If you've ever been to this restaurant, then you'll recognize these pretzel twists immediately -- and you'll understand, too, why two is never enough. I have no plans to partake in 4/20 this weekend, but if I did, this is where I'd go for my munchie fix, and it's not a stretch to admit that along wi ... More >>
It's an attractive offer: all sushi rolls priced 50 percent off, all day long. But like a lot of things in life, you get what you pay for, and aside from the fact that the fish tasted faded and the rice was even duller, with no hint of the obligatory tang of vinegar, when I asked if freshly grated w ... More >>
Don't put all your eggs in one basket. If you haven't made your Easter plans, it's not too late to get out of the house and bend an elbow, if not a knee. Although you won't find a lavish brunch spread here, the proprietors want you to know that the bar will be open for business? Can you guess where ... More >>
Yesterday, after briefly stopping at a restaurant that made me sprint to the nearest wash sink to slather my hands in soap, I didn't have much of an appetite, but that all changed when I took a seat at a well-known deli and ordered a corned beef sandwich stacked with coleslaw and melted Swiss. I onl ... More >>
It was a chef who recommended that I drag my butt to the suburbs -- and to this joint, in particular -- to get my Middle Eastern fix, and so I did, feasting on a well-dressed plate of meaty kabobs, baba ghanoush and spicy hummus. Can you guess where I'm eating? Special bonus: Anyone who gives the ... More >>
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 >>
With the flurry of new restaurant openings, it's all too easy to sweep some of the older ones -- like the restaurant where this photo was snapped -- under the rug, but this lively spot, which is celebrating ten years feeding the neighborhood in which it resides, continues to command my attention, tu ... More >>
Cafe Society served up five Guess Where" contests last week, ranging from a white pizza slapped with bits of bacon from Grimaldi's to a plate of brilliant wood-fired octopus from Gozo to a toasted sandwich -- a re-imagined Big Mac -- from a restaurant that sports a secret menu full of surprises.
A recent Denver Blogs post featured a Cafe Society reader comment railing against restaurants beloved by "hipster douchebags." The term definitely raised the hackles of many readers, both positively and negatively. Here's one take that decries the pejorative use of this particular H-word.
Cafe Society served up five Guess Where? contests last week, ranging from a do-your-body-good vegetarian plate from the Kitchen Next Door (Glendale) to a whiskey-potent cocktail from Work & Class to big bowl of fleshy mussels bobbing in a saffron-smooched broth.
Cafe Society served up four Guess Where? contests last week, ranging from a spring plate of house-crafted burrata from Cafe|Bar to a plate-spanning slab of juice-dribbling steak from the Red Rooster Cafe to a terrific salmon burger from a new neighborhood hang.
Cafe Society served up four Guess Where? contests last week, ranging from a mound of cheap -- and cheap tasting -- nachos from Agave Taco Bar to a bowl of awesome hot and sour soup bobbing with foie gras dumplings from Zengo to a sizzling vessel of bibimbap from a suburban Korean joint.
Cafe Society dished up five Guess Where? contests last week, ranging from a dessert plate of caramelized plantains and vanilla bean gelato from Chili Verde to a charismatic cocktail mostly made with bitters from Ste. Ellie to a platter of oysters that are just a buck a shuck during happy hour.
Cafe Society dished out five Guess Where? contests last week, ranging from a breakfast of decadent banana Fosters French toast from Fooducopia to a copper vessel of excellent chicken tikka masala from Khazana Indian Cusine to a porkarific pig burger from a place that trots out a stellar happy hour m ... More >>
Cafe Society dished up four Guess Where? contests last week, ranging from a lime-kissed shrimp ceviche, courtesy of Taqueria 7 Salsas, to a lackluster plate of pulled pork and sausage links from Moe's Original Barbecue to a Goliath-size lamb shank from a restaurant whose new chef is doing everything ... More >>
Cafe Society served up four Guess Where? contests last week, ranging from a plate of burrata dotted with figs and pistachios from Curtis Club to a sea urchin pancake from State Bird Provisions, a remarkably good restaurant in San Francisco, to a glass of red porter from a local brewery that pours it ... More >>
This week in Cafe Society, Gretchen Kurtz reviewed Acorn, an offshoot of Oak at Fourteenth that opened last summer in The Source and has already come into its own. For Chef and Tell, Lori Midson talked with chef/co-owner Noah French about another new spot, Sugarmill, a sweet spot that is much more ... More >>
Cafe Society is headed out for the holidays, and will be back early Thursday, December 26. In the meantime, want to have a hot Christmas? Sign this petition asking Governor John Hickenlooper to bring Hoy Fong Foods to Colorado -- and save Sriracha! For other ways to anticipate the hot-sauce short ... More >>
Cafe Society dished up four Guess Where contests last week, ranging from a pumpkin beer poured behind the bar of Udi's at City Set to a Thai green curry from Wild Ginger to a plate of crisp-fried pickles from a quirky restaurant in Highland.
