship Tavern decor is also a harbor of history. The restaurant displays model replicas of actual ships from America's Clipper period, and an old ship's clock hangs on the right of the doorway that passes from the restaurant to the lobby. A massive polished wood bar spans the length of one of the walls. The atmosphere is one of casual elegance.
The service and the food were excellent. My friend and I both ordered the reuben sandwich, which was served with a huge mound of fries. Neither of us was able to finish the meal. We were allowed to linger for an hour and a half, catching up on each other's news, and never once felt rushed by the waiter, even though it was the typical lunch hour crowd. The prices were very reasonable as well--less than $20 a person, including both a drink and a tip. We passed on dessert.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 6, 2001
Ship Tavern at the Brown Palace
321 17th St
Denver, Colorado 80202
Restaurant | "The Brown Palace"
The "tea" came served on a three-tiered dish, the bottom of which held a variety of scones, with elegant finger sandwiches adorning the second teir and a selection of mouth-watering pastries gracing the third tier. (The pastries that come with the Chocolate Sensation Tea will make chocoholics think they've died and gone to heaven.) At first sight the offering seemed scant, especially given the price ($20-$22 per person, depending on the "tea" menu selected), but before we were able to sink our teeth into one of the desserts on the top tier, the waitress returned to ask if we wanted more scones and/or sandwiches. Truthfully, I was full, but the scones, served with Devonshire cream and preserves, simply melted in your mouth, and the sandwiches couldn't be had any place else, so we requested more of each as I mentally calculated how much additional exercise I would have to engage in the next day. And this before we had sampled the pastries, which proved to taste every bit as delectable as they looked.
After the dining experience, we took an informal tour of the hotel, following a pamphlet supplied by our waitress. (Free guided 45-minute tours are offered each Wednesday and Saturday from the lobby at 2 P.M. If time is available,I recommend it.) A number of changing displays of historical memorabilia surround the lobby, and the hanging lamps and arch lights on the second floor are remarkable, particularly when you consider that they are the original fixtures and were operated via the hotel's own generated electricity from its completion in 1892 to the 1930s.
Sometimes we simply have a drink and hors d'oeuvres at the horseshoe-shaped bar and engage in friendly conversation with the bartenders and other customers doing the same. (The cremine mushroom appetizer is out-of-this world, as is the asiage artichoke dip appetizer, as is the. . .the list goes on!) Other times we have chosen to sit at one of the tables and enjoy a full Italian meal as we wound down at the end of a week (gazing into each other's eyes. . . .) As with the appetizers, I would be hard pressed to recommend a single entree; we've never been disappointed with anything we've ordered. On warm summer evenings, we sometimes choose to dine outside on the patio.
I recently took a friend to lunch here for her birthday celebration, and perhaps her comment is the most telling of all. She said that if she lived as close to Luigi's as we did, she would probably be there every evening. She continues to rave about the atmosphere, the service (the manager kept her company while she awaited my arrival), and the food. I have no doubt where we will celebrate her birthday next year.
Three additional notes: (1) Luigi's also has a restaurant in Aurora, Colorado, but we've never been there, so I don't know how it stacks up against this one; (2) Kids eat free here (although my husband and I have never been annoyed by any noisy children running through the restaurant or we'd never have returned.) (3) You can visit Luigi's website at www.bentnoodle.com
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 14, 2002
Luigi's Bent Noodle
8130 S. University Blvd.
Denver, Colorado 80122
Attraction | "Colorado History Museum"
History Colorado Center
Denver, Colorado 80203
Attraction | "Denver Center of the Performing Arts"
Denver Center for the Performing Arts
1245 Champa St
Denver, Colorado 80204
+1 303 893 4100; +1
Attraction | "Coors Field"
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 12, 2001
Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies
2001 Blake St.
Denver, Colorado 80205