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Casa Bonita

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    Photos: Ten weirdest posts on Reddit's Denver Circlejerk, 2014 edition

    Early last year, we introduced those of you not already in the know to Denver Circlejerk, a Reddit forum on which users share items ranging from legitimate questions to bizarre non sequiturs that make often make no sense -- probably even to the person who posted them in the first place. We gravitat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2014

    Reader: Casa Bonita beats standing in line on Colfax for an overhyped doughnut

    No fooling: Casa Bonita is the restaurant that Coloradans love to hate. The manufactured Mexican village on East Colfax just celebrated its fortieth birthday, and fans and foes alike marked the occasion by spilling out memories of great times and bad food. But even Casa Bonita's kitchen has its supp ... More >>

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    March 26, 2014

    Reader: Happy birthday, Casa Bonita! I'm still digesting my last meal

    Happy birthday, Casa Bonita! Tomorrow Denver's amazing Mexican village in a shopping center, a Colorado landmark celebrated on South Park, will mark its fortieth birthday. In honor of that august occasion, yesterday Bree Davies served up plenty of puke-filled memories and secrets of this beloved spo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2014

    Happy 40th birthday, Casa Bonita: We love you so much we could puke

    South Park exposed our secret. After an episode aptly titled "Casa Bonita" aired in 2003, the existence of Casa Bonita became known to the world outside of Colorado. Up until that point, Casa Bonita was mostly a regional gem. If you grew up in Colorado, chances are you celebrated at least one birt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2014

    Casa Bonita is 40 years old

    Denver blogs are only there for the sopapillas. Bree Davies pays tribute to the four-decades-old Casa Bonita on Westword's Show and Tell blog. At The Colorado Independent, Mike Littwin considers Cory Gardner's personhood flip-flop. SBnation's Eddie Maisonet looks back on the career of former Denv ... More >>

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    January 16, 2014
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    January 16, 2014

    The Westword 2014 Show and Tell Bucket List: #5-1

    Since the start of the new year, we've been filling our four blogs -- Show and Tell, Backbeat, Cafe Society and the Latest Word -- with a Colorado bucket list of the 100 things to do before you kick it. We've already shared Show and Tell Bucket List picks 25-16 and and 15-6. Here are the final fiv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2014

    Reader: I was sick, but Casa Bonita still made me order food

    caWhat's on your culinary bucket list for 2014? Love it or hate it, many people will be visiting Casa Bonita, that Pepto Bismol-pink palace. Says Aloh: "I don't care what anyone says, it's an experience you have to have in your life." For your kid's sake, if not your own, judging from the following ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2013

    Reader: Everyone should go to Casa Bonita once, if only to see why Cartman loved it

    Have you been to Casa Bonita? Whether you love or hate the Pepto Bismol-pink palace (and you may need Pepto Bismol after eating there), you can't deny that for good or bad, it's a Colorado culinary landmark. When our writers sat down to write their bucket lists for 2014, Casa Bonita made a frequent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2013

    Geek resolutions for 2014

    The clock is ticking on 2013. In less than a week, we'll be closing the door on yet another trip around the sun, and embracing the greatest of all arbitrary calendar events, the new year. That means it's time for that greatest of arbitrary life events: resolutions! No new year is complete without a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    Legal weed, Casa Bonita and other drops in the 2014 bucket list

    As 2013 winds to a close, I can't say I'm sorry to see it go. Not because it was a particularly bad year, though. Just the opposite: 2013 was the first year in a long time that wasn't marked by some kind of personal tragedy. It was a year of minor triumphs and general pleasantness, unmarred by the ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 21, 2013
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    November 11, 2013

    Chick-Fil-A taking over former Funtastic Fun on South Broadway

    Give a final farewell to the former Nathan's Funtastic Fun at 3085 South Broadway. The one-time indoor amusement park in Englewood is slated to become a 4,580 square-foot Chick-Fil-A quick-service restaurant with drive-thru and outdoor seating -- and that means the existing building will be demolish ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2013

    Reader: The worst restaurant in America is everywhere -- it's McDonald's

    We were surprised last week to find that the third-worst restaurant in America might well be in Denver -- and it's not Casa Bonita. It's Ho Mei, a trio of Chinese joints previously known -- if they were known at all, for their cheap prices. Meanwhile, another cheap chain continues to operate right ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2013

    Reader: Ho Mei isn't the worst restaurant in Denver -- there are many that suck more

    This week The Daily Meal released its list of possibly the five worst restaurants in America. Third on the list was in metro Denver -- and no, it wasn't Casa Bonita. It's Ho Mei, a local mini-chain of cheap Chinese food, which the Daily Meal described with this: Ho Mei must translate to the Yiddish ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2013

    Third-worst restaurant in America is in Denver -- and it's not Casa Bonita!

