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Eating Out

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    Reader: Did Hard Rock Cafe remodel its food, too?

    After fifteen years the Hard Rock Cafe was looking like a fossil, especially as new restaurants -- Lime, Grimaldi's, 5280 Burgers -- joined the lineup at the Denver Pavilions. So this link in the national chain just went through a major upgrade, a floor-to-ceiling makeover of the 11,000 square foot ... More >>

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    June 13, 2014

    Guess where I'm eating samosas and chutneys?

    This restaurant has gone through several changes since it first opened, morphing from a vast space with a center island of prepared foodstuffs to a full-fledged restaurant that's feeding enthusiastic crowds. And the beef-and-onion samosas, served with lemon wedges and a duo of tamarind and cilantro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    Win two VIP tickets to Top Taco Denver!

    On Thursday, June 26, 24 local restaurants will battle it out for taco supremacy in the inaugural Top Taco Denver showdown, a benefit for the Colorado Restaurant Association's Education Foundation ProStart scholarship program. The event, which unfolds in Sculpture Park, located just behind the Denve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    DJ Nagle, chef of Humboldt: Farm, Fish, Wine: "Respect the dishwashers"

    DJ Nagle Humboldt: Farm, Fish, Wine 1700 Humboldt Street 303-813-1700 humboldtrestaurant.com This is part two of my interview with DJ Nagle, executive chef of Humboldt: Farm, Fish, Wine; the first installment of our chat ran yesterday. Most noteworthy meal you've ever eaten: When I was a young c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    How Olive & Finch predicted the transformation of Parallel 17 into P17

    When Olive & Finchopened in December, the French café-inspired eatery came as a surprise to fans of chef Mary Nguyen's previous restaurants, Parallel Seventeen and Street Kitchen Asian Bistro. At Olive & Finch, she traded pho for prosciutto, black bean stir fries for breakfast burritos, and tuna ro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    Guess where I'm eating arancini and head-on prawns?

    Who says that suburban restaurants have to bow down to the chain-ganged masses? In the case of this further afield restaurant, which recently boasted a plate of fantastic arancini, coupled with head-on shrimp, the kitchen turns out terrific foodstuffs that make even city folk leave their sheltered b ... More >>

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    June 12, 2014
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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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2014

    Doubling down on mitmita and berbere at Eatopia Ethiopian Cafe

    For more than a year, Mark Antonation ate his way up Federal Boulevard. With that journey done, he'll now explore different cuisines from around the globe right here in metro Denver, one month at a time, in Ethniche. Driving to Aurora to eat Ethiopian cuisine seemed a little counter-intuitive, at l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2014

    DJ Nagle, chef of Humboldt: Farm, Fish, Wine, on benching the fifteen-pound burrito

    DJ Nagle Humboldt: Farm, Fish, Wine 1700 Humboldt Street 303-813-1700 humboldtrestaurant.com This is part one of my interview with DJ Nagle, executive chef of Humboldt: Farm, Fish, Wine; the second installment of our chat will run tomorrow. Even though it wasn't a requirement, DJ Nagle always spo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2014

    First Look: Ella, a "fine diner" from the owner of Zoe Ma Ma, opens in Boulder

    Even the co-owner of Boulder's best Chinese restaurant knows his limitations. "I knew that I had to come clean with a secret: I'm not Italian," quips Edwin Zoe, who, along with his mother, owns Zoe Ma Ma, a stellar Chinese restaurant in downtown Boulder and, up until quite recently, Radda Trattoria, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2014

    Reader: Robert Thompson has amazing talent for self-promotion...and Scotch eggs

    When Robert Thompson opened Brasserie Rouge in LoDo a decade ago, it ran away with our Best New Restaurant award. And when -- after a bumpy stretch that saw Brasserie Rouge close and Thompson leave town for a while -- he returned to open Argyll in Cherry Creek, that restaurant, too, won Best New Res ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2014

    Guess where you're eating? At an EatDenver restaurant if you're sarahstude1

    Cafe Society served up five Guess Where? contests last week, ranging from a box of noteworthy scones from Adagio Baking Company to a vase of citrus-sprayed bay scallop ceviche from El Chingon to a plate of chicken wings from a steak joint in LoHi.

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2014

    Guess where I'm eating a Korean feast?

    I recently spent several days eating my way around Los Angeles, and whenever I'm there, I clamor for Korean food, and then I clamor for it again as soon as I get back to Denver, and this Korean restaurant, in particular, always gives in to my cravings. Can you guess where I'm eating? Special bonu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2014

    Reader: Bonnie Brae Tavern is eighty? That's a couple of centuries in restaurant years

    In the rough-and-tumble restaurant world, staying in business for a decade is a major accomplishment -- and making it for eighty years, all in the same family? That's something to celebrate. Which Bonnie Brae Tavern will be doing all day today, as the Dire family marks the eightieth birthday of thei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2014

    Guess where I'm eating scones?

