We recently stayed at the Brown Palace, and while there ate at the Ship Tavern one night. We didn't feel like dressing up and the place is casual. We ordered a prime rib sandwich to split as well as french onion soup. Both were superb. The portion sizes were huge - enough prime rib for two people easily. The onion rings were fantastic - just right crispiness and not greasy. There is a split plate charge of about six dollars, so if all you want to do is share something, I suggest not doing the split plate thing and just cutting a sandwich in half at the table. However, our waiter told us about the split plate charge up front. The service was fantastic - very "old school" and an attitude of "deference" from our waiter - kind of unusal in a day where your server usually shows up and says "Hi, my name is Travis, and I'll be your server tonight" then proceeds to treat you as though you are best friends. The Brown Palace is not like that and for that reason, may appeal more to an "older" clientele. However, the Ship Tavern is suitable for anyone and highly recommended. Prices may seem high, at first, but portion sizes are sumptuous.
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