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Eric Gruneisen

Crimson & Gold Tavern

Eric Gruneisen
There's no denying that Crimson & Gold is a college bar; that would be impossible, since this joint is right next to the University of Denver. But it's also a reliable neighborhood restaurant, with lots of room for families and other big groups, a 1,400-square-foot back patio and a menu that appeals to just about everyone. There are bar-food favorites -- sweet-potato fries and homemade BBQ chips -- as well as higher-end items (the "After 5" portion of the menu includes Filet Mignon, grilled salmon and pork chops, complemented by wedge and mixed-greens salads). A crowd favorite at lunch or dinner is the Pioneer Burger: a hearty beef patty piled high with bacon, pepper Jack cheese, haystack onions and BBQ sauce. For a sweet finish, Crimson & Gold also offers a variety of shakes, malts and root beer floats, as well as baby ice cream sandwiches -- three little minty desserts per order. Whether you're toting around five starving kids or just looking for a place to grab a beer, Crimson & Gold can accommodate you.

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