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  • Dining

    April 24, 2014
  • Blogs

    April 24, 2014

    Reader: Westword, you always go after servers!

    Manners don't seem to improve with age. Since Sean Kenyon offered his list of the "Ten rudest things servers and bartenders do to guests to make them wish they'd never come in" two years ago, restaurant behavior has not improved, judging from the comments posted after we reheated and served his list ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2014

    Guess where 25 percent of the check is going to Project Angel Heart?

    Today is Dining Out for Life, and more than 250 metro area restaurants are participating in the fundraiser for Project Angel Heart, donating 25 percent of their food sales to the non-profit that provides life-sustaining meals for those suffering from life-threatening illnesses. The restaurant where ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2014

    Review: Looking for a hangout in Park Hill? The Abbey Tavern is a lucky find

    The Abbey Tavern 5151 East Colfax Avenue 303-321-5151 There's no shortage of places in this town where you can quench a thirst, but that didn't discourage Glen Eastwood. And after enough plot twists to fill a Frank McCourt novel, last fall he and business partner Andrew Cudden opened The Abbey Tave ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2014

    Sharif Villa Cruz, exec chef of Corner House, on giving Brussels sprouts a break

    Corner House 2240 Clay Street 720-287-1895 cornerhousedenver.com This is part one of my interview with Sharif Villa Cruz, exec chef of Corner House; part two of our chat will run tomorrow. It's a tradition in Mexico to "gather our families together for big meals, usually at our grandmother's house ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2014

    Guess where I'm eating gumbo and cornbread?

    Years ago, at 7 p.m. on a sunny weekday evening, the patio at this diminutive restaurant would have been packed, but last night, it was just me and another table of three, which prompted the server to wonder out loud: "Where is everyone?" Good question, because the gumbo and the accompanying cornbre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2014

    Beer calendar: a new brewery, new cans, and a couple of anniversaries

    The buzz from the recent Craft Beer Conference annual trade show, which took place in Denver for the first time, is fading -- but Colorado's breweries are still making news. Here are a few tidbits from beer makers around the state. Beginning in May, Aurora's Dry Dock Brewing will begin selling its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2014

    Justin Cucci opening Vital Root on Tennyson Street

    No processed sugars; no wheat flour; no fake meat; and no colon blow. Instead, says Justin Cucci, owner of Root Down, Root Down at DIA and Linger, expect "super-vegetarian-centric-slow-fast-food" at Vital Root, a new restaurant that he's opening on Tennyson Street early next year with business partn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    The twelve best pizzas in Denver

    Want to provoke a fight? Just start a discussion of where to find the best pizza in town. First you have to weigh the merits of thin/thick crust. Then you consider geography, and the benefits of Connecticut, New York, Chicago and even St. Louis styles. But once you're done chewing over all the possi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    The Abbey Tavern slakes a thirst in one of Denver's restaurant deserts

    People talk about grocery-store deserts -- but what about restaurant deserts? Park Hill isn't exactly a desert, but it's pretty arid. Sure, there are some places to eat -- Solera, Tables and Oblio's, to name a few -- but openings are few and far between. That's one of the reasons why The Abbey Taver ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    Colorado Mills food court expands its dining options

    Shoppers at the Colorado Mills Outlet Mall in Golden will soon have several new dining options to choose from: The food court is slated to open three new restaurants next month. See also: Jeff Osaka on ramen mania, his ramen pop-up and Osaka Ramen, his new restaurant

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2014

    Guess where you're eating? At an EatDenver restaurant if you're ck.moore

    Cafe Society served up five Guess Where? contests last week, ranging from the highly addictive house-baked pretzel twists at Old Major to a plate of completely forgettable sushi rolls from Red Ginger to a Mid-East kabob feast from a suburban strip mall joint.

