Q: My 82-year-old mom is in town and wants to go out for prime rib. Where can we get good prime rib that wont cost us $30 a slice?
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A: While El Rancho (29260 U.S. Highway 40 at the I-70 El Rancho exit) may not be your closest option, its certainly the best deal in the area: Wednesday night is all-you-can-eat prime rib and thats good prime rib for $21.95. In town, the Ship Tavern (321 17th Street, 303-297-3111) does a juicy slab for $17.50, and you get to devour it in the classy confines of the Brown Palace Hotel. Cheaper still but takeout only are the succulent slices at Dianes Good to Go (four metro locations). Each slice is more than enough to feed one, comes with a cup of jus thats so beefy it almost qualifies as a demi-glace, and costs just $7.95. And on Sundays, you can experience the ultimate sliced-to-order prime rib at the Garden Terrace (200 Inverness Drive West, Englewood, 303-799-5800) in the Inverness Hotel. The elegant $21.95 brunch spread is all-you-can-eat and offers nearly a hundred items in addition to the prime rib.