The sunlit interior of Maria Empanada, Lorena Cantarovici's rendition of an Argentinean bakery and cafe, invites guests to linger, with three distinct spaces that capture various aspects of the South American country's social culture. The front section adjacent to the bakery cases and coffee bar is ... More >>
Cafe Society served up five Guess Where? contests last week, zigzagging from a bourbon mule from Jimmy's, the unofficial party headquarters of the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, to an all-vegan Middle Eastern feast from Damascus to an excellent Reuben from a lovely little sandwich shop and cafe parke ... More >>
Clearly, any place called Shish Kabob Grill is going to specialize in grilled meats -- and Shish Kabob does those very well. But if you're looking for a plate of falafel, hummus and baba ghanouj near the Capitol, sans meat, this is the spot for you. We named it Best Middle Eastern Restaurant in 2011 ... More >>
Pancakes, pitbulls and yoga are all on the calendar this weekend, which includes a wonderfully off-kilter mix of interactive parties and fun-for-all gatherings. If you're into miniature versions of your favorite horror movie scenes, the Diehorrorama show at Eslinger Gallery is the spot for you. Crav ... More >>
Every time I drive by Palais Casablanca -- which is often several times a day -- there's rarely, if ever, a single car in the parking lot, and on the various occasions when I've poked my head through the door, the dining room, with its plush pillows and traditional floor seating, has been eerily vac ... More >>
The odd name of Firedough Mediterranean Grill, Bakery & Pies says it all. This new outpost in Centennial specializes in savory pies (known as "manoushi"), but it also offers marinated and char-grilled meats, fresh bread and salads and other Mediterranean specialties, many from family recipes handed ... More >>
Denver's a great town for vegetarians and vegans, as the Best of Denver 2013 attests. In that issue, you'll find accolades for Best Vegetarian Green Chile and Best Vegan Market, as well as many more green categories. But if you're looking for the best plant-based dishes in the city, look no further ... More >>
There are a lot of good Mediterranean restaurants in town -- places with great falafel, hummus or baba ghanouj. But for a good Mediterranean restaurant to rise to great, it should not not only execute the staples well, but also offer dishes that go beyond the basics. And for vegetarian and vegan din ... More >>
For the first time in the thirty-year history of Westword's Best of Denver, we've split the Best of Denver Readers' Poll into two rounds, giving you the chance to look at the vote-getters and then voting again for your favorite bars, restaurants and foods in Denver and Boulder. And the results of th ... More >>
The war in Iraq has forced many Iraqi students to abandon their hopes of an education. Some fled the country and had to put their education on hold, while others found their schools destroyed. Recognizing these problems, the Iraqi Student Project, a St. Louis-based organization that has volunteers ... More >>
Bentley Folse Finley's Pub 375 South Pearl Street 303-282-4790 www.finleysdenver.com This is part one of my interview with Bentley Folse, exec chef of Finley's Pub. Part two of our chat will run tomorrow. I suppose my parents liked the car," muses Bentley Folse, whose first name conjures images ... More >>
J. Michael Melton Zydeco's 1730 Wynkoop Street 303-293-2887 www.zydecosdenver.com This is part two of my chat with J. Michael Melton, exec chef of Zydeco's. Part one of our interview ran in this space yesterday. Favorite Denver/Boulder restaurant(s) other than your own: I eat at Tom's Home Cookin ... More >>
David Bumgardner Williams & Graham 3160 Tejon Street 303-997-8886 www.williamsandgraham.com This is part one of my interview with David Bumgardner, exec chef of Williams & Graham. Part two of my chat with Bumgradner will run in this space tomorrow. The executive chef of Williams & Graham is leani ... More >>
Lori Midson Rhett Songer Zi Fusion 7340 South Clinton Street, Englewood 720-934-6402 www.ziasian.com This is part two of Lori Midson's interview with Rhett Songer, executive chef of Zi Fusion. In part one of that interview, Songer dishes on the F-word, racism and sexism and eating a puppy... ... More >>
Cafe Society served up four Guess Where contests last week, featuring everything from green chile at La Fogata (yes, we're folding the green chile guesses into this contest) to a bowl of mystery pho to this plate of Syrian sausages. For correctly identifying it as coming from Damascus Grill, ... More >>
Llewellyn Werner thinks skateparks could get Iraq's economy rolling
More photos after the jump. At the Bethany Baptist Church in Boulder, a painting shows a small black child, screaming—his squinting eyes and upturned palms splattering into negative space. Another shows a ghostly set of eyelids, bordered by the stylized word “faith”. The pieces—one a portra ... More >>
Uganda Rising shows Thursday, May 3. Despite a frightening moment two weeks ago, when it appeared that ArgusFest had been killed by founder Jason Bosch (he did send out an email titled "ArgusFest R.I.P.?"), the weekly film series is most certainly alive. Here's his e-mail to his peeps, letting them ... More >>
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