Now WE were in Denver a little over a year ago. Even though D-town was the last little piece of our trip, it was memorable for both it's adorableness and an epic brunch line (that yielded delicious results). When EG (not to be confused with EM of Harry Potter fame) went to Denver on business, she came back like any good friend/relative of mine would--armed with photos, descriptions, and serious opinions about the chow and the experience. Thanks for sharing EG! Have a great holiday weekend, everybody (if you aren't gone already)!
Dining alone can be a great experience. Some places did it well, others didn't.
Best Meal: Sam's No. 3. Found it on Yelp, got a vegetarian skillet. Was amazing: potatoes, cheese, peppers, onions, a little kick. So delicious. Have photos for you. Got to sit at old school counter, the staff was fast, attentive, and gave me a full carafe of water for myself.
Worst Meal: El Chile Rojo. Food wasn't terrible (wasn't great either), and took forever and they sat me AT THE SAME TABLE AS A COUPLE!! So awkward for them. I just read my book and drank my Corona. Later met up with friends and walked to this old school taco stand that looked like a MUCH better choice. Our buddy had tongue tacos and they looked amazing. I have photos of this place, because it was funky and memorable, although I sadly did not dine there. Why did I not Yelp that night?!
Most Overpriced Omelet: Marlowe's. Started at $6.50 and then they charged me for every veggie they added! And I ordered a side of potato latkes (which tasted like the McDonald's breakfast potato things) and they charged me extra for the sour cream! A reasonable breakfast for one person should never be $22. The worst part was they didn't mix anything in the omelet! All of the avocado was in the middle and I took one bite that was all onion. Yuch.
Best Salad: Appaloosa Grill. Felt like I was eating crap all week, so when the waiter mentioned their special that day was a shrimp salad with mushrooms, avocado, tomatoes and oh-so-much-more I got excited. Except it was made with shrimp, and this girl doesn't do shrimp. But I asked if the chef thought it would be good with chicken and he made it for me and mmmm there was nothing left on my plate (this is a rarity for salads in my life).
Best Ballpark Meal: Coors Field Helton burger and chocolate milkshake. This isn't really a fair category because I only ate one ballpark meal and I asked the usher where the best food in the stadium was. Not only was the Helton burger delish, but the line wasn't too long and it only cost me $7, which is totally a stadium bargain. (The yummy milkshake was $5! I bought a $40 ticket that included $10 toward food, which I first used for a $6.50 Blue Moon. Cheapest stadium food I think I've ever had!)
Best Cheese: Osteria Marco. Gorgeous place. Not too expensive at all. And ready for this, iEat? They make their own cheese! I had to order it. Amazing caprese salad that I gobbled up so fast, I had no room for the huge pizza in front of me. (Luckily, the friend I brought with me, who I hadn't seen since 1995 happily took it home!) The waitstaff was great - and thrilled that we were having a 15-year-friend-reunion - they knew the menu really well and made recommendations. This place is not crazy expensive, but you'll still feel like you had a fancy-schmancy meal. (I have photos of this meal too!)
Best Vegetarian Meal: Leaf (Boulder). Trying to find a place where your vegan friend, your Kosher friend and your meat-eating friend (me!) can all enjoy a meal is tricky, but Leaf hit the spot. My portabello burger and sweet potato fries were yummy and the waiter knew everything about the menu, what he could make vegan, whether or not something has honey, what was in EVERYTHING. I had to tell him "brother, I'll eat anything here, it's all good!" I was actually FULL after the meal for our "hike" (read: shpatzir) around Chautauqua and it sustained me until I ate crap at the airport.
Chautauqua in Boulder)