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Ethnic and Regional Cuisines

  • 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 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 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 3, 2014

    A Surprising Schnitzel in an Unlikely Location

    A stop at Williams & Graham for a cocktail on Friday night yielded the expected result: a creative, tasty and unique mixed drink from expert bartenders. But what wasn't quite so expected was the pork schnitzel on the food menu -- a dish that doesn't show up with much frequency outside of German and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2014

    Review: Glaze by Sasa Is a Sweet Combination

    Glaze by Sasa 1160 Madison Street 720-387-7890 facebook.com/glazebysasa With 25 years of sushi-making under his belt, including a year with Iron Chef Morimoto and nine years as chef-owner of Sushi Sasa, Wayne Conwell knows a sushi spot when he sees one. And he saw one the instant he stepped into th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2014

    Sobo 151 Offers Czech Food and Dive Bar Comfort

    October is a month of transition -- change defines the weather, the length of the days, the leaves in the trees. October is the month to dress a little warmer, grab a bigger beer and indulge in some hearty, traditional food. German food and beer seem appropriate even if Oktoberfest in Munich officia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2014

    Review: At Fifty, Saucy Noodle Ristorante Feels Like an Old Friend

    Saucy Noodle Ristorante 727 South University Boulevard 303-733-6977 In August, just days after the owners of Lechuga's, one of Denver's oldtime Italian restaurants, sold their spot and retired, Saucy Noodle Ristorante celebrated a different kind of milestone: its fiftieth anniversary. Curious to s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2014

    You're Actually Welcome at Little India

    There are nights when I crave the unique and adventurous, the dishes with names I can't pronounce and ingredients I've never heard of, much less shopped for or cooked at home -- tropical fruits with pungent or savory back notes, the odd bits of meat that never even see a grocery-store butcher counte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2014

    Tiffin's Dishes Up Bolder Indian Street Food in Boulder

    When Tiffin's opened on Arapahoe Avenue in Boulder three years ago, the fast-casual restaurant was completely vegetarian. Over time, the menu has grown from a focus on the street food of southern India, adding more familiar -- at least to Front Range palates -- curries, kabobs and biryanis. Still, m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2014

    Reader: White Americans Think Chipotle Is Real Mexican

    There are certain things people from Denver say all the time -- like, for instance, "This is the best city in the country, but please stop telling everyone!" So earlier this week, our Latest Word blog published the top ten things you never hear someone from Denver say. Number 5? "I wish I could find ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2014

    Trekking to Lakewood for a Touch of the Exotic at India Nepal Oven

    Saturday lunch is the best time for an all-you-can-eat buffet. You don't have to worry about returning semi-comatose to work and you've probably already done yard work or something else outdoorsy to justify the added caloric load. Indian restaurants, especially, tend toward low-risk, high-reward buf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2014

    Author and Barbecue Judge Adrian Miller Shares his Rib Tips

    Adrian Miller is a man of many talents and passions -- judging barbecue not least among them. That's not to make light of his other achievements, however. A Denver kid who attended Smoky Hill High School, Miller soon moved on to bigger things, graduating from Stanford University and Georgetown Unive ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2014

    Dishes of DISH: Vegan Tamales from Tamales Especiales

    On Sunday, September 7, 2014, Westword will host its twentieth annual celebration of the Denver dining scene, DISH, in Sculpture Park at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, where many of the favorite restaurants of Cafe Society writers and readers will be serving delectable dishes. The mobile food c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2014

    Khazana Indian Restaurant Focuses on Tamil Cuisine

    A drive into the southern suburbs on a weekend can feel like you're entering a deserted city. Traffic after rush hour is light and once the sun begins to set, people seem to clear out like they're expecting the vampires to come out. Places that normally do a brisk lunch business -- like Khazana, wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2014

