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Eating Out

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    August 22, 2014

    Final Winners Update: First Denver Restaurant Week in August Starts Tomorrow

    We've now picked the five winners who are getting dinner for two at one of the restaurants participating in the the first August edition of Denver Restaurant Week . But anyone can find a winning deal during DRW. From August 23 through 29, more than 200 restaurants will be offering special, three-co ... More >>

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    August 19, 2014

    Reader: I Cook for a Living, but Can't Afford to Eat at a Decent Restaurant

    Denver Restaurant Week turned ten this year, and organizers proved that you can make a good idea better -- by splitting the annual eating orgy into two weeks. The original week-long span in February remains, but the extra week that had been added over the years has been moved to August. The first Au ... More >>

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    August 18, 2014

    Dining on the Hoof, More Meals and Deals on this Week's Culinary Calendar

    This week's culinary calendar is a cornucopia of events that feature homegrown products, from cantaloupe to cows. But there are also deals that celebrate homegrown organizations, benefiting everything from wildlife to felines to Food Bank of the Rockies. Keep reading for a taste... See also: In Sea ... More >>

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    August 18, 2014

    Reader: If Gallo di Nero Couldn't Make It in This Spot, Maybe It Can't Be Done

    Back in June, when we listed the Ten Best Restaurants in the Golden Triangle, Gallo di Nero was one of our favorites. But the restaurant closed its doors last week -- quickly and quietly. "The reasons for the quick closing are as follows," a spokesperson said. "There is a potential buyer for the pr ... More >>

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    August 18, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: Scallop Crudo at Stoic & Genuine

    No. 82 Scallop Crudo at Stoic & Genuine 1701 Wynkoop Street (Union Station) 303-640-3474 Stoic & Genuine is the fourth restaurant in Jennifer Jasinski and Beth Gruitch's downtown stable of praised eateries, after Rioja, Bistro Vendome and Euclid Hall. The compact but airy seafood harbor captures th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2014

    Reader: Hipster Faux Gastropubs Are the New Cupcake Stores

    More than forty new restaurants and bars opened in July -- and one of them, Provisions Chophaus & Drinkery, which opened in the busy block of 1500 Blake Street, barely lasted a week. "Unfortunately due to one bad apple we have to close the doors," said Provisions's Facebook posting announcing the en ... More >>

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    August 15, 2014

    Does Federal Boulevard Have an Identity Crisis? A Trio of Name Changes

    A new coat of paint and a new sign might not make a new restaurant -- unless it's on Federal Boulevard, where the food may not change much, but the names and bright colors shift like the oily surface of a bowl of menudo. On a recent trip up the strip, we spotted several new identity changes -- as we ... More >>

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    August 15, 2014

    In Season: Three Colorado Peach Dishes in Denver

    The best way to eat a Colorado peach is straight off the tree or from a roadside stand, still warm from the sun. Just dust off the skin, take a bite and let the juice run down your chin as you savor the sweetness. After that, the pros can have a go at capturing that flavor in their own culinary crea ... More >>

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    August 14, 2014

    First Look: Spruce in the Hotel Boulderado Promises Farm and Fish

    The Hotel Boulderado has built up plenty of character over the last 100 years or so of continuous operation, but even proud edifices with tradition and history behind them can stand an occasional sprucing up. So this summer the hotel revamped its restaurant -- operating in the same space since the B ... More >>

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    August 14, 2014

    Acorn gets accolades from Frank Bruni, Bon Appetit

    Acorn is having a good week. Yesterday, the restaurant that bartender Bryan Dayton and chef Steve Redzikowski opened less than a year ago in the Source was named one of the fifty nominees in Bon Appetit's America's Best New Restaurantscontest. And Acorn just got a big kiss from Frank Bruni, former N ... More >>

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    August 14, 2014

    PMG Wine Bar Now Pouring in Boulder

    PMG, a new wine bar with full dinner service, opened in Boulder last Friday in the spot formerly occupied by the Beehive. New owner Emily Gold is hoping to give guests an affordable and approachable wine experience with food that complements the wine without overshadowing it. See also: First Look: ... More >>

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    August 14, 2014

    Gallo di Nero will crow no more on Bannock Street

    We have a new candidate for the worst black hole in Denver: 1135 Bannock Street. That address just swallowed up Gallo Di Nero, which had emerged from the ashes of Fired Up, a restaurant that repositioned itself after an electrical fire. See also: Best Dinner Under $10 -- Gallo di Nero

