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Eating Out

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    October 24, 2014

    Oh, Brother! Five Pairs of Restaurant Names Certain to Cause Confusion

    Restaurant owners have access to a rich and varied language when they choose the names of their establishments; they can also delve in to the languages of other cultures for inspiration. In fits of creativity, new words are even invented to give individuality to a fledgling business. So it's always ... More >>

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    October 24, 2014

    Frittatas and Friends for Brunch at Fooducopia

    Fooducopia Corner Store & Cafe in Washington Park was named Best Brunch in Westword's 2014 Best of Denver edition, so I thought it deserved a taste, especially on my birthday weekend. And while the nice, if flustered, service and long wait times indicated a tiny kitchen a little overwhelmed by its o ... More >>

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    October 24, 2014

    Lo Stella Ristorante, Offshoot of 160-Year-Old Original in Italy, Opens in Golden Triangle

    Lo Stella Ristorante opened in 1850 in Portofino, Ital and now, over 160 years later, Denver is getting a taste of the famous restaurant that has been in the same family for eight generations. Lo Stella Ristorante opened today in the former home of Gallo di Nero in the Golden Triangle, serving house ... More >>

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    October 23, 2014

    Happy Hour at La Biblioteca: Study Hard

    Despite the name, La Biblioteca, the tequila bar next to Zengo and Riverfront Park, is not an ideal place for study. It's a sexy library of agave-based -- rather than paper-based -- knowledge, with more than 300 tequilas, mezcals and other liquors. The sort of people who drop hundreds of bills on es ... More >>

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    October 23, 2014

    Fall Has Arrived at Local Kitchens -- Including Mine

    This year, just as I've done for as long as my kids can remember, I joined a local farm share. Flush with produce for nearly five months, I made zucchini bread, seared green beans, melon aguas frescas, panzanella, turnip puree and fennel-and-orange salads, cooking my way from early summer to fall wi ... More >>

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    October 23, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: Shoo-fly Pie from Long i Pie

    Shoo-fly Pie from the Long i Pie Shop thelongipie.com The Long i Pie Shop isn't really a shop, it's a mobile vendor based out of a 1966 Airstream trailer named Stella. You can order pie on the bakery's website and pick it up at any number of locations; delivery is also an option. The pie varieties ... More >>

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    October 22, 2014

    Review: Gone Swishin' at Kobe An Shabu Shabu

    Kobe An Shabu Shabu 3400 Osage Street 303-284-6342 Somewhere along the line, cooking became a chore. For reasons best left to food historians and sociologists, the art of feeding ourselves has tumbled in popularity and now hovers just above taking out the trash on the list of most despised househol ... More >>

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    October 22, 2014

    Reader: Ovepriced, Overvalued -- Denver Restaurant Week Is Dead

    Denver Restaurant Week hasn't actually been a week-long for years. Soon after the event started more than a decade ago, some participating restaurants decided to extend the DRW deals on their own. And a half-dozen years ago, Visit Denver, the organizer, made it official -- extending DRW to two weeks ... More >>

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    October 22, 2014

    Lorena Cantarovici Plays With Tradition at Maria Empanada

    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 >>

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    October 22, 2014

    New Owners for an Old Favorite, Closings and Re-openings in West Highland

    The West Highland neighborhood and Highland Square complex have experienced ups and downs as gentrification continues and tastes change. Frasca duo Bobby Stuckey and Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson recently opened Pizzeria Locale on West 32nd Avenue not far from Frank Bonanno's Salt & Grinder, bringing ... More >>

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    October 21, 2014

    Golden Europe Has More Schnitzel Than the Rest of Denver's Restaurants Combined

    Wedging four people into a tiny booth at Golden Europe was no easy task: accommodating the lefties in the group, making sure I had room to take photos of my food, sitting comfortably without becoming entangled in the lace curtains above the table. It was a tight fit, and made me wonder why people bu ... More >>

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    October 21, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: Ronnie's Favorite at Rosenberg's Bagels and Deli

    No. 67 Ronnie's Favorite at Rosenberg's Bagels and Deli 725 East 26th Avenue 720-440-9880 By now, the story of of Josh Pollack, owner of Rosenberg's Bagels and Deli, and his water-treatment system set up to mimic the chemistry of New York City's bagel-perfect H2O is practically the stuff of legend ... More >>

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    October 20, 2014

    Plates for the Peak, Pinot Party: The Fifteen Top Culinary Events This Week

    Halloween is creeping ever closer, with events filled with spooky stories and fake blood, but this week you can still enjoy a few more civilized activities, including wine dinners, cocktail and restaurant crawls, fundraisers and a very elegant whisky-tasting. Keep reading for a taste of what's on th ... More >>