Cafe Society dished up three Guess Where contest posts last week, ranging from a kinky cocktail that goes by the name of the Rick James Sexual Chocolate Edible Tower of Desire (you can find that cocktail at Two Guns Distillery), to a platter of Cajun-spiced shrimp from Teller's Taproom, to an excell ... More >>
Cafe Society dished up five Guess Where contest posts last week, ranging from a smashburger and fries from Steve's Snappin' Dogs to a downright awful platter of nachos from Buffalo Wild Wings, to a a bowl of sensational mussels that were drained dry of every last bit of liquid.
Cafe Society served up five Guess Where contests last week, ranging from a pair of boba smoothies from Cowboba's to a bowl of unimpressive lentil soup from Cafe Byblos, to a stellar plate of pork belly and mustard greens from a restaurant, whose "secret" Chinese menu is full of wonderments.
Thump Coffee opened last week in Capitol Hill, and Cafe Society was there to take pictures of the place and talk with one of the owners, who brought the concept here from Portland. "We're trying to educate people that coffee isn't this burnt, pungent, bitter, harsh, carbon-y substance that a lot of ... More >>
Cafe Society dished out five Guess Where? contest posts last week, ranging from a morbidly named -- but immorally good -- "Suicide" taco from Moontower Tacos, to a cast-iron vessel filled with griddled kale from Session Kitchen, to a squadron of beers from a craft brewery that has a house fish named ... More >>
Last week, Cafe Society dished out five Guess Where? contest posts, including a smoked salmon-and-latke plate from Latke Love, a restaurant that knows its way around a proper potato pancake. We also served up a wonderful bowl of seafood soup from Land of Sushi and a meat-and-shrimp alambre from a qu ... More >>
Cafe Society served up five Guess Where? contests last week, ranging from a huge stromboli that generated a slew of incorrect guesses -- the correct answer is Basil Doc's -- to a plate of tacos swiped with Mexican crema from Comida at the Source to an orange-and-blue Bronco sundae from a popular ice ... More >>
Cafe Society served up five Guess Where? contests last week, ranging from a bayou-inspired seafood boil from Asian Cajun, to a warming bowl of yellow dal tadka from Masalaa, to an Indian phaal curry, so excruciatingly hot that it nearly blew my head off and destroyed my stomach lining.
Cafe Society dished up four Guess Where? contests last week, including a bowl of mussels submerged in tomato sauce from Armandos Pasta & Pizza and a duo of miniature pupusas from Uno Mas. We also showcased a stiffened slice of pizza from Armandos Pasta & Pizza , as well as a flight of phenomenal be ... More >>
Cafe Society dished up five Guess Where? contests last week, ranging from a truly magnificent breakfast sandwich from Pierre Michel Organic French Bakery Cafe, to an excellent Vietnamese noodle bowl brimming with marinated meats from Pho 79, to a gimmicky Coronita margarita from a local Mexican join ... More >>
Cafe Society dished up five Guess Where? contests last week, ranging from a vodka-based cocktail shrouded in liquid nitrogen from 1515 Restaurant, to a lovely pasta-and-mozzarella salad from Amerigo Delicatus Restaurant and Market, to a lackluster skillet of corn bread from a bar with numerous locat ... More >>
Cafe Society dished up five Guess Where? contests last week, ranging from a soggy Italian sausage-and-pepper sandwich from Little Carmine's (the next-door sibling to Carmine's on Penn), to a super-size frozen margarita from Cantina, to a burger that generated more comments than there are burger join ... More >>
Several times as week, Cafe Society serves up an unidentified food item and asks readers to guess where we're eating, for a chance to win an EatDenver deck. Some of the dishes are easy to identify, others stump the audience. But no Guess Where entry has inspired as many comments as a picture of myst ... More >>
Cafe Society dished out four Guess Where? contests last week, ranging from a lovely charcuterie and cheese plate from Central Bistro & Bar, to a lackluster bowl of gumbo (described as a "Salmonella and trichinosis combo" by one irritable commenter) from Ted's Montana Grill, to a plate of crab legs f ... More >>
Cafe Society dished out five Guess Where? contests last week, ranging from an Italian beef sandwich from Mustard's Last Stand -- a sandwich that was shredded to pieces by commenters -- to a plate of burrata and beets from Locanda del Borgo that had commenters salivating. We also featured a killer ha ... More >>
This week, Gretchen Kurtz checked out Tamayo -- the second Mexican eatery in Richard Sandoval's global chain of restaurants -- for her review, while Carrie Shores of Table 6 spoke with Lori Midson about how she's always found refuge in the kitchen. See also: - Denver's fifty most essential restaura ... More >>
Last week, Cafe Society posted four Guess Where? contests, ranging from a corned beef sandwich from Zaidy's Deli to a fat pork chop sadly undermined by a mound of mushy vegetables from the outdated Summit Steakhouse to a bright green bottle of Lucky Buddha beer from a Vietnamese restaurant.