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2014

    Brunch at Sugarmill Is a Sweet Saturday Find

    Despite its location on the ultra-hot strip of Upper Larimer that includes Work & Class, Amerigo Delicatus and Los Chingones, Sugarmill is the only place within a scone's throw that's open for a quick Saturday morning bite. Troy Guard and his pastry chef partner Noah French may have been targeting a ... More >>

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    August 13, 2014

    There's Something in the Water at New York Deli News

    There's something special about New York City water that gives bagels, breads and cured meats a texture and flavor that New Yorkers know and love, agree Al and Tory Belsky, owners of New York Deli News. And as big as the city is, there may be even more New Yorkers living outside the five boroughs -- ... More >>

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    August 12, 2014

    Patio of the Week: Enjoy a Mexican Staycation at El Noa Noa

    The first time I visited El Noa Noa Mexican Restaurant, I had no expectations. It was my initiation into the ritual of strolling along Santa Fe for its First Friday art walk, which was, I found, more about being seen than seeing the art. We wanted to escape the sidewalk crowd and grab a bite and bev ... More >>

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    August 12, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: Chile Relleno Burrito at El Taco de Mexico

    No. 83 Chile Relleno Burrito at El Taco de Mexico 714 Santa Fe Drive 303-623-3926 The name of this tiny taco shack (little more than a lean-to, really) says everything it needs to: The taco of Mexico. A taco hunter seeking the best in town certainly couldn't go wrong here, but sometimes more than d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2014

    Ballpark Plates, Corks and Forks, and Whiskey and Doughnuts on This Week's Culinary Calendar

    Save calories and carbs for later in the week, when you can visit Denver's Best Restaurant Neighborhood to sample dishes from forty kitchens, visit the Denver Botanic Gardens for wine and more food, or throw down both doughnuts and locally distilled whiskey in the ultimate throwdown. Dough! Keep rea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2014

    Spruce Now Open in Hotel Boulderado

    The Hotel Boulderado opened on New Year's Day 1909. Since then, restaurants have operated almost continuously in the Boulder landmark, including a few that became landmarks themselves -- like Q's, which Dave Query opened there almost twenty years ago. But in an ongoing effort to update the hotel, Q' ... More >>

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    August 11, 2014

    Five Ways Restaurants Screw Their Employees

    The news lately has been full of restaurant fuck-ups that create headaches for customers...and hardships for employees. While the restaurant industry as a whole serves a very useful purpose -- it sells prepared meals to people who need and want them, provides a flow of tax money to communities, and ... More >>

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    August 8, 2014

    The Ten Best Hipster Bars in Denver -- Summer 2014 Edition

    The word "hipster" gets tossed around a lot in the blogosphere, usually as a derogatory term for someone who wears different clothes or likes different things than the troll or flamer employing the word as a slur. But every generation has had its defining iconoclasts -- the mostly young and style-co ... More >>

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    August 8, 2014

    Glitzy Dorchester Social Eatery Opening in LoDo Saturday

    Dorchester Social Eatery opens tomorrow in a prime slice of real estate at 15th and Market streets, on a block where the young and chic often club away the night with champagne, house music and expensive outfits. While offering a full dinner menu of continent-hopping entrees as well as smaller sampl ... More >>

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    August 7, 2014

    Happy Hour at Charlie Brown's: Cheap Drinks and Secondhand Smoke

    Now, this is more like it: a real happy hour at last. The legendary Charlie Brown's in Capitol Hill is well known to the city's bar-crawlers and chain-smokers, but also to a new generation of students and hipsters who appreciate a place with cheap drinks -- and food served all night. Even with the ... More >>

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    August 7, 2014

    Tom's Urban Gets a Remodel: More Restaurant, Less Diner -- and Shorter Hours

    When Tom's Urban 24 opened on Halloween night 2012, it lit up the corner of Larimer and 15th streets that had gone dark when the Samba Room closed. Last week that space went dark again -- but only temporarily -- so that owner Tom Ryan could introduce some changes. When the brown paper covering the d ... More >>

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    August 7, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: Chips and Dip at Euclid Hall

    No. 84 Chips and Dip at Euclid Hall 1317 14th Street 303-595-4255 When the phrase "chips and dip" appears on a restaurant menu, your eyes tend to slide right past to more interesting options. At Euclid Hall, though, that would be a mistake. As with all the dishes at this modern take on a German bee ... More >>

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    August 7, 2014

    Reader: If I Saw a Sign Saying Kids Cannot Come In, I'd Talk to the Owner -- and a Lawyer

    Old Fisherman's Grotto, a bustling California tourist attraction, recently posted a sign prohibiting strollers, high chairs, booster seats, loud kids and crying babies. While some parents complained, Jenn Wohletz applauded the move by restaurant owner Chris Shake, and offered her own five reasons wh ... More >>

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    August 7, 2014

    What Does Twelve's Closing Say About Denver's Dining Scene?

