Originally Posted by Prosper
Either fast casual or regular casual is fine. Something at the same level as Chili's or TGI Fridays would work.
First my thoughts on "Casa Bonita" - it is a one-of-a-kind fun restaurant if you have a few hours to kill and don't mind terrible food. Other than that and the inconvenient location....
Secondly if convenience is what you're after I generally recommend fast casual restaurants (more on this in a moment) vs. casual dining (which is Chili's, TGIF, etc. - you can google your favorite and map it out).
Finally, the more unique (and better) restaurants in Denver are usually not right off of I-70 so you'll need to choose between convenient vs. unique. Enough of that, here's some tips:Fast Casual -
There are many good choices in this category given that a handful of Denver restauranteurs essentially invented it. Many/most may be familiar to you so there goes unique.... There's Chipotle @ 3294 Youngfield - take the "Youngfield/32nd Av" exit and go left under I-70 then left just past Youngfield, Noodles (right next to the Chipotle), Qdoba @ 14231 West Colfax - take the "Denver West" exit and go left over I-70 then immediately right into a shopping area, and Tokyo Joes (right next to the Qdoba).More Unique but Less Convenient -
Jack n' Grill (killer New Mexican food @ 2524 N. Federal - take the Federal exit and go south 1 to 2 mi., though worth the extra driving), Big Hoss (great BBQ and steaks @ 3961 Tennyson - take the Lowell/Tennyson exit and follow the frontage road to Tennyson and go south about 1mi., though you'll need to ask how to get back to I-70 which won't be the same as how you got there), Swing Thai (nicer place with good Thai food @ 44th & Tennyson - it's about 1/4mi. before you get to Big Hoss), Parisi (OK casual Denver Italian - cattycorner from Swing Thai), and Sabor Latino (fairly unique South American & Mexican @ 4340 W 35th about another 1/2mi. south of Big Hoss).
There are others, but I tried to limit it to a few geographic areas to make life easier. Enjoy!