Rich Grant, the communications director for Visit Denver, the convention and visitors bureau that started Denver Restaurant Week, insists that the Mile High City's two-week marathon of meals, which kicks into high gear on February 26, is the largest in the country -- and, according to the LA Times, it's one of five in the country definitely worth savoring.
Earlier this week, the major metropolitan daily gave shout-outs to five U.S. Restaurant Week cities -- Chicago; Boston; Washington, D.C.; New York City and Denver -- selected, wrote scribe Mary Forgione, "for their large number of participating restaurants and diversity of cuisines." Forgione spotlighted two Denver restaurants, in particular: Argyll Gastropub and Mizuna, a restaurant from Frank Bonanno (whose recent post about Denver Restaurant Week provided plenty of food for thought), culling comments from the Colorado section of Zagat's America's Top Restaurants Survey (full disclosure: I edit that section) to sing their praises:
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Mizuna: Innovation defines this restaurant started by Chef Frank Bonanno, who recently opened two more restaurants in Denver. Cozy (make that small), the food has gotten much notice and top marks from the Zagat guide.
Argyll: A British-style gastro pub with Scottish specialties on the menu? The guide says it works -- with plenty of craft beer.
Those are just two of the 295 Front Range food temples participating in Denver Restaurant Week, which we'll be extensively digesting, beginning next week. In the meantime, we've already compiled a roundup of Denver hotels where you can sleep off the food coma -- and, in some cases, get your grub on, too.