Guard and Grace is a modern steakhouse, with a bit more creativity than you’d expect to find at a more traditional chophouse. Before you sink your teeth into the oak fired prime rib, order a few of Guard and Grace’s appetizers. The venison tartare and warm spinach and artichoke dip are great to share. Guard and Grace also offers a fabulous cocktail menu and an extensive wine list.
Address and Phone Number: 1801 California St, Denver, CO 80202 (303) 293-8500
The Avenue Grill serves American classics as well as a few ‘fusion’ dishes derived from ethnic cuisines. Our favorites are the Bison Stroganoff and the Filet Mignon, the latter of which is covered in bourbon mushroom sauce. The Avenue Grill is also a great place to host a party.
Address and Phone Number: 630 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80203 (303) 861-2820
Pho-natic serves up traditional Vietnamese street food. The signature dish and the first part of Pho-natic’s name is Pho, a ramen-like Vietnamese soup. There are 23 different Phos to choose from, including brisket, shrimp, and steak. We also recommend the barbecue spring roll as an appetizer, which is barbecue pork wrapped up with roasted veggies. If you aren’t a soup lover, Pho also serves rice plates and noodle bowls.
Address and Phone Number: 229 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203 (303) 832-3154
Gumbo’s is Denver’s New Orleans outpost, serving up creole classics like blackened catfish, crawfish etoufee, and you guessed it, gumbo. We recommend ordering a bowl to start and to order a decent amount of sides. The seafood dirty rice is especially tasty, as is the creative Grit cake, a cornbread like side dish. The Happy Hour Deals at Gumbo’s are killer as well.
Address and Phone Number: 1033 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80218 (720) 266-5300