    More than forty restaurants opened in July, with dozens more the month before. But amidst the boom comes news of a significant closing: twelve, which celebrated its fifth anniversary with a grand soiree last fall, will serve its last seasonally-inspired supper on August 23. When a place like twel ... 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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    August 6, 2014

    Raw Ambition: Yasu Kizaki of Sushi Den Talks About History and the Future

    A glistening white disk of raw scallop rests against a slice of lemon, with only a small grid of sear marks interrupting its slick surface. Green, saw-edged shiso leaves, so perfect they invite a touch to prove they aren't plastic, add contrast to the plate and the barest hint of cinnamon and basil ... More >>

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    August 4, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: Crispy Pork Spare Ribs at Table Top

    No. 85 Crispy spare ribs at Table Top 2230 Oneida Street 720-542-9035 Table Top has only been open a few weeks in the quaint Oneida Park shopping center in Park Hill, but chef Brady Marcotte has already dialed in the flavors of what he calls "smokehouse-inspired new American cooking" to a level tha ... More >>

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    August 4, 2014

    Five Reasons to Ban Disruptive Children from Restaurants

    A bustling tourist restaurant, Old Fisherman's Grotto in Monterey, California, really rankled some parents when it recently posted a sign prohibiting strollers, high chairs, booster seats, loud kids and crying babies. Restaurant owner Chris Shake says if customers don't like the rules, they can go s ... More >>

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    August 1, 2014

    Reader: Deck was stacked against Red Robin -- Cheesecake Factory without cheesecake?

    Colorado may be the healthiest state in the country, but it gained an unwanted honor this week, when the Center for Science in the Public Interest gave its top Xtreme Eating award to a monster meal at Denver-based Red Robin, which clocked in at a whopping 3,540 calories. But one reader calls foul: ... More >>

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    August 1, 2014

    Happy Hour at Cuba Cuba: so good, it barely needs a discount

    If it weren't for that blasted Cuban embargo, I wonder if eateries like Cuba Cuba Cafe & Bar wouldn't be everywhere. Thankfully, the delightful Cuba Cuba Sandwicheria shops appear to multiplying rapidly, and there are places like Frijoles and Buchi to satisfy any lechon craving, but an evening at Cu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2014

    Reader: A bowl of chili down my back, and not even an offer to help me clean up

    During an otherwise pleasant review meal at The Kitchen Next Door Glendale, Gretchen Kurtz watched as a busser dropped a utensil into a bowl filled with broth -- which splashed all over her husband's shirt. Mistakes happen all the time at restaurants, she notes; what's important is what happens next ... More >>

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    July 31, 2014

    Dinner Lab, a pop-up restaurant concept, expands to Denver

    Pop-up restaurants aren't new to Denver; they hit their peak of popularity in the dark days of the Great Recession, when one-night private-supper clubs in unusual locations were a feasible way for out-of-work chefs to bring in a few dollars while providing high-end cuisine to cash-strapped food love ... More >>

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    July 31, 2014

    Get up for brunch at Root Down

    With news of a revamped brunch menu, this week's venture took us to Root Down, initially on behalf of my roommate -- who recently received a gluten allergy diagnosis. She was looking forward to a menu accommodating of dietary restrictions -- with gluten-free and vegan options prominently noted -- a ... 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 30, 2014

    Software to sandwiches: Rick Koerner stacks the deck at Stack Subs

    The story is a familiar one in the restaurant business: a corporate employee from outside the food world -- maybe a sales rep or a project manager or a VP of operations -- is forced by circumstances to make a life-changing decision and determines to follow a dream. The usual impetus is downsizing or ... More >>

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    July 30, 2014

    New Southern brunch spot Four Friends Kitchen to hold groundbreaking ceremony in Stapleton

    Proving that Denverites can't get enough of their brunch, Four Friends Kitchen, a new full-service breakfast, lunch and brunch joint, will hold its groundbreaking ceremony tomorrow at 2 p.m. in Stapleton's East 29th Avenue Town Center. The new restaurant-to-be is the dream of four friends and neighb ... More >>

