Reader: Baker needs a few more adult places and a few less Punch Bowls

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As a follow-up to her review of Gozo this week, Gretchen Kurtz explained how the Mediterranean-inflected restaurant almost opened in California's Sonoma County instead of Denver. Restaurateur Frank Jolley IV must have discerned a level of maturity in the collective palate of Front Range diners, since the eatery landed smack in the heart of the burgeoning but still funky South Broadway scene, where dive bars shoulder up against foodie favorites like Beatrice & Woodsley.

See also: How Gozo wound up in Colorado rather than California

Apparently Denver is craving dining spots for grown-ups. Says Theglobalguy:

Love having these guys in the 'hood. Baker needs a few more adult places and a few less Punch Bowls. Robert Thompson didn't do us any favors when he changed his mind about where to re-locate Argyll.
What are your favorites in the Baker neighborhood? Do the current joints lean toward the young and terminally hip or is there a good selection for those who prefer good food in a more reserved atmosphere? And how do you think the resurrected Argyll, a decidedly adult place, would have worked in Baker?

Read last week's review of Gozo here, and see if it's the kind of spot you've been yearning for.

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30 South Broadway, Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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Denver Dave
Denver Dave topcommenter

I'm a long time lover of Señor Burritos and it is certainly neither trendy or hip.  Wish they had booze but there are plenty of bars within a few steps to get your buzz on before you chow down.


I know I'll probably get some flack for this but I really dig Historians. 

WillieStortz topcommenter

I learned a lot on my visit to Punch Bowl.

I learned that there is something worse than eating Kraft Easy Mac and Cheese, and that is paying $14 for Kraft Easy Mac and Cheese.

davebarnes topcommenter

not LESS

FEWER Punch Bowls

ScubaSteve topcommenter

@Denver Dave

Why do you need booze in order to eat?  You've got a serious problem.


@irish303 Yeah, I like those guys too.  They've got a great patio, and it's a fun crowd until after dark on weekends when they get the overflow from PB.  I'm looking forward to the new Italian joint that should be opening next to Historians in the next few months.

Denver Dave
Denver Dave topcommenter

@davebarnes Everyone gets this wrong.  The grocery stores apparently drank the Kool-aid because they've change the express lanes' signage to say "12 items or less".  The dumbing down of America - sigh.

Less = volume

Fewer = number


@davebarnes You're both wrong.  The correct grammar is "NO Punch Bowls."

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