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    October 20, 2014

    From Vietnam Grill to Lotus to Pho De to Suvipa Thai, Opening Today

    Only three months ago, we reported that Pho De had opened in the spot previously occupied by Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant and, before that, Vietnam Grill -- the quaint bistro that had won Best Vietnamese Restaurant in our 2013 Best of Denver edition. But the stock pot at Pho De had barely come to a r ... More >>

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    October 20, 2014

    BaRed Becomes Bar Red, Updates Menu to Classic Italian

    Cliff and Zachary Young opened a bar,restaurant and live music venue around the corner from CY Steak -- Cliff Young's other venture -- last year under the name BaRed. The intention was for the name to be pronounced "Bar Red," but to avoid confusion, the Youngs have updated the name so that it's now ... More >>

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    October 20, 2014

    Denver Restaurant Week Won't Be Two Weeks in 2015

    Denver Restaurant Week started more than ten years ago to showcase the metro area's dining scene in February -- the time of year when restaurant traffic is generally at its slowest. A half-dozen years ago, to boost business at the beginning of the Great Recession, a second week was added. But in res ... More >>

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    October 17, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: Ham and Cheese Tartita from Maria Empanada

    No. 68 Ham and Cheese Tartita at Maria Empanada 1298 South Broadway 303-934-2221 Almost every country has its version of a portable dough pocket filled with savory ingredients: Polish pierogies, Welsh pasties, Indian samosas. In Argentina, empanadas are the snack of choice in cafes or on the go, w ... More >>

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    October 17, 2014

    Denver Adventurous Eaters Club Serves its Final Adventure at P17 This Weekend

    Chef Jon Emanuel is just back from a sabbatical on his family's farm in Missouri, refreshed and ready for the challenges of his job as executive chef of Project Angel Heart, the organization that delivers meals to people living with life-threatening illnesses. In addition to planning menus, cooking ... More >>

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    October 17, 2014

    Sidewinder for Sale, Yazoo Raises the Roof: A Second Helping of Cafe Society, October 13-17

    The Sidewinder is for sale, as reported on Backbeat this week. The hundred-year-old building in Globeville has been home to numerous saloons, including one incarnation that served some of the town's best green chile; for the past two years, it's also hosted great live music acts in a room that had b ... More >>

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    October 16, 2014

    Photos: MapQuest's 48-Hour Tour of Denver

    How would you make the most of Denver if you only had 48 hours to spend here? MapQuest has come up with its version of an ideal two-day tour, featuring lots of eating, drinking, sightseeing and more. Check out the site's picks, featuring photos and MapQuest text -- and to see the original item, clic ... More >>

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    October 16, 2014

    Colorado's Second LYFE Kitchen Opens in Boulder

    LYFE Kitchen, the healthy lifestyle restaurant chain that got its start in Palo Alto, California, and made its Colorado debut at the Park Meadows mall in June, opened Wednesday in Boulder under the ownership of Rachel and DJ Mitchell, who also operate the Park Meadows location. Jeremy Bringardner, o ... More >>

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    October 16, 2014

    Hosea Rosenberg's Blackbelly Market Takes Shape in Boulder

    "It's great -- but it's also been stressful," says Hosea Rosenberg on being so close to finally opening his own restaurant. Blackbelly Market has been slowly taking shape in its shopping center location on the east side of Boulder, and the Top Chef winner, food-truck operator and caterer says that, ... More >>

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    October 16, 2014

    Living la Dolce Vita at Arugula's Happy Hour in Boulder

    Even If you've been annoyed by mediocre happy hours, stingy specials, and bad drinks, take a moment and appreciate your freedom to order that $5 Moscow mule. Restrictive happy-hour laws are on the books in 26 other states, banning such beloved Colorado traditions as drink discounts and two-for-ones. ... More >>

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    October 15, 2014

    Review: The Noshery Is the Kind of Place Every Neighborhood Needs

    The Noshery 4994 Lowell Boulevard 720-524-3893 Walking into The Noshery, a bakery and cafe that opened across the street from Regis University this summer, you'd never guess that owner Andrea Knight wanted to be a ski racer when she was a kid. Walls are the shade of blue associated with little boys ... More >>

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    October 15, 2014

    Restaurateur and Farmer Eric Skokan on his Inspirations for Farm Fork Food

    Eric Skokan opened Black Cat Bistro in 2006 and added a kitchen garden the same year, "originally just to relieve stress," says the chef/restaurateur, who now also operates Bramble & Hare just two doors away from his original Boulder restaurant. He remembers "puttering around in slippers with a cup ... More >>

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    October 15, 2014

    Brunch at Lola is a LoHi Tradition

    After celebrating a monumental ten years in LoHi earlier this year, Lola has become one of the staples in the Denver restaurant scene. Passing by, it's easy to forget how good it really is. I'm here to tell you it's time to give Lola a fresh look. A crowd pleaser every time, the food is always on po ... More >>

