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Racine's is great for everyone

The Mile High Nachos are a great appetizer to share, or a cheap dinner for four.  It's huge!
The Mile High Nachos are a great appetizer to share, or a cheap dinner for four. It's huge!
Bruce Gordon

The term “American Food” is not often used or easily defined. It’s hard to say exactly what kind of food is American. However, there is a trend of casual American restaurant chains such as Chili’s, Applebee’s, and T.G.I. Friday’s, and these restaurants have created an unofficial American cuisine. It consists of basic things like burgers, burritos, and pasta dishes, as well as fun appetizers like hot wings, southwest egg rolls, and spinach artichoke dip. It involves a lot of fusion. Items like “green chile cheeseburgers” and “teriyaki chicken sandwiches” are abundant.

All major cities have plenty of these types of restaurants, as the chains abound. While these are just fine, Denver has a local place doing the same type of food, but doing it better. Racine’s is the perfect mid-level Denver dining destination.

The atmosphere is casual, but nice. The food is not fancy or pretentious, but neither is it low quality or overly greasy. This is an overall great place to eat. No one leaves hungry and the prices are reasonable.  Most entrees are about $10 and everything is under $15.

Racine’s is a great choice for a quick meal out, a get-together with friends, or even a nice date. It’s also family friendly and a good place to bring the kids out for a family meal. Unlike many of the chain restaurants with similar menus, Racine’s does not have the cheesy décor that accompanies places like Red Robin. Instead, they have a low-key modern style of dark wooden tables, big black booths, and a large four sided-bar in the center of the restaurant. There are seat all around the bar where they serve their full menu, plus a fine selection of draft beers, wine, and cocktails. It all proves that an eatery specializing in American comfort food does not need to be goofy. The restaurant looks very nice adds to the experience of eating there.

The food helps too. Racine’s specializes in all of the favorites. In addition to their classic burgers and chicken sandwiches, they also have some interesting choices like the Seared Ahi Tuna Sandwich, the Smokin’ Gouda and Turkey Croissant, and the Portobello Sandwich. The Ahi is especially good.

On another page they have some pasta selections including eggplant parmesan, chicken alfredo, and several variations of baked ziti. A third page lists their Southwestern menu. This has everything from fajitas to chile relleno, and vegetarian tamales to fish tacos. While it’s not a Mexican restaurant, their Mexican inspired choices are excellent. It is a good example of great Mex-American food.

There are so many great choices for entrees, but the appetizers should not be overlooked. The Sonora Egg Rolls, Chicken Tenders, and Buffalo Chicken Wings are all sure to please. The Mile High Nachos are particularly awesome. They come with beans, jalapeños, cheese, salsa, olives, sour cream, guacamole, and your choice of meat. These nachos are not only delicious; they also live up to their name in terms of size. One platter is more than enough to feed four people.

A night out with the family. A casual date. A big birthday dinner. A bite to eat with some friends. These are all great reasons to go to Racine’s. You can have a nice dinner with good food without having a stuffy or overly fancy ordeal. The quality and selection will ensure that every leaves happy.

650 Sherman Street
Denver, CO 80203-3510
(303) 595-0418

Located near the intersection of 6th and Broadway.


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