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by: John Carpenter

As mejohn-carpenter_photontioned in a previous blog post, the number one question for many AAPS Annual Meeting and Exposition attendees is, “Where should we go for dinner this evening?”

Don’t forget this great guide to top restaurants in Denver: “Best of Denver,” in the 5208 Magazine.

I have asked the faculty and staff here at the University of Colorado, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, for recommendations on their favorite places for dinner in downtown Denver. And one professor also provided several recommendations for the Cherry Creek neighborhood, in case you want to escape from the Convention Center area.

shutterstock_440404741“My hands-down favorite is Vesta Dipping Grill. It is near Coors Field in a historic part of downtown Denver. The food is fantastic. You can order grilled meats and choose various sauces to accompany the meat dish. They also have a great bar and selection of micro beers.”

Work & Class. The Kitchen. Anything in Union Station.  Anything in Larimer Square.”

“I love the Green Russell in Larimer Square for drinks. Large groups need reservations. larimer-squareOsterio Marco has great Italian food—also in Larimer Square.”

“Tapas at The 9th Door.”

“My downtown favorites are Zengo, Sushi Sasa, and Tag in Larimer Square. Protos is an affordable, informal place for good pizza too.”  

“Denver’s original steakhouse, The Buckhorn Exchange, is excellent.”

“My husband and I are always trying restaurants. Some of our favorites are: The Plimoth, Beast and Bottle, To the Wind, The Populist, Coperta, and haven’t eaten at the Merchantile—at Union Station—but it is on my list.”

And if you are ready to get out of downtown, here are recommendations for the Cherry Creek area:

cherry-creek-northCherry Cricket (pub), a CC landmark. Great burgers. North Italia, very good. Cherr
y Creek Grill
(steakhouse), a bit pricy but great burgers, ribs, etc. La Merise (French), have only been for happy hour, but really good mussels. Machete Tequila and Tacos (Mexican), great tacos. Not very expensive. Vinue (wine bar), limited food but lots of good wine.”

I hope to see you all out every night while in Denver!

John F. Carpenter, Ph.D., is a professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy and a cofounder and codirector of the University of Colorado Center for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology. His research interests include mechanisms for protein degradation and stabilization in pharmaceutical formulations during bioprocessing and in delivery systems.