    Every year, Yahoo's The Daily Meal does a comprehensive survey and then announces the 101 Best Restaurants in America. Yesterday, the Daily Meal revealed the worst, digging "deep into the recesses of the culinary dustbin" to discover the true bottom feeders. The result is a list of possibly the fiv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2013

    Photos: Motovo's top thirty reasons to move to Denver

    Would you love it if loads of people suddenly decided to relocate to Denver? If not, we have some bad news for you: The folks at the real estate website Motovo have just published "30 Reasons You Need to Move to Denver," which lays out a pretty damn good argument for heading this way immediately. C ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 8, 2013
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    August 6, 2013

    From Casa Bonita to Linger to MGM's to Dazzle, it's all about (real Denver) atmosphere

    As I sat down to pen another love letter to Casa Bonita, I realized Westword has done that many times, in some form or other. In fact, just as I love Lakeside, other writers love Casa Bonita...certainly far more than regular diners do. But it wasn't just a trip to Casa Bonita over this past weekend ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2013

    Reader: Casa Bonita could give tourists a bad taste of Denver

    Visit Denver just announced the top metro tourist attractions for 2012, and while there are a couple of shopping centers on the list, there's not a single restaurant (unless you count a restaurant in one of the shopping centers -- and what are the chances of that?). The omission set off fans of a ce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2013

    MCA Denver's Sarah Kate Baie on Casa Bonita, the fiscal cliff and nine years of Mixed Taste

    Sarah Kate Baie has seen Mixed Taste -- the recurring lecture series kicking off tomorrow at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver -- grow exponentially over the last nine years, from its early days at Belmar to its current, summer-season mainstay status at the MCA. Programming curator Baie and her ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2013

    Goodbye, Smiley's Laundromat -- your ghosts are hung out to dry

    If you grew up in Lakewood, Aurora, Wheat Ridge or Denver proper like me, chances are good that there's a slice of Colfax Avenue that holds a special, if not dangerous and possibly regrettable, meaning to you. Last week I passed by Smiley's Laundromat on East Colfax and noticed that it was all clo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    Judgmental Denver map: choose your own gentrification adventure!

    Finally, something floating around the cesspool of Facebook that we can care about enough to actually unify over. The "Judgmental Denver map" appeared in my newsfeed yesterday and has since been reposted at least forty times by people I know -- people who either think it's funny or are pissed becaus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2012

    Where to eat, drink and keep your guests merry this holiday season

    With out-of-town guests beginning to trickle in for the holidays, it's a relief to know you won't have to house, feed and entertain them all by yourself. Well, make that "yes" on house, but with restaurants that double as entertainment zones, there's plenty of help in the other two areas. Some of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2012

    From a Colorado native to a transplant: Your altitude problem is my attitude problem

    I was complaining via that modern adult whiny message board known as Twitter recently that the only people who like John Denver are non-natives. I also blame those same anonymous people for Denver's traffic, gentrification, the popularity of days-long dubstep shows at Red Rocks (and the sickening po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2012

    Part two: Denver and Boulder's most quotable chefs

    Thanksgiving is a day that gives us food for thought and time to reflect on the things for which we're thankful -- our health, our friends, our kids, our jobs and dogs, wine, and the family master baster whose glossy golden turkey supplied leftovers for the next week. And this year, as we were going ... More >>

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    October 15, 2012

    Things to do in Denver when you're native: Adams Mystery Playhouse

    After last week's trip down memory lane for the thirtieth anniversary of the 16th Street Mall, I started to think about all of the places around this city that I've never visited. Since I'm a Colorado native, I've find it easy to all but ignore attractions that seem to be targeted to visitors and tr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2012

    Aloft's JP Krause on why Casa Bonita rules

    JP Krause Aloft Broomfield 8300 Arista Place, Broomfield 303-635-2000 www.aloftbroomfielddenver.com This is part one of my interview with JP Krause, exec chef of Aloft Broomfield. Part two of our interview will run in this space tomorrow. "Right. My name. It's John Patrick, but ever since high ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    Blue state v. red state: Which Colorado do you live in?

