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    November 20, 2014

    Reader: Cherry Cricket Is the Most Overrated Place Ever

    The Best of Denver is just four months away, and our Cafe Society crew has already started eating, and eating, and eating, to narrow down the field to the winners who will be announced on March 26, 2015. One of the most competitive categories is Best Burger, last year won by Humboldt. But will it wi ... More >>

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    September 16, 2014

    Sunnyside Burger Bar Starts Flipping Burgers Today

    Sunnyside Burger Bar opens today on the edge of Sunnyside and the Lower Highland neighborhood. We stopped by a day early to see if there's anything new under the sun for residents of the area. Burgers, as the sign says, are the name of the game here, in a relaxed setting with service that falls some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2014

    Reader: Burger Joints Are the New Faux Irish Taverns

    Sunnyside Burger Bar will open next week, in the completely rebuilt home of Longo's Subway Tavern, which closed two years ago. The news inspired the usual geographic nitpicking (Sunnyside actually starts on the north side of West 38th Avenue), the usual Northsider dissing of hipsters -- and one unus ... More >>

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    September 9, 2014

    Sunnyside Burger Bar to Open Next Tuesday

    Longo's Subway Tavern occupied the same corner of 38th Avenue and Lipan Street for 52 years before closing two years ago amidst laments that the neighborhood was losing much of its classic charm, especially the old-school Italian joints. Larimer Associates purchased the building shortly afterward an ... More >>

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    August 8, 2014

    Crave Real Burgers Seared the Competition at Last Night's Denver Burger Battle

    Crave Real Burgers dominated the Denver Burger Battle last night, earning First Place for Best Burger in both the judges' and peoples' choice categories. "To have that happen -- and for it to be a double-win -- was such an elation," says Jeff Richards, owner of Crave Real Burgers. The name of Crave ... More >>

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    July 25, 2014

    Video: How to make Denver's best burger

    Denverites are mad about burgers. Both fast-casual counters and upscale burger restaurants keep opening around town, and most of them are packed on a regular basis. But we also know a good burger when we sink our teeth into one; the mediocre joints don't last long. Our current favorite, which we gav ... More >>

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    June 2, 2014

    Reader: How to enjoy a great burger free of pretentious surroundings and obnoxious drunks

    It's summer time, which means its burger time. And as the weather heats up, so do the discussions over who serves the best burger in metro Denver. Do you like the gourmet version? The greasy bar burger? Or is your choice more personal? Our recent pick of the ten best burgers in Denver inspired doze ... More >>

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    May 19, 2014

    Reader: I'll stick with the Cricket until somebody else does a decent green chile cheeseburger

    Daniel Bradley, the focus of our current Chef and Tell interview, is the chef at 5280 Burger Bar, which opened earlier this year in the Denver Pavilions. "I love the smell of roasting green chiles," he told Lori Midson. "We go through tons of roasted green chiles every day, and when I get into the r ... More >>

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    May 16, 2014

    Reader: Claiming any burger is "the best damn burger" is lazy and a lie

    Denver has a staggering number of burger joints, and you can also find burgers everywhere from Mexican restaurants to fine-dining establishments, anywhere a customer might want to order America's favorite dish. Last week Lori Midson tried the new burger at the Squeaky Bean, which just introduced lun ... More >>

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    May 14, 2014

    Daniel Bradley, chef of 5280 Burger Bar: "I don't want baby food and spit on my plate"

    Daniel Bradley 5280 Burger Bar 500 16th Street Mall 303-825-1020 This is part one of my interview with Daniel Bradley, exec chef of 5280 Burger Bar; tune in tomorrow for part two of our chat. When you grow up in Burlingame, California, where fields of fresh produce are within s ... More >>

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    April 18, 2014

    Reader: "Gourmet" burgers are overpriced disappointments

    Matt Stein specializes in gourmet waffle sandwiches at Bruxie, but he's obsessed with cheeseburgers. "My ongoing discussion obsession with my partners about who makes the best burger was charming four years ago," he says in this week's Chef and Tell. "But who knew that it could go on as long as it h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2014

    Reader: Where's the (grass-fed) beef?

