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Eating Out

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    Bartender Anthony Giovanni moves into a new role as general manager at The Nickel

    "I had a great time," says Anthony Giovanni, speaking of his days behind the bar at Green Russell. "Frank Bonanno, Adam Hodak and the rest of the team there were phenomenal people. It was a great experience." Giovanni recently announced his departure from the speakeasy to become general manager of T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    Chop Shop, "a modern American grill with global influences," opens on East Colfax

    On a stretch of East Colfax Avenue known more for Ethiopian cuisine and dive bars than for destination dining, Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery, a new take on fast-casual with a "steakhouse-inspired" menu, hopes to tap into the pent-up needs of Hale, Montclair and Park Hill residents. After opening sof ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    Photos: Highland Tap and Burger chef Elijah Odell wins Pairsine food and beer pairing

    "Awesome, awesome, awesome." That's how chef Elijah Odell describes winning the seventh annual Pairsine food and beer pairing competition last night at the Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield. Pairsine, which is a combination of the words "pair" and "cuisine," challenged chefs to create beer-frien ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    Food, drink and big fun at tonight's Big Eat

    Denver's culinary scene is constantly expanding, which makes for some amazing food -- but can also make trying all the hot new restaurants quite a challenge. It could take months to explore the more recent developments in Denver's dining scene, and when you finish the restaurant landscape looks comp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    Reader: How many times have we seen Denver chef/restaurateurs spread themselves thin?

    Chef Troy Guard is a very busy man. Today he'll open Bubu, a new concept in the former TAG|Raw Bar space in Larimer Square; he's planning to put another spot in Lowry. Before that, he'll pour his expertise from TAG Burger Bar into Acme Burgers & Brats, opening next week in Union Station. Then there' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    Ten best kid-friendly restaurants in Denver

    Whether it's because the babysitter canceled at the last minute or because you want quality family time at a dinner you don't have to cook, loading up the kids for a restaurant excursion can be fun for the whole gang, provided the destination is suitable for the young ones. We know it can be awkward ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    Happy Hour: The Populist keeps it simple and honest

    If you're an experienced happy-hour hustler, trolling the city for $3 wells and half-price burgers, you're used to the routine: meager pours of booze, undercooked and indifferently presented food, and the kind of service doldrums that seem to arrive with happy hour -- generally right around the end ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    Dave Query on the end of Q's and the start of Big Red F

    Q's Restaurant in the Hotel Boulderado closed last week; it's turning into Spruce. To understand that name, you need only look outside the circa 1909 hotel, which is located at Spruce and 13th streets in Boulder. The explanation of the name that's being abandoned is a little more complicated: Those ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: Kettle Chips from Amerigo Delicatus

    No. 93 Kettle Chips at Amerigo Delicatus 2449 Larimer St. 303-862-9850 Although we have a long way to go, these crispy delights may end up being the cheapest item on our list of favorite dishes. That's because they're actually free -- but only if you order a sandwich from the lunch menu. We walk ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2014

    DISH tickets now on sale for Cafe Society readers

    Get ready for the kickoff of the fall food season! On Sunday, September 7, DISH will return to Sculpture Park at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. This is Westword's twentieth annual celebration of the Denver drinking and dining scene, and it promises to be quite a party. Now we're inviting Cafe S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2014

    Guard and Grace bills itself as a "modern steakhouse." Does it meat expectations?

    Four years ago when I was the restaurant critic for a now-defunct publication, I reviewed Shanahan's Steakhouse. At the time, the executive chef told me he was trying to create a menu that was "a lot more modern," but I as noted in my review, the beef was corn-fed and sourced out-of-state, making it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2014

    HandleBar Tavern closes for remodel, "new chapter"

    After a final bash yesterday, the HandleBar Tavern has closed for renovation -- and perhaps a new concept. "It is the end of an era," announced a sign on the door of the neighborhood restaurant last week. "Come help us celebrate as we get ready to remodel and begin a new chapter." See also: Table ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2014

    Patio of the Week: Shagging at Bogey's on the Park

    How do I know Denver loves its patios? Because it's almost impossible to get a seat on a nice day at the better-known spots. That's why I'm almost hesitant to tell you about Bogey's on The Park, because part of the appeal is that people don't know about it yet. In a city of gentrified neighborhoods ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2014

    The District to open Thursday, giving East 17th Avenue a late-night kitchen

    The stretch of East 17th Avenue between Broadway and City Park continues to be a hotbed of restaurant activity. Recent lauded additions like Argyll and Olive & Finch are now claiming territory alongside such veterans as Steuben's and Il Posto. And this week one more kitchen will fire up its burners ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    Markets, movies, mermaids and music on this weekend's culinary calendar

    It will be hot in Denver this weekend -- and we're not just talking temperature. The culinary calendar is packed with activities, including an eclectic new food market, Breck Brewery's annual bash and a mermaid mashup. Keep reading for a taste of what's ahead... See also: History Colorado's menu c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    Flautas and pho: Federal Boulevard update

    Federal Boulevard is filled with constantly evolving views of construction, commerce and change. No sooner does a Vietnamese restaurant close up shop than a new pho joint opens in its place. There's a little less churn with Mexican eateries, but new spots occasionally pop up. Driving up Federal this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: Head cheese from Beast Bottle

