Originally Posted by AV Science Sales 5
I do not know Denver. Have not been there in years. Anybody have a suggestion for a restaurant? Also who is interested in getting together?
Though I've lived in the Denver Metro area for years (and lived in downtown Denver for a few years a few years ago), I'm not really current on downtown eateries near the convention center as I don't frequent the area. However I've visited downtown enough (and attended CEDIA in Denver the last time it was held here) to offer a viable prediction: Given the projected CEDIA attendance numbers, all restaurants and bars in and around the convention center are going to be packed at minimum, and jammed for hours at worst.
I live in Edgewater (the town so small its own residents often forget where it is
), which is 10 minutes from the convention center by car (and half that time is due to traffic and stop lights). I'll float an idea for feedback. Perhaps some of us AVS'ers can get together and grab chow at one of the few spots available in my neighborhood. The catch: Edgewater is a small, sleepy neighborhood. Thus, our group would have to be limited to ~ 10 people to not overload the local restaurants.
Transport. If you're feeling adventurous, you can try light rail/bus that can literally drop you off within a block of the Edgewater resturants. Unfortunately there is no direct link from the convention center lines to the line that runs near Edgewater. You'll have to do two transfers to catch the line that runs here. Alternatively, if you can get to Union Station (the main hub for the light rail system) you can catch the line directly and my guess would be about a 15-20 minute ride. Light rail will drop you about 1.5 miles from Edgewater. You can either catch a bus at the station that will take you straight to the neighborhood in 5 minutes, or I can come pick you up and bring you back (I drive a Prius so I'm limited to 3 people at a time).
If you have a rental car, the trip is a piece of cake. 10 minutes max, very easy directions from downtown.
Eateries: Edgewater is a very quiet, simple place (most of the time) and thus the restaurants here are anything but fancy. However, there are several places to choose from (I'll note the ones I haven't tried yet).
Edgewater Inn: Mainly known for their fresh, oven baked pizzas. I rate the quality (pizzas) as adequate (note that it's popular and probably better than average but I'm picky because I'm from NY originally and accustomed to that class of pie). Nice, simple environment. If you're really in the mood for Pizza I know a place with NY class pies another 5-7 minutes away from Edgewater.
US Thai: Decent Asian fare with, watch for it, Thai bias (coconut, spicy dishes)
Edgewater Bar: Great place for a night cap and great atmosphere (think Cheers but smaller) Decent hot sandwiches and other hot finger food. Formidable beer selection.
Sushi Place (forget true name but will check it out with enough interest-I haven't eaten there yet)
Pho Place (forget true name but will check it out with enough interest-I haven't eaten there yet)
Mexican Place (forget true name but will check it out with enough interest-I haven't eaten there yet-Appears to be a dive from the street but in my experience dives often end up having the best food)
Edgewater Resturant (forget true name but will find out and check it out with enough interest-I haven't eaten there yet) Appears to be classic American classic fare
All of these places are within 3 blocks of each other in the neighborhood.
Again, the reason I offer this as an option is because I suspect most, if not, all of the eateries near the convention center are going to be packed at dinner time. But I suspect few, if any visitors will know of Edgewater. If the interest of a getogether in Edgewater is high enough, I'll do my civic duty and check out some of the places I mentioned but haven't eaten at yet...
And as I stated previously, I'm more than happy to shuttle people to/from the local light rail station to the neighborhood.