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Eating Out

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2014

    Give Thanks for Six Eateries That Do Good While Serving Good Food

    The holiday season is the time for giving, but it's also one of the busiest times of the year. Fortunately, there are places around town where you can enjoy a good, fast meal -- while also doing good for others. Keep reading to learn about six of these special places. See also: Carrie Shores Leave ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2014

    Blackbird Takes Flight Today by West Washington Park

    Blackbird, the latest from Table to Tavern partners Rob Lanphier and Angie and Brian Midtbo, who also own Atticus and Boone's Tavern, is opening today at 3 p.m., in the space that formerly held HandleBar Tavern and Abo's. A grand opening is scheduled for next Monday, December 1, at which point Black ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2014

    D Bar Reopens Friday, Spotlighting Dining, Drinks and Desserts in New Uptown Home

    There are two things that restaurateur and Food Network chef Keegan Gerhard wants you to know about the new incarnation of D Bar: the new location at 19th and Pennsylvania is finally opening this Friday after a couple of months of delays, and it's not a dessert bar. Or more accurately, D Bar is not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2014

    From Stache to Champagne, the Eight Tastiest Events on the Culinary Calendar

    This weekend could be a hair-raising experience, with Movember moustache parties, Beaujolais and Burgundy festivals, and a celebration of craft-beer all in the can. Keep reading for a taste of what's on the culinary calendar... See also: Celebrate Rioja's Tenth Anniversary With These Ten Memorable ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2014

    Reader: Not All Kids Suck at Restaurants!

    Gretchen Kurtz just reviewed Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery, a new spot on East Colfax Avenue that's a great place to grab a fast, grown-up meal -- but also a good spot to take the kids. And while pizza and burger joints are often the go-to choices for family meals, Chop Shop isn't the only spot in t ... More >>

  • Culture

    November 20, 2014
  • Blogs

    November 20, 2014

    Metropolitan Bar & Grill to Open in Former Russo's Space at Vallagio

    Russo's Kitchen Tavern closed at Vallagio in Englewood in April 2012 and has been vacant ever since. Sandwiched between the southern outpost of Marco's Coal-Fired Pizza and Mary Nguyen's Street Kitchen Asian Bistro, Russo's struggled to find its identity, especially after chef Brian Laird (now gar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2014

    Happy Hour at Old Major: Animal Charm

    To a restaurant, happy hour is many things: a way to fill up the slow early afternoon hours, an effort to build a loyal following in the neighborhood, and a means of offloading cheap food and liquor stock. But how do places with a holistic approach to cooking and dining adapt to happy hour? How do t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2014

    Celebrate Rioja's Tenth Anniversary With These Ten Memorable Moments

    On November 22, 2004, when Jennifer Jasinski and Beth Gruitch opened Rioja in Larimer Square, that block wasn't the dining destination that it is today -- and chef Jen was far from a household name. Fast forward ten years, and Larimer Square is an eating Eden, with Gruitch and Jasinski adding to the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2014

    Big Hoss Bar-B-Q on Tennyson Sells to New Owners, Will Become Tennyson Street Barbecue

    Tennyson Street is sizzling with new restaurant activity, with several new eateries scheduled to open in the Berkeley neighborhood in the coming months. Changes for existing places are afoot, too: Big Hoss Bar-B-Q has been sold to new owners, who will debut a new name -- Tennyson Street Barbecue -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2014

    Richard Sandoval Launches His Cookbook: New Latin Flavors

    Richard Sandoval would like to make Denver his home. The international chef and restaurateur, who has over forty restaurants around the globe, still thinks Colorado is one of the best places in the U.S., which is why there are more Sandoval restaurants in this state than anywhere else, with five in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2014

    Review: Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery Is a Quick Hit

    Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery 4990 East Colfax Avenue 720-550-7665 Meats are sizzling, tofu's frying, pots are clanging: It's game time, and the reality of a roomful of diners has hit Chop Shop hard. The chef has a word with someone on the line; she moves stations and the tempo picks up -- which is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2014

    Brunch at the Buff Still Keeps the Students -- and Alumni -- Coming Back

    Don't be fooled by the shiny new façade, the Buff is still the same place you've always known and loved. A Boulder landmark since 1995, the restaurant moved in January to a bigger space across the street, adding 700 square feet and more parking spaces. But the menu remains unchanged and the wait is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2014

