Tennyson and Larimer Square go head-to-head in our Street 16 tournament

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Which area has better dining options? Tennyson or Larimer Square? Vote below in our Street 16 first-round match-up.

Do you vote Larimer Square?

Thirty years ago, Larimer Square was a tourist trap where locals never dreamed of dining -- but today this block is often the go-to choice for Denverites planning a night on the town. The Victorian storefronts that line the street are filled with some of Denver's hottest restaurants, most of them chef-owned and -driven: Rioja, Bistro Vendôme and Euclid Hall, the trio of eateries run by Jennifer Jaskinski and Beth Gruitch; TAG and TAG|Raw Bar, Troy Guard's entrees; and Richard Sandoval's Tamayo. Even the chains on this block -- Capital Grille, Ted's Montana Grill and Ocean Prime -- are choice.

Or do you like Tennyson Street more?

The Berkeley neighborhood is one of the town's hottest residential markets these days, and the short commercial strip along Tennyson Street is one of its biggest draws. The tidy bungalows and Victorian homes in this northwest Denver 'hood are just a brief walk (and you'll want to walk, because parking is tough to come by) from an incredible array of restaurants, everything from Axios Estiatorio to Big Hoss Bar-B-Q to Parisi Italian Market & Deli to DJ's Berkeley Cafe to the Cozy Cottage to Empanada Grill.

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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Zj2119
Zj2119

David has it right! There should be some sort of aptitude test before one is allowed to vote! J

Adrienne Christy
Adrienne Christy

The original question being "which has better dining options;" on Tennyson you can choose between cuisine from 20 countries and all price ranges, anyone can afford to eat there all the time, and for any occasion whether ultra casual and quick or the finest of fancy celebrations; on Larimer there is hardly an affordable choice and it's so hoity toity that one is limited to fancy occasions...  For most people in most places the answer to the original question is a resounding "Tennyson Street."  Now move past just the dining options and consider entertainment options for various demographics (including w/wo kids), shopping, art galleries, crafting laboratories, and proximity to nature and scenic mountain views, and Tennyson still wins. I Love love LOVE Larimer, but Tennyson wins.

Carla Scarpone
Carla Scarpone

I am voting for Tennyson.  No - it does not offer the "fine dining" options that Larimer does... but it IS chain-restaurant-free (an anomaly in Denver). All of the restaurants are accessible, independently owned, and satisfy a mutitude of tastes and styles.

josephine
josephine

 Totally agree. While one of my favorite restaurants in Denver is on Larimer, Tennyson is the place I go on a daily basis and take my family. Larimer is more like a once a quarter date night spot.

Denvergirl
Denvergirl

The parking is not bad at all on Tennyson, and it is free vs the $20 you will pay at Larimer. The cuisines and types of restaurants are also night & day different, so this isn't really a fair comparison.

David
David

Since when was this a choice of who has better parking options?  There is nothing that can match up to TAG and Rioja.  Also, if you are really that concerned about paying for parking, why are you going for a $50 meal?

Denvergirl
Denvergirl

I mentioned it since the article did. And $50 dinner?? Try $150.

offdisc
offdisc

Who pays to park at Larimer? Pay $4.50 and take the bus!

Mantonat
Mantonat

Or you could just park farther up, past 24th, and it's free. Walk a couple of blocks, get some exercise, fresh air, and maybe read some humorous panhandler signs.

David
David

This shouldn't even be close. Larimer Square has the best restaurants in Denver, period. It should easily win this tournament.

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