Which Denver restaurant would make the best use of 40 pounds of cherries from Washington?

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Which Denver restaurant would make the best use of forty pounds of cherries from Washington? A PR firm from that state is looking for an iconic restaurant deserving of the fruit...and coming up with the right location is the pits.

Should it be the Cherry Cricket, for its name alone?

Or the Avenue Grill, home bar of Marnie Ward, who won the 2011 Colorado Cocktail Contest with her Tree Line, in which cherries -- Colorado cherries -- played a key role?

Here's the note from GreenRubinoPR in Seattle:

We are working with the Washington State Fruit Commission this spring helping them push their 2012 Rainier Cherry campaign. In our efforts, we are sending one restaurant in every US state 40 lbs. of cherries to help with our promotion. The idea behind this is that the chef of the participating restaurant will create a cherry recipe that the restaurant will feature during the campaign in July.

Here is where I am asking for your help: Having never been to Denver, I have no idea what restaurants are iconic (in the sense of being a tourist attraction) and locally renowned to help with our promotion out in Denver. If you have some recommendations (3-4) for me, you would be helping me out a TON! Google is great and all, but it's too hard to decipher which restaurants would be the perfect fit!

As an example, out here in Seattle we have the Space Needle where there is a rotating restaurant located at the top; tourists naturally flock there and they are our #1 choice to participate here in Washington. The restaurant does not have to be super expensive, but somewhere reputable and encompassing of Denver's food culture.

Any direction you might be able to give me would be very much appreciated. Thanks in advance for your help and please don't hesitate to call if you have questions! I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Hmmm. If the rotating restaurant in the Space Needle is Washington's idea of iconic, then Casa Bonita should send these cherry folks spinning.

What would you suggest? Post the place in the comments section below.



Location Info

Cherry Cricket

2641 E. 2nd Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Avenue Grill

630 E. 17th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Casa Bonita

6715 W. Colfax, Lakewood, CO

Category: Restaurant


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ivy
ivy

i vote the bitter bar in boulder - i'm salivating at the thought of a ranier cherry cocktail. did you hear master mixologist (and godfather) james lee is back behind the bar there?

Matthewfw
Matthewfw

cafe 180 since they offer free and paid meals  and can serve a lot of needy people.they could do a chocolate cherry flat bread, or a cherry salad or cold cherry soup.

tRose
tRose

Trillium!  Those boys could do wonders with those at the bar or in the kitchen!

Mike
Mike

How about we feature Colorado Cherries during this time when we actually have our own cherries in season!

AllieCat
AllieCat

Let the chef and cocktologists at Bitter Bar in Boulder get their paws on them!!

guest
guest

Send them to Table 6.  Scotty Parker would do amazing things with them.  I'm guessing a duck pairing.

Tim
Tim

Based on the recent theme here on Café Society I suggest we send them to Bonefish Grill out on W. Crestline or S. Yosemite. Surely they have enough parking and properly wide travel lanes for 40 lbs. of cherries. I’m sure Alec Baldwin can voice over some delicious combo of white tuna sashimi/rainier cherry compote that will incite the burbanites to gas up the Tahoe and call the sitter.

Woody
Woody

When is Squeaky Bean opening?  I'd like to see what Max does with them.

Rikiibanez
Rikiibanez

40 lbs of cherries wouldn't do much in a beer...you'd need quite a bit more.

Cassie
Cassie

Send them to a brewery! That would be ideal for this area!

lipster
lipster

I'll second Leopold Bros. 

Emily
Emily

How about Steuben's?  They can 300-400 cherries each year for their house made maraschino cherries. 

Matt
Matt

I'd say a good local brewery or, even better IMO, Beatrice and Woodsley. They're always the iconic go-to restaurant for my out of town guests and any cozy or otherwise special nights. They have a whole cellar dedicated to house made preserves, pickles, wine and whatnot. Awesome drinks made with their homemade cherry concoctions and a while back some fantastic savory dish, also made with the most delish cherries ever. 

Kir
Kir

If you want iconic, I'd go with Little Man ice cream.Personally, I vote for the brewery route. Give it to Colorado Cider or Renegade Brewing.

Fitz
Fitz

The Bitter Bar.  Pastry Chef Jen Bush could make a drop dead selection of delicious desserts while the award winning duo of Michael Cerretani & James Lee crafted summer cocktails that feature the nuanced flavors of Washington's juicy treasure.  

cdthomas
cdthomas

Pie. Sugar Bakeshop. 'nuff said.

Another Beer Please
Another Beer Please

Shouldn't be restaurant, it should be a BREWERY!  The delicious treat could be sampled by far more people.  What would Great Divide, Wynkoop, Dry Dock, Wit's End, Denver Beer Company, River North, Caution, Renegade, or Trve, come up with? Something far more interesting!  

K. D. Bryan
K. D. Bryan

In lieu of some touristy craphole, I'd like to see them go to a restaurant who knows what they're doing instead. A few suggestions - Frasca. Fruition (fruit's in the name). Rioja. Sweet Action Ice Cream. Boulder Ice Cream. D Bar Desserts.

Colors
Colors

Meh, Steubans. I'd pick colt&grey, beatrice&woodsly or sweet action before jump on the bandwagon *food-truck* Steubens any day. They're looking for Colorado-esq- isn't steubens modeled after some east-coast diner thing??? Ice cream as another post suggested would be fun!

Colors
Colors

Meh, Steubans. I'd pick colt&grey, beatrice&woodsly or sweet action before jump on the bandwagon *food-truck* Steubens any day. They're looking for Colorado-esq- isn't steubens modeled after some east-coast diner thing??? Ice cream as another post suggested would be fun!

Colors
Colors

Meh, Steubans. I'd pick colt&grey, beatrice&woodsly or sweet action before jump on the bandwagon *food-truck* Steubens any day. They're looking for Colorado-esq- isn't steubens modeled after some east-coast diner thing??? Ice cream as another post suggested would be fun!

Barfly
Barfly

Yes, between the desserts and the drinks Bitter Bar could really do some justice to some cherries.  I'd love to see what their bar staff could make with a bunch of cherries and some spirits.  

Jim Rome
Jim Rome

Denver Beer Company for sure.

Mantonat
Mantonat

Definitely a brewery. Strange has my vote. Otherwise, Sweet Action.

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