Upper Larimer vs. Tennyson: Which is the better 'hood?

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Coming off a big upset of Larimer Square in the first round, the Tennyson neighborhood and its backers now face hot Upper Larimer (which also beat out establishment-favorite Cherry Creek) in the second round.

Below are our endorsements of each neighborhood, let us know which is the best with your votes.

Why you should vote for Upper Larimer:

While lower downtown was turning into the fashionable LoDo, the area around Upper Larimer was known as NoDough. But that began to change with the construction of Coors Field, and seventeen years later, the 2100 and 2200 blocks of Larimer Street are some of the hottest in town, with Trillium, Ignite! and Biker Jim's brick-and-mortar restaurant last year joining a lineup that already included Marco's Coal-Fired Pizzeria and Twelve. But you can still get a taste of the past here, too, at Mexico City Lounge and Star Bar.

And here's why Tennyson should get your vote:

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 25. Vote in more Street 16 match-ups.

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adrienne
adrienne

so many great sounding spots in both locations i HAVE to try now!!! Awesome, Thanks, Enjoy!!!!!!!

Writeandreed
Writeandreed

Wow!!! Such hating.  It is a matter of taste and atmosphere.  Personally, I have never had a bad meal on Tennyson. The last time I checked there were numerous mentions for multiple years in top dining awards for DJ's, Axios, Big Hoss, Burrito Giant & Comfort Cafe.  You also have to give all these establishments kudos for surviving during a recession and major construction.  When the national average says 30% of businesses will go under during these circumstances,they have  survived. THEY MUST BE DOING SOMETHING RIGHT.  My vote goes to Tennyson.  Love the food, love the neighborhood, love the main street feel. Doesn't have to be trendy to be good.  Oh, on one last note - very few restaurants double their space during what Tennyson has endured - SO DOUBLE KUDOS TO HOPS AND PIE.   

Jason
Jason

Let's not forget that with Great Divide, Mile High Spirits, and a few other bars, Upper Larimer is also one of the most active areas for Denver's awesome food trucks!

Adrienne Christy
Adrienne Christy

What will interest me most is the convo when it comes down to Tennyson vs. Highland West, cause I think the supporters-- no--- I think the neighborhoods overlap.

Writeandreed
Writeandreed

Do you think that maybe Larimer, Upper Larimer and LoHi might overlap as well?

thejza
thejza

Really? Not even a consideration. There's a mixture of ballpark, creek, parks and highway clearly separating the two.  Upper Larimer is more likely to be considered overlapping with the just starting to grow River North neighborhood.

Guest
Guest

unless they all meet in the middle!?

Sharon
Sharon

Hops & Pie is also loved by the ENTIRE city. I have no idea why they failed to list it here, but Hops has some of the best beer selections in Denver, not to mention awesome and totally original pizza. I'll grant you that Jim's and Marcos are seriously good eats, but Tennyson also has a fun First Friday artwalk, superb breakfast/brunch options, a charming little coffeeshop (Winey Bean), terrific neighborhood bookstore/ice cream shop (the Bookery Nook), great wine (Tastes and Winejester), not to mention some of the best pet care & treats in the city (Mouthfuls, Planet Pet, and Planned Pethood Plus). I am still lamenting the loss of Brickyard myself, but we still have Tacos Jalisco, Cake, Big Hoss, the Tennyson Tap, the Berkeley Inn, AND bowling at Elitch Lanes. Not all of us need to hire babysitters to have fun. Just sayin'.

Narcohippie
Narcohippie

I agree that if you want food your pets will enjoy, Tennyson is the spot.

Guest
Guest

Yeah, we get it, you like your neighborhood. Good for you.

As someone who lives far from both Tennyson and Larimer North: I'd much rather spend a day eating in Larimer North than Tennyson. Snooze for breakfast, Biker Jim's for lunch, Trillium for dinner and a plethora of bars for late night fun.

Although the restaurants on Tennyson are fine neighborhood joints for local Lululemon yoga panted mommies, they're hardly dining destinations.

Julianamharrison
Julianamharrison

You like our neighborhood too.  We are not bashing anyones neighborhoods or neighbors or what they wear for that matter.  Polling is a democratic process.  Vote and encourage like minded individuals like yourself to do the same.  I think all of the options are unique and worth while.  I just like Tennyson a bit better and I vote.

Guest
Guest

I agree democratically legal if you want to rally the Tennyson troops to vote.

However, it's chintzy and takes the objectivity and suspense out of what would otherwise be a fun and interesting contest.

Barslinger
Barslinger

I agree with Jason and with the addition of Trillium & Ignite these results are wacked!  Too many in Tennyson that vote just for their neighborhood.  At lease one puts his picture up.

Star Bar serves food?

Jason
Jason

This is looking pitiful already. The eateries in Tennyson are just awful. It's bad enough it toppled Larimer Square, but now you have places like Biker Jims and Marcos that are loved by the ENTIRE city regardless of where one lives and yet Upper Larimer is going to be handily defeated by a neighborhood whose best option isn't even mentioned (Hops and Pie). You Tennyson folks need to get out more. The voting should be based on quality, not neighborhood pride. Hire an effing baby-sitter. Even then I'm not sure I can forgive you from shuttering the superior BBQ joint (RIP Brickyard).

Jon S
Jon S

I go to Tennyson way more often, just because I live near it, but I agree upper Larimer is basically the hottest restaurant district going right now. Trillium and Twelve alone put it over the top.

My only beef with your post is saying Marcos is loved by the entire city. It is not, I think it blows. Hops and Pie and Parisi are both way better.

Mantonat
Mantonat

I mostly agree with you, although Parisi and Empanada Grill both rock. The sheer density of quality bars and restaurants on Larimer north of 20th is pretty hard to beat.

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