Established as a haven for steak lovers in 1958, Emil-Lene's grillmasters have crafted a menu of upscale filets and American cuisine served with a bevvy of trimmings. Meaty choices include 5-, 9-, and 12-ounce filets, as well as three sizes of sirloin as tender as a butterfly's fragile ego. Chefs fry chicken dinners to crisp completeness, while 10-ounce prime ribs are seared to perfection atop a charcoal grill. Along with the menu's simplified offerings, servers whisk trays of vegetables and spaghetti appetizers to tables, with chilled butter spreading across fresh-baked bread, and soup or salad and a choice of potato tucking themselves into the last crevices of each stomach. The restaurant keeps in touch with its historic roots and cowboy ambiance, with Wild West artwork, a cozy dining room, and regular duels between visiting handlebar mustaches.
Since 1937, the Bastien family has been sneaking steak into nearly every section of their menu. It's an understandable obsession, seeing as it has resulted in savory signature plates such as the new york sugar steak and the filet mignon with serrano-lingonberry sauce. You can even order steak to begin your dinner—the Thumbprints appetizer consists of sautéed bites of tenderloin perched atop crispy crostini.
Rib eyes and porterhouses aside, Bastien's Restaurant focuses on cooking up a warm, down-home vibe more than cooking up a particular food. The menu also includes comforting entrees of wiener schnitzel and fried chicken alongside delicate bites of seafood, all of which find their perfect pairings on an international wine list. Meanwhile, bartenders help create a retro feel thanks to their classic cocktail recipes and friendly greetings of "So, what part of Pangaea are you from?"
As guests walk through The Broker Restaurant, they'll catch a glimpse of the gleaming metal of a massive, circular vault door, swung open in an inviting fashion. But this isn't some prop or gimmick—it’s a relic from the building’s original tenant, the Denver National Bank. The iconic restaurant resides within the original bank vault, which was built in 1903 and designed to securely safeguard deposited items such as jewelry, sensitive documents, or family keepsakes.
Today, diners sit in the very booths formerly used by bank customers to count gold or the years until the bank might finally turn into a restaurant. Surrounded by dark cherry wood, they feast on dry-aged, prime cuts of beef, fresh Alaskan seafood, and tender Colorado lamb. Servers commence each meal with a complimentary 1.5-pound bowl of steamed Gulf shrimp, which remains a trademark of the historic restaurant.
At Fogo de Chao, a behemoth Brazilian churrascaria in the heart of LoDo, skewer-wielding, Gaucho-costumed servers in puffy black pants saunter from table to table, tempting carnivores with more than a dozen different meats – think filet mignon, top sirloin, sausage, salted ribeye and mint-marinated lamb – that are carved tableside and plucked off the skewers with tiny tongs. And the meat just keeps on coming and coming until you flip your coaster to red, which indicates that your belly needs a break from the gluttony. Luckily, there’s an impressive salad bar, too – but like the meat parade, it’s hardly pedestrian: imported cheeses, breads, hearts of palm and marinated vegetables, including artichokes, stock the display, which is replenished long before anything has vanished. With its comfortable seating and elegant touches, Fogo de Chao is perfect for a special occasion, or just a meat-frenzied evening with friends.
With nods from USA Today, CBS News, and The Washington Post, Rodizio Grill has made a name for itself as an authentic Brazilian charrascuria––a South American–style rotisserie. Founded by São Paolo–born Ivan Utrera, the cuisine comprises of select cuts of meat, which are slow-roasted on a spit and then skewered. It also featured seafood selections, grilled pineapple, and unlimited trips to an award-winning salad bar with over 40 items. Gauchos––also known as Brazilian cowboys––bustle about the restaurant, bringing unlimited slices of tender meat to diners who can also grab fresh vegetables and homemade salads at the gourmet salad bar, as well as enjoy Brazilian appetizers served directly to the table.
Clavin's Bar and Grill fills its menu with hearty, homemade American entrees. The restaurant kicks off breakfast with combos of potatoes, cheese, and eggs and proceeds to lunch and dinner with a heartier set of savory ingredients. Options include pulled-pork sandwiches with tangy barbecue sauce, build-your-own burgers with onion rings and avocado cream cheese, and crispy fried chicken.
If the menu channels American tastes, the dining room channels the country's mountainous landscape. Stretched across the right-side wall is a mural of golden aspen trees, which depict an autumnal scene complete with mountains and a ski bum panning for gold. This mural adjoins a crimson wall that backs up a small stage for live-music acts.