    Denver got two new burger joints last week, both the first forays into the market by regional chains. Bad Daddy's Burgers, a joint effort by the North Carolina-based Big Daddy's and Good Times, got cooking in Cherry Creek, and 5280 Burger Bar & Creamery, a renamed concept from a Texas-based outfit, ... More >>

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    October 24, 2013

    Has Good Times gone bad in a good way?

    Good Times Burgers & Frozen Custard was born in Boulder in 1987 as Good Times Drive-Thru Burgers. Those were good times, indeed: '87 was a good year for banana hair clips, jelly shoes and skinny ties. But how on the burger-bombarded earth did Good Times manage to survive with the staggering amount o ... More >>

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    October 2, 2013

    There are eight million burgers in the naked city -- here's Grandpa's

    In A Federal Case, I'll be eating my way up Federal Boulevard - south to north - within Denver city limits. I'll be skipping the national chains and per-scoop Chinese joints, but otherwise I'll report from every vinyl booth, walk-up window and bar stool where food is served. Here's the report on thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    Bad Daddy's Burger Bar moving into former Tony P's in Cherry Creek

    Bad Daddy's Burger Bar is coming to Cherry Creek, moving into the former home of Tony P's, at 240 Milwaukee Street. Tony Pasquini had originally opened his restaurant there in early 2012 as Pasquini's, then changed the name because of a family dispute. This summer he closed the Cherry Creek spot alt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2013

    Guess where I'm eating a burger that still can't be beat?

    Despite the invasion of new burger joints, this venerable cash cow continues to pimp meat that's hard to beat. Can you guess where I'm eating? Special bonus: Anyone who gives the first correct answer to a Guess Where post is entered into a pool -- and every Monday, we select one lucky winner who ... More >>

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    August 15, 2013

    Reader: Upscale burger places are great if you want to eat surrounded by douchebags

    Two H Burgers close, two Smashburgers open -- and burger fans unload a flood of opinions on what makes a good burger; whether Smashburger, Larkburger and the Cherry Cricket are over-rated; and if paying more than $10 for a burger makes you a dipshit. And the burger battles don't end there. See als ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2013

    Photos: Denver Burger Battle sizzles despite a downpour

    The Denver Burger Battle opened to a wet -- very wet -- start last night, when rain threatened to turn all that beef into a massive river of particles floating down Speer Boulevard. But while the first thirty minutes of the annual ode to burgers -- which took place at Sculpture Park -- kept the crow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2013

    McDonald's new premium quarter pounders are decent -- but the bacon seems familiar

    The golden arches have nixed their Angus third pounders and replaced them with three new specialty quarter pounders, one spicy, one with bacon (allegedly a new, thicker, Applewood-smoked bacon), and one with....lettuce and tomato. The new burgers are marked for the permanent-items list gracing the ... More >>

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    March 12, 2013

    Drakes Haus -- home of the "merlot burger" -- will open in Boulder in mid-May

    I don't know about you, but I've never had a "merlot burger" -- a burger that's been injected, literally, with the deep blue-hued wine grape. But come mid-May, all of us will have the opportunity to try one when Drakes Haus, a restaurant that, in fact, squirts merlot into its burgers, opens in Bould ... More >>

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    January 31, 2013

    Reader: This town's food does not impress me -- where's a great burger?

    Denver diners love their burgers -- big or small, beefy or veggie, gourmet or greasy. Best Burger is always one of the most hotly contested categories in our Best of Denver Readers' Poll (find the Best of Denver 2013 poll here), and we've got our buns on the run testing our own candidates for top ho ... More >>

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    January 24, 2013
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    January 24, 2013

    Quick Black Bean Burger beats the Tag Burger Bar veggie version

    As an omnivore, I'm happy with pretty much anything you can shelter inside a bun. But as I wrote in this week's review of TAG Burger Bar, Troy Guard's vegetarian patty, a springy mash-up of soybeans, chickpeas and herbs, left me a few inches short of satisfied. So earlier this week for dinner, when ... More >>

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    July 3, 2012

    Top five chain-restaurant burgers -- completely naked!