    No. 94 Head cheese at Beast Bottle 719 East 17th Avenue 303-623-3223 Beast Bottle has been garnering acclaim almost since the day it opened, most recently winning the Exceptional Newcomer Award from the Colorado Restaurant Association. Chef and co-owner Paul Reilly's ever-changing menu of cre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2014

    History Colorado's menu collection unearths a taste of the culinary past

    What did your grandparents eat when they stopped for a bite on the road? What kind of Colorado cuisine was served to tourists fresh from Stapleton Airport? And what did Playboy Bunnies graze on in-between dances? At 11 a.m. today at the History Colorado Center, Library Director Laura Ruttum Senturia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: Goat Hot Pot at Viet's

    No. 95 Goat Hot Pot at Viet's 333 South Federal Boulevard 303-922-5774 Viet's, tucked into the corner of the always bustling Far East Center, doesn't stand out as a destination dining spot. But despite its hidden location and competition from scads of other well-known Vietnamese eateries within a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2014

    MAD Greens opens a new store in Centennial today, plans growth beyond Colorado

    The popularity of salad restaurants rises and falls as quickly as health and diet fads in this country. One year will see a proliferation of salad-bar eateries with lines of calorie-conscious customers waiting to fill plates from crocks chilling under a sneeze guard, but come back in a few years and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2014

    Table Top sets the table for tonight's soft opening

    If you live in an area that you love but have to leave every time you want a quality drink or meal, you know how Sita Kedia and her husband, Dipesh Amin, felt as they looked around their East Colfax neighborhood, always feeling like something was missing. But rather than mope or drive to a hotter re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2014

    Pizzeria Basta chef Kelly Whitaker opening Cart-Driver today in Ballpark

    If you're like most Denver restaurant fans, you're already familiar with the shipping-container restaurant, retail and office venue named 25th & Larimer (because of its location at, um, 25th and Larimer streets). Just about every resident of this town has already fought for a seat at the crazily pop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2014

    The ouzo still flows at Yanni's Greek Restaurant

    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. Yanni's Greek Restaurant styles itself as a taverna in the traditional sense: a pl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2014

    LOCAL Eat Drink freshens up the flood-damaged town of Lyons

    The flood that raged through Lyons last fall left the town temporarily isolated from the outside world. So when the waters receded and the rebuilding began, restaurateurs and Lyons residents Katie Baum and De'Anna Duncan wanted to bring a new community space to Main Street, restoring some of what ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2014

    The ten best rooftop patios in Denver

    Even though we're past the summer solstice and the days are getting shorter again (depressing, isn't it?), the best days of July and August are upon us and should not be wasted. With drink in hand is the surest way to toast the sunset -- ideally from one of Denver's many rooftop bars. And if a drink ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: Baum cake from Glaze by Sasa

    No. 96 Baum cake at Glaze by Sasa 1160 Madison Street 720-387-7890 When the original Glaze bakery closed earlier this year, it was like losing a friend we'd just met. The intricate and time-consuming method -- not to mention the special oven imported from Japan -- caught our attention at just th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2014

    All aboard for Stoic & Genuine, opening Wednesday in Union Station

    Even though the official grand opening of the renovated Union Station has been pushed back to July 26, Stoic & Genuine, the seafood restaurant created by Jen Jasinski and Beth Gruitch (the team behind Rioja, Bistro Vendôme and Euclid Hall), is ready to get in the swim, and plans to be open for lunc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2014

    Q's in the Hotel Boulderado closes, making way for Spruce

    The Hotel Boulderado opened on New Year's Day, 1909. Since then, restaurants have operated almost continuously in the hotel, including Q's, which set up shop there nearly twenty years ago. But yesterday Q's closed its doors, and a new concept called Spruce will soon take its place, with an expected ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2014

    LoHi celebrations and a GMO-free festival for the Fourth of July Weekend

    Happy Fourth to everyone! This weekend will undoubtedly be filled with beers, BBQ, and fireworks but if your looking for more to do this weekend look no further. Here are several more events to help you celebrate this holiday weekend. See also: Lola unveils new logo and menu in changing LoHi

  • Dining

    July 3, 2014
  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    Sassafras now has a location in Capitol Hill -- with a liquor license!

    A second location of popular breakfast and lunch joint Sassafras opened last week at 320 East Colfax Avenue, bringing its laid-back yet inventive Southern-inspired dishes to Capitol Hill, and closer to home for many of the restaurant's devotees. See also: Southern breakfasts take center stage at S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    Ten best new restaurants of 2014 -- so far

    In 2013, more than 250 restaurants opened in metro Denver, everything from ambitious crowd-pleasers like Old Major and Best of Denver winner Lower48 Kitchen to a smattering of out-of-state doughnut houses. While 2014 might not be quite on pace to top last year's opening numbers, there's been no shor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    How Gozo wound up in Colorado rather than California

