Jay Fox's Dining Guide

Welcome back legislators, Part 2

“A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.” – Gloria Steinem

HERE’S PART II of my favorites in the area near the Capitol or a short shuttle ride away.

Jimmy John’s Subs
Multiple locations including:
110 16th St. – 303-623-5050
www.jimmyjohn.com
I luv the things. The bread is superb, but only when it’s fresh. The quality of the meats is first class, and they use real Hellman’s mayo. What else can a dude want? I get the plain slims™ sangies, for about a buck less than one with all the guk, cuz I don’t eat the guk. A tuna sangie for $3.55 is a steal. You can get double meat on most any sangie for a buck or so extra. Prices vary at different locations in different cities. You can also buy the bread after its a few hours old for a huge discount. Just remember to ask them to cut your sangie cuz they don’t like to do that for some reason. There are about a dozen in metro Denver. ”Your mom wants you to eat at Jimmy John’s!”

Joey’s New York Pizza
329 E. Colfax Ave. – 303-832-3007
Here comes yet one more “New York” pizzeria. All it means is that it has a thin crust. Since I really don’t like pizza, you have to judge their quality. They have the usual pizza, strombolis, salads, heroes, and of course the required New York cheesecake. The menu doesn’t say the cheesecake’s homemade, so I’ll assume not. But that’s OK, cuz there are many fantastic frozen New York cheesecakes on the market. Stop in and check ‘em out. They offer free delivery and the Capitol is well within the delivery area.

Lala’s Wine Bar & Pizzeria
410 E. 7th Ave. – 303-861-9463
www.lalaswinebar.com
Some say the best flatbread pizza in town. Others say darn good. I say… so it’s pizza. Since pizza is not my thing, I’ll let y’all be the judge.

Las Delicias I
439 E. 19th Ave. – 303-839-5675
www.lasdeliciasmexicanrestaurant.com
It was many years ago when Roberto Torres opened the first Las Delicias in metro Denver. Over the years, a few have opened and closed, but this store goes on and on. Nothing fancy, just good fresh Mexican fare with good service by people who care. Known for their variety of combinations.

Le Central
112 E. 8th Ave. – 303-863-8094
www.lecentral.com
This is “the affordable French restaurant”, where the grub is truly exquisite. Desserts are 2-die-4. Sunday brunch is killer. If you like mussels, this is The Place. The French bread — maaavelous. G takes ‘Lil Emma, age 9, when I’m outta town. They feast on mussels, Caesar salad with extra anchovies for Emma, and lotsa bread and french fries. Now we take Harper B, age 7. She devours a bucket of mussels without sharing. Nor does she share her chocolate mousse. G has to get her own mussels. I get the leftovers. Want a great steak and some veggies? This is also the place.

Luca d’ Italia
711 Grant St. - 303-832-6600
www.lucadenver.com
This Italian trattoria serves unusual dishes not found elsewhere in Denver. Fresh seafood, game, and meats showcase regional cuisine. If you’ve dined at Mizuna (just around the corner), you’ll see it in the menu cuz the same folks run both great eateries. The menu is always changing, using the freshest of local ingredients whenever possible. This is reputed to be the best Italian eatery in the West. Sorry, dinner only.

McCormick’s Fish House and more
1659 Wazee St. - 303-825-1107
www.mccormickandschmick.com
Great seafood as well as steaks, pasta and a munchie list that goes on for days. Front Room is a gas; main dining room is gourmet at its best. Service is top-notch. If it swims, it’s on the menu. They now have a second eatery in the Denver Tech Center but I ain’t crazy about that place. Actually, service sucks at store II.

Mizuna
225 E. 7th Ave. - 303-832-4778
www.mizunadenver.com
Some say the Best Restaurant in Town. Dinner only, seats 65, no group larger than six. Great grub and service. It’s quite intimate. Menu changes monthly. Service is The Best. The menu is Continental. Famous for Chef Bonanno’s lobster mac and cheese. If you ain’t tried it, don’t even think about giggling.

Moe’s Broadway Bagel
550 Grant St. – 303-733-7331
Over the 15 years Moe’s has been open, lotsa competitors have come and gone; bagel companies buying other bagel companies. You remember, A bought C, then B bought A, then C bought B. It was very confusing, but all those companies made bagels. Fortunately, most are gone and we have a few companies making decent bagels, but only one great one and that’s Moe’s. If you don’t love Moe’s, you really don’t like bagels.

You can quote me on that. Yeah, yeah, they got lox and sangies and other good stuff. Even tuna.
P.F. Chang’s China Bistro
1415 15th St. - 303-260-7222
www.pfchangs.com
The food is good and service damn near. Every meal should start with a wrap and some ribs. I crave the chicken wrap, but all is yummy. After the ribs, after the wrap, I get zee duck, often a double order. The room is gorgeous. Invite me.

Palm Restaurant
The Westin Hotel
1672 Lawrence St. - 303-572-7222
www.thepalm.com
The Westin Hotel houses the world-famous Palm Restaurant, known for huge prime steaks and monstrous lobsters, serving both lunch and dinner. I luv the place. The lunch menu offers good steaks and a (most of the time) damn good bugger. You can order off the dinner menu at any time (dinner prices, of course). Great service. The NY strip steak salad at lunch is still the deal. Don’t waste your $ ordering dessert. Eat free bread instead.

