Danielle Lirette

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    August 20, 2014

    Review: Mayan Manjar Yucateco Is a Knockout

    Mayan Manjar Yucateco 5209 West Mississippi Avenue, Lakewood 303-936-5562 The TV was on when I walked into

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    August 11, 2014

    Photos: Lena Is Heating Up Broadway

    Leña opened quietly last week -- so quietly that its phones still weren't hooked up yesterday -- but word-of-mouth is already strong on this restaurant, a concept cooked up by Jimmy Callahan, the owner of Prohibition, and chef Toby Prout. The space on Broadway, a former antique store, was gutted ov ... More >>

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    August 8, 2014

    Photos: Biker Jim's Opens in Highlands Ranch Today

    Biker Jim's opened its second brick-and-mortar spot, this one in Highlands Ranch, at 11 a.m. today. Although the hours might not be as expansive in suburbia as they are at the original in the Ballpark neighborhood (where Biker Jim's stays open until 3 a.m. on weekends), the menu is just as big...and ... More >>

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    August 6, 2014

    Review: To the Wind Bistro Is a Breath of Fresh Air on East Colfax

    To the Wind Bistro 3333 East Colfax Avenue 303-316-3333 Professional kitchens are not nice places. Creative, explosive, energetic, yes. Nice? No. You know this if you've worked in one, or if you've read any of the rant-filled memoirs by people who have. In the latest offering in this genre, Sous Ch ... More >>

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    July 30, 2014

    Review: Is The Kitchen Next Door Glendale the next big thing?

    The Kitchen Next Door Glendale 658 South Colorado Boulevard Boulevard 303-757-0878 You know how forty is the new thirty, and green is the new black? In restaurant terms, The Kitchen Next Door is the new TGI Fridays. If that sounds like a slur rather than a compliment, you're too young to remember ... More >>

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    July 24, 2014

    Reader: Weekday "brunch" sounds downright silly -- it's foodie bullshit

    We stopped by Session Kitchen this week, and learned that the restaurant has axed its weekday lunches, and now opens at 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, in time for happy hour. Lunch -- or "brunch," as Session called it -- is still available Friday through Sunday. But the neighborhood just didn't pro ... More >>

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    July 23, 2014

    Review: Kings BBQ is pleased to meat you

    Kings BBQ 4601 Harlan Street, Wheat Ridge When I pulled up in front of Kings BBQ, I thought this might be it. You know, It. The place we've been looking for to raise barbecue in this town to smokin' new heights. And by "we," I mean not just me, a girl who grew up eating fine Oklahoma barbecue, but ... More >>

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    July 16, 2014

    Review: Guard and Grace looks lovely, but faces some hard realities

    Guard and Grace 1801 California Street 303-293-8500 I knew I'd need a steak knife for dinner at Guard and GraceGuard and Grace, the steakhouse that Troy Guard opened in March in the bottom of 1801 California Street, a newly renovated 54-story building downtown. I just didn't know it would be for d ... More >>

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    July 10, 2014

    Pizza and beer: A match made in heaven -- or somewhere lower?

    At LowDown Brewery Kitchen, which I review this week, pizzas make up nearly half the food sales, which can easily be chalked up to the crisp crusts and creative toppings that executive chef Brendon Flood heaps upon them, everything from pulled pork to pickles and ground beef. But I had a hunch th ... More >>

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    July 9, 2014

    Review: LowDown Brewery Kitchen is serious about good beer and good times

    LowDown Brewery Kitchen 800 Lincoln Street 720-524-8065 The jokes started pouring in before we'd even set foot in

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    July 2, 2014

    Gozo is a real hot spot -- in more ways than one

    Gozo 30 South Broadway 720-638-1462 Denver's restaurant scene is flourishing, which means two things: It's harder than ever to decide where to eat, and just as hard to know what your money will buy once you get there. For a recent review meal at Chai & Chai, the no-frills Indian-Arabian restaura ... More >>

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    June 25, 2014

    Review: El Chingon's chile rellenos have a soft landing on Tennyson Street

    El Chingon 4326 Tennyson Street 303-248-3641 If you've been in Denver for any length of time -- say, longer than a layover at DIA -- you're aware that we take green chile seriously here. So seriously, in fact, that it's earned a spot on the list of topics to avoid at family gatherings, along with p ... More >>

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    June 18, 2014

    Review: Atticus wants to be a grown-up restaurant, but it's suffered growing pains

