Dining

Dining Reviews

By
October 2000

1. Size Flatters
By Lori Midson
Manhattan Grill
(out of 4 stars)
231 Milwaukee St., 303-303-6444
The Draw
Traditional steakhouse eats: hulking cuts of well-charred meats and smashing side dishes.
The Drawback
The music makes conversation all but impossible and the bread is hard as bricks.
Don't Miss
Lettuce wedge with Maytag blue cheese, porterhouse, filet mignon, turkey chop, Dutch-oven potatoes, and the top hat chocolate cake.
Vegetarian Options
Several salads, angel hair with tomato and basil, and the side dishes.

2. Charting a New Course
By Lori Midson
The Boathouse
(out of 4 stars)
320 S. Birch St., 303-333-3355
The Draw
Fancified bar grub, great outdoor patio, live music, and good service.
The Drawback
The bar-scene crowd.
Don't Miss
Burger, rings, salmon, and meatloaf.
Vegetarian Options
Nachos, quesadilla, salads, fresh fruit plate, and linguine Alfredo.

3. Blackbird Stinging
By Lori Midson
Julia Blackbird's New Mexican Cafe
(out of 4 stars)
3617 W. 32nd Ave., 303-433-2688
The Draw
Cute space, funky artwork, and dishes that showcase interesting ingredients.
The Drawback
Service needs a kick in the butt and the kitchen needs to turn up the heat.
Don't Miss
Guacamole and taquitos.
Vegetarian Options
Guacamole, chile con queso, New Mexican pesto pasta, cornmeal pizza, all the side dishes, and several breakfast items.

4. Got the Blues
By Maureen Harrington
Blue 67
(out of 4 stars)
1475 Lawrence St., 303-260-7505
The Draw
The patio.
The Drawback
The food.
Don't Miss
The patio.
Vegetarian Options
If you must – the hummus.

5. Cool Your Jets
By Maureen Harrington
Cool River Cafe
(out of 4 stars)
8000 E. Belleview Ave., Greenwood Village 303-771-4117
The Draw
The room is big, comfortable, and handsome and the food is consistent.
The Drawback
The service.
Don't Miss
A seat on the upper floor, a perfect perch to see all the action.
Vegetarian Options
All side dishes are big enough to make a meal. Salads can be served without meat or seafood.

6. Crabby?
By Michael McNulty
Del Mar Crab House
(out of 4 stars)
1453 Larimer St., 303-825-4747
The Draw
A good lunch place – the prices are better and the selections tastier than the dinner menu.
The Drawback
Inattentive waitstaff, inconsistent cuisine, and dark decor.
Don't Miss
Del Mar crab cakes, soft-shell crab sandwich, and barbecue shrimp.
Vegetarian Options
Grilled portobello sandwich, Caesar salad, and house salad.

7. Make Time for Thai
By Michael McNulty
Thai Bistro
(out of 4 stars)
5924 S. Kipling St., Littleton, 720-981-7600
The Draw
A pair of chefs who have a wonderful command of spices and fresh ingredients.
The Drawback
The remote location.
Don't Miss
The pad Thai, stir-fried spice, drunken noodles, shrimp…oh, just try everything.
Vegetarian Options
Any dish can be turned into a vegetarian meal.