    A great burger needs to stand on its own, a Westword reader noted last week in response to my review of Red Robin's Burger Works, a new concept that the Colorado-based chain tried out at the Shops at Northfield Stapleton before rolling it outside Colorado state lines. That means the burger has to ... More >>

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    June 26, 2012

    Red Robin's Burger Works: Rise of the machine

    Red Robin's new spinoff concept, Red Robin's Burger Works, is a smaller, less-dramatic-and-more-metallic version of the original, meant for smaller urban spaces. It has less hustle and bustle than the original stores, and also much less less square footage, but the company put a handful of its most ... More >>

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    January 12, 2012

    Epic Grills shut down, but one Fatburger remains standing

    ​Late last summer, every Front Range location of Fatburger -- the California-based burger chain that has expanded nationwide since it first started slinging patties in the early 1950s -- abruptly parted ways with the parent company, becoming Epic Grill.

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    December 13, 2011

    Smashburger's black-bean patty is a smash hit with veggie lovers

    ​It's not easy to find a good veggie burger when you're off the meat wagon, but thankfully, Smashburger -- a homegrown chain whose burgers have garnered rave reviews since it opened its first location on Colorado Boulevard in 2007, and which was recently listed as a rising-star company in Forb ... More >>

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    November 17, 2011

    Denver's ten best burgers

    The Steakburger​This town is already stuffed with burgers, and today another meaty addition joined the ranks: Steak 'n Shake, which opened in Centennial. While we have no doubt that this link in the Midwestern chain will quickly endear itself to Denverites, the Steak 'n Shake burger has some f ... More >>

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    October 28, 2011

    In-n-Out Burger will come to Denver...for a price

    Lori Midson​Sorry, that headline is cruel. In-n-Out Burger, which now has locations in California, Nevada, Dallas-Fort Worth and Utah, is not opening a store in Denver, but if you don't want to drive the 350-plus miles to get your double-double burger fix, you can have it delivered straight t ... More >>

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    May 17, 2011

    Travel Leisure names Denver one of America's best burger cities

    Lori Midson​If you want pizza, your best bet is to head to Chicago or New York; for lobster, go to Boston (or better yet, Maine); Salmon or Pacific oysters swim best in Seattle; crab is best in San Francisco or Maryland; and a hankering for barbecue will take you to Kansas City, Memphis or the ... More >>

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    May 6, 2011

    Reader: Your In-N-Out Burger photo is just cruel!

    ​Denver has a lot of great burger joints (see our Five Best Burgers list here), but one iconic chain remains elusive. And just a photo of its burgers was enough to get readers salivating -- and Steveo65 fuming: There should be a law against posting pictures of In-N-Out when the closest one is ... More >>

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    April 28, 2011

    Eater maps fifteen hot burgers nationwide... and includes Tarbell's

    Mark Manger​It's burger week over at Eater National, and in addition to burger history, burger food porn and burger chain analysis, the website plotted fifteen of the country's hottest burgers on a map... and included Denver's very own Tarbell's Southglenn.

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    April 6, 2011

    Reader: Nothing beats a good burger. But where is Denver's best?

    Is this the best burger in Denver?​The news that Steak 'n Shake is finally coming to town -- Centennial, to be exact, with a ground-breaking this month -- has fans of this iconic Midwestern burger drooling. Consider this from Lynn: Thank god there is finally good food coming to Denver! There ... More >>

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    April 5, 2011

    Denver's five best burgers

    Lori MidsonThe American Classic Burger at Tarbell's.​Denver is a burger-loving town, and you can find excellent versions all over: beefy patties, oozing juice, coated with cheese and served on tasty rolls. The very best? The American Classic Burger at Tarbell's, which won the award for Best Bu ... More >>

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    February 4, 2011

    Readers: Tiny buns, greasy burgers, and repeating lists

    Just look at those tiny buns!​While comments about the ubiquitous butternut squash soup keep appearing, like the dish itself, at the end of Laura Shunk's Groundhog Day list of The Five Most Overdone Menu Items , a few notes about the equally ubiquitous sliders were particularly tasty: For exa ... More >>

