We spent two nights in Denver on a brief college visit. Thanks to Denver hounds for their help and comments.
We arrived in Denver after a rather hectic travel day which included long airport security lines and airline code sharing computer glitches. Neither of the newly combined airlines read each others codes, resulting in quite a bit of confusion at check in. I made a few dinner suggestions to my wife and she said she was in no mood to walk in the cold and could we just stay and eat in the hotel.
So we ended up at the Palm (sorry Denver CH'rs) for dinner, but my wife was happy, so I was happy. We actually both really enjoyed our meal here. We started with a smaller portion of the crispy calamari appetizer and it was delicious, crispy and not cooked to death. Next we shared the caesar salad, also nicely prepared. My wife had the clam linguini and I had the veal martini, both recipies from the original NY restaurant. The veal was covered in a rich wine sauce with loads of fresh mushrooms, shallots and tomatoes. It was the best veal dish I've eaten in a long time and if you do end up here, I highly recommend this dish if you want something other than a steak.
Breakfast the next morning was at Sam's 3, near where our appointment was. At about 9:00 am it was still full and we sat next to a table full of police officers. I thought if they were eating here, it can't be a bad sign for the food. My wife had poached eggs and toast, my son had the Ram with red chili and I had the huevos ranchero with that delicious green pork chili, beans and tortillas. A great start to our day.
Dinner that night was at Bistro Vendome and everyone had a wonderful meal. A very attractive space just a short walk from our hotel. My son had the onion soup, while my wife and I had the simple salade, very fresh and nicely presented. My wife and son both enjoyed their dinner special, halibut cheeks in parchment paper and I had their steak frites. Desserts were creme brulee and a pastry which escapes me at the moment. Everything here was prepared with care and detail and this was a great recommendation. Thanks for all your suggestions.