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Denver Restaurant Week On the Cheap

7 places to enjoy restaurant week for $25 per person

When Visit Denver launched Restaurant Week in 2005, it was an opportunity to showcase Denver’s then growing restaurant scene to the public at the reasonable price of $52.80 per couple. Over the years, the price remained the same because it reflected the city’s mile-high elevation of 5280 feet. However, inflation made it difficult for restaurants to maintain quality without raising prices. Over the last few years, Visit Denver has experimented with various pricing strategies. Without the encumbrance of the “5280” moniker, they are now free to offer menus at varied per person pricing, allowing more restaurants to participate and guests to experience that variety of dining option available. This year’s Denver Restaurant Week offers three pricing tiers—$25, $35, or $45 per person. If you stick to the $25 option, you can enjoy a restaurant week menu for less than you could 14 years ago. We scoured menus to find a full week’s worth of menus that allow you to indulge every day without breaking the bank. Denver Restaurant Week will take place February 24-March 5.

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For the Love of Bacon:
The Berkshire {7352 East 29th Avenue, Denver; 303.321.4010}

Not surprisingly, Stapleton’s homage to all thing porcine—The Berkshire—is offering a piggy-centric Restaurant Week menu. For starters, one course includes—you guessed it—Bacon Wrapped Bacon. To continue the pig trend, enjoy a White Marble Farms pork chop encrusted in almonds and served with Parmesan polenta cake, roasted asparagus, and pork demi. End the evening by sharing a dessert of Bacon Sticky Toffee Pudding. Check out the full menu here.

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Keep Your Healthy Resolutions:
Vital Root {3917 Tennyson Street, Denver; 303.474.4131}

Are you having a hard time keeping those New Year’s resolutions? The fine folks at Vital Root are offering a three-course health conscious menu abundant with gluten-free and vegetarian options. Check out the full menu click here

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Oodles and Oodles of Noodles:
Bones {701 Grant Street, Denver; 303.860.2929}

Frank Bonanno’s Capitol Hill noodle bar is the perfect place to cozy up with a warm bowl of noodles inspired by the ingredients of Asia with highlighted French techniques. The menu starts with a choice of three appetizers followed by a bowl of soul satisfying noodles—Green Chili Congee with braised pork, Curried Veggie Ramen, or Short Rib Udon. Frank’s Soft-Serve Ice Cream or Mango Passion Fruit Panna Cotta rounds out the meal. Check out the full menu here.

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Head Back to the Wild West:
Russell’s SmokeHouse {1422 Larimer Street, Denver; 720.524.8050}

Enjoy the spirit of the west and the cowboy tradition of cooking over a low and slow flame at Russell’s SmokeHouse. Select from several starters including Brisket Sliders or Pretzel Bites. Then chow down on your choice of Berkshire Pork Shoulder, Smoked Chicken, or Sweet Potato Enchiladas. Finish your meal with Wednesday Pie of the Day. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options are available—view the entire menu here

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Share with a Group of Friends:
Telegraph {295 South Pennsylvania Street, Denver; 720.440.8846}

If you’re looking for a spot to enjoy Restaurant Week with a group of friends, look no further than Telegraph where you can each order two shared plates and your very own sweet treat for dessert. Choices include Butternut Squash Tortellini with brown butter sage or Brussels Sprouts with horseradish gastrique. There are several options that require a small up charge; such as an additional $2 indulge in meatballs with polenta or short rib with celery purée. Gather a big group and try everything on the menu. Check out the full menu here.

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Quaff Beer with your Meal:
Briar Common Brewery + Eatery {2298 Clay Street, Denver; 720.512.3894} 

Who wouldn’t want to drink a nice beer with each course of their Restaurant Week meal? Briar Common Brewery + Eatery is offering a complimentary four-ounce pour of beer with each of their three courses. Some of our favorite options include Lamb Sausage with Garroxta Cheese, Grilled Squash with roasted corn, and braised Rebel Farms bok choi, or braised Colorado pork Osso Bucco. Check out the full menu here.

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A Taste of New England:
Steuben’s {523 East 17th Avenue, Denver; 303.830.1001}

Fans of the award-winning lobster roll at Steuben’s will rejoice in their 2017 Restaurant Week menu. The Steuben’s lobster roll features hunks of lightly-seasoned lobster claws, tails, and knuckles are piled onto a traditional griddled split-top bun and served with crispy fries. Start your meal with a bowl of New England clam chowder and finish it with Butterscotch Pudding. It’s a little like an evening on the coast of Maine, right here in the mile high.

By Elizabeth Woessner