It's hard to say what makes a food seem distinctly American -- perhaps its taste brings up a childhood memory, or its appearance a connection to an American pastime -- but there are definitely some things we consume that are as American as, well, apple pie. So as the fireworks go off tomorrow, here ... More >>
For the little bit of time I spent living in New York City, there were many times when I found myself homesick for Colorado. The only things that seemed to quell the unnecessary self-sorrow were trips to Target and McDonald's. Those places were reminders of my somewhat suburban American existence, a ... More >>
Tomorrow is April 20, which means that you are smoking your "4/20 Eve" stash today in preparation for smoking even more tomorrow. In order to properly pay homage to this greenest of green holidays, you should stay hydrated, stay stoned -- and keep the munchies fed with the best possible eats if you ... More >>
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 t ... More >>
It was a big week for beery expansion announcements: Oskar Blues brewed its first batch of Dale's Pale Ale at its new brewery in Brevard, North Carolina, while New Belgium spent $10 million to add twelve massive new fermentation tanks and and four brite tanks so that in can increase capacity to 840, ... More >>
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Patrick Canfield Trinity Grille 1801 Broadway 303-293-2288 www.trinitygrille.com This is part two of my chef and tell interview with the Trinity Grille's Patrick Canfield. Part one of our chat ran yesterday. Favorite restaurant in America: Edwardo's in Westcliffe, Colorado. Going there always rem ... More >>
There are circuses, and then there are circuses. For what that's worth, Circus Emporium, which brings its roadshow and Museum of Oddities to 3 Kings Tavern tonight, falls into the latter, more overtly gruesome category. Here are a few of our favorite oddities from the sideshow, direct from Coney Isl ... More >>
FacebookThe Big Red F restaurant group has made a name for itself in the local craft beer scene over the past two years: Boulder's West End Tavern is a grat place to find rare and delicious craft brews, while Centro in Boulder and Lola in Denver dish out cans of Top Rope, a Mexican-style lag ... More >>
Holiday beers are on tap all around town, and you'll find some good ones right at the source -- at the breweries that make them. Some of the wintery wonders you can try include Ugly Sweater at Wit's End Brewing, Winter Spice Ale (with star anise, vanilla soaked in rum, ginger and allspice) at Copper ... More >>
Lori Midson No. 52: Santa Fe skillet from Hits the Spot Diner
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Cafe Society served up five guess where contests last week, ranging from an elk-jalapeno-cheddar dog smothered with pedestrian chili and nacho cheese at Coney Island to a superlative Philadelphia cheesesteak at Large Marge's to these street tacos . For correctly identifying them as coming from Taco ... More >>
The couple behind us were gushing -- positively gushing, I tell you -- over the green chile that spans the plates at this long-standing Mexican joint. But just like I don't get the hoopla surrounding the frankfurters at Coney Island, I definitely don't understand the obsession with the green chile h ... More >>
The Coney Island Boardwalk diner, a weinie-shaped culinary adventure that began operations on West Colfax in the 1960s and later moved to Aspen Park and then Bailey, could soon be on the move again. The building (but not the land) is listed online for sale at $499,000 -- and relocation is a ... More >>
As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" So whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of ... More >>
Theme parties serve many essential purposes, adding an element of the theatrical to drinking in your backyard, allowing your inner creativity and Cher wig to flow, and providing an excuse to wear spandex pants (or no pants' no one judges at a theme party). Looking to go beyond the Ugly Sweat ... More >>
Liz KellermeyerSingle scoop, double flavorThe towering milk can poking out of the lower Highland neighborhood is hard to miss. Owner Paul Tamburello designed his ice cream stand as an homage to the Coney Island hot dog stand (the one that looks like a hot dog, not the one on Coney Island), l ... More >>
The late Stella Cordova at the Original Chubby'sGustavo Arellano, author of Ask a Mexican, is working on a book on the history of Mexican food in the United States, and this past summer he invited readers to "tell me your favorite local Mexican restaurant and what makes it so bueno" -- in 25 ... More >>
Davie's Chuck Wagon Diner, by Brian Butko.I know from diners; they are my natural habitat. And Colorado has some classics. Johnson's Corner was one of the first places I visited when I first went west of the Mississippi, and it remains a favorite even post-renovation. My recent meals at Silve ... More >>
Cajun BoyMongo Marquez (right) chows down.The Fourth of July may have meant fireworks and beer for you, but for nineteen lucky competitors, the big day signified only one thing: hot dogs. Out on Coney Island, New York, on the corner of Surf and Stillwell avenues, the winners of Nathan's hot dog ea ... More >>
Liz KellermeyerThe man to beat on the 4th, Joey Chestnut Eating 20 hot dogs (with buns) in under 12 minutes used to be such a feat that competitive eaters coined the phrase "doing the deuce" for the achievement. But that was before winning totals in the annual July 4th Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Contes ... More >>
photo by Erin Tidwell and Kurt Ottaway (click to enlarge)Saturday, March 20: The sun burned off most of the cloud cover as the crowd continued to swell. In the Bat Bar, the Von Bondies tuned up all of their gear for a DirectTV taping, then launched into a near perfect set of fuzzy soul blues mixed i ... More >>
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The Warriors nicely complements the bloody cult classic that inspired it.
The original Sam's #3 is back.
Sam's No. 3
The singer for an NYC buzz band tries his hand as a spin doctor.
Breakfast King rules, 24/7.
Sam's No. 3
Heart of Darkness
Competitive hot-dog eating requires steely nerves and a cast-iron stomach.
In a nightmarish time, these images of nightmares still work.
CJ's Frozen Custard
The pie's the limit.
On the Town overcomes some choppy spots.
A family recipe for success (and, of course, chili) lives on at Sam's No. 3.