    After years in northern California, veteran restaurateur Frank Jolley IV had a choice to make: open a restaurant there, or find a new place to set up shop. "I was 50-50 Healdsburg or Denver," says Jolley, whose lengthy career includes everything from picking grapes in New Zealand to meeting Julia Ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    Lola unveils new logo and menu in changing LoHi

    Ten years isn't a long time, unless you're in the restaurant business, in which case surviving a decade can seem like a monumental achievement. And with the rapid changes in Denver dining tastes and the explosion of hot new restaurant neighborhoods over the past few years, older eateries find themse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: The Greggers tongue sandwich at Olive & Finch

    No. 97 The Greggers tongue sandwich at Olive & Finch Eatery, Bakery & Market 1552 East 17th Avenue 303-832-8663 Beef tongue: the name says it all. You're eating a part of the cow that does the eating. If not cooked properly, it can taste like it's from a cow that liked to lick other cows. But in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    Stephen McCary, chef of Mizuna: "I'd love it if the words 'molecular gastronomy' would die"

    Stephen McCary Mizuna 225 East Seventh Avenue 303-832-4778 mizunadenver.com It's mid-afternoon on a Tuesday, and Mizuna's kitchen is already buzzing in preparation for dinner service. On the line, executive chef Stephen McCary, a six-year veteran of the venerable restaurant -- still one of Denver's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    Chef Zorba's offers diner spirit and Greek comfort

    For more than a year, Mark Antonation ate his way up Federal Boulevard. With that journey done, he's now exploring different cuisines from around the globe right here in metro Denver, one month at a time, in Ethniche. Denver doesn't have a reputation for great Greek restaurants. Whether that's beca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: Cochinita Pibil at Work & Class

    No. 98 Cochinita Pibil at Work & Class 2500 Larimer Street 303-292-0700 It's possible that every menu item at Work & Class, the raucous but welcoming homage to American slow cooking -- with a healthy dose of Mexican flavors -- could make our 100 Favorite Dishes list. The kitchen's spoon bread is a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    Will you want to go to Gozo? Find out tomorrow...

    In early March, Gozo finally opened on South Broadway. It's an Italian-Spanish eatery -- not that you'd know it from the name. It doesn't serve aljotta (fish soup) or hobz biz-zejt (bread with tomatoes, anchovies, mint and cheese) or other staples from Gozo, an island in the Maltese archipelago. It ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2014

    And the winners are: Top Taco margarita and taco throwdown at Sculpture Park

    "We're the biggest tequila bar in the city -- we should be winning margarita contests," saysLa Biblioteca bartender Ben Carrington of his double-win in the margarita category at Top Taco. The taco and margarita competition, which took place Thursday, June 26 at Sculpture Park, pitted area restaurant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2014

    Morton's celebrates its 35th anniversary with a $35, three-course menu

    If you're looking for a good steak at a relative bargain, the tony and staid Morton's Steakhouse is offering a deal in celebration of the chain's 35th anniversary. Although the LoDo branch is considerably younger (it replaced an earlier version at the Tivoli), our sole metro Morton's is joining the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2014

    Clear Creek Organics, chef Michel Wahaltere prove farm-to-table is no fad

    Farm-to-fork, farm-to-table, pasture-to-plate: Whether industry buzz phrases or genuine attempts to improve the quality of meals for restaurant diners, the trend has blossomed into a nationwide obsession for restaurateurs and dedicated gourmands alike. The sincerity of a kitchen's efforts is general ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2014

    More tacos, whiskey, wings and things this weekend

    Sculpture Park was the scene of Denver's Top Taco competition yesterday, and tacos will be the talk of the town again this weekend. The fully loaded culinary calendar also includes a wing competition, a food truck fiesta, a boozy punch contest and more. Keep reading for a rundown of these tasty acti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2014

    Reader: If I only ate my own cooking, I wouldn't benefit from new ideas, tastes, textures

    A few weeks ago, when a rash of readers were claiming that the best meals were made in their own kitchens, we asked what you wanted to read about on Cafe Society. Home cooks? Professional cooks? Good restaurants? Bad restaurants? National trends? Local trends? See also: Reader: I love all the resta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: Gurage kitfo at Megenagna Ethiopian Restaurant

    Number 99: Gurage kitfo at Megenagna Ethiopian Restaurant 307 Ironton Street, Aurora 720-532-0266 Kitfo -- finely minced beef seasoned with the Ethiopan herbed clarified butter called niter kibbeh and the tongue-searing spice blend called mitmita -- originated in the foodways of the Gurage people o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2014

    Jordan Wallace, chef of Pizzeria Locale, on his Vitamix episode, David Chang and victory

    Jordan Wallace Pizzeria Locale 550 Broadway 720-508-8828 pizzerialocale.com This is part two of my interview with Jordan Wallace, chef of Pizzeria Locale; part one of our chat ran yesterday. Most memorable meal you've ever had: A dinner at Quince in San Francisco before the restaurant relocated ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2014

    El Chingon's construction woes are almost over, with a patio opening tomorrow

    Even with experienced teams, it takes a while for a new restaurant to settle in. But right around the time chefs usually begin to catch their breath, the family behind El Chingon realized that they'd need to do it all over again -- soon. "Within the first three or four months ... [we] realized the l ... More >>

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