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If, this weekend, eclectic, Colorado-ized American fare is on the tip of your tongue, stop by Charlie Palmer’s District Tavern for a fresh and indulgent meal you won’t soon forget.

Chef Charlie Palmer continued his national tradition of culinary excellence right here in Denver when he opened, first, Wazee Wood Fire Pizza, and, second, the adjacent District Tavern, both in 2011.  Palmer and Executive Chef Jeff Russell have teamed up to create what they are calling a menu of “modern American tavern fare,” what I would call a giant’s step above the newly popularized term, gastropub.

Beginning with local and seasonal products, such as Haystack Mountain cheeses and freshly caught Rocky Mountain Trout, the chefs have created a wide selection of earthy dishes that ring in under $32 dollars on the entrée side and $14 on the snacks and starters.  This may seem a bit steep, but when you factor in Butter Braised Maine Lobster as a main course and Grilled Bone Marrow as a starter, things are put into perspective. This menu is comprised of unique and eclectic dishes that you won’t find just anywhere in Denver.

Start your meal on the patio, people watching on Wazee, with the marrow, Pickled Vegetable Crudite or House Smoked Salmon Belly.  On a hot day, cool off with the Circle Fresh Farms Tomato Gazpacho, accompanied by fresh guacamole and blue crab or an heirloom tomato salad with house made buratta.  Sample the vast selection of wines or handcrafted cocktails during the happy hour which goes until 7pm…So, if you show up for an early dinner, chances are your drinks will offset the cost of your dinner.  House wines and select martinis are just $6, draft beers are merely $4.

For dinner in the industrially warm dining room, choose from a variety of pastas, seafood and proteins.  The Sweet Corn Risotto will melt in your mouth and the Smoked Bone-in Duroc Pork Chop will not soon be forgotten by your palate.  For any of the entrees, DO add a side of the Seasonal Succotash or Roasted Summer Squash.

Round out your dining experience with some pep in your step.  After putting yourself into a near food coma of indulgence, try the Espresso Crème Brulee with cinnamon ice cream and biscotti.

Stop into Charlie Palmer’s District Tavern at 1625 Wazee this weekend for dinner and happy hour beginning at 5pm.  They are closed on Sunday and Monday.