    Atticus 1115 East Evans Avenue 720-459-8273 Neighborhood restaurants often remind me of kids. Even when they're noisy and a bit rough around the edges, you still smile at them, knowing the potential within. Atticus is that kind of place. Sure, it might want to be president when it grows up, but for ... More >>

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    June 11, 2014

    Review: Olive & Finch was a bright idea, even if this fast-casual is sometimes too casual

    Olive & Finch 1552 East 17th Avenue 303-832-8663 I dropped by Olive & Finch for a salad, and what I got was certainly green. But rather than a jumble of leaves and vegetables on a plate, my order came in a tall, clear cup, a product of this Uptown eatery's juice bar. While I try to eat healthy -- w ... More >>

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    June 4, 2014

    Review: Man could live on bread alone at Chai & Chai

    Chai & Chai 12501 East 17th Avenue, Aurora 720-588-0343 Last fall an unassuming little place named

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    May 28, 2014

    Review: Work & Class delivers a square meal -- and an aha moment -- for a fair price

    Work & Class 2500 Larimer Street 303-292-0700 If I were Scheherazade spinning tales to save my life before a disgruntled king, I'd look to Work & Class for inspiration. Within the confines of this much-anticipated Ballpark restaurant, which opened at full tilt four months ago and hasn't looked bac ... More >>

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    May 22, 2014

    From Leaf to Acorn, the greening of Denver's salad scene

    The Parisian family I lived with one summer served salads every night. They were plain little things, a few leaves of bibb lettuce that their children and I rushed through on our way to the camembert that was sure to follow. This was, after all, a traditional French family eating the traditional Fre ... More >>

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    May 21, 2014

    Review: Leaf's menu is a passage to adventure -- but the road can get bumpy

    Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant 2010 16th Street, Boulder 303-442-1485 When it's time for Rachel Best, executive chef of Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant in Boulder, to update the menu, she doesn't turn to cookbooks or cooking shows. Nor does she rely on what she learned in culinary school, given the traditi ... More >>

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    May 15, 2014

    Come hang out with us tonight and talk about Denver music

    Last week, we held the first of three Westword Music Showcase social hours. Times were had. I've spent the week listening to new music I discovered there, and I hope to find a bunch more at round two, which we'll hold tonight. You're welcome to join us from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., again at Stoney's on 11t ... More >>

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    May 14, 2014

    Review: Palettes presents an unfinished culinary picture

    Palettes 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway 303-534-1455 The roast pepper soup stared up at me, an edible riddle. Since it was from the special exhibition-themed menu at Palettes, the white-tablecloth restaurant inside the Denver Art Museum, I knew the dish must be related to the Modern Masters show, but ... More >>

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    May 8, 2014

    Want to try oysters? Don't forget the training wheels...

    Eating oysters is like learning to ride a bike: It's best approached with training wheels. More than taste, the texture is what really gets people -- which is why Sheila Lucero, executive chef of the four (and counting) locations of Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar, recommends sandwiching oysters between ... More >>

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    May 7, 2014
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    April 28, 2014

    Photos: Copper Kettle Brewing celebrates its third anniversary in beery style

    Copper Kettle Brewing celebrated its third anniversary last week with a four-day long party that came complete with special beer tappings, food trucks, live music and a glimpse at the east Denver brewery's new fifteen-barrel brewing system -- something that should make fans happy. Westword photograp ... More >>

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    April 17, 2014

    Best dessert stops in Denver: A baker's dozen

    I've always had a sweet tooth, and was a baker long before I learned to cook -- or drive, for that matter. So you might think that I like every dessert I meet, but the opposite is true. If I had a dollar for every dried-out layer cake, leaden pie crust and gratuitously sweet concoction I've eaten ov ... More >>

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    April 16, 2014

    Review: Sugarmill could become a real sweet spot in the Ballpark neighborhood

    Sugarmill 2461 Larimer Street, #101 303-297-3540 Hours: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday Ever see that magnet that says, "Life is short. Eat spinach first"? Of course not; it doesn't exist. People don't go crazy for vegetables, no ... More >>

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    April 10, 2014

    Bread pudding can be a savoury as well as sweet treat -- but not at Braun

    Like vegetables, desserts are seasonal. Just as we're moving out of winter's root vegetables and into spring's pea shoots and asparagus, we're also moving towards refreshing sweets such as berry tarts and ice cream. But we're not there yet, which is why you'll still see heavier fare such as bread ... More >>

