Cafe Society dished up five Guess Where? contests last week, ranging from an Argentinean pizza topped with egg and hearts of palm from Buenos Aires Pizzeria to a sizzling platter of tandoori chicken from India's Castle to a bowl of crab dip with housemade potato chips from a restaurant that just tro ... More >>
It's normal for a restaurant crew to be nervous on its first day -- even when it's not your first rodeo and you've assembled an experienced staff. There's often chaos, flared tempers and a general reaction of palpable fretfulness. But this morning, at the new Maria Empanada, the vibe was pure joy. F ... More >>
Two decades ago, before Coors Field opened, the area just past LoDo was known as "NoDough." But even then, the area had a lot of promise. And over the last year, that promise has finally been realized, with all those turn-of-the-last-century warehouses now filled to bursting with residences and offi ... More >>
Cafe Society had a definite south-of-the-border flavor this week. As Gretchen Kurtz reports in this week's review of Rincon Argentino, which Buenos Aires native Christian Saber opened last year in Boulder, you don't have to travel all the way to Argentina to enjoy authentic empanadas. Or even to Tex ... More >>
The third annual Ballpark Plates will hit it out of the park on Thursday, August 8, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. For $30, enjoy complimentary food and drink samples at the following participating establishments: River North Brewery, Blake Street Tavern, Zi South, Breckenridge Brewery, Cheesesteak Connecti ... More >>
Dining Out for the Homeless takes place today at various restaurants throughout Denver. Participating establishments will donate a portion of the day's proceeds to the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless.
I wanted to weep tears of joy when I bit into my first empanada at Maria Empanada, the restaurant that's the subject of this week's review. I ate empanadas on a daily basis while living in Buenos Aires, but I hadn't had a real addiction-worthy version of the treat in the States until I stepped throu ... More >>
Three years ago, after searching for but never finding some of her favorite foods from Argentina, Buenos Aires native Lorena Cantarovici opened a Denver-area catering company that used her mother's recipes for empanadas, tartas and dulce de leche.
via Wikipedia CommonsIn this week's review of Caminito Tango, I found myself nostalgic for the culinary canon I ate for months in Buenos Aires, where I feasted frequently on platters of grilled meat, empanadas, plates of Argentine-Italian pastas, pizza, gelato-like ice cream and, possibly bes ... More >>
Mark MangerThis week's review sent me down a spiral of nostalgia, as I ate my way through Argentine staples at Caminito Tango, a Denver restaurant that you could find in any neighborhood in Buenos Aires. And everything from the pace to the pastries made me think of long meals enjoyed in the S ... More >>
Caminito Tango brings Argentinean cuisine to Highland.Caminito, a small street in the La Boca neighborhood of Buenos Aires, is lined with bright, colorful houses and buildings that are often filled with tango dancers. That's the vibe that Tirso Abarca is trying to bring to northwest Denver wi ... More >>
Mark MangerPeanut butter soup, fufu and bone-in, skin-on goat: not actually so weird.My first trip to African Grill and Bar for this week's review was a thrill ride because it offered a chance to explore a cuisine with which I'd had no previous experience and an opportunity to eat something s ... More >>
Film director Adam Green, who released Frozen earlier this year and just completed Hatchet II, which you can see later this fall, has hooked up with 1492 Pictures, the production firm that produced the Harry Potter films, The Goonies and Gremlins, to bring Killer Pizza to the cinematic screen. Th ... More >>
Beer release parties, brewery birthdays and Old South Pearl's BrewGrass Festival are where it's at in food this week -- but there's plenty more for teetotalers or those who prefer wine or stronger spirits. Here's a taste of what's ahead: Monday, June 7: Jill's Restaurant, 900 Walnut Street ... More >>
Viejo Domingo Argentinian Restaurant, Bar, and GrillDenver's got itself a new Argentinian restaurant. Viejo Domingo opened this past Saturday in the space formerly occupied by Playa de Oro at 3555 West 38th Avenue. It features a meat-centric menu of Argentinian specialties like parrilladas an ... More >>