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    October 14, 2014

    Polished Tavern Serves Grandma's Cooking Under Disco Lights

    Sitting alone at the bar early on a Tuesday evening probably isn't how the management at Polished Tavern envisions guests experiencing the full impact of the place. But I'm not the only one going solo; a few other single drinkers and diners occupy other bar stools, while one or two couples are in th ... More >>

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    October 14, 2014

    27 Things Denverites Really Want Out-of-Towners to Know About the Mile High City

    There's a bizarre alternate reality on the Internet when it comes to Denver -- there's the city we know and the city being sold to out-of-towners through fake blogs on real estate websites, like this list: "27 Things People From Denver Have to Explain to Out-Of-Towners." The problem with these listi ... More >>

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    October 14, 2014

    Five Bakery-Cafes in Denver Where You'll Want to Sit for Hours

    When I moved here ten years ago, I had a hard time finding a bakery-cafe like the one I used to spend weekends at back in New York. My husband and I would show up at our favorite spot on the Upper West Side and order baguettes with jam and bowls of café au lait as big as the Sunday paper. After we ... More >>

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    October 13, 2014

    740 Front Will Open in Historic Old Louisville Inn

    Over a century and change since it was built, the Old Louisville Inn is getting a makeover that will bring it into the 21st century -- but with its spirit intact. At least, so hopes J Fred Burns, one of the Inn's new owners. "We decided we wanted to take the original building, open up as much of it ... More >>

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    October 13, 2014

    East Asia Garden Closes on Broadway -- Will Reopen in Cherry Creek With New Name

    It's been a tough month for the town's top Chinese restaurants. Chef Liu's Kitchen, named Best Chinese Restaurant in the Best of Denver 2014, closed abruptly in Aurora; it will be replaced by a pho restaurant. And now East Asia Garden, our Best Chinese Restaurant in the Best of Denver 2013, has shut ... More >>

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    October 13, 2014

    Fast-Casual Pizza Chains Vie for a Slice of the Denver Market

    Restaurateurs around Denver are really hoping you'll get on board with their fast-casual pizza concepts; time and money are being spent perfecting dough recipes, building health-conscious angles, and firing up custom ovens to blister crusts in the amount of time it takes you to swipe a debit card. B ... More >>

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    October 10, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: Charred Tahini Cauliflower at Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs - friday

    No. 69 Charred Tahini Cauliflower at Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs2148 Larimer Street 720-746-9355 Jim Pettinger, the "Biker Jim" behind two restaurants, a cart and a food truck, didn't get to where he is by serving vegetables. He didn't impress celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain with a salad. He did it w ... More >>

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    October 10, 2014

    Photos: Cafe Mercato Takes Off at Lowry

    Hangar 2 Partners -- a partnership between Larimer Associates and Hartman-Ely Investments -- broke ground last fall on the "Lowry Dining District," two new buildings outside of Hangar 2, the historic building in the Lowry neighborhood that once held Air Force planes when the area was a military base ... More >>

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    October 9, 2014

    Four Top Culinary Events Today Feature Sips, Soup and Chefs Jeff Osaka and Jen Jasinski

    You don't need to wait to the weekend to get a full serving of culinary fun. Tonight you can celebrate LoDo, enjoy special dishes prepared by Jeff Osaka and Jen Jasinski, or get bowled over at a Boulder fundraiser. Keep reading for a taste of what's on today's culinary calendar. See also: Jeff Osa ... More >>

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    October 9, 2014

    Happy Hour at Tom's Urban: Last Stop for Late-Night Eats

    The "24" at the end of the name of Tom's Urban has been severed from the Larimer Square eatery's sign and its identity, shortening the hours and rearranging the furniture for a different crowd. The restaurant now closes before the real creatures of the night come out to play, but is it still a place ... More >>

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    October 8, 2014

    Review: Far From Forgotten, Argyll Whisky Beer Is Better Than Ever in Uptown

    Argyll Whisky Beer 1035 East 17th Avenue 303-847-0850 Whiskey isn't my drink of choice, but it was the night I walked into Argyll Whisky Beer. Sure, it had been that kind of day. But I was also in that kind of place, with lights resembling gas lanterns, plaid carpeting and gray walls that took on ... More >>

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    October 8, 2014

    Burgers With a Side of Man Candy for Brunch at Ignite

    On a quest to find the perfect post-GABF hangover brunch to cure a serious case of the hangries, we ended up at Ignite Burgers & Lounge, which mostly serves their all-day menu of burgers and salads along with a few egg dishes thrown in for weekend pleasure. Why did we really go there? The bacon. Af ... More >>