    The Top Five New Taco Bell "Dollar Cravings" Menu Items

    Taco Bell has gone and done it again, and by "it" I mean given me another reason to fuck my common sense into the dirt and hit the drive-through, late at night, like the filthy pintos and cheese addict I am (but try not to be). Bell's new "Dollar Cravings" menu has eleven items on it, but only five ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2014

    Taste of Thailand Turns Twenty With Fresh Spirit and "Beautiful Fish"

    When Taste of Thailand opened, there were a total of five Thai restaurants in Denver. In the intervening twenty years, Thai cuisine has blossomed in town, but Taste of Thailand has stuck close to its time-tested formula of garden-fresh cuisine, traditional Thai recipes (with a few Colorado twists), ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2014

    Brew Bayou: Eating Brooks Smokehouse Barbecue at Strange Craft Beer

    When I was a kid, in the fall my dad would load up the Country Squire and we'd head to Louisiana to catch our fill of blue crab. Catching them was as easy as lowering a chicken neck on a string into a roadside canal and pulling it up quickly as soon as the line jiggled. We could fill a 54-quart Cole ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2014

    Dae Gee Will Soon Open Second Spot in Denver

    Here's a welcome sign: Dae Gee will soon its second location, this one in central Denver, at the former home of 4G's Mexican Restaurant at 827 Colorado Boulevard. The original Dae Gee in Westminster won our Best Korean Restaurant award in the Best of Denver 2014 -- and yes, there was plenty of compe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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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    July 31, 2014
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    July 24, 2014

    Happy Hour: The 9th Door's Spanish siesta is a snooze

    Call it the original happy hour. Though its been falling out of practice in modern Spain, the siesta has influenced the country's food culture over the centuries. Spanish restaurants often offer a prix fixe menu during the 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. lunch break, when office workers flee en masse to enjoy a n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2014

    Yianni's Gyros Place: a Greek island on the far end of Colfax

    Getting Greek food on Colfax Avenue is as natural to Denverites as leaving the snow on the sidewalks for the sun to melt or pushing the stroller into a bar to enjoy a pint or two of IPA with the baby. A stretch of the road near East High School was even designated Greek Town in the late 1990s, thank ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2014

    Pho De opens in former home of Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant

    July seems to be a big month for change on Federal Boulevard. Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant, one of our favorite meat-free alternatives and winner of this year's Best Vietnamese Crepes, didn't even make it a year. This particular location on South Federal Boulevard would appear to be cursed; we also a ... 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 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

    June 25, 2014

    Review: El Chingon's chile rellenos have a soft landing on Tennyson Street

    El Chingon 4326 Tennyson Street 303-248-3641 If you've been in Denver for any length of time -- say, longer than a layover at DIA -- you're aware that we take green chile seriously here. So seriously, in fact, that it's earned a spot on the list of topics to avoid at family gatherings, along with p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2014

    Axum Restaurant -- an unexpected stop in Colfax's Ethiopian zone

    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. Ethiopian cooking relies on spice blends, each mixed according to time-honored fam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2014

    Reader: If you've never tried Ethiopian food, you need to get over your fears

    For Ethniche, his new series, Mark Antonation has been eating Ethiopian food around town. After first visiting Queen of Sheba, last week he landed at Eatopia, where he doubled down on mitmita and berbere -- and made at least one reader very, very hungry. See also: Doubling down on mitmita and berbe ... 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 9, 2014

    Baba's Falafel reinvents a well-known dish on its new truck menu

    Baba's Falafel has expanded its already innovative menu with new takes on fried chickpeas -- including Tex Mex-style nachos and an Italian-influenced inspired dish that will certainly surprise you, and just may change the way you look at the ubiquitous falafel. See also: Baba's Falafel takes to th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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

    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

    May 30, 2014

    Izu Sushi opening on East Colfax

    Earlier this week, we reported that Mizu, a Japanese restaurant and sushi bar, plans to open in November in LoHi. In addition, Nanu Nanu Noodle, a Japanese ramen-ya, part of the behemoth Pacific Ocean Marketplace project that's currently under construction in Aurora, is slated for a fall opening, as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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