    Last night, on the stage of George Washington High School, my kid received his certificate of continuation -- he's now a high schooler -- and to celebrate, we went out for a late Thai dinner, which sucked, so to compensate, I fed him his favorite breakfast: hot scones from a lovely neighborhood bake ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 5, 2014
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    June 5, 2014

    Reader: T-Wa helped pave the way for the proliferation of Vietnamese places in town

    It was the end of an era. After thirty years, the T-Wa Inn -- Denver's first Vietnamese restaurant -- went dark last weekend. But T-Wa's future started looking dim long ago, as other Vietnamese restaurants popped up all over town. And as owner Tom Lam told Jason Sheehan seven years ago: "It's really ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2014

    Bonnie Brae Tavern still kicking (and cooking) at eighty!

    The Bonnie Brae Tavern looks pretty good for turning eighty this Friday, and not much different than the day it opened. The roadside eatery will celebrate eighty years of family operation on June 6 with 80 cent draught beers, $1.80 orders of burgers and fries and spaghetti and meatballs, and "Denver ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2014

    Jeff Jones, chef of P17: "Without your cooks, or your dishwasher, you're nothing"

    Jeff Jones P17 1600 East 17th Avenue 303-399-0988 p17denver.com This is part two of my interview with Jeff Jones, chef de cuisine of P17; part one of our conversation ran yesterday. Your three favorite Denver restaurants other than your own: I love Snooze on Larimer, and when I'm craving a nice ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2014

    Chai & Chai moving from an "ethnic kitchen" to an "experimental" one

    Restaurants, like reality TV shows, tend to follow some common scripts: steakhouses, small plates places, pizza joints, sports bars, etc. That's why it's refreshing to see a spot like Chai & Chai, the restaurant I review this week, which refuses to follow an established path. This low-key res ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    Wott's happening at the Queen of Sheba on Colfax

    For more than a year, Mark Antonation ate his way up Federal Boulevard. With that journey done, he'll now explore different cuisines from around the globe right here in metro Denver, one month at a time, in Ethniche. Last month was Hawaiian. And June? Ethiopian. Heading away from Capitol Hill on Co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    Jeff Jones, chef of P17: "We become a better restaurant when you give us constructive criticism"

    Jeff Jones P17 1600 East 17th Avenue 303-399-0988 p17denver.com This is part one of my interview with Jeff Jones, chef de cuisine of P17; part two of our conversation will run tomorrow. When you're a kid, there's nothing worse than constantly being on the move. Unless, that is, you happen to win ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    Guess where I'm eating a Caesar salad?

    When the joint next door sternly turned us away, claiming that a catering order would prohibit the kitchen staff from cooking for its customers for at least thirty minutes (seriously?), we opted, in a pinch, for Italian food instead. And my kid, who's obsessed with Caesar salads, ordered one here, n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    Black Pearl chef Samir Mohammad leaving to pursue overseas culinary opportunity

    It started with a reflective traipse through the mountain wilderness, says Samir Mohammad, recounting the day he made the difficult decision to quit his job at Black Pearl, where he's been the executive chef since January of this year. But he's not just departing the kitchen of Black Pearl; he's lea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2014

    Guess where I'm eating scallop ceviche?

    While this Mexican restaurant dispenses tacos, burritos and tostadas, the kitchen performs best when it detours from cheese and green chile. In fact, it's the ceviches, all citrus and sweet ocean, that are the star of the show. Can you guess where I'm eating? Special bonus: Anyone who gives the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2014

    Guess where I'm eating roasted banana pudding?

    After last night's dinner, our server came back to the table and mentioned that the chef wanted to send out a complimentary dessert. Curious, I asked why, and while this is a restaurant that I've been to at least two dozen times, our server thought it was my first time...and she wanted to make sure ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2014

    Range heats up, Le Grand closes up: Our Restaurant Roll Call for May

    Over two dozen restaurants opened in metro Denver in May, ranging from new outposts of homegrown chains (Modmarket, Live Basil Pizza, Park Burger) to Range, a new-style Old West saloon in the stunningly renovated old Colorado Bank Building. But only a few blocks away, another vintage building lost i ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 29, 2014
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    May 29, 2014

    Guess where I'm eating pad Thai?

    I ordered the tom yum and the panang curry Thai hot. Big, BIG mistake. My kid, on the other hand, has more common sense than I, and just shook his head knowingly at the server when he ordered his own pad Thai, asking for a spice level of medium. He wins. Can you guess where I'm eating? Special bon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2014

    Top five celebrity restaurant fails

    Nothing is sadder than when celebrities dabble in the food-service industry and fail miserably at it -- except when the food fails are so completely predictable that even a dumb-as-a-rock celebrity should have known better. Over the weekend the lady-centric (and arguably un-feminist) steakhouse SHe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2014

    Reader: Lowry and other areas east of Colfax lack restaurants

    East Denver got good news and bad news this month. First, chef/owner Jon Robbins, founder of Gypsy Kitchen, opened the brick-and-mortar Bistro Barbès at 5021 East 28th Avenue. But then came the news that Latke Love, its neighbor at 5151 East 28th, will be closing on May 31. That prompted one reside ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2014