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    October 8, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: Venezuelan Tostadas at Empanada Express Grill

    No. 70 Venezuelan Tostadas at Empanada Express Grill 4301 West 44th Avenue 303-955-8362 We're fans of the namesake Venezuelan savory pastries from Empanada Express Grill; we also have a soft spot in our hearts for the mouthwatering arepas made with griddle-crisped corn flour. But it's a hybrid dish, ... More >>

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    October 8, 2014

    Miyabi Jr. Japanese Express Chooses Denver for Its First Location

    Miyabi Jr. Japanese Express, a quick-service hibachi restaurant from PJ Partners and Capital Japan, opened last month in Tiffany Plaza -- and no, it's not in the space recently vacated by Oshima Ramen, an offshoot of another Japanese group that has a chain of ramen noodle shops in that country. See ... More >>

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    October 7, 2014

    Old-School Meets Old World at Cafe Prague in Morrison

    I can drive from my house to Morrison in about the same amount of time that it takes me to drive to downtown Denver, but I rarely go. Once a year to a show at Red Rocks, if I'm lucky, but otherwise I've probably had dinner in the almost-mountain town just a handful of times in my life. But my quest ... More >>

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    October 7, 2014

    Domo's Patio Garden Proves Peaceful and Educational

    Driving up to Domo Japanese Country Foods, you wouldn't think much of the restaurant. The restaurant's huge sign, visible from Colfax Avenue at Osage Street, is tacky. The building is boxy, and when we parked in the restaurant's north-facing gravel parking lot, I questioned whether Domo would be all ... More >>

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    October 7, 2014

    Seasons Change, Menus Change...and So Do Chefs at Restaurants I've Reviewed

    With fall's cooler weather, menus are changing around town. But there are other changes at local restaurants, too, including chefs moving on. Here's a look at recent chef switches at a trio of restaurants I've reviewed -- including Gozo, one of the most promising new spots this year. See also: Revi ... More >>

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    October 6, 2014

    Free Food and Fundraisers: Ten Best Events on This Week's Culinary Calendar

    The Great American Beer Festival is gone, but Denver's culinary scene isn't going on the wagon this week. This week's calendar has something for every appetite -- from free food to fundraisers and, yes, beer. Keep reading for a taste of what's on this week's culinary calendar. See also: Baum's Awa ... More >>

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    October 6, 2014

    Chef Liu's Authentic Chinese Cuisine, Best of Denver Winner, Closes in Aurora

    A Cafe Society reader delivered the sad news, which we confirmed this past weekend: Chef Liu's Authentic Chinese Cuisine in Aurora has closed. Chef Liu's was one of only a handful of Chinese restaurants serving traditional Szechuan dishes, but it did more than that: The food coming out of the kitche ... More >>

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    October 6, 2014

    Jelly Owner Will Open the Royal, a Burger Bar, on Rapidly Changing Tennyson Street

    Tennyson Street in the Berkeley neighborhood is quickly turning into one of Denver's top restaurant strips. Already featuring its own fair share of destination eateries -- from Hops & Pie on one end to Parisi and Cafe Brazil on the other -- the once-sleepy drag is set to get four new places in the c ... More >>

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    October 6, 2014

    Butcher's Bistro Opens for Dinner Tonight in Former Twelve Location

    Butcher's Bistro opens at 5 p.m. today in the former location of Twelve, which Jeff Osaka closed in August to concentrate on his new venture, Osaka Ramen. Owner Scott Bauer and executive chef Tyson Holzheimer hope to lure customers with a butcher counter and a menu centered on whole-animal butchery, ... More >>

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    October 6, 2014

    LoHi SteakBar Closed Until Friday as New Owners Update Menu, Interior

    Fans of LoHi SteakBar will need to find an alternative this week; the restaurant is closed until Friday because of an ownership change. Veteran chef and restaurateur Sean Kelly has left the steakhouse and bar; Joe Pettenger and Taylor Drew, no rookies themselves, are taking over in partnership with ... More >>

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    October 2, 2014

    Happy Hour at Park & Co.: Hungry for Action

    There's nothing more frustrating to your humble correspondent than a happy hour without food. Yes, liquor discounts are truer to the original spirit of happy hour, when folks would go out for pre-dinner drinks with little more than pretzels to sustain them. Now, most people eat around cocktails and ... More >>

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    October 1, 2014

    Mercantile Pulls Into Union Station, Recipe Box Closes: Our Restaurant Roll Call for September

    New restaurant openings filled the calendar in September, with more than two dozen spots opening their doors in metro Denver. The new eateries ranged from Mercantile Dining & Provision, Alex Seidel's market/cafe/restaurant in Union Station, to another link in the homegrown Santiago's chain. But Denv ... More >>

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