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  • First impressions of Olivea

    published May 11, 2009

    The Uptown 'hood has no shortage of restaurants, but Olivéa, the new food temple from John Broening, Yasmin Lozada-Hisson, Keith Arnold and Stephanie Bonin (the foursome behind Duo), located at 719 ... More >>

  • Jack-n-Grill's Juarez burger gets a top 50 nod from Food Network magazine
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    Jack-n-Grill's Juarez burger gets a top 50 nod from Food Network magazine

    published May 07, 2009

    Just got off the phone with a gobsmacked Jack Martinez, the patriarch behind Jack-n-Grill, the family-owned New Mexican joint at 2524 Federal Boulevard whose gut-busting seven-pound burrito, recently ... More >>

  • A fine swine of a time at the Berkshire's first pig roast

    published May 06, 2009

    In the midst of all this swine flu hysteria, there's just one thing to do: Eat more pork! The H1N1 influenza outbreak is not transmitted in any way, shape or form by anything with a snout, curly tail ... More >>

  • Denver's best female chefs wowed at Women Cook!
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    Denver's best female chefs wowed at Women Cook!

    published May 05, 2009

    See photos from the event at westword.com/slideshow. Last night, nearly 500 foodophiles packed the ballroom at Congregation Emanuel to lend their support for the fifth annual Women Cook!, Dining for... More >>

  • Getting to the root of the boot at Root Down
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    Getting to the root of the boot at Root Down

    published May 04, 2009

    It hasn't exactly been all spring flowers for Justin Cucci, the owner of Root Down. Despite snatching a Best of Denver award for its unassailable contemporary cocktail roster (served by a cadre of the... More >>

  • Pho on 6th now open
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    Pho on 6th now open

    published May 02, 2009

    Since I couldn't get a pho-kin takeout menu from the hostess at Pho on 6th -- "Sorry, we don't have any," she mumbled -- I had no choice but to steal borrow a freshly laminated real menu, which I swip... More >>

  • Remembering Al Marcove
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    Remembering Al Marcove

    published May 01, 2009

    There are myriad reasons to remember Al Marcove, the restaurateur, caterer, hamburger guru, mentor and unofficial "Mayor of Cherry Creek Mall," who died April 22.But Marcove's greatest legacy is almos... More >>

  • Gaia, meet Chaos

    published Apr 25, 2009

    When Jason Sheehan bemoaned the loss of Nosh last month, I shared in his solemnity. Not only was the gelato parlor in my 'hood, but it was damn good gelato, and the spot's lovely courtyard gardens, be... More >>

  • Qdoba pulls the pepper on its chile verde

    published Apr 23, 2009

    It's no secret that we Westworders are seriously obsessed with green chile, which is why we could barely contain our enthusiasm when word hit the pavement back in early March that the executive decisi... More >>

  • Samba Brasil Cafe & Grill dances to a June beat

    published Apr 21, 2009

    I don't want to make any sweeping predictions or jinx an address that hasn't been particularly kind to previous occupants -- most recently a java joint -- and the stretch of asphalt that makes up Le... More >>

  • Sunday at Chipotle is free food day for kids

    published Apr 17, 2009

    While it was the pozole at Chipotle that pissed off Jason Sheehan, it was the ridiculous amount of time I wasted trying to get my hands on an effing kid's menu -- part of the homegrown burrito chain's... More >>

  • Is China Jade one of the top 100 Chinese restaurants in the country?

    published Apr 16, 2009

    The Tianjin people have Zan Zhao's customers handed down from the past, the diet culture also receive Yan the Zhao customs handed down from the past the influence, the style by the thick line primaril... More >>

  • Snarf's finally arrives in Denver
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    Snarf's finally arrives in Denver

    published Apr 14, 2009

    Do you have any idea how much time I've wasted over the past six months cruising along Ogden Street, specifically to the corner of Ogden and 11th, where I've been stalking the parking lot, harassing t... More >>

  • Parallel Seventeen bids a happy birthday to Buddha

    published Apr 13, 2009

    Zone in on your zen (and blow off tax day) on Wednesday, April 15, when Parallel Seventeen, the modern Vietnamese restaurant at 1600 East 17th Avenue, rolls out a special a la carte menu to celebrate ... More >>

  • Morton's unleashes a double dose of power hours
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    Morton's unleashes a double dose of power hours

    published Apr 10, 2009

    Okay, so when super-expensive meat palaces like Morton's jump on the happy-hour bandwagon, you know times are tough. I mean, Morton's isn't exactly renowned for its bargain-basement steals, but starti... More >>

  • Chubby's closing a sign of the times
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    Chubby's closing a sign of the times

    published Apr 09, 2009

    First, the bad news: The Chubby's at 4460 Morrison Road is the latest victim of a tanking economy.And now the good news: Everything inside is for sale -- cheap -- including a meat grinder that I'm cov... More >>

  • Primebar snaps up prime chef Max Mackissock
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    Primebar snaps up prime chef Max Mackissock

    published Apr 08, 2009

    Yesterday, I reported that Primebar is taking up residence in early May in the former Palomino space at 1515 Arapahoe Street. I told you, too, that a Denver chef was having dinner last night with the ... More >>

  • Primebar poised for a May opening in the former Palomino space
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    Primebar poised for a May opening in the former Palomino space

    published Apr 07, 2009

    Just got word that Primebar, a "new restaurant concept dedicated to fusing delectable dining with a sophisticated nightlife atmosphere" (according to the press release), is slated to open in the forme... More >>

  • Women rule the kitchen at Cafe Options
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    Women rule the kitchen at Cafe Options

    published Apr 06, 2009

    Women rule the world (or at least the kitchen) at Cafe Options, a new breakfast and lunch spot that opened last week at 1650 Curtis Street on the bottom level of the U.S. Bank Tower building. The cafe... More >>

  • Mini Bar set to open in April

    published Apr 02, 2009

    "I just got an offer to be the personal chef for the McCain family!" wrote Michel Wahaltere on his Facebook page. And, yes, he was talking about that McCain family, the one whose dithering patriarch l... More >>

  • What's in a name? Steak and bar, but not steak hut

    published Apr 01, 2009

    Until yesterday, I hadn't spoken to Sean Kelly in a long time -- not since he shuttered Somethin' Else (now Fruition) in 2006. Not since he hooked up with the Little Pub Company, whose fourteen pubs... More >>

  • Culinary memo to IACP conference-goers: Eat ethnic
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    Culinary memo to IACP conference-goers: Eat ethnic

    published Mar 31, 2009

    Between April 1 and 4, more than 700 professional foodniks -- writers, editors, columnists and critics, culinary directors, cookbook authors, food stylists, recipe developers, nutrition experts ... More >>

  • How sweet it is for the Savory Spice Shop

    published Mar 27, 2009

    Listen up, y'all! Tomorrow, at 9:30 a.m. on the Food Network, Savory Spice Shop owners Janet and Mike Johnston will appear on Paula Deen's Best Dishes with the queen of Southern cuisine herself. Seems... More >>

  • Tony's Market seeking serious foodies

    published Mar 27, 2009

    Those of us who hang out within the walls (and behind the alleys) of Westword are peeing our pants right now -- and not because every news channel in Denver is scaring the shit out of viewers with the... More >>

  • How a big dump can wreak havoc, or how to get more bang for your buck

    published Mar 26, 2009

    First, the bad news: As Jason Sheehan just reported, a call to Frank Bonanno's Bones revealed that, you guessed it, it's closed due to inclement weather. Not only is Bones black until at least tomorro... More >>

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