n an effort to promote the Denver area's burgeoning restaurant scene, Visit Denver has taken a page from New York's playbook and created a huge, two-week advertisement for area restaurants. Participants in Restaurant Week offer a 3-course menu for the fixed price of $52.80 for two, or $26.40 for one person. Their site is a one-stop shopping center where you can search by cuisine or neighborhood (Denver and Boulder County) and view proposed menus, which generally offer two or three choices per course. Some restaurants are also offering wine pairings for an additional cost.
Of course, I am excited for the excuse to get out and eat, and I'm surprised by the breadth and depth of what currently exists here in the Front Range. There are a few chain restaurants participating, but by and large, Denver really does have a lot of local, innovative cuisine to offer. As a northerner, I am also glad to see a couple of gems in my neck of the woods (almost), like Terroir in Longmont (where I'll be headed on Saturday night) and several great establishments in Boulder. And if you reserve your table through Open Table, you rack up a few points towards a free meal.
Stay tuned for my exploits!