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Best Local Cuisine in Denver

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Duo Restaurant

What better spot for a date than a place named Duo! The cozy, intimate setting is just right when you want to enjoy a delicious meal undisturbed. A rather whimsical décor, with hardwood flooring and splashes of color, keeps the boredom from setting in. The all-American cuisine, samples of which include steamed mussels with chorizos and spices, porter-braised pork stew, flatiron steak, and lamb T-bone, banish thoughts of heavy burgers and greasy fries for a while. Once you are done with the main course, a big portion of chocolate hazelnut cake, or the specially crafted apple tart for two should spice things up a bit! If you are here on a weekend, make sure you get a healthy dose of the brunch menu—the basket of pastries & jams, with fresh-baked scones and sweet breads is unbeatable!

Denver, CO, United States
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The Buckhorn Exchange

This establishment holds the oldest liquor license in the state, and it has been in operation for more than a century. Serving since 1893, this national historic landmark has seen countless wild west icons having a meal here, including the legendary Buffalo Bill Cody. Be aware that the dining room walls are flanked by animal trophy heads, which some diners find as uncomfortably distracting. The menu offers some eye-opening fare such as rattlesnake, yak and fried alligator tail. If you prefer the traditional cuisine, tenderloin, T-bone and New York strip and other options abound. It is also the place to try Colorado favorites like elk and buffalo. They have live entertainment four nights of the week, so you can groove to some wild west music as you dig into the juicy steak!

Denver, CO, United States
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Old Capitol Grill

Back in the mid-1800s when Colorado was making the big leap from being a territory into lofty state status, Golden was designated as the state's first capitol. The original capitol building, constructed in 1861, now houses this restaurant. The dining gem contains enough historical heirlooms and information to almost qualify it for museum status. The menu has a definite southwestern lean and can be described as "one that has something for everybody." Ribs, steaks and sandwiches are the popular choices. Call for opening hours.

Golden, CO, United States
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