Fifteen Great Places in Denver to Take Your Parents Over the Holidays

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Treat your parents to a grown-up meal at the original Elway's.
Denver's in the midst of a dining boom, but when it comes to choosing a restaurant for out-of-town parents or older guests, you might want to look past your new faves. That's because trendy spots in RiNo, Union Station and the Source will likely elicit the same reaction that your music used to: That's too loud! Turn it down! Problem is, you can't turn down the volume in a shipping container.

So we've come up with a list of fifteen places where older relatives might have a better time. Most are dinner venues, but we've included a few spots for daytime dining, in case you need a place to eat after a Black Friday trip to the mall or museum. Wherever you eat, keep in mind that the earlier you go, the quieter the dining room will be and the easier it will be to hear. So if you do find yourself making reservations for 5 p.m., keep that joke about early-bird specials to yourself. And remember that you can always ask to be seated at a quieter table; some restaurants have sections that are better suited to conversation than others.

See also: Five Denver Restaurants That Are Good for Kids -- and the Grownups Who Love Them

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Ten Best Restaurants at Denver International Airport -- 2014 Edition

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Lori Midson
Things started looking up when Root Down opened at DIA.
With the horrors of holiday travel just beginning, you might find yourself with time -- lots of time -- at Denver International Airport in the days ahead. Fortunately, the food at DIA has never been better, thanks to a concerted effort to improve the restaurant offerings -- and add Dunkin' Donuts! Last month, the airport even featured a pop-up beer garden (sadly, that left when the Great American Beer Festival ended.) But there are still plenty of spots where bartenders will give you a healthy pour and servers will let you sit, and sit, while you wait for your flight to be called (or cancelled). So next time you're stuck at the airport, skip McDonald's and grab a seat in one of the ten best restaurants (listed here in no particularly order) at DIA.

See also: How Healthy Is DIA's Food on a Traveler's Wallet?

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The Five Weirdest Thanksgiving Foods This Year

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It's that time of year again: time to celebrate Thanksgiving with a gigantic feast -- and then head out to stand in line in various dark and chilly parking lots for early Black Friday barbarian raids shopping. Our dinners of thanks usually include a large hunk of roasted protein (not ham this year -- unless you wanna take out a loan to buy it), an array of starchy sides and all the pies. But just like every year, there are always the duds: entrees, sides and appetizers that have no business being on a Thanksgiving table -- or anywhere near our mouths.

Here's are the top five weirdest Thanksgiving foods this year. Be prepared for a feast of turkey ice cream, pumpkin pie-flavored chips, the infamous Hot Durkey, and beets that go where they really should not.

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Give Thanks for Six Eateries That Do Good While Serving Good Food

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Kristin Pazulski
Get your lunch on and help those in need.
The holiday season is the time for giving, but it's also one of the busiest times of the year. Fortunately, there are places around town where you can enjoy a good, fast meal -- while also doing good for others. Keep reading to learn about six of these special places.

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Five Denver Restaurants That Are Good for Kids -- and the Grownups Who Love Them

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Mark Manger
Gerik Manger at Sassafras.
Nothing riles up people like kids in restaurants. Even though I'm a parent, I'm sympathetic: I don't want a nice meal ruined by a whiny child, either. But the solution isn't to confine preschoolers to McDonald's, then move on to pizza and burger joints when they age out of Happy Meals. Where will the next generation of chefs come from - not to mention the people who will appreciate their cooking -- if the only foods that kids are exposed to are chicken fingers and macaroni and cheese?

Fortunately, there are restaurants around town that represent that happy medium, places that are good for kids and the grownups who love them. Here are five of our favorites:

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Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery Is a Fast Hit


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The Ten Best Bottomless Mimosas in Denver

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Kristen Pazulski
Mimosas at the Lobby American Grille.
If there's one thing people love about brunch, it's cocktails before noon. And with more than 50 spots in Denver offering bottomless mimosas (yes, we counted), how do you decide where to drink away the day? You evaluate the flavor profiles, uniqueness, champagne quality, and cost. Here are our recommendations for the ten best, in no particular order, where you can ensure Sunday is a fun day -- and a step up from Andre (but, no judgments).

See also: The Ten Best Winter Patios in Denver

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The Top Five Slang Terms Employees Can't Use at Chik-fil-A

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Chik-fil-A always seems to be in the news for something: This month, Denver Chik-fil-A stores will be blessing customers with free Chick-n-Minis every Monday in November in the restaurants and the drive-throughs. It's a struggle to recall a time when Chik's wasn't shooting free food from effin' stadium cannons to lure diners into restaurants and distract attention from the company's less than awesome stance on certain social issues. And speaking of socializing, an alleged Chick-fil-A note from a manager made the rounds on social media last week outlining popular slang terms employees were banned from using while on the clock.

Here are the top five slang terms you can't use at Chik-fil-A. Some of these terms should be outlawed because they are stupid anywhere, but Chik could offer more free food with a side of humor just for kicks.

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Five Different Styles of Ramen and Where to Find Them in Denver

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Vegetarian ramen "Air" at Tokio.
Denver isn't known as a ramen town, primarily because there aren't many joints that specialize in nothing but the Japanese noodle soup. In Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle you'll find dozens of Japanese restaurants that have "ramen" or "noodle" in their names -- but not so here in Denver. Still, our city does have a good number of Japanese eateries and Asian-inspired menus that feature ramen -- in many different styles -- if you know where to look.

See also: Denver's Ten Best Spots for Pho

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The Ten Best Winter Patios in Denver

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Kristin Pazulski
Freezing temperatures don't mean we can't enjoy some wintry patio time.
This week's Arctic blast and snow flurries shoved aside our Indian summer in a hurry. But fall's close doesn't have to mean the end of Denver's sunny patio time. So that you're not relegated to the indoors all winter, we compiled a list of wintry patios -- some enclosed, some with fire pits and heaters, most with drink specials that promise to keep you warm in the crisp winter air.

See also: The Ten Best Dog-Friendly Patios in Denver

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Ten Things Visitors Should Know About the Denver Restaurant Scene

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Visitors, don't settle for another Denver omelet.
Out-of-towners may have specific ideas about what they'll encounter when trying to get a meal in Denver: there's nothing but steak houses, they'll have to resort to a chain restaurant, or dinner will likely consist of a Denver omelet. While our city certainly has its fair share of good beef, variety and quality have always been here when it comes to other options (those who were around to remember the oil-boom days of the late '70s and early '80s can attest to that), but in the past few years, the proliferation of new restaurants has outstripped Denver's undeserving reputation as nothing but a Midwestern cow town. We love our old favorites and our unique traditions here, but there's also plenty of the new Denver to give locals, tourists and business travelers alike a great taste of the city.

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