I will be attending a conference in Louisville for one week in mid April. I plan to fly into Denver a day or two early to take in the sights and some good food.
Any recommendations for great restaurants, especially any authentic regional cuisine? I am coming from the east coast of Canada, so authentic Mexican or interesting southwestern food would be great. I like value for money, including really expensive meals that are transcendent. I don't care about the wine list.
I not sure what hotel I will be staying at, but I will likely rent a car, and am willing to drive. I will be traveling alone, so a place with a nice bar and friendly staff would a bonus, but food is the priority.
Also, are there any spots within an hour or two of Denver that might make a good side trip, either in terms of food or sight-seeing (i.e mountains, ranch country, etc.)? I apologize for any ignorance here, but I am just starting my research.
Thank for your advice - I can't wait to visit!