The Broker Restaurant

Our usual Friday night out typically involves a cold beer and burrito at a crowded restaurant just around the corner.  But this night we decided to live it up a little since we had family in town. We had the pleasure of enjoying a delicious dinner at The Broker Restaurant in Denver.  From the bottomless peel and eat shrimp…to the finale of dessert and coffee, The Broker did not disappoint.  821 17th StreetThe Broker Restaurant provided us with more than a great meal, it was an experience.

Opened in 1972, The Broker is located on 17th Street within the Colorado Yule marble walls of the old Denver National Bank.  Seventeenth Street was once considered the center of the Denver business area. This fine dining locale retains a unique atmosphere as guests enter the dining room through the century old vault entrance.  Only at The Broker can you dine within the private cherry wood walls that were once safe deposit box viewing rooms for wealthy bank customers.

Good Food and Great Company

Private Dining with Good Food and     Great Company

As we were seated, the wait staff arranged our table and placed napkins in our laps to prepare us for the forthcoming bottomless bowls of shrimp; warm rolls; and soup and salad – which threaten to shrink your appetite before the entrée arrives.  I ordered bacon wrapped scallops atop a potato cake and spinach, which was beautiful to look at and tasted even better.  J opted for the Southwestern Beef Wellington since he likes food with a spicy kick.  Fine dining comes with a higher price tag, but The Broker is a must for a special occasion.

 

A definite JKB Recommendation — Everyone living in or just passing through Denver should check out the historic attraction of The Broker Restaurant.

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The Buckhorn Exchange

We took a step back in time in this week to visit Denver’s oldest restaurant/steakhouse, The Buckhorn Exchange.  Serving Beef, Buffalo, Elk, Duck, Lamb and more; this establishment is a carnivore’s paradise.  This historic restaurant has been open for over a century, opening its doors in 1893.  They have Colorado’s very first liquor license which was issued in 1935. This National Historic Landmark has not changed much over the years, and that is a good thing.

Greeted by the eyes of over 500 prize game animals and seated at the red gingham covered table, it feels like you have entered into the wild west.  Dinner menus are presented as a nostalgic newspaper – The Osage Gazette.  There are plenty of entrees to choose from but if you are really hungry, you might want to try The Big Steak.  Steak sizes range from 1.5 to 4 pounds and can be shared with up to 5 people.  That’s a lot of beef.  Take a peek at the Supper Menu.

J ordered the special for the evening – a combo plate of Buffalo and Elk.  And I chose the Beef Tenderloin and Quail, along with a bowl of Buffalo vegetable stew.  As expected, the meat is tender, seasoned perfectly and expertly cooked.  With over 100 years experience, I wouldn’t have expected anything less.

When visiting Denver, The Buckhorn Exchange is a must see and taste.  Easy to find, they are located just a few minutes from downtown Denver at 1000 Osage St, Denver, CO 80204.  Visit their website:  buckhornexchange.com.

Runnin’ of The Green

We celebrated St. Patty’s Day a few days early in downtown Denver by participating in the 24th Annual Runnin’ of The Green 7k.  With over 4,000 runners, this was definitely the largest race we have participated in so far.  The large crowd and St. Patty’s Day atmosphere made for a fun run!  Everyone was dressed in their green leprechaun best….even the dogs!  The race began at Denver’s historic Union Station, wound through the LoDo area of Denver and ended on Wazee Street.  Click here for a view of the course.

Runnin of the Green is known for its’ great after-race festivities.  With Celtic music, corned beef sandwiches and free beer, it was a very Irish way to end a great race!

Downtown Denver - Running by Coors Field

Worked up an appetite - Corned Beef Sandwich and Brew!

BRONCOS WIN!!

Ok, so we weren’t here during the Mike Shanahan, Shannon Sharpe, Terrell Davis “Orange Crush” and John Elway eras, but we’re here now!!  We’re here during the post Elway era with Tim Tebow, Champ Bailey, Von Miller, Elvis Dumervil and Demaryius Thomas.  Denver has some great players and a young team and I think there is some exciting times in their future.  It is hard not to become part of the Broncos nation where everyone bleeds ORANGE when you live in Denver.  We have been watching the games every week with all the drama and excitement and have been on the edge of our seats, even during the down times.  It  is so nice to live in an area that doesn’t “blackout” the games because they are not sold out, the Broncos don’t have that problem.  Over 90% of Sports Authority Field at Mile High is sold on a season ticket basis and there is a 7-10 year wait for those…  I guess this is why the tickets are so expensive.  If you have tickets to a game you are not going to, or know someone who does…  LET US KNOW!!  We wanted to go to a few games this year, but didn’t want to pay the price for them.  After the loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last week, luckily the Broncos were able to slide into a playoff slot when the Oakland Raiders lost their game against the San Diego Chargers.  The Broncos were still #1 in their division even with an 8-8 record.  We heard they would be selling tickets at 10am on Monday, January 2nd to the first round of the playoffs where Denver would take on Pittsburgh.  We were on the computer on Ticketmaster and were calling on the phone at 9:55am.  After 35 minutes, we finally got tickets!!