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    April 3, 2014

    The Global Dance Festival 2014 lineup: Grading the first twelve artists

    Global Dance Festival, the recipient of "Best Dance Party of the Summer" in our Best Of Denver issue, has just announced the first acts that will be playing the event. Phase one of any lineup announcement is always the appetizer, and what better way to tease than by announcing some of the biggest ac ... More >>

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    April 2, 2014

    Review: Lower48 Kitchen raises the bar in Denver

    Lower48 Kitchen 2020 Lawrence Street, Unit A 303-942-0262 My first thought when I saw the opening section of the menu at Lower48 Kitchen was, "I want one of each." So it's no wonder that the column of small bites, with temptations such as a beignet filled with whipped tarragon an ... More >>

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    March 24, 2014

    Photos: Saturday's Collaboration Fest brought craft-beer lovers together

    Dozens of breweries and hundreds of craft-beer fans came together Saturday for the first-ever Collaboration Fest, hosted by Imbibe Denver and the Colorado Brewers Guild. The event, at the Curtis Hotel, included nearly fifty collaborative beers from breweries all over the state, as well as a few in o ... More >>

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    March 21, 2014

    From Morocco to Mexico, a second helping of Cafe Society: March 17-21

    Cafe Society was busy eating its last meals for the Best of Denver 2014 this week, but didn't ignore its normal duties. In her current review, Gretchen Kurtz visits Mecca Grill, which changed owners last year and is slowly switching from the old emphasis on Lebanese food to Moroccan cuisine. In Chef ... More >>

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    February 17, 2014

    Photos: Chocolate and Beer pairing at Wit's End

    Wit's End Brewery celebrated Valentine's Day this by pairing the holiday's most iconic food, chocolate, with one of Denver's big loves: craft beer. Our photographer Danielle Lirette was at the Chocolate and Beer pairing to capture this sweet, sweet event. See also: Beer dinners, beer festivals and a ... More >>

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    February 10, 2014

    Photos: Former Future celebrated its grand opening last weekend on South Broadway

    Former Future Brewing, which officially opened on February 1, celebrated its grand opening last weekend, complete with food trucks and board games -- in addition to five beers on tap, all embracing the idea of modern spins on older styles. In fact, that's the theme of the entire brewery. Westword ph ... More >>

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    December 26, 2013

    First Look: Service Bar now pouring next to Lower 48

    Service Bar opened this past weekend, a real Christmas gift to diners heading to the brand-new Lower 48 Kitchen, residents of 2020 Lawrence Street and neighbors in downtown, Curtis Park and the Ballpark neighborhood. Here's Danielle Lirette's first look at the new space. See also: Lower 48 opens in ... More >>

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    October 21, 2013

    Photos: The 2013 Mile-Hi Con was out of this world!

    Mile-Hi Con, not to be confused with Denver Comic Con or any of the other cons that liven up this town, is the annual science fiction and fantasy literary convention. This past weekend fans, authors, artists and more gathered to celebrate the industry -- and our photographer was there to capture the ... More >>

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    October 3, 2013

    Photos: Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project opens in the Source on Friday

    You know you're doing something right when the mayor drinks your beer and gives you a high-five. So brewer Chad Yakobson must be doing okay. On Friday, Yakobson will open his new showpiece brewery, Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, inside the Source, an indoor market in River North. Yesterday, he ... More >>

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    August 16, 2013

    Five best soul-food restaurants in Denver

    Growing up in the suburbs of Denver, Adrian Miller didn't see a lot of soul food at nearby restaurants -- but he did see it on his family's table every holiday. His culinary obsession, though, was barbecue (he's a certified judge) until he stumbled across John Egerton's book Southern Food: At Home, ... More >>

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    May 20, 2013

    Photos: Colfax Marathon runners take it to the street

    Following last month's attack at the Boston Marathon, people planning to take part in the Colfax Marathon, as well as the upcoming BolderBOULDER, took to social media to make it clear they would still hit the pavement. Plenty of them did so safely at the Colfax Marathon this weekend. Our Danielle L ... More >>

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    May 7, 2013

    Photos: Colorado Tourism Day's odd bedfellows -- including Miss Colorado and costumed Ram

    There have been a lot of weird assemblages on the steps of the State Capitol. But few have been stranger than the group that gathered there yesterday for a rally marking Colorado Tourism Day. Those represented included Governor John Hickenlooper, Miss Colorado Hannah Porter and so many random mascot ... More >>

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    April 22, 2013

    The Queen is dead; long live Nick's Diner

    For decades the Breakfast Queen was a greasy-spoon landmark at 3743 Federal Boulevard. But earlier this month it was transformed into Nick's Diner, where Nick Mikelis and crew serve an extensive menu of Mexican, Greek and American diner fare to a growing number of Federal foodie fans. Westword's Dan ... More >>

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    April 8, 2013

    Photos: Rockies fans celebrate team in first place -- and not sucking!

