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Q: I am a fifty-year-old hippie engineer with a hot date for Saturday night. Where can we go so that she can dress to the nines? So many places are way casual even when they are expensive. She seems to prefer the more basic foods -- steak, good salads -- without nasty sauces. How do I get away from the T-shirt crowd without spending $300?

A: Since The Broker (821 17th Street) has been serving Denver for nearly thirty years, the restaurant's seen it all, including hippies out to get a good meal. The prices are pretty decent by today's standards, and the iced bowl of all-you-can-eat, peel-it-yourself shrimp adds to the value. This is basic fine dining, with respectable steaks and salads and no icky sauces (although the Broker actually cooks up a few very good classic ones). Plus, your gal gets to go overboard with the attire. Ask to be seated in the old bank vault.

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