A Flickr photo.Looking for a new option for celebrating the Rockies home opener? Head to the Lobby, 2191 Arapahoe Street, for its inaugural opening-day celebration -- featuring a pig roast and purple beer on the patio -- from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Mark MangerOnce a magical place, Nine75 disappeared altogether in 2009.We find ourselves saying goodbye a lot these days. To Jason Sheehan, who's moving on to our partner paper in Seattle. To Bump & Grind and Buenos Aires Grill and Ha Noi Pho and Chez Jose and all the other restaurants that ... More >>
First off, thanks to everyone for their suggestions on where I should eat my last review dinner in Denver. The comments have been excellent, the suggestions helpful, and the current leader seems to be Casa Bonita -- which I assume is rising fast because so many of you just want me to die be ... More >>
Denver has lots of great Mexican restaurants, a few good Latin American restaurants, and not many South American restaurants. But Fogo de Chao, which opened this summer, would be a great restaurant on any continent. Here are Denver's ten top way-south-of-the-border restaurants. Aji Latin Ame ... More >>
Lori MidsonThe construction zone at Lobby American GrillOne of the loveliest patios in downtown Denver is finally being resurrected. Since February 15, the day Buenos Aires Grill served its last dinner at 2191 Arapahoe Street, that patio has been off limits, but now that the crew from the W ... More >>
Roll out the barrel....The line starts here. Today in Cafe Society: • Mountains of food and wine this weekend at the Mesa Verde Country Food, Wine and Art Festival. • Cherry Creek North Food and Wine Festival takes over Fillmore Plaza. • Mysteries of Sheehan's Desk: Day 8. • Andrews ... More >>
These weekly lists are often easy to put together. I review a Mexican restaurant, I can make a list of other Mexican restaurants I love. I write about Chinese food, I can list a half-dozen other places to get good duck. But this week? Not so much. I've been sitting here, wracking my brain trying ... More >>
RESTAURANT OPENINGS IN MARCH:My Pizza Peel, 1645 Stout StreetFull Belly, 2779 Iris Street, Boulder Tosh's Cantina, 8101 East Belleview Avenue Hi*Rise, 2162 Larimer StreetArvada Tavern, 5707 Wadsworth Boulevard, Arvada Barking Goat, 363 Village Square in Castle Rock (former Celtic Crossing) Sketch, ... More >>
On the kind of unseasonably warm days we've been enjoying this week, it's impossible not to start thinking about Denver's best patios. Some, like the patio at Jax, are just slivers of sidewalk with great people-watching; others are vast expanses of deck that create this city's best approximation of ... More >>
We're working hard to stay on top of the restaurant industry news -- a challenging task in these uncertain times. Whenever we hear of restaurants opening or closing, we post it on this blog; now we're going to start summarizing the action at the end of the month. And there's been plenty of action i ... More >>
Look out below! Falling blogs! Today in Cafe Society: • Rock, paper, scissors, booze at Nine75. • Mark & Isabella now open in Belmar. • Just in time for the Super Bowl, a Milking It review of Cap'n Crunch's Touchdown Crunch. • Buenos Aires Grill to close. • Thanasi Foods thinks Bigs with ... More >>
Buenos Aires has cut itself another piece of Colorado's dining pie. Four years ago, Francis Carrera gambled on Buenos Aires Pizzeria, an Argentinian pizza joint that he opened in a modest storefront at the then-unhip address of 1307 22nd Street, just off Larimer. And then he gambled again in J ... More >>
At the original Davies Chuck Wagon Diner, a horse is a horse, of course, of course. Join us as we salute blogging veterans -- and the other kind, too. Today in Cafe Society: • Rounding up a third edition of Davies Chuck Wagon Diner. • Could Denver's Daniel Young wind up cooking at the White H ... More >>
Going undercover to catch a kitchen between courses.
I checked out Buenos Aires Grill (see "Grill of My Dreams," September 21) again on Wednesday -- this time for lunch, which I'd somehow missed during my first whirlwind tour through owner Francis Carrera's beautifully appointed Argentine fine- dining restaurant. And while almost everything I loved at ... More >>
Buenos Aires is an oasis of magical eating.
Kevin Taylor rebuilds his empire.
From the week of January 12, 2006
Get an Argentine pizza the action at Buenos Aires.
A round-the-world tour of pizza.
The Tango House helps spread dance fever
Is that a rose between your teeth, amigo? Not if you're a true tanguero.