Big Game Restaurant & Lounge. This place is huge, features large televisions, and helpful hosts.
Backcountry Provisions. Notice the table heaped with sandwiches.
Dixons Downtown Grill was lame. Aztec Chicken... voila! Thin sauce, 1-2 chicken strips, long unwieldy crispy tortilla chips. They are closing shop soon.
Wazee Supper Club was next with warm to hot pizza squares, chocolate chip cookies and ignored $3 watermelon margaritas. The pizza was ok, but didn't make up for the slow moving line.
ChoLon Bistro Part 1.
The Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant.
Ocean Prime, a recent Larimer addition.
Bistro Vendome's welcoming space led us past their indoor restaurant space and outside as their smiling staff encouraged me to enjoy Gazpacho, Halibut Brandade with Mustard Creme Fraiche, Duck Rillette on Brioche with Meyer Lemon Mostarda. Yes, please. Thank you. May I have another?
Others enjoying the food and conversation at Bistro Vendome.Euclid Hall. They had so many delicious sausage samples (boudin noir, veal, kielbasa, and more). And their waitstaff would question you if you only took one. Take two! Take two!
Vesta Dipping Grill.
Celtic Tavern was disappointing. They came out with prepared plates, but those plates must have been prepared at least an hour previous.
Tavern Downtown panoramic.
Overall thoughts: Lodo Bites cost $30 and I feel I received a lot of value. I was able to sample and experience a good portion of Lodo's restaurants. I also took home a lot of leftover food too. There is a strategy to sampling and not gorging your palate. My favorite places featured great food, but also good line management. Some restaurants could clearly do better with their lines. Some restaurants had good lines and/or comfortable seating, but didn't deliver in the food department. That's ok.
Strategies for massive sampling: Start early. Wear comfortable shoes. Get a takeout box. Go with a group.