Qdoba
550 Grant St. - 303-765-5878
www.qdoba.com
Zee Best in fast Mexican fare at lo-oh prices, super-size burritos with you selecting the fresh ingredients: chicken, steak, rice, beans and other goodies. They’re based in Colorado and the grub is great. It’s impossible to find locations on the Web site.

Panera Bread Company
1330 Grant St. - 303-830-7101
www.panerabread.com
The line goes all day long. Great breads, yummy sangies, unbelievable desserts, and the prices are perty dang reasonable. The tuna sangies are super. Free 45 minutes parking in the garage.

Racines
650 Sherman St. - 303-595-0418
www.racinesrestaurant.com
This is the place to see and be seen and have damn good food at the same time. If you ain’t been for breakfast, you ain’t important. The new store is still convenient, free covered parking, great food and service, and sapient prices. More salads than anywhere around. Best steak and eggs in town. Lunch and dinner are great also. Muh FOC (Favorite Omaha Cousin) sez they have the best open-faced turkey sangie in the world. Buggers are great when cooked on the flat-grill.

Randolph’s
The Warwick Hotel
1776 Grant St. - 303-861-2000
www.randolphsdenver.com
A perty set of rooms house some super grub served by a well-trained staff. Good buggers, great sangies, good soups and salads. Even desserts are yummy. Lotsa legislators lunch here. Many return after their workday is done. They do a terrific prime rib special now and then, and nifty contemporary American cuisine with a Rocky Mountain flair. Enjoy the masterful creations of their talented and well-trained culinary staff, Denver’s Best Happy Hour and special events such as barbecues, monthly wine tastings, chef tables, cooking classes and much more. The chef’s menu changes seasonally and is complemented by an array of daily specials and an award winning wine list.

Rioja
1431 Larimer St – 303-820-2822
www.riojadenver.com
When Rioja opened a little over five years ago, they opened to packed crowds for lunch and dinner. They’re still packing ‘em in. Chef partner Jennifer Jasinsky serves the finest Mediterranean fare. The operative words are “fresh” and “unique.” General Manager partner Beth Gruitch-Verucchi makes it all happen at the front of the house. Beautiful surroundings, first-rate service and fab food. Why eat anywhere else? Except maybe across the street at their new French eatery, Bistro Vendome.

Rock Bottom Brewery
1001 16th St. - 303-534-7616
www.rockbottom.com
I’m not into brewpubs, but this place knocks my socks off. Not only is it a great people-watching spot, but also the quality of the grub and the service are super. The spicy spinach cheese dip is yummy, the blackened salmon Caesar salad is fantastic. The sangies, including the super hand-packed bugger are excellent. Desserts include Triple Chocolate Stout cheesecake, which has my attention.

Rocky Mountain Diner
800 18th St. - 303-293-8383
www.rockymountaindiner.com
The history is captivating but it’s the food that will bring you back. Buffalo meatloaf, beef brisket, and other fare make this an extraordinary eatery, but the huge array of fine bourbons and humongous desserts make it extra special. Prices are modest; service is adept and friendly. Great for late dinner.

Sonoda’s
550 Grant St. - 303-991-1000
www.sonodassushi.com
Now with four locations, you gotta be near one of the great Kenny Sonoda’s. If you’re into sushi, this is one of the best. Lunch six days, dinner seven nites. Cool Web site. Try the chicken yakitori. Oh yeah, that’s not sushi.

Tamayo
1400 Larimer St. - 720-946-1433
www.tamayorestaurant.com
This 8-year old eatery is still serving fab Mexican fare, but not what you’d expect. This is the fancy stuff. Gourmet fare. Great grub. The guacamole dip is 2-die-4. They do your favorite dish with flavors that will astound you. Maybe even scare you.

Trinity Grille
1801 Broadway - 303-293-2288
www.trinitygrille.com
An elegant eatery, directly across from the Brown Palace Hotel. Stop in for meatloaf or a sliced steak sangie, fine pasta, the best Maryland crab cakes in town, or just a salad. Dinner is upscaled with fine steaks and other fare. Plan to wait for a table at lunch.
The green chile, almost like a stew,
is UN-believable!

Wazee Supper Club
1600 15th St. - 303-623-9518
www.wazeesupperclub.com
I’m not a pizza fan, but this ain’t no ordinary pizza. Not only do they pile on toppings (don’t even think about more than three), but the pizza itself is delish. Served on high trays with legs soes you don’t have to move your swig out of the way. I usually have one of their terrific sangies or a stromboli. The menu is huge.

Wolfe’s Barbeque
333 E. Colfax Ave. - 303-831-1500
www.wolfesbarbeque.com
Wondrous brisket sangies, delish baked beans and a great homemade cheesecake is all man (or woman) needs to sustain life forever. It’s all right here. They even have vegetarian bbq. Try some of the sweet potato pie. Louis is The Man!

If I left out one of your favs, either I didn’t hear about it, I didn’t like it or it’s outside the area I intended to include. Drop me a line and tell me what you like or didn’t like and I may even answer you.

Cya.

CPA Jay Fox generously sacrifices valuable tax season time in the service of keeping our hardworking legislators happily fed.