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1999 Stories by Kyle Wagner

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  • Dish I May, Dish I Might

    published December 30, 1999

    The Denver dining scene in 1999 continued to be as confused as a salmon filet swimming in blueberry sauce. Exactly what are we going for here -- ... More >>

  • Out With The Old, In With The New:

    published December 30, 1999

    Before the year ended, it was name change number three for what was initially Zuma, then Z-Teca, and now...Qdoba. The locally... More >>

  • Blast From the Past

    published December 23, 1999

    It's been a long year for Kevin Taylor -- and he has only himself to blame. The chef who earned his national reputation with just one Denver... More >>

  • Fishing for Insults

    published December 23, 1999

    Those sushi guys sure know how to make waves. My November 18 Mouthing Off... More >>

  • Bop of the Rockies

    published December 16, 1999

    Romantic lighting, live jazz, cozy seats, adult food: This is my kind of club Med, an eatertainment concept I can live with...maybe even grow to... More >>

  • Resorting to Retail Dining

    published December 16, 1999

    Although you won't find a Sambuca Jazz Café -- yet -- there are plenty of other chain options after you work up an appetite while... More >>

  • Good Things Come in Smell Packages

    published December 9, 1999

    For good Indian food, the nose knows. The right spices are critical to Indian cuisine; in fact, the meats, vegetables and breads coming out of... More >>

  • Back in the Swim of Things

    published December 9, 1999

    Business was going swimmingly at Starfish in the months after busy restaurateurs Mel and Jane Master opened their second Cherry Creek place... More >>

  • Talkin' Turkey

    published December 9, 1999

    On Thanksgiving Day, I was in the middle of moving and couldn't find the refrigerator, let alone a roasting pan and baster. But I did manage to... More >>

  • My Cup Runneth Over

    published December 2, 1999

    When autumn is unseasonably warm, ski areas can at least make enough snow to satisfy hardcore skiers, and retailers counting on Christmas sales... More >>

  • Using Your Noodle

    published December 2, 1999

    I'm not ashamed to admit it. During a particularly cash-poor period in college, I squeezed a packet of ketchup into a bowl of instant ramen and... More >>

  • A Rare Bird

    published November 25, 1999

    Dealing with the press isn't part of the curriculum at the Culinary Institute of America, where leeks take precedence over leaks. So CIA grad... More >>

  • Everyone's a Critic

    published November 25, 1999

    The calls are coming in fast and furious about Lori Midson, the latest restaurant critic for 5280 magazine, who seems to have pushed... More >>

  • Thirty Sakes Over Tokyo

    published November 18, 1999

    The raspberry sauce was the icing on the rice cake. For two decades, Mori Japanese Restaurant held down the fort on the very edge of... More >>

  • A High Steaks Battle

    published November 18, 1999

    The first time I reviewed Brook's Steak House ("Prime and Punishment," September 9,... More >>

  • Sake to Me

    published November 18, 1999

    So, are sake lounges the next century's martini bars? Judging from my experience with the Mori-garita, maybe not. But Mori Japanese Restaurant... More >>

  • What's Old Is New Again

    published November 11, 1999

    It was the third time the woman had asked the server to give her a few more minutes. "I just can't decide," said the thirty-something gal, who was... More >>

  • Listing Badly to Port

    published November 11, 1999

    In his November 4 column, Denver Post man-about-town (and Friday restaurant Dish-er) Bill Husted touted the paper's new Web dining... More >>

  • The Loyal Treatment

    published November 4, 1999

    Sometimes it pays to be a regular guy. At Señor Pepe's, the regulars are treated like royalty. As for the rest of the riffraff,... More >>

  • Service With a Frown

    published November 4, 1999

    We thought our first meal at Señor Pepe's (reviewed this week) moved at a snail's pace -- and it did. But... More >>

  • Table for None

    published October 28, 1999

    Welcome to the Hotel California, restaurant-style: You can order anytime you like, but you can never eat. It wasn't always this way at... More >>

  • Mais, Oui

    published October 28, 1999

    You won't find the real thing at La Brasserie (see this week's review), and French food in general is not Denver's... More >>

  • Reddy, Willing and Able

    published October 21, 1999

    Service with a smile. Not harried help with a grimace. Not a smile paired with the total cluelessness that you might actually need a fork... More >>

  • Sea Change

    published October 21, 1999

    Since it opened several years ago, eating at Japon has been a little like fishing in the Pacific -- although we often reeled in keepers,... More >>

  • The Secret's in the Sauce

    published October 21, 1999

    Papa J's Italian Restaurant and Lounge (see review) isn't the only Big Daddy of red sauce north of Denver -- ... More >>

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