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    October 1, 2010

    In USA Today's best burger joints roundup, Park Burger nabs another honor

    The Park Burger Croque wins accolades from USA Today​Park Burger, 1890 South Pearl Street, has received accolades from Bon Apetit, the Denver Burger Battle judges and here at Westword, which gave the joint Best French Fries in this year's Best of Denver awards. Now, USA Today is giving Park ... More >>

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    September 10, 2010

    Cooking with Pete and Barb Marczyk: Salmon cakes

    ​Pete Marczyk and Barbara Macfarlane do not leave their work behind when they leave Marczyk Fine Foods and head for their great old Denver house with the big, new kitchen. They often bring some of their market's choicest ingredients home with them, and cook up a feast. "We all know we should ... More >>

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    September 7, 2010

    Five Guys burgers tie with In-N-Out; McDonald's at the bottom of the McBarrel

    Consumer Reports gives Five Guys a high-five.​Consumer Reports takes on fast-food burgers in its October issue, and the results aren't good for the world's burger behemoth. The magazine asked 28,000 subscribers for their opinion on fast-food burgers, and McDonald's came in last -- by a margin ... More >>

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    September 3, 2009
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    March 25, 2009

    Larkburger soars above the average burger

    As reported by Lori Midson, Larkburger opened its doors last Friday at 2525 Arapahoe Street and immediately started bestowing big burgers and truffled fries on Boulder. Back in August, I'd moved just a few blocks from the spot where Larkburger was to roost, and I'd eagerly awaited the day the casual ... More >>

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    January 20, 2009

    Denver's best burgers go big time

    The Cherry Cricket makes one of the town's great hamburgers (here's Jason Sheehan's List of the town's Best Burgers), which is why the Travel Channel will be stopping by Denver's Best Burger Bar at 2641 East Second Avenue today, to film a segment of Man v. Food with host Adam Richman. You can catch ... More >>

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    December 9, 2008

    The List: Best burgers

    Every Monday through the end of March 2009 (when we unveil the Best of Denver 2009) we'll be posting a list of some of our favorite Denver dishes/restaurants on Cafe Society. Have a request? A comment? Post it here. Jason Sheehan's recent review of The Counter (shown here) got us thinking ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 27, 2008
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    November 26, 2008

    Return to Five Guys

    Allow me to let you in on a little secret: I didn't let Five Guys go after this week's review was done. Couldn't let the place go, actually.There was just something about it that bugged me--the amount of praise the chain has gotten, the pure number of people who list this joint among their favorites ... More >>

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    November 25, 2008

    I am not the guy for Five Guys

      Since 1986, Five Guys Burgers and Fries has focused on keeping things simple, serving burgers wrapped in foil and bagged to-go in greasy brown paper sacks, even if you're eating in; Idaho potato fries, hand-cut and fried in peanut oil; cold Cokes; some hot dogs. It's a classic American operat ... More >>

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    July 22, 2008

    There's Something About Mary's

    One of the most awesome things about this job is that I never have to worry about who’s buying the cheeseburgers. I just have to worry about finding new cheeseburgers for my boss to buy. That’s no knock against Denver -- God knows, this city has more burger joints than any normal human could re ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 5, 2008

    Burger Time

    Suspicions confirmed: Bud's makes the best burger in Colorado.

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    October 29, 2007

    Denver, Meet Smashburger

    When a half-pound of ground, nicely fatty Angus beef is whacked onto the hot steel, it produces a flood of meat juice that caramelizes instantly into a crispy halo of blood and fat around the edge of the burger. It’s like meat candy, the delicacy you lose when a burger is cooked on a slotted gril ... More >>

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    August 28, 2007

    Hick Ousted from Wynkoop Group

    Open since 1974, the Wazee Supper Club predates all the hipness, all the gentrification, all the retro this-and-that of LoDo. Founders Angelo and Jim Karagas actually opened their first spot, My Brother’s Bar, in 1969, nine blocks further down 15th, in a neighborhood known more for the rattle in ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 2, 2006

    Buns on the Run

    Cheeseburger, cheeseburger, cheeseburger

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