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The Early Word on Charlie Palmer's New Denver Digs

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District Meats
District Meats
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The Charlie Palmer Denver landmark was completed a month ago today when Wazee Wood Fire Pizza opened next door to District Meats, its sister establishment specializing in secondary cuts of meat. Palmer, a celebrity chef and cookbook author, has opened restaurants across the country, including his Michelin-star flagship Aureole in New York City. So what's the scoop on District Meats and Wazee Wood Fire Pizza? Local social media reviews spill the details.

The Word on District Meats

The Good News: An Open Table experience: Attention to detail in all the right places. Food was perfectly prepared. Menu is very well balanced with a wide range of options for taste and texture. Service was impeccable. The environment was bustling and energized, but the restaurant space is very well designed and appointed. Overall an excellent dining experience.

The Great News: A Yelper gives many compliments: I can't say enough about this place. First of all, it's CHARLIE PALMER. Anyone who knows who Charlie Palmer is knows this place won't disappoint the palate. I've been to Aureole in NYC, so I was very excited to see what District Meats had to offer. My husband and I sat at the bar and had Crystal as our bartender, and she was just a delight. Very entertaining yet very professional. Nothing was pretentious, including the price of our meal. So worth it.

More Awesome News: A Yelper writes: One of my favorite things about this restaurant is the way they were able to make a large space feel so intimate. The use of old-style circular booths is awesome, as is the enormous screens for games and music over the bar. The decor is modern meets old west, with tin ceilings, reclaimed wood and glass. It would be a great place for groups, to meet for a drink, or watch a game.

The Decent News: An Open Table diner: We thought it was great! The food was not piping hot but it was fixed immediately by the waitress and manager. The atmosphere was something new and interesting.

The Bummer News: A Yelper: Overall, the service was good and the food was good but I think there are other restaurants in Denver that are better. We were also very disappointed to hear District Meats isn't throwing a party for the Broncos play-off game this Saturday. A new restaurant with giant TVs in Broncos Country??? Get with the program.

More Bummer News: An unhappy Yelper: While my brisket sandwich was good, District Meats needs to work on its service. I waited over 45 mins for a bill, unacceptable.

The Word on Wazee Wood Fire Pizza

Some Good News: A Four Square user tip: Grab a couple of slices to go. Reasonably priced and delicious.

The Good News: Sizzling Cupcake blog: With an open kitchen, a walk up counter, and booth and high top seating, it is definitely a relaxing atmosphere and definitely a little classier than what you get from places like Anthony's or Mario's Twofisted.

The OK News:An Eater reader: Had a couple pizzas at WWFP last night and got to chat with Chef Palmer a bit. The pizza is pretty good, nice crispy crust, quality ingredients and toppings. But not nearly as good as what you'll get at Osteria Marco or Marco's Coal Fired Pizza, both within a few blocks of WWFP. It's also priced a bit too high, which may be it's downfall. A a bit exorbitant for pizza that is *not* top notch.

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District Meats, Wazee Wood Fire Pizza

1631 Wazee Street Denver, CO.