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What's Good for the Goose...

...is also good for Denver diners, as evidenced by Solera.

Because Solera is open on Sundays, it attracts not only families -- plenty of big tables -- but also lots of local kitchen folk. When the weather's good, they unwind out on the 45-seat patio, running through Klinginsmith's well-balanced wine list (including seventy choices by the glass) and enjoying having someone else cook for them for a change. Especially someone like Sorenson.

After a full year in business, Solera's settling down -- and settling in. Sorenson, Klinginsmith and crew have hit their stride, won a couple of awards, and just hosted a dinner for the Denver chapter of Les Amis d'Escoffier, where Goose had the honor of being inducted into the club's august ranks. So what's next?

"A vacation," Sorenson says. "I have a date with a turkey and some river trout." He's headed back to Wyoming with Klinginsmith, to fish and cook for the folks. And when he returns to Denver, it'll be time for another menu. Summer is coming, and that means fresh produce, seasonal goodies, new surprises. It means doing all those things that, once upon a time, Bennigan's didn't think Sorenson had it in him to do. "We've got everything where we want it right now with the crew and the food," he says. "It's time for a break."

Foreign intrigue: At Solera, Goose Sorenson (left) and 
Brian Klinginsmith bring culinary adventure to East 
Colfax Avenue.
Mark Manger
Foreign intrigue: At Solera, Goose Sorenson (left) and Brian Klinginsmith bring culinary adventure to East Colfax Avenue.

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Solera Restaurant & Wine Bar

5410 E. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80220

Category: Restaurant > New American

Region: East Denver

Details

5410 East Colfax Avenue
303-388-8429
Hours: 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday

Seafood risotto: $10
Duck confit ravioli: $14
Butterleaf salad: $7
Duck breast and leg: $22
Pork tenderloin: $22
Taglatelli: $14
Five-spice ahi tuna: $25

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