The hype was building all week in and around Denver and most critics had the Broncos losing to the more experienced Steelers with the #1 defense in the country.   With Tebow coming off his worst 3 games in a row during his NFL starting career, even the Bronco’s faithful were skeptical.

It was finally gameday and we decided to use RTD which was a 5 minute drive from our house.  We thought it would be better than paying $30 for parking near the stadium.  K and I packed up and headed for the bus.  We were both really surprised at how easy everything was, even when we arrived at Mile High, everything was very efficient and organized.  As we walked into the stadium, they were handing out orange towels to be waved that said, “Mile High Magic”, we hoped so.  These were handed out in hopes of drowning out the Steelers notorious yellow “Terrible Towels”.  We explored Mile High for a little while, gawked at the crazy Broncos Nation and sneered at the Steelers fans.  We both fit right in, me with my Champ Bailey jersey I got with 4 new Yokohama tires from Discount Tires and K with her Broncos scarf.  We had to dress warm as kickoff was supposed to be in the lower 30’s and it was to get colder as the game went on.  With a little snow on the ground outside, it was perfect weather for a playoff game!

We finished our lap around the stadium and decided to find our seats.  We knew we were in the nose bleed section, so we started climbing.  One of the employees was giving out paper towels to wipe seats with as they were still dusted with snow from the night before.  We got to our seats (click here to see our game view) took some pics and decided to get some good ole’ stadium nourishment; beer, hotdogs and nachos…  When we got back it was about time for the game to start.  We enjoyed the Broncos fight song, the Thunderstorm Skydive Team, the National Anthem sung by Rascal Flatts, the color guard and the F-16 Fighting Falcons flyover before kickoff.  When they built this stadium, they brought the upper seating in by 15 feet from the old stadium, which gives much better visibility of the field.  We would take these seats in a heartbeat again, with no one behind us and easy access to the vendors and bathrooms.

The game started and Denver won the coin toss, they deferred until the 2nd half, so the Steelers got the ball first.  They marched down in consecutive drives and luckily, Denver was able to hold them to two field goals.  Denver’s offense was quiet during the first quarter, but the whole team came to play in the 2nd quarter.  The Broncos scored 20 points, which had been their weakest quarter all year and were able to keep the Steelers from scoring again until the 3rd.  With the game knotted up at 23 at the end of the 4th quarter, the game clock counted down to Over Time.  The Referees explained the new OT rules and 11 seconds later, the game was over, BRONCOS WIN!!  Tim Tebow threw an 80 yard TD pass to Demaryius Thomas, who ran down the field towards the south stands, stiff arming Steelers Ryan Mundy and into the end zone to seal the Broncos victory.  The stadium went absolutely crazy.  You could hear nothing but the crowd roar, with high fives from all directions and then the chant: TE-BOW, TE-BOW.  It really was incredible, I have never been to a game that was that exciting and filled with emotion.  The game was over and no one wanted to leave, everyone refused to let go and we were lucky enough to be part of the biggest game yet!  As we finally made our way back to ground level, down the walkway, you could hear nothing but yelling, screaming and chanting “Let’s Go Broncos” with orange towels being waved everywhere.  We made it back to the bus and K said, “how are we going to sleep?”.  This was her first NFL game and I think we picked the right one.  John Elway had “The Drive” and Tim Tebow now has the “The Play”.

Think she is ready for a New England road trip??

GO BRONCOS!!

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Pizza on Ice

We love the mountains….but this weekend we decided to enjoy the Christmas lights and winter festivities of the city.  Downtown Denver was calling our name.  We enjoyed an evening of twinkling lights, awesome pizza and ice-skating.

The 16th Street Mall was our destination and first stop was Mellow Mushroom for the Mellowteranean pizza – loaded with chicken, roasted red peppers, mozarella, feta and tzatziki sauce for dipping.  Mellow Mushroom is a national chain with a local feel. Their pizza story began on Spring Street in Atlanta, GA over 30 years ago. With now over 100 locations nationwide — if you are craving a good pizza in a unique atmosphere….look them up, I bet there is one near you.

After a great dinner, we were ready to brave the cool night air and try out the skating rink just around the corner.  The Southwest Rink at Skyline Park is definitely a popular Denver attraction and free to the public.  Under the Christmas lights and enjoying the music from the live band, we skated the night away….

Downtown Denver

It was a great Saturday afternoon to head Downtown and enjoy a FREE concert!  The event was located at 16th Street Mall, which is a pedestrian friendly shopping area.  Denver Day of Rock included 5 stages and lots of great music!  Before the concert we explored Downtown and ate a yummy lunch at the Yard House (J’s new favorite restaurant).  We also walked to the state capital.  In one of the pics above, J is sitting on the capital step marked One Mile Above Sea Level.

DENVER FACT — Colfax Avenue is the longest commercial street in the US!