This week, Gretchen Kurtz explored the Mediterranean fare at Yaffa's Savory, 2200 South Monaco Parkway, where chef-owner (and former educater) Yaffa Hanouna is living her dream as a full-time restaurateur. And Lori Midson caught up with Marty Steinke of Linger about his decision to drop out of his l ... More >>
Last week, Cafe Society posted five Guess Where? contests, ranging from a bowl of mussels pooled in a panang curry from Jax Fish House to an Ethiopian spread from Queen of Sheba to a gut-busting -- and woefully overrated -- quesorito from an iconic Mexican/American restaurant restaurant that one com ... More >>
Mark Antonation has been eating his way up Federal Boulevard and posting weekly dispatches on Cafe Society. This week he landed at Vietnam Bay, at 472 South Federal Boulevard, where the pristine white facade and nautical blue logo don't begin to hint at the collision of Louisiana and Vietnamese cuis ... More >>
Cafe Society served up five Guess Where? contests last week, ranging from a fleet of fantastic beers from River North Brewery to a bowl of chili from the newly reopened Hawt Dog & Sausage Eatery to a burrito smothered with green chile from an iconic Mexican institution.
Cafe Society dished up five Guess Where? contests posts last week, ranging from a cup of curried tomato soup from Gather, to a corned beef sandwich from Finley's Pub, to a parade of curries from an Indian restaurant.
This week, Gretchen Kurtz tested the "Colorado Bar-B-Que" at Tin Star Smokehouse in Golden, Lori Midson headed to the Walnut Room to toss pies with executive chef Jonah Munson, and Mark Antonation paired sandwiches from Baker's Palace Vietnamese with traditional brews from Wit's End Brewing. Keepin ... More >>
Cafe Society served up five Guess Where? contests last week, ranging from a bottle of Greek lager from Steakhouse 10, to a platter of sizzling steak fajitas from La Sandia, to a fantastic green chile pupusa from a tiny restaurant in Golden that's big on flavor.
This week, Gretchen Kurtz tried to beat the heat at Mali Thai Cuisine, Jason Lebeau of Coohills spoke with Lori Midson about the science of baking, and Mark Antonation rushed up Federal Boulevard to New Saigon Bakery & Deli for the banh mi before the place closed for the day. There was lots of add ... More >>
Cafe Society dished up five Guess Where? contests last week, ranging from a yet-to-be-identified plate of larb -- one of my favorite Laotian dishes -- to a simple summertime salad from the Copper Pot, to a celebratory bottle of sake from a Japanese restaurant that lends itself to just about every oc ... More >>
The 20th anniversary of Chipotle -- one of Colorado's biggest homegrown success stories -- is tomorrow, and Lori Midson got a chance to chat with founder Steve Ells for this week's feature; while Gretchen Kurtz took a "staycation" at Big Mac & Little Lu's, and Mark Antonation stopped by New Saigon w ... More >>
Cafe Society served up three Guess Where? contests last week, ranging from a yet-to-be-identified plate of excellent chillaquiles, to a platter of spring roll necessities -- meats, noodles and fresh herbs -- from New Saigon, to a steaming pot of seafood from a neighborhood joint that might want to l ... More >>
Cafe Society dished out six Guess Where? contests last week, ranging from flaming volcano cocktail from Ming's Dynasty, to a bison and corn sausage pizza from Live Basil, to a platter of oysters that, on Tuesday nights, go for just a dollar a slurp.
This week, Gretchen Kurtz reviewed The Universal, where the Southern-inspired biscuits are nearly three inches tall, with as "many layers as shale, each one telling a story of the hands that folded it." Mark Antonation continued his trip up Federal Boulevard, with a nostalgic visit to the Crawling C ... More >>