Food & Drink

Denver's best spots to party AND have dinner

Published On 12/06/2013 Published On 12/06/2013
Rebecca Feder
Vesta Dipping Grill
Courtesy of Linger and June Cochran Photography
Rebecca Feder
Le Grand Bistro
Carmine's on Penn
Zengo
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1. Patxi's Chicago Pizza 185 Steele St., Denver, CO 80206

Bringing San Fran's famous deep dish 'za to Denver, Patxi's serves their slices up right, baked to perfection on a rotating oven to give you that optimal bite. Add whatever toppings your little heart desires and choose from one of their many craft beers on tap.

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2. La Loma 2527 W 26th Ave, Denver, CO 80211 (Northwest)

La Loma is a quality spot if you're looking for quality Mexican food. Their expansive menu has featured original Mexi-options, including homemade tortillas, since they opened their doors in 1981.

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3. Central Bistro and Bar 1691 Central St, Denver, CO 80211 (Highland)

Central Bistro and Bar set out to be a true American restaurant and they met their goal with flying colors by serving classic and modern American fare (and a full bar) in a trendy atmosphere in Highland.

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4. Vesta Dipping Grill 1822 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202 (Lodo)

This go-to LoDo destination will impress with eats like a sofrito braised short rib and a green chili gastrique, as well as 'tails like the ginger beer/ Pimm's No. 1/ blackberry/ simple syrup Bitter Buck.

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5. Linger 2030 W 30th Ave, Denver, CO 80211 (Highland)

If you think an ex-mortuary can't serve up some killer apothecary-esque cocktails, you're dead wrong. Ok, ok, but seriously, the views at Root Down's fancy sister spot are spectacular, and with a rooftop patio and dinner menu featuring gourmet dishes from around the world, you will definitely be tempted to linger.

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6. Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar 1512 Curtis St, Denver, CO 80202

Trafficking in classic French comfort dishes like frog's legs and steak frites, this Curtis Street bistro brings the cigarette-strewn streets of Paris to CO.

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7. Carmine's on Penn 92 S Pennsylvania St, Denver, CO 80209 (Southwest)

This neighborhood Italian has been drawing crowds for its legendary garlic-and-salt rolls and larger-than-life portions since 1994. Carmine's pasta dishes, like seafood marinara and four-cheese ziti, are not for the faint of heart, and they're so good -- and big enough -- that you'll be more than happy to take home leftovers. There's nothing sexy about the butcher paper-covered tables, but then again, there's nothing sexy about large family gatherings and loud reunions, which are the kinds of crowds you'll be seeing here.

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8. Zengo 1610 Little Raven St, Denver, CO 80202 (Lodo)

Zengo, Chef Richard Sandoval’s homage to pan-Asian cuisine, offers a tasteful yet accessible approach to sushi, sashimi, dim sum, tempura, curry, and grilled and wok-fried plates on its dinner menu, with staples like Sichuan beef and pumpkin curry with bok choy, coconut milk, and fried shallot. But Zengo is perhaps most infamous for its weekend bottomless brunch menu, which features waffles reimagined with sugary coconut flavoring, whipped brown butter, and mango and a would-be simple short rib hash brightened with kimchi sauce. It won’t be difficult to take advantage of the bottomless deal; the brunch cocktail program includes a zesty Bloody Mary and a trio of mimosas: traditional, passion fruit, and Zengo.