A friend and I are heading on a spontaneous trip to Colorado in a week, and we'll be staying in both Denver and Manitou springs for 3-4 days each. I'm looking for recommendations of places to eat around those areas. Definitely interested in any fine dining scenes, and also quite partial to very regional or exquisitely Coloradan things, but above all quality food is tops. Money is really not an issue, as long as we can grab a dinner for under 150 a person, with maybe one exception to that.
So, what's on the top of the game in the Denver area? We'll be spending most of our time in Morrison at the Monolith festival in red rock, but are planning on heading to the city for dinners and maybe a lunch or two. We'll have a car, and driving a reasonable distance, say up to 30 mins, is fine with us. Farther if it's worth it as well. Like I said, mainly looking for anything really outstanding, fine dining, unique, or just plain good.
We'll also be in Manitou Springs for a few days. I don't expect exactly fine dining there, so just looking for anything really good and worth our time. Colorado Springs looks close enough to drive, so anything there is game as well. Once more, just focusing on good food, and possibly really local interesting places.
I'm a mostly LA and SB hound from California, never been to Colorado(never been to a non-coastal state at all), so I have no idea what I'm heading for. My friend grew up in Manitou, but doesn't really remember much, except for some donut place on a mountain. We'll both eat just about anything, no joke, as long as it's good. Oh, and great wine is also appreciated, as well as decent cocktails or anything else in that realm.
Any rec's for anything else non-food is appreciated as well, but really I just want to know where to eat. Show me how delicious your city can be Denverites and Manitouians. Thanks a lot.