    Five Denver Restaurants That Are Good for Kids -- and the Grownups Who Love Them

    Nothing riles up people like kids in restaurants. Even though I'm a parent, I'm sympathetic: I don't want a nice meal ruined by a whiny child, either. But the solution isn't to confine preschoolers to McDonald's, then move on to pizza and burger joints when they age out of Happy Meals. Where will th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2014

    The Ten Best Brunchtime Bottomless Mimosas in Denver

    If there's one thing people love about brunch, it's cocktails before noon. And with more than 50 spots in Denver offering bottomless mimosas (yes, we counted), how do you decide where to drink away the day? You evaluate the flavor profiles, uniqueness, champagne quality, and cost. Here are our recom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2014

    Reader: I Travel All Over, and Denver Is One of My Favorite Cities for Eating

    Last week Mark Antonation served up Ten Things Visitors Should Know About the Denver Dining Scene, including the crucial fact that this city's culinary contributions go far beyond the Denver omelette. Not only does Denver have great craft beer and bison, he points out, but it also has good very good ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2014

    Palettes at the Denver Art Museum Offers Cartier-Inspired Prix Fixe Menu

    Earlier this year, Gretchen Kurtz reviewed Palettes, the Kevin Taylor-run restaurant in the Denver Art Musem. At the time of her visits, the menu included selections created by executive chef Austin Cueto inspired by the Modern Masters exhibit at the DAM. This month, Cueto is applying his creative ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2014

    A Trio of Tasty Culinary Events Today

    Boulder Restaurant Week begins tomorrow; more than fifty of Boulder's top restaurants will offer a special, three-course $27 prix fixe dinner menu through November 22. The eating orgy kicks off at 4 p.m. today with First Sip, an evening of free beer from Avery Brewing Company and music at Prana, 114 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2014

    Happy Hour at FATE Brewing: a Fateful Encounter

    The onset of winter sent me scurrying for a dark beer -- and I wasn't alone. Boulder's FATE Brewing Company was packed to the rafters with everyone from high-fiving bros to families with little kids. Lots and lots of little kids. What secret sauce is FATE squirting to get a full house during single- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2014

    Twelve Late-Night Spots That Make Industry Folks Very Happy

    Happy hour takes the edge off, helping us unwind after a long day. But for people in the restaurant biz, happy hour isn't so happy: It marks the beginning of a long shift to come. That's why Cart-Driver, which I review this week, stays open late, with food and drink specials that start at 10 p.m. wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2014

    Five Different Styles of Ramen and Where to Find Them in Denver

    Denver isn't known as a ramen town, primarily because there aren't many joints that specialize in nothing but the Japanese noodle soup. In Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle you'll find dozens of Japanese restaurants that have "ramen" or "noodle" in their names -- but not so here in Denver. Stil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2014

    Review: Cart-Driver Looks Like a Winner in the Fast-Casual Pizza Race

    Cart-Driver 2500 Larimer Street 303-292-3553 The midterm elections may be a blip in the rearview mirror, but Denver remains a battleground. Only instead of politicians vying for voters, restaurateurs are fighting for guests. This is especially true in the pizza business, where the campaign remains ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2014

    Punch Bowl Social's Jeff Grimm Talks About Serving Keith Richards and Hunting Elk

    Jeff Grimm just landed the job as executive chef at Punch Bowl Social -- restaurateur Robert Thompson's dining and entertainment warehouse on Broadway -- a month ago, but he's already thrilled about what he calls a "community stable" environment, where teamwork and pitching in are part of the kitche ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2014

    Brunch at the Cozy Cottage is a Cozy Affair

    Cozy Cottage epitomizes the friendly neighborhood café -- the place you can walk right in, grab a complimentary cup of coffee and see the same grandmotherly servers on every visit. It's charming -- the kind of place you hope opens next door. With the Tennyson dining scene blowing up, Cozy Cottage h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2014

    Thailicious Adds Serene Charm to Busy Sheridan Boulevard

    Edgewater, with a population of just over 5,200, may have the highest ratio of Thai restaurants per capita of any spot in Colorado. Fans of Thai cuisine in the metro area are already familiar with the vibrant flavors and tongue-melting heat of U.S. Thai, but newcomer Thailicious, open less than a ye ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2014