    Colorado is a key swing state in the upcoming presidential election. In polls, Colorado looks like a toss-up between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, with leads shifting back and forth by the day -- and which way the vote ultimately goes could decide the national outcome. By the numbers, though, this s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    John Kessler warns our new critic about 7/Eleven hot dogs

    In advance of Gretchen Kurtz's debut next week as the new Cafe critic, we asked some of our previous restaurant reviewers to weigh in -- and given their jobs, we do mean weigh in -- with advice for our new newest critic. Kyle Wagner, our reviewer for close to a decade who's now the travel editor at ... More >>

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    August 23, 2012
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    August 10, 2012

    Denver County Fair: Viva Denver Gets Loco on Sunday

    The second annual Denver County Fair is already under way, and in honor of the fact that one-third of Denver County's population is Latino, one-third of this year's fair will be Latino. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, the fair will be devoted to Viva Denver, a celebration of Latino culture. The fun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2012

    10 things to do for $10 this weekend, July 27-29, 2012

    Down to your last few dollars before rent is due next week? Don't worry about it. You can still have fun without forking over a lot of cash. From a Dragon Boat Festival to movies in the park, this town will be full of things to do for under $10. And as always, if you're a responsible planner and can ... More >>

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    July 26, 2012
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    July 10, 2012

    Ten new reasons to buy your ticket to the Denver County Fair now

    If last year's inaugural Denver County Fair was a grand experiment, this year's "is going to blow the first one out of the water on all counts!" says DCF maestra Dana Cain. That's because Cain's mental notepad was a cover-to-cover frenzy of new ideas and lessons learned by the time the 2011 event wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    Cafe Society's top ten posts of 2012...so far

    Best burgers, best pizzas, best new restaurants (and best restaurant patios), plus a gallery of miniature football stadiums made of meat, a guide on how to survive Casa Bonita and a few ranty lists on what servers (or diners) do to piss off each other in restaurants. Yes, it's our top ten, most-read ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2012

    Reader: Squeaky Bean videos have viewers hungering for more

    A year after it abruptly closed its original location in Highland, Squeaky Bean will bloom again next month at 1500 Wynkoop Street. And thanks to a series of videos with owner Johnny Ballen, you can get a taste of what's to come: a Casa Bonita for adults, he promises. "Opening a restaurant can be a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2012

    Reader: The Book of Mormon is going to be the hottest ticket this summer...if you're a scalper

    Jumping for joy over The Book of Mormon tickets.​People are still comparing notes on how long they tried to log on to buy tickets for The Book of Mormon when they were available for a few brief hours on Sunday, January 22. Those who gave up on technology and simply went to the ticket windows a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    Ten things to do for $10 this weekend, January 20-22, 2012

    Get out there this weekend.​So by now you've given up on your New Year's resolutions, right? Of course you have. It's time to stop going to the gym on a Friday night, you tourist, and get back to having fun. There's plenty going on this weekend, whether you want to watch dudes wrestle in a bar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2012

    Reader: Can't wait to return to Colorado's most famous restaurant...Casa Bonita!

    On Friday, the 300 (or so) restaurants participating in Denver Restaurant Week will be posting their $52.80 (for two) menus for the two-week eating orgy that starts on February 25; we're offering $52.80 to both the diner and the restaurant employee who offer the best Denver Restaurant Week survival ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2011

    Top ten Cafe Society posts of 2011

    Including this post, the total number of posts on Cafe Society in 2011 was 3,241. That's a lot of bloggering for a local restaurant scene blog. And who has time to go through all of them? Certainly not you. Which is why we've tallied up the top ten posts -- judging from traffic, at least -- on Caf ... More >>

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    December 29, 2011
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    December 14, 2011

    Visit Denver fills your bucket list with lots of beer...and more suds at Smiley's

    Lights for your list.​Good news! The world is not going to end on December 21, 2012. That's the word from Dawn Engle, co-producer of 2012: The True Mayan Prophecy, which airs tonight on Colorado Public Television. But just in case she's wrong, we asked some state leaders for their can't-miss C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    Amos Watts, exec chef of Jax-Denver, on Casa Bonita, English peas and cheese

    Amos Watts Jax Fish House Denver 1539 17th Street 303-292-5767 www.jaxfishhousedenver.com The French Laundry, Thomas Keller's culinary temple in Napa, gets plenty of accolades, but Cyrus, a petite restaurant in the artsy Sonoma town of Healdsburg, is even better, insists its legion of junkies. And ... More >>

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    September 19, 2011

    Things to do in Denver when you're talking like a pirate

    A Flickr photo.​Ahoy, mateys! In case ye landlubbers and scalawags are unaware, today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Founded in 1995 by Oregonians John Baur and Mark Summers -- also known as Ol' Chumbucket and Cap'n Slappy, respectively -- the parodic holiday has grown into something ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 18, 1999

    Sake to Me

    What's the buzz on Denver's sake lounges?

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    October 7, 1999

    Chile Weather

    Hacienda Colorado makes you feel right at home.

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    October 7, 1999

    Dive! Dive!

    Cheap entertainment is Casa Bonita's one small pleasure.

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    June 17, 1999
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    January 14, 1999
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