Ten worst Denver tourist traps according to Yahoo -- and why they're (mostly) wrong

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Photo by Kate Levy
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Search for Denver tourist traps and you're likely to stumble upon this ten-worst Yahoo list from 2008. How does it hold up in 2014? Not very well, in our admittedly biased opinion, although we do have to concede a few points.

Count down the photo-illustrated top ten below, with Yahoo's takes followed by ours.

See also: Photos: Denver's top fifteen biggest tourist attractions of 2013

Number 10 according to Yahoo: Platte Valley Trolley

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Yahoo's take: This trolley, next to Platte River, costs $5 to ride to visit many of Denver's tourist destinations. It's cheesy, so avoid it if you can.

Our take: Granted, the Platte Valley Trolley doesn't exactly compare to the cable cars in San Francisco. What does? But it's got a low-key charm -- and as a bonus, the price for a ride hasn't gone up in the six years since Yahoo's list was published.

Number 9 according to Yahoo: Buckhorn Exchange

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Yahoo's take: If you've seen ads for the many things to see and do in Denver, you've seen ads for the Buckhorn Exchange. It's claimed as the city's oldest restaurant. The food is overpriced at $25-$50 per entrée and the service doesn't match the food.

Our take: The Exchange will definitely put a dent in your pocketbook; the cheapest supper entrée on the current menu is $25 (for Grandma's Pot Roast), and the costs go up from there. But you're paying for the history as much as the food, as noted in our listing for the venue, which reads:

Henry H. Zeitz opened his restaurant in this spot more than a century ago, after scouting for Buffalo Bill Cody, and although the ownership of the Buckhorn Exchange has changed over the years, the upstairs bar remains a veritable museum of beer steins and shotguns, the downstairs dining rooms a taxidermy zoo of delicious mammals distantly related to what will soon arrive on your plate. Although you can order everything from buffalo to yak to rattlesnake here, the Big Steak -- big indeed, bloody rare and served with all the trimmings -- is the dish to get.
Continue to keep counting down the ten biggest Denver tourist traps according to Yahoo -- and why they're (mostly) wrong.


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Ryan Darling
Ryan Darling

Next time i go to Casa Bonita, I'm just getting sopapillas and alcohol.. But I appreciate the kitsch, filth, and 90s aspect of it all.. makes it all worth it.

Michael Sabin
Michael Sabin

I should have stopped reading at Denver Westword

Kristi Adducci
Kristi Adducci

OMG Westword....you post this every other month.......

laurelanniedaerr
laurelanniedaerr

Friends dont let friends eat at Casa Bonita....   Eat First then go its worth the experience.


Laura Hermanski
Laura Hermanski

You guys forgot one - The Westword website. Massive click bait, and you have to scroll through 1324325435654 pages to read any article you post. So dumb.

Danielle Young
Danielle Young

Looks like this publisher is searching for meaningful content.

Jeremy Steward
Jeremy Steward

Been in Denver for 10 years....yahoos list is accurate ...

Hannah Bear
Hannah Bear

Casa Bonita is great for the entertainment, but the food is horrible. still a must do, even if only just once.

Kathi Page
Kathi Page

Casa Bonita has always been horrible.

Joanne Torre Hyman
Joanne Torre Hyman

There's a trolly in downtown Denver?? I've been here since 91 and never knew that.

Shea Sweeney
Shea Sweeney

I think I'll Ask Jeeves for a second opinion

Naomi Wolinsky
Naomi Wolinsky

Oooh, yay, I get to begin my day with another Westword list!

Louis Lieb
Louis Lieb

Tourist Traps are, almost by definition, kitsch; Casa Bonita is definitely one of the better ones. Nobody goes to Casa Bonita for the food--it's terrible--they go to see the divers jump off a cheesy mock-up of cliffs.

sballardo672
sballardo672

Casa Bonita is crap.  Whole family got sick, whole place is cramped and noisy, who cares about a cliff diver, and its located in a crappy area in a crappy shopping center on a crappy street.  Crap.

Doug Hubka
Doug Hubka

It is fair to say that Westword is certainly beating the Casa Bonita story line to death. But at least we quit hearing about a doughnut shop.

Toni Trujillo
Toni Trujillo

Only thing good there I could remember is the Sopapias? (Can't spell) lol...oh yeah and the Honey!

Jay Cismaru
Jay Cismaru

My wife will not allow me to eat in such a dirty place where is the pride

Jayson Vonfreizer
Jayson Vonfreizer

Casa Bonita is terrible... I rather go and buy a $1 frozen enchilada... might taste better...

Alyssa Lockwood
Alyssa Lockwood

Honestly if they would just redo the menu and get a new chef it would make all the difference. The cheesy skits and everything else is part of the charm! I have a lot of memories there and have always loved Casa Bonita.

Sammy River
Sammy River

The 80's called they want their sweater back, and the porn stache.

Aaron Marquardt
Aaron Marquardt

Yahoo can shove it. Lots of childhood memories there.

Lido Britton
Lido Britton

Most shittyst food on the west..but best environment to eat

Robert Hack
Robert Hack

Westword articles are like retread tires - you run all the life out of them until there is nothing left and then you retool them into a different, but just as shitty product

MattandKayla Yeaman
MattandKayla Yeaman

Obviously you guys need something new to happen in, or around Denver.

Renee Huseman
Renee Huseman

I am in subscribing. You keep posting the same stories.

Mark Gallegos
Mark Gallegos

If you don't mind being in the hood that place is gross

Pam Stiffler
Pam Stiffler

Yahoo should take their yippie freaking skippy attitudes where somebody actually cares what their opinion is

Jenny Crum
Jenny Crum

Who comes to CO and decides their brewery tour of choice is.....Coors???? Yes, Golden is awesome, but really, there are so many (hundreds?) other brewery tours around that give a lot more (and better) beer on tours. If Denver doesn't do it for you on the beer front, come to Fort Collins - we'll hook you up!

John O'Donnell
John O'Donnell

If you are not a Denver native like me, you probably don't know that Casa Bonita was closed for 2 years by the health department years ago for serving cat food in their products, no joke! Meow!

Cassie Wright
Cassie Wright

Bridget Helm Jenny Schwartz Smith Brianne Wagner Elizabeth Kuhn Forsyth Kim Scruton Yarnes oh no they di'ent!

Julia Ortiz
Julia Ortiz

How dare they attempt to taint such a fine dinning experience! Oh p.s. We switched it to July 21st!

Kelly L Mayer
Kelly L Mayer

Julia Ortiz check out the last one for Casa Bonita lol!!!

Erich Kreybig
Erich Kreybig

How can you hate on cliff divers and Coors Light???

DerpMcDerpington
DerpMcDerpington

The Coors tour has become really lame.  The hour-long waits for the tour bus, the replacement of entertaining tour guides with stupid hand-held recorded Coors propaganda, the $20 keychains in the gift shop... no, thanks.  It was once a great tour.  Now, not so much.

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