    Frasca's Bobby Stuckey Talks Hospitality Intervention for TEDx

    Bobby Stuckey, co-owner of Boulder's Frasca Food and Wine, is a certified Master Sommelier, one of the most difficult professional certifications to earn in any line of work. Since the first Master Sommelier examination was held in 1969, only 135 North Americans have passed. Stuckey's influence on t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2014

    With Menu Design, Less Can Be More

    At dinner recently I was handed a sushi-style menu, with a list of items to check off by the piece. The restaurant wasn't Japanese; it had simply adapted the format for its charcuterie and cheeses. We glanced at the long list and set it aside, not in the mood for the negotiating that goes into such ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2014

    The Ten Best Patios in Denver for Igniting Your Winter Fire

    This week's Arctic blast and snow flurries shoved aside our Indian summer in a hurry. But fall's close doesn't have to mean the end of Denver's sunny patio time. So that you're not relegated to the indoors all winter, we compiled a list of wintry patios -- some enclosed, some with fire pits and heat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2014

    Cooking Classes, Wine Tastings and More on This Week's Culinary Calendar

    Start planning for the holidays by taking a cooking class or two and sampling what Whole Foods will be turning out this season. Or just start the celebration early at a wine-tasting or by trying some of Boulder's best restaurants as that town's restaurant week begins. Keep reading for a taste of wha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: Fried Chicken at the Post Brewing Co.

    Fried Chicken from the Post Brewing Co. 105 West Emma Street, Lafayette 303-593-2066 Fried chicken should be easy. After all, there are only two things to get right: the chicken and the breading. But the truth is, fried chicken is one of the easiest dishes for a restaurant to get wrong. It's rare t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2014

    The Top Five Things Red Lobster Got Right -- and Wrong

    It's all about the Cheddar Bay biscuits with Red Lobster, right? Well, churning out those deliciously addictive little biscuits is the best thing Red Lobster has ever done in a history of some awesome hits -- and terrible misses. RL just announced it's making some changes by booting non-seafood item ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2014

    Photos: Bites of China Opens in Aurora

    Bites of China opened recently in a tidy Aurora shopping center on East Alameda Avenue, where residents are no strangers to an array of ethnic eating options. Photographer Danielle Lirette stopped in to see what was cooking, and found that what looks like a standard counter-service Chinese eatery ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2014

    Ten Things Visitors Should Know About the Denver Restaurant Scene

    Out-of-towners may have specific ideas about what they'll encounter when trying to get a meal in Denver: there's nothing but steak houses, they'll have to resort to a chain restaurant, or dinner will likely consist of a Denver omelet. While our city certainly has its fair share of good beef, variety ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2014

    Milk & Honey Slowly Takes Shape in Historic Larimer Square Spot

    The empty space in the promenade that connects Larimer Street with the brick courtyard that currently serves as an entrance and front patio for Bistro Vendome isn't very obvious. Apart from a couple of papered-over windows and an empty sunken patio, there's not much evidence that Lime Cantina was on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2014

    Ay Caramba! No More Tortas for Cherry Creek North: A Second Helping of Cafe Society, November 3-7

    This week in Cafe Society, Gretchen Kurtz reviewed the District and thought the best thing on the menu was the deep-fried peanut butter sandwich. Mark Antonation talked to Chris Thompson, executive chef of the Nickel in the Hotel Teatro, about his new job overseeing food service for an entire hotel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2014

    Getting (Red) Sauced at Bar Red's Happy Hour

    Just around the corner from lavish CY Steak in the Diamond Cabaret -- which to my relief and chagrin, does not offer a happy hour -- is Cliff Young and his son Zachary's other concept, Bar Red. Until recently known as BaRed, the restaurant revamped its menu and changed its focus to classic-ish Itali ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2014

    Review: The District Makes a Course Correction

    The District 1320 East 17th Avenue 303-813-6688 I don't live in the district that is home to The District, the historic area in Uptown that inspired the restaurant's name. But I drive by often, so it's been easy to keep tabs on the place. At the start of summer, I watched a short-but-sweet burs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2014

    The Nickel's Chris Thompson Talks Chinese Food and Wood-Fired Cooking

    The Nickel 1100 14th Street 720-889-2128 thenickeldenver.com Chris Thompson moved with his mother from Long Beach, California, to Telluride when he was a kid, and quickly adapted to mountain-town life. He'd always had a love of the outdoors, engendered by camping, hiking and fishing trips with his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2014

