LoDo vs. Highlands West: Which 'hood has better restaurants?

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The second match-up of our Street 16 tournament pits LoDo vs Highlands West. Read why each deserves your vote below!

Why your vote should go to LoDo:

Three decades ago, lower downtown was a vast culinary wasteland, with a handful of diners and dive bars serving the needs of the down-and-out denizens who hung out in the area. Today LoDo is one of the hottest real-estate markets in town, with young and old alike flocking to live in downtown lofts and apartments -- and restaurateurs eager to serve their every need. The few vestiges of the old days, including El Chapultepec, 20th Street Cafe and the Wazee Lounge, have been joined by such relative old-timers as Vesta Dipping Grill, the Wynkoop Brewing Co. and Venice - and more spots are suiting up every day, including Coohills, District Meats, Zydeco's and Lucky Pie.

And here's the defense of Highland West:

A residential area full of young professionals who love to eat out, Highland west of Federal has become one of the town's strongest restaurant neighborhoods. West 32nd Avenue anchors most of the activity in this part of town, with El Camino serving up killer house margaritas and good gringified Mexican food, Bang! paying homage to Southern comfort fare, Venue turning out solidly executed American classics, Trattoria Stella offering an Italian-food-and wine fix, and Sushi Hai slicing up raw fish. Sweets fiends are addicted to Happy Cakes, and bread heads get a rise out of the Denver Bread Company.

Cast your vote below!


Voting ends at 11:59 p.m., Sunday, March 18. Vote in more Street 16 match-ups.

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6 comments
Denver
Denver

Wazee huh? Oh... Supper Club, Wazee Supper Club. 

I have to agree, LoDo and Ballpark are different areas. 

Guesty
Guesty

Seriously, who came up with these distinctions?  First off, Boulder is a CITY, not a neighborhood. Now you are conflating LoDo and Larimer Square.  Stop being so lazy.

Guest
Guest

My prediction for this entire pool: The more hipster neighborhood will win every time:Highland West beats LodoS. Broadway beats Uptown.Upper Larimer beats Cherry Creek.Lohi beats Golden Trigangle.Bluebird beats Cap Hill 6th/7th.Tennyson beats Larimer Square.

Mantonat
Mantonat

My vote depends on the boundary? Is the upper cutoff for LoDo considered 20th St.? Where do the following places fall: River North Brewing, Great Divide, Buenos Aires Pizzeria, Blake St. Tavern, Fuel Cafe, the Walnut Room? There's no choice for "Ballpark" or "River North" areas and Upper Larimer seems a little to narrow to encompass all these places. (Guess I'll just vote for the place with fewer double-wide strollers.)

Carly
Carly

I'm wondering about this too....wouldn't Larimer Square (it's own restaurant neighborhood, for bracket purposes) technically be LoDo, and most of these technically Ballpark/Five Points?

Are Twelve and Marcos considered "upper Larimer"?

Mantonat
Mantonat

I figured anything on Larimer between 20th and the Wyoming border fit "Upper Larimer," although I've never heard of that as any kind of neighborhood designation or even informal business district. Lots of good places though: Biker Jim's, Trillium, Snooze, Crema Coffeehouse, Larimer Lounge, the Meadowlark, Star Bar, Hi Rise, etc.

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