    April 16, 2014

    Triple header: The three newest restaurants on Federal Boulevard

    In A Federal Case, I'll be eating my way up Federal Boulevard - south to north - within Denver city limits. I'll be skipping the national chains and per-scoop Chinese joints, but otherwise I'll report from every vinyl booth, walk-up window and bar stool where food is served. Here's the report on thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2014

    Adrian Miller will serve up the history of soul food at Cora Faye's

    Lawyer/politico and certified barbecue judge has added another accolade to his resume: His first book, Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time, is a finalist for the James Beard award; the winners will be named the first weekend in May. But first, on April 3, he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    Don't be fooled: Thai Bao is pure Vietnamese

    In A Federal Case, I'll be eating my way up Federal Boulevard -- south to north -- within Denver city limits. I'll be skipping the national chains and per-scoop Chinese joints, but otherwise I'll report from every vinyl booth, walk-up window and bar stool where food is served. Here's the report on t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2014

    Review: Mecca Grill is changing course from Lebanon to Morocco

    Mecca Grill 270 South Downing Street 303-722-4100 meccagrilldenver.com I'd heard the management had changed at Mecca Grill, a once-popular Lebanese restaurant in a tiny strip center in Washington Park, so I dropped by for dinner, curious to see if the new owner was going to give me a reason to come ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    Mecca Grill is changing course from Lebanese to Moroccan cuisine

    Last year Mecca Grill was bought by a Moroccan family who had been looking at starting their own Moroccan restaurant. But rather than changing the name to something like Morocco Grill, the new owners decided to keep the name -- and Mecca Grill's Lebanese menu, at least for now. See also: Best Midd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2014

    Reader: Bento boxes remind me of elementary-school cuisine

    An "inspiration trip" to Japan last fall inspired Daniel Asher, the culinary director of Linger and Root Down, to bring back the bento box. "In Japan, the bento is a way of expressing a multi-course meal experience in a moment, and here, it's our way of wrapping all of those concepts into one idea, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2014

    La NorteƱa, and a trip to the sunny side of Federal

    In A Federal Case, I'll be eating my way up Federal Boulevard -- south to north -- within Denver city limits. I'll be skipping the national chains and per-scoop Chinese joints, but otherwise I'll report from every vinyl booth, walk-up window and bar stool where food is served. Here's the report on t ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 20, 2014
  • Blogs

    February 14, 2014

    Sonoda's will leave LoDo at the end of service tomorrow

    After almost twenty years in lower downtown, longtime restaurateur Kenny Sonoda is calling it quits, and at the end of service tomorrow, the Sonoda's at 1620 Market Street will go dark. When Sonoda opened this second location of Sonoda's -- in the former home of the Manhattan Cafe, a pioneer of fine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2014

    Monsoon, a new upscale Indian restaurant, gives relief to the chain-saturated suburbs

    If you live in Denver, Monsoon, a new Indian restaurant that's way the hell out in Parker, is a trek, but its location, on the east side of Southlands shopping center, is a welcome addition to that chain-ganged suburb. And if what I ate while I was there is indicative of its future consistency, then ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2014

    Chili Verde spells service and style right

    In A Federal Case, I'll be eating my way up Federal Boulevard -- south to north -- within Denver city limits. I'll be skipping the national chains and per-scoop Chinese joints, but otherwise I'll report from every vinyl booth, walk-up window and bar stool where food is served. Here's the report on t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2013

    Twelve best Thai restaurants in Denver

    With the temperatures dropping, Thai food -- with all its fresh flavors and heat -- is sounding very appetizing. Thai Monkey Club, which Gretchen Kurtz just reviewed, is just one of the exciting new spots that's joined a line of favorite standbys. Spice junkies often quabble over the spots with the ... More >>

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