Restaurants

Begin your day in the Mile High City with eggs benedict topped with prosciutto, spinach, tomato, pesto and Champagne hollandaise at the Italian-inspired Panzano before heading out to sight-see.

Enjoy a leisurely lunch and imbibe in a local microbrew at the Ship Tavern in The Brown Palace or take a short walk to Steuben's, a kitschy comfort food emporium, just over the hill from The Brown Palace, in the vibrant Uptown neighborhood.

Enjoy dinner at The Fort, a spectacular adobe structure patterned after an early Colorado fur trade center called Bent's Fort, which was founded in 1833. The restaurant has become a major dining attraction for locals, celebrities and dignitaries, including attendees of the Denver Summit of the Eight, who attended a feast here in 1997. If you aren't familiar with Rocky Mountain oysters, The Fort is an ideal place in which to get acquainted with the state's infamous bull testicles that are battered in seasoned flour and deep-fried.

Other dinner options include Fruition or ChoLon, two of the city's top culinary destinations for serious foodniks, or Racca's Pizzeria Napoletana, a fantastic Neapolitan-style pie palace that also happens to turn out the city's best chicken wings. Cap off the night with a flute of Champagne at Corridor 44, a swanky bubbles bar.

In downtown proper, you can indulge in a cocktail at the 9th Door, a sultry lounge with Moroccan accents and curved leather booths, Vesta, a sexy restaurant and bar that pours an excellent sangria, or at The Cruise Room, a cozy, dim-lit bar in the Oxford Hotel that resembles a lounge on the Queen Mary and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

For more dining suggestions, take a look at GAYOT's Denver restaurant reviews.