Crab-avocado-mango salad, sirloin steak and crème brulee for $30: It's Restaurant Week in Denver

DENVER - Like food? More than 300 Denver-area restaurants are participating in Round 1 of this year's Restaurant Week, which starts Saturday.

For $30, restaurants provide a multi-course dinner, and nearly all of them offer special dietary options such as gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan. The 2014 Restaurant Week is actually a two-week event, from Feb. 22-28, and another week from Aug. 23-29.

The price for two people is $60, up from the special $52.80 mile-high price, and does not include tax or tip. This is the first time in nine years that the price has increased in order to maintain a reasonable profit margin for restaurants.

Restaurant cuisines range from contemporary to Asian, from Italian to Indian, and there's even a special section for "Colorado Style" cuisine, which includes six restaurants. The majority of restaurants favor American food, but other restaurants feature Brazilian, Chinese, Continental and Global cuisines.

The Curtis Club has a pancetta-wrapped rabbit plate and spicy mustard glazed Colorado striped bass. Zengo offers a choice of achiote grilled chicken, crispy tofu, cedar-roasted salmon or Szechuan pork tenderloin, as well as three different desserts (yep - one of them is chocolate).

Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen has a huge list of course options to choose from, including shrimp and grits fritters with charred pepper aioli, pad thai pig ears and a "Bretzel Bun," all of which are just in the second course. Several restaurants allow diners to choose off of full menus.

Belvedere's Taste of Poland offers traditional Polish pierogis and kielbasa, and a complementary fourth course glass of wine. Mediterranean options at The Cork House include eggplant Napoleon, balsamic filet mignon and lobster ravioli, as well as soups, salads and desserts.

Denver's restaurant scene heats up this time of year, and it's one of the best opportunities to enjoy a night out, supporting local businesses, for a great price.

Check out this video of Mayor Michael B. Hancock opening a champagne bottle with a sword on Thursday's kickoff. 

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