Readers are still digesting our hefty Best of Denver issue, which included more than a hundred editorial picks in the Food & Drink section alone. One of the most hotly contested categories is Best Burger; this year, our choice was Highland Tap & Burger. And at least one reader heartily agreed... S ... More >>
"We're basically coining the term 'craft casual,'" says Jason Rogers, the executive chef at the newest dining concept from Oskar Blues, CHUBurger, which is slated to open April 5. The term defines CHUBurger's approach to fast-casual dining -- sure, you walk up to the counter and put in your order ... More >>
I drove by a sign yesterday that said, "The weather's changed 136 times in the past 24 hours, it must be spring." At least, it said something to that effect; the guy behind me honked before I could read it again. Whatever the wording, the sentiment rings true. Spring is here, and that means one th ... More >>
Suffice it to say that I eat out more than the general population, unless, of course, the general population can catalogue more than 450 restaurant meals in a year -- which is about the number of breakfasts, lunches and dinners that I stomached in 2012. Pathetic, isn't it? But all those food dates a ... More >>
Drew Archer TAG Burger Bar 1222 Madison Street 303-736-2260 www.madisonstreetdenver.com Part one of my interview with Drew Archer, chef of TAG Burger Bar, ran yesterday; this is part two of our chat. Most memorable meal you've ever had: We never really ate out much growing up, so I don't have man ... More >>
Drew Archer TAG Burger Bar 1222 Madison Street 303-736-2260 www.madisonstreetdenver.com This is part one of my chef interview with Drew Archer, from TAG Burger Bar. Tune in tomorrow for part two of my interview with Archer. The first thing that emerges from the kitchen is a heap of french fries: ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
The poor French. All they've done for cooking -- those fancy techniques and complicated sauces and such -- and how do we repay them? By sticking their name onto skinny, deep-fried potatoes. See also: - First look: Madison Street becomes TAG Burger Bar - Best French Fries 2012: Elway's Cherry Creek ... More >>
Larkburger, a chain of artisan burger joints founded by chef Thomas Salamunovich in Edwards in 2006, will open its ninth Colorado store today at 8555 West Belleview Avenue in Littleton. "We're very excited to bring Larkburger to Littleton," said Adam Baker, president of Larkburger, in announcing the ... More >>
Earlier this year, the crew of Food Paradise traveled the country in search of "the belly-busting best places to get your burger on -- from a heart-stopping monster burger in Las Vegas, to cheese-stuffed burgers in Minnesota and wild game gut-bombs in Texas." To the JCB at My Brother's Bar in Den ... More >>
Bob's Atomic Burgers has exploded on the scene in Golden, armed with freshly made burgers -- no pre-packaged patties here. "Our burgers are made the old-fashioned way," says co-owner Jen Toohill, who's married to Bob Toohill. "They're fresh-ground beef, and we make them as they are ordered." See A ... More >>
Red Robin, home of the juicy, fried-egg and crispy bacon-garnished Royal Red Robin burger, is hot for two new burger styles: "Cry Baby" and "Fiery Ghost." Having already tried much of the Denver-based chain's lineup at Red Robin's Burger Works, I had to find out of these two hottie burgers would fan ... More >>
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 >>
Burgers! Burgers! Burgers! As summer heats up, so does America's obsession with burgers. And Denver not only has a number of stand-alone spots that serve up decent burgers, but several Denver-based chains devoted to burgers, as well as many national chains -- including Steak 'n Shake, which just ent ... More >>
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 >>
May is National Burger Month (unofficially) -- as if you needed an excuse to head over to one of the many notable purveyors of beef in this town. Here are a couple of good deals at two of our favorite spots:
If Jean-Philippe Failyau, the owner of the original Park Burger in Platt Park, passes inspections tomorrow, his packed-to-the-rafters burger joint will reopen on Sunday with dozens of additional seats, new burgers, a free-standing bar and, God willing, waits that don't stretch to an hour.
The burgers at Crave Real Burgers are monstrous creations, patties stacked so high with other ingredients -- including things like pulled pork, duck and, um, hot dogs -- that sometimes it's hard to find the beef.
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.
Yes, Denver has far too many burger joints, but this one, where the above snap was flashed, is not only a keeper but a best burger contender. Can you guess where I'm eating? Special bonus: Anyone who gives the first correct answer to the week's Where am I drinking/eating posts is entered into a ... More >>
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 >>
The SteakburgerThis 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 >>
Lori MidsonSorry, 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 >>
Lori MidsonFrijoles Colorado Cuban Cafe has joined the Denver-area dining scene.Cafe Society carefully tracks openings and closings on the local dining scene, and late last week we got some back news about Micky Manor closing.... Or was that bad news? As Jeff notes: The last place in town st ... More >>
Lori MidsonIf 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 >>
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 >>
Mark MangerIt'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.
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 >>
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 >>
Because Denver doesn't have enough burger fortresses to satiate a city of burger maniacs, we're soon getting another one: Five Star Burgers, a Taos, New Mexico-based burger barn, with an additional location in Albuquerque, is adding a third outpost in Denver, which will open in May at the St ... More >>
It's not hard to see why Sputnik is so popular. At 8 p.m. on a Tuesday night -- a time when most restaurants would see guests trickling out the door -- the Baker-neighborhood joint is still packed, with every table occupied and almost every seat at the bar hosting a rump. The orange-striped w ... More >>
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 >>
Lori MidsonJust in case you were wondering, we haven't seen the last of Denver's burger trend. Juicy Burgers & Dogs, a modern and minimalist, tiled, stark white space wedged into the corner of a small mall, opened last week at 6830 South Yosemite Street in Centennial, a few storefronts down ... More >>
The Park Burger Croque wins accolades from USA TodayPark 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Suspicions confirmed: Bud's makes the best burger in Colorado.
Cheeseburger, cheeseburger, cheeseburger
Comfort, Salvadoran style
Round the Corner and Red Robin offer lessons for the food chain.
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