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    July 29, 2014

    The eternal flame of saganaki burns on at Pete's Greek Town Cafe

    So far in a month of eating Greek, I've come across some filling and wolfable short-order sandwiches at Yianni's, a fresher and lighter version of similar food at Melita's, and an old favorite in a newish location -- Yanni's in Greenwood Village -- that's putting out plates of what's as close to coa ... More >>

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    July 29, 2014

    Coffee at The Point adds a patio to historic Five Points intersection

    Coffee at The Point, has a new look: Owners Ryan and Donovan Cobbins installed an 800 square-foot patio on the East 26th Avenue side of the restaurant last week. The addition was a good move for the cafe, which is on a busy Denver intersection in Five Points but partially hidden under an apartment c ... More >>

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    July 29, 2014

    Harold's closes in Longmont, and Smokin' Dave's steps in

    After two years, Harold's and the Bayonet Room, the farm-to-table restaurant in Longmont's Best Western Plaza Hotel, served its final dish this past Saturday. Fortunately for hungry Longmont residents, the space is now being renovated for a new concept from Dave Oehlman, owner of the two Smokin' Dav ... More >>

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    July 29, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: Kimchi and Sausage Torta at City O' City

    No. 87 Kimchi and sausage torta at City O' City 206 East 13th Avenue 303-831-6443 A fact about vegetarians: Most of them didn't quit eating meat because they didn't like the taste. While some plant-eaters eschew mock meat on principle, as many or more relish those guilt-free alternatives. Rather t ... More >>

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    July 29, 2014

    The Kitchen Next Door wound up next door to fast-casuals in Glendale

    The Kitchen Next Door Glendale wasn't conceived as a "destination experience," says Kimbal Musk, co-founder of The Kitchen, which opened in Boulder in 2004. "We wanted it to be a neighborhood restaurant." This makes sense, given that Next Door -- which got its start in Boulder, too, is the more casu ... More >>

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    July 29, 2014

    The Nickel brings change to the Hotel Teatro

    After Restaurant Kevin Taylor and Prima closed in the Hotel Teatro earlier this year, the hotel spent a pretty penny on renovating the space (which encompassed more than just the restaurant footprint). In May, the hotel announced that a new restaurant, called the Nickel, would open featuring rustic ... More >>

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    July 28, 2014

    Trash Fish, wine-tastings and a crawl along Colfax on the culinary calendar this week

    It's almost August, but there's still plenty to enjoy in July. This week's culinary calendar includes a trash-fish dinner, a cooking lesson with Richard Sandoval, and a restaurant/pub crawl along Denver's most colorful strip. Keep reading for a taste of what's in store... See also: State of the U ... More >>

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    July 28, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: Aburi Sushi at Sushi Den and Izakaya Den

    No. 88 Aburi sushi at Sushi Den and Izakaya Den 1487 and 1487A South Pearl Street 303-777-0826, 303-777-0691 Sushi means more than just raw fish and California rolls. At most American sushi restaurants, diners are content to nosh on salmon, tuna, shrimp and maybe a little unagi. Trying something n ... More >>

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    July 28, 2014

    Row 14 pours its last glass in the Spire Building

    Row 14 Bistro and Wine Bar showed early promise when it opened in the glitzy new Spire Building in 2011. Arik Marcus, the restaurant's opening chef, was getting press and praise almost before he'd made his first knife cut; a few months later, our restaurant critic at the time, Laura Shunk, found ple ... More >>

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    July 25, 2014

    Getting saucy for brunch at Shells and Sauce

    A cozy bistro in Congress Park, Shells and Sauce is primarily known for its dinners of Tuscan pasta and seafood plates, but it also offers a weekend brunch from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with a variety of fresh Italian takes on beloved brunch favorites. Oddly enough, though, it's the Mexican dishes that ... More >>

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    July 25, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: Clams and Chorizo at Gozo

    No. 89 Clams and chorizo from Gozo 30 South Broadway 720-638-1462 The wood-fired oven at Gozo is the centerpiece of the kitchen, both in terms of its rustic physical presence and its imprint on the food touched by its fire. Gozo executive chef Nicholas Petrilli designed a menu of piccolo (small pla ... More >>

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    July 25, 2014

    Lon Symensma to open Cho77, a noodle house on South Broadway

    Fans of ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro will be happy to learn that executive chef and accomplished interpreter of Asian cuisine, Lon Symensma (along with managing partners Joe Vostrejs and Pat McHenry), is planning to open Cho77, a noodle house in the Baker neighborhood's already hot stretch of South B ... More >>

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