    Native Foods Cafe opens on South Colorado Boulevard today

    Is Native Foods Cafe the Best Vegetarian Restaurant in Denver? That's what we named it in the Best of Denver 2014, when the California-based chain had two spots in the metro area, in CitySet and Boulder. And now Denver's about to get more of a good thing, when Native Foods Cafe opens its third metro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2014

    Guess where you're eating? At an EatDenver restaurant if you're ryanhuseby

    Cafe Society dished up five Guess Where? contests last week, parading everything from a jar of pickled vegetables from Gallo di Nero to a plate of nachos at El Tepehuan to a way overdone burger from a steakhouse that you'd think would know the difference between crimson and ashen. Alas.

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2014

    Bocadillo closes in Sunnyside

    In the summer of 2012, Derek Dietz opened Bocadillo, originally as a Spanish-influenced sandwich shop, on a quiet street in Sunnyside. "I fell in love with the Sunnyside neighborhood, the huge kitchen and the space, and it had always been my dream to open a restaurant," said Dietz, Bocadillo's execu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2014

    Why does Work & Class seem so right now -- and so right?

    Rarely does a restaurant capture the moment as well as Work & Class, which opened in the Ballpark neighborhood this past January. And I'm not just talking about how it embodies 21st-century sustainability with its shipping-container shell. See also: The ten best restaurants in the Ballpark neighbo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2014

    Guess where I'm eating Ethiopian kitfo?

    Most of the Ethiopian joints in Denver won't win any design awards for their muted aesthetics, but this Ethiopian restaurant, despite its pedestrian outside appearance, boasts a lovely dining room, and as far as I know, it's the only place in Denver that serves gurage kitfo, a southern Ethiopian dis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    From burgers to beans, a second helping of Cafe Society, May 19-23

    This week in Cafe Society, reviewer Gretchen Kurtz got in touch with her inner veggie-girl at Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant in Boulder. For Chef and Tell, Lori Midson talked to chef de cuisine Samuel McCandless of Squeaky Bean -- a place she claims has the best burger in town -- about his methods in th ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 22, 2014
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    May 22, 2014

    Reader: Help the restaurant-starved East Denverites!

    The Bistro at Stapleton opened last week, in an area hungry for new dining options. But win some, lose some: The sad news also came that to the west in Park Hill, Latke Love will be closing at the end of the month. See also: First Look at the Bistro at Stapleton

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    Samuel McCandless, chef de cuisine at the Squeaky Bean, on the hand sink and your reflection

    Samuel McCandless The Squeaky Bean 1500 Wynkoop Street 303-623-2665 squeakybean.net This is part two of my interview with Sam McCandless, chef de cuisine at the Squeaky Bean; part one of our conversation ran yesterday. Most memorable meal you've ever had: Eating at L20 with my mom. I was jaded ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2014

    Reader: It's easy to be a vegetarian and not a jerk

    Are vegetarians jerks? Or are the people serving vegetarians jerks? While Gretchen Kurtz liked many of the dishes at Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant, which she reviews this week, she found the service less than attentive. And on our arts blog, Bree Davies pondered the possibility of becoming a vegetarian ... More >>

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    May 21, 2014

    Samuel McCandless, chef de cuisine of the Squeaky Bean: "Start with the best and end with something even better"

    Samuel McCandless The Squeaky Bean 1500 Wynkoop Street 303-623-2665 squeakybean.net hen he was a kid, the mere thought of cooking panicked Samuel McCandless. "I was kinda scared to cook when I was young, and I have no idea why, other than that I was intimidated and didn't want to be bad at it," sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2014

    Eat out today and help Dining Out for Kids

    Today you can dine out at any of over a dozen Denver restaurants and help out kids at the same time. The second annual "Dining Out for Kids" restaurant day will benefit the children in treatment at Mount Saint Vincent. See also: Civic Center Eats, Greek wine and kosher hot dogs on the culinary ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2014

    Guess where I'm eating asparagus salad?

    Brunch is definitely Denver's favorite meal, and diners were out in force yesterday at local eateries to enjoy the sunshine and seasonal fare -- including this asparagus salad. Too bad the kitschy coffee mug wasn't as fresh... Can you guess where I'm eating? Special bonus: Anyone who gives the fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2014

    Guess where you're eating? At an EatDenver restaurant, if you're GTice

    Cafe Society dished up four Guess Where? contests last week, featuring everything from a less-than-appetizing carne adobada at D'Corazon to a fantastic corned beef hash at Creekside Cafe in Steamboat and more. See also: Guess where I'm eating asparagus salad?

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    May 19, 2014

    Civic Center Eats, Greek wine and kosher hot dogs on the culinary calendar this week

    Civic Center Eats is on a roll: The largest gathering of food trucks in metro Denver returns to Civic Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, and will be there every subsequent Tuesday and thursday through October 9 (except for June 5, July 3, August 28 and September 2). Find out more informa ... More >>

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