Eat Like a Local: Denver

posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 10:07:33 AM

Discover a new take on the Mile High City during your stay at Denver Marriott City Center. Located near some of the area’s top dining establishments, Denver never fails to impress visitors with tastes of Spanish-American cuisine, Mexican dishes and steakhouse favorites. Best of all, we’ve curated a list within walking distance of the hotel. Bon appétit!


Euclid Hall Bar and Kitchen
Cuisine: American

Housed in Euclid Hall, which dates back to 1883, the similarly named American tavern focuses on “high quality and innovative pub food from around the world including housemade sausages, po' boys, poutine and schnitzels.” With a tall ceiling and exposed brick walls, Euclid is not exactly what one might envision when “tavern” comes to mind, it takes everything from design to food to service, to a new level. Grab a table on the second floor to enjoy the downtown Denver view and maybe even catch the sun setting behind the city skyline. Start any meal with one of four different selections of poutine, carnitas, lamb, duck or “fowl play,” and follow it up with anything from chicken and waffles, to an oyster po’boy to a schnitzel sandwich. And of course, save room for dessert, because you might just want to get one of each, the menu features, The Almond Joy cake, S’mores Pot de Crème, a Warm Chocolate Blondie and a Banana Split! You can burn a couple of your dinner calories off with the 15 minute walk back to the hotel (but you might want to walk around the block a couple times as well)! Treat yourself and enjoy all that Euclid Hall Bar and Kitchen has to offer.


Cusine: Spanish-American

Taking one look at the Rioja menu is going to make a diners life very difficult… how can one ever decide what to order on a menu like Rioja’s!? Rioja features American classics with a Spanish twist and is considered by many to be the best restaurant in all of Denver. Additionally, head chef, Jennifer Jasinski, has been honored with a James Beard award and has been ranked as one of America’s top female chefs more than once. Although you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, starter favorites include, the octopus flatbread, corn-poblano soup, and French bistro salad. Entrees feature every type of protein from scallops to lamb to pork to steak to chicken and also include some of Chef Jen’s homemade pastas (risotto, tortelloni and farfalle). Save room for dessert to try classics such as beignets, cheesecake and cannoli. With beautiful exposed brick walls and an outdoor terrace for sunny days, plus incredible food, Rioja is a Denver must-try; fortunately only a 15-minute walk from the hotel!


Earls Kitchen + Bar 
Cuisine: American

“We don’t just engage your senses, we indulge them.” With a motto like that, you can’t go wrong. Earls is located just a five minute walk from the hotel and is prepared to please. No matter what you might be in the mood for, Earls can probably provide it. Although they might be known for their burgers, one of their most popular dishes is actually a sushi Dynamite roll with prawn, mango and avocado. Earls also offers classic soups as salads, as well as featuring the newly-popular rice and noodle bowls, such as Korean bibimbap, Indian curry chicken and Italian fettuccini alfredo. The cocktail menu (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) is nearly as expansive as the menu itself, so make sure to order a drink and settle in to the hustle and bustle of Earls Kitchen + Bar.


Guard and Grace
Cuisine: Steakhouse

If you like steak, it is impossible to leave Denver without having a big one, and this is the place to do it. Guard and Grace is sexy and sleek and consistently regarded as one of the top steakhouses in Denver. Known, of course, for its steak, Guard and Grace also offers up an exceptional raw bar with oysters, crab legs, shrimp and tuna, so seafood lovers can get their fix here as well. Additional appetizers include beef tartare, octopus, spinach and artichoke dip and duck ravioli. Every cut of steak is available to those dining at Guard and Grace, but if you are looking for something else, regulars recommend the Colorado lamb loin, the wild salmon, or the Alaskan black cod. The menu is completed with an eclectic assortment of sides and sauces. With an inviting dining room and large lounge, Guard and Grace offers a wonderful place for Denver locals and visitors alike to dine and socialize. Be sure to make a reservation, as this place is a popular one – and is fortunately directly across the street from the hotel!


Cuisine: Mexican

Just as you cannot leave Denver without consuming steak, you can also not leave Denver without trying some of the city’s famous Mexican. Tamayo is a great place to do that and is only a 15-minute walk from the hotel. Chef Richard Sandoval has done it again with this Mexican delight; dishes are “rooted in tradition, yet adventuring into contemporary tastes.” Chef Sandoval has brought his favorite flavors with him from his home in Mexico and perfected his technique to create a diverse and delightful menu. Tacos are filled with everything from mahi mahi to brisket and quesadillas are filled with pork belly and carnitas. Other entrees feature favorite Mexican flavors such as poblano chile, Oaxaca cheese and tequila, plus new-to-Mexican flavors such as bacon powder, salmon skin chicharron and truffle oil. Come with an open mind and an empty stomach and prepare for one unforgettable meal at Tamayo.

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