15th Street Tavern

Grab dinner before the show at one of these restaurants

Rocking on an empty stomach is never a good idea. Don’t count on every bar having food, either. Whether you’re in the band or a fan, there are plenty of great (and affordable) restaurants in Denver to give you that fighting edge you need.Strings: This uptown restaurant offers innovative flavors for affordable prices. Head Chef Lance Barto and chef/restaurateur Noel Cunningham focus on unique American dishes. Check out entrees like Cashew Crusted Sea Bass or the Steak Cardone Sandwich, or enjoy a pasta or salad dish.Pint’s Pub: Pint’s opened in 1993, and while its fame rests on its British ales and whiskeys, the food isn’t half-bad either. Tuck into some Bangers & Mash or honey-mustard-marinated Highlander Chicken, and you’ll be ready to jig the night away.Zengo’s: Zengo’s menu approaches the “high-end dining” level with its 28 Mustard Crusted Lamb Loin, but more fastidious spenders can still choose from noodle dishes, soups and salads, dim sum, and hearty appetizers. Or, bring a group and get 5 tasting plates showcasing Zengo’s blend of Latin and Asian flavors for only 30.bang!: One of 10Best.com’s Editor’s Picks for the city of Denver, bang! offers a variety of different flavors, with Southern cooking as a unifying theme. Try the gumbo, penne pasta, or grilled salmon for 15 or less each. Be aware that the restaurant is closed on Mondays, so you’ll have to find another venue before heading out to Punk Rock Mondays at the Rockaway Tavern.Le Central: French dining doesn’t have to mean empty pockets when you leave. If you want to have enough money left for the merch table, check out Le Central. Their popular “moules et frites” dishes feature over 2 pounds of mussels and unlimited fries, all for 9.99 no matter what the time.

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