    Brunch at P17 Is Still Unparalleled, If Less Exotic

    On the morning after Halloween, my friends and I had three requirements for brunch: somewhere that served alcohol (in quantity), somewhere with elevated dishes but where we could get away with wearing yoga pants and last night's makeup, and somewhere we could walk right in with no wait at whatever ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2014

    Ay Caramba! Closes in Cherry Creek North

    When restaurateur Alex Gurevich opened Ay Caramba! in Cherry Creek North in early 2013, it was a bit of surprise, considering that most of Denver's tortas joints are of the hole-in-the-wall variety in lower-rent neighborhoods. There was much speculation as to whether Creekers would even know what a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2014

    Suvipa Thai Adds Variety to Federal's Vietnamese Zone

    Suvipa Thai didn't have to do much to make its dining room presentable for guests: a new coat of paint in the small, square room and some flowers on the tables, and everything was ready to go. The previous tenant, Pho De, had already painted over the lime green and sky blue of Lotus Vegetarian, whic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2014

    Hosea Rosenberg Set to Open Blackbelly Market Next Tuesday in Boulder

    Hosea Rosenberg's Blackbelly Market is set to open next Tuesday, November 11, in a nondescript east Boulder location that belies the complexity of the operation inside. With his new, expansive kitchen, Rosenberg will run a catering business, a fine-dining restaurant, a salumeria making fresh sausage ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2014

    Village Cork Reopens With Lunch, Dinner and Full Bar

    The Village Cork opened its doors to customers last night for the first time in four months, when the tiny Platt Park wine bar and bistro closed for a remodel. The space is still charming and rustic, but now there's a little more space -- for the cooks as well as the customers. A new open kitchen at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2014

    Cart-Driver Will Open for Lunch Today at Noon

    I've always thought that Cart-Driver, with its blistered Neapolitan-style pizzas and lightning-fast kitchen, would be a great lunch spot. Problem was, it wasn't open for lunch. Starting today, however, that will change. At noon, the doors of this trendy little restaurant sandwiched into the s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2014

    Spruce Tap House Opens in Former Blake Street Tavern Space in Ballpark

    When the Blake Street Tavern left its original location for bigger digs down the street (in the cavernous and clubby space that once housed Polly Esther's), a vacuum was left that sucked in a couple of other eateries that tried to make a go of that space. Brauns moved from its home in front of the P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2014

    Thirteen Best Places to Trick-or-Eat Tonight

    Halloween is here and Denver will be oozing with costumes, creatures and candy all weekend long. There's a grab-bag of events to indulge in: some scary, some sexy, and some scrumptious. Build your base for the evening at Chipotle, which is offering its Boorito deal after 5 p.m., selling all custome ... More >>

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    October 31, 2014

    Ace and The Kitchen in Boulder Will Be Featured on Good Food America

    Z Living TV may be the ESPN Ocho of food channels, but the healthy-lifestyle network (formerly Veria Living) is giving some national attention to a couple of Denver-area restaurants. Ace and the Kitchen in Boulder will both be featured on the Z Living's Good Food America, a travel show hosted by che ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2014

    The Ten Worst Restaurant Names in Denver

    Fort Collins residents are having a war of words over the new Illegal Pete's coming to town. Some have taken offense to the use of the word "illegal," but as restaurant names go, it's not the worst we've seen. Without making judgments about the quality of food or service, here are ten Denver restaur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2014

    Sarto's Brings Metropolitan Italian and Cicchetti Bar to Jefferson Park

    Sarto's, the much anticipated restaurant from owners Taylor and Kajsa Swallow and chef Brian Laird, opened its elegant gray-and-white dining room in Jefferson Park this week, giving neighbors a taste of pan-Italian cooking with urban flair and ingredient-driven flavors. Laird, whose Italian prowess ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2014

    From Gulping at Grandma's to Snacking at Sarto's: Our Restaurant Roll Call for October

    The record pace of restaurant openings slowed a bit in October, but there were still some notable events, including the long-awaited opening of Sarto's in Jefferson Park. And two of the town's best Chinese restaurants -- Chef Liu's and East Asia Garden -- gave up the ghost, although the latter is su ... More >>

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