Rockies Restaurants Revisited

Sunday, July 29 was the annual photo day for the Colorado Rockies. I knew I would attend the game without a working camera and decided to ask the players and coaches a random question as they walked by. The question I asked was voted on by the members of this community and it was: "What is your favorite restaurant?" I asked this as a favorite restaurant all time type question so they could respond with anything from Taco Bell to some 5 star restaurant in Paris.

I wish I had had a camera upon asking the question because, they all seemed to be caught off guard and everyone’s face contorted in a different manner (which was part of the reason for asking). A majority of the players and coaches responded with "That’s a hard question," or "All time?" My favorite responses were from Matt Reynolds, "I can’t remember its name, but it’s some small hole in the wall, mom-and-pop Italian shop in Knoxville. I know exactly where it is but that doesn’t help you much," and Tom Runnells, "My mom’s kitchen and it’s not even close."

Let’s get started on the favorite restaurants of your favorite (?) Colorado Rockies players and coaches:

Jeff Francis is a fan of the Shake Shack.

A restaurant that started as a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park, NYC, when in 2004 it won a bid to open a permanent kiosk in the park serving hot dogs, hamburgers, frozen custard, shakes and some tasty alcoholic beverages. A restaurant that is exclusively located on the East Coast we can only assume Francis found it while playing a game in NY.

Christian Friedrich enjoys pizza in his home town of Chicago at La Rosa’s.

This small pizza place has been around since 1957 and offers a wide variety of pizzas as well as some other interesting choices. I would not have guessed a bucket of fried shrimp or fried chicken could be purchased at a pizza shack, so I guess I know they can now.

Matt Belisle didn’t exactly answer the question but his first response, with a hearty laugh, was, "The Cracker Barrel." He said he couldn’t come up with a restaurant but I take it he has a great joking personality.

Rex Brothers prefers a place with steak, sea food a good bar such as The Chop House.

Apparently the Denver location for the Chop House has been home to Avalanche Stanley Cub and Broncos Super Bowl parties. It would be nice if the Rockies held their World Series party there (well at least win the WS so they can have a party).

Although he’s from Santa Cruz, CA Carlos Torres likes Gramaldi’s Pizzeria in Arizona.

A coal-fired, brick oven pizza restaurant sounds really good as I type this. I don’t know how it compares to Woody’sbut anything cooked in a different oven has to be good.

Andrew Brown couldn’t come up with his favorite restaurant but he did let us know that you might be able to find him at a local steakhouse when he goes out to eat.

Tyler Colvin said his favorite restaurant is Bo’s.

I asked him where Bo’s was and he laughed saying, "You don’t know about Bo’s?" He then continued to smile for pictures but never told me what type of food Bo’s serves. To me it sounds like another pizza joint, so if you know where or what Bo’s is please post it in the comments.

Jim Tracy has been around so many places he doesn’t have a favorite restaurant but he does highly recommend Elway’s or Shanahan’s Steak House (you might find Andrew Brown here).

Glenallen Hill was pretty quick when he said Racines.

The restaurant in Downtown Denver that has been around since 1984 has a bar, indoor and outdoor seating and a free parking garage (this is most impressive). The desert menu is excellent with various cheesecakes, banana cream pie, peach cobbler and a crème brulee.

Bo Mclaughlin likes steak and seafood when he visits Cincinnati as he goes to McCormick & Schmick’s

Formed in the 1970s, McCormick and Schmick now have 80+ restaurants across the country. It is their goal to be the best seafood and grill in its market niche, offering something different at each location catering to the area. The even print the menu’s twice a day to highlight the fresh fish that are brought in throughout the day.

There you have it: The favorite restaurants of your Colorado Rockies (or some of them, even if they aren’t your favorites). Please note that I may have gotten some of these wrong as I was writing while they smiled for pictures and I did not ask for spelling on these.

Eat. Drink. Be Merry. But the above FanPost does not necessarily reflect the attitudes, opinions, or views of Purple Row's staff (unless, of course, it's written by the staff [and even then, it still might not]).

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