    We admit it. After taking one look at the pitching staff of the 2013 Colorado Rockies, we thought the team would set records -- for ineptitude. But thus far, we've been happily surprised -- no, thrilled -- by all aspects of the team, which currently has a 5-1 record and sits atop the National League ... More >>

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    March 29, 2013

    Photos: Sumo Sushi gets into the ring in Aurora

    Sumo Sushi opened last week at 2353 South Havana Street in Aurora. Westword's Danielle Lirette brought back these photos from the restaurant, which features local sports-themed rolls as specials. Score! See also: - Restaurant roll call for February: Old Major in, Pig & Block out - Denver's ten bes ... More >>

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    March 26, 2013

    Photos: Bubba Chinos mural at 160 Federal Boulevard pays homage to some rap legends

    Wow! We haven't seen this mesmerizing mural in the flesh yet, but Danielle Lirette, our photo intern, did, and she brought us back these great photos. The piece, which is painted on the side of Bubba Chinos at 160 Federal Boulevard, is the handiwork of PJ Sierra (aka Stale Art). Continue on to see m ... More >>

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    March 20, 2013

    Denver's ten best new bars of 2012

    With the additions of everything from neighborhood taverns to high-end lounges, Denver's bar scene got even better in 2012. Residents and tourists alike have many more options when they're looking for fun after the sun goes down -- or even before that. Here, in no particular order, are Cafe Society ... More >>

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    March 11, 2013

    Photos: Billy's Gourmet Hot Dogs is now open on Colfax

    The third outpost of Billy's Gourmet Hot Dogs opened last week in the former Office Depot building at 600 East Colfax Avenue. The two-story restaurant features funky decor and the same menu as the original location at 2445 Larimer Street. Westword's Danielle Lirette brought back these pictures of th ... More >>

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    March 7, 2013

    Photos: Big Mac & Little Lu's Seafood Market & Grill makes a splash in Westminster

    Big Mac and Little Lu's Seafood Market and Grill opened last month at 2851 West 120th Avenue in Westminster. Owners Ashley and Paul Brock had moved to Colorado from Florida, and decided that this state really needed more fresh seafood. As a result, the restaurant does not have a freezer -- just a wa ... More >>

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    March 4, 2013

    Photos: First Friday on Santa Fe Drive brings out Denver's artsy side

    First Friday in March was filled with pictures as Month of Photography 2013 kicked off at museums and galleries all over town, but the night was also all about food trucks and hip-hop dancers, street musicians, Anthony Camera's junkie photo booth and folks strolling in the streets. Our photographer ... More >>

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    March 1, 2013

    Photos: Alex Landau faces Alex Martinez at Michael DeHerrera police brutality rally

    Earlier this week, Alex Landau, who was brutally beaten by police in 2009, expressed frustration about the reinstatement of an officer previously fired in a separate incident involving Michael DeHerrera, and also complained about Manager of Safety Alex Martinez's decision not to meet with him about ... More >>

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    February 22, 2013

    Photos: Southern Hospitality brings "sexy back" downtown

    Southern Hospitality is serving eats in the 116-year-old St. Elmo building at 1433 17th Street. The Manhattan-based chain -- which was co-founded by Justin Timberlake -- is currently in a soft opening phase, with plans for grand opening event soon. Here's a look at the digs. See also: - Southern Ho ... More >>

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    February 12, 2013

    Photos: Cafe Max is now open on East Colfax

    Cafe Max opened yesterday in a former hair salon at 2412 East Colfax Avenue. In addition to locally roasted coffee from Novo, owners Maxwell Hopewell-Arizmendi and Yukihiko Koyama are offering a curated selection of craft beer, wines and sake. Westword's Danielle Lirette brought back these pictures ... More >>

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    February 11, 2013

    Denver's ten best plates of chicken and waffles

    Which came first, the chicken or the waffle? There may be a lot of disagreement about how this dish came about, but almost everyone agrees that this unusual combination of sweet and savory is delicious, which is why it's a staple of Southern cuisine. But you don't need to travel to the South to get ... More >>

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