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    From eggs to nugs, Denver's on a roll this weekend

    With both 4/20 and Easter on Sunday, the city will be rolling in nugs and eggs and the city's favorite hybrid meal -- brunch -- will undoubted hit new highs. Whether you're out to celebrate bud or bunnies this year or just celebrating a good-weather weekend, there's plenty to do in Denver. Keep read ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    Reader: "Gourmet" burgers are overpriced disappointments

    Matt Stein specializes in gourmet waffle sandwiches at Bruxie, but he's obsessed with cheeseburgers. "My ongoing discussion obsession with my partners about who makes the best burger was charming four years ago," he says in this week's Chef and Tell. "But who knew that it could go on as long as it h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    Smokin' deals at Central Bistro & Bar, Bruxie this 4/20 weekend

    While some restaurants are focusing on throwing a major Easter brunch bash, others are rolling out deals related to that other Sunday holiday: 4/20. Among the latter are Central Bar & Bistro, which is hosting a front-patio party on Saturday, and Bruxie, which is cooking up a special 4/20 deal. See ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    Mlp48 is the winner of our Trillium Easter brunch contest

    UPDATE: We have a winner of our Trillium Easter brunch contest, in which we asked Cafe Society readers to answer this question: How many mimosas did Trillium serve during last year's Easter brunch? Congratulations to Mlp48, who came the closest with a guess of 142; the actual number is 167. Mlp48, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    Guess where I'm eating pretzel twists?

    If you've ever been to this restaurant, then you'll recognize these pretzel twists immediately -- and you'll understand, too, why two is never enough. I have no plans to partake in 4/20 this weekend, but if I did, this is where I'd go for my munchie fix, and it's not a stretch to admit that along wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    Matt Stein, chef of Bruxie, pleads for a seat at Work & Class

    Matt Stein Bruxie 1000 South Colorado Boulevard, Glendale 303-963-9045 bruxie.com This is part two of my interview with Matt Stein, chef of Bruxie; part one of our conversation ran yesterday. Most memorable meal you've ever had: I had dinner in a seafood restaurant in Bari, Italy, with my partne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    LYFE Kitchen -- where everything is under 600 calories -- opening in Park Meadows

    When I was in my late twenties and early thirties, I avoided eating meat. The reasons why aren't important, but looking back on that phase, I wish I'd chosen a different time in my life to go meat-free, because I was living in Chicago, where militant vegetarians were few and far between. This isn't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    Guess where I'm eating cheap sushi rolls...that taste cheap?

    It's an attractive offer: all sushi rolls priced 50 percent off, all day long. But like a lot of things in life, you get what you pay for, and aside from the fact that the fish tasted faded and the rice was even duller, with no hint of the obligatory tang of vinegar, when I asked if freshly grated w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    Guess where I'm drinking?

    Don't put all your eggs in one basket. If you haven't made your Easter plans, it's not too late to get out of the house and bend an elbow, if not a knee. Although you won't find a lavish brunch spread here, the proprietors want you to know that the bar will be open for business? Can you guess where ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2014

    Review: Sugarmill could become a real sweet spot in the Ballpark neighborhood

    Sugarmill 2461 Larimer Street, #101 303-297-3540 sugarmilldesserts.com Hours: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday Ever see that magnet that says, "Life is short. Eat spinach first"? Of course not; it doesn't exist. People don't go crazy for vegetables, no ... 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

    April 16, 2014

    Guess where I'm eating a corned beef sandwich?

    Yesterday, after briefly stopping at a restaurant that made me sprint to the nearest wash sink to slather my hands in soap, I didn't have much of an appetite, but that all changed when I took a seat at a well-known deli and ordered a corned beef sandwich stacked with coleslaw and melted Swiss. I onl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2014

    Duffeyroll Cafe is on a roll, with a new store off the 16th Street Mall

    Duffeyroll Cafe, a Denver institution for close to three decades that's renowned for its cinnamon rolls, is opening its fourth Denver location at 16th and Blake streets today. See also: Attivo Pizza & Subs moves out of the Beauvallon

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2014

    The twelve best stoner spots to cure the munchies in Denver on 4/20

    In Denver, 4/20 is a special holiday -- and no, we don't mean Easter. It's a day to partake in a certain herb that Coloradans seem to love. With parties all over the city and a big rally at Civic Center Park pushing legalization -- oh, wait --- well, a big rally pushing something, there are few bett ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2014

    Bistro Vendome's "Adventures on the Wine Route" lands in Languedoc tonight

    "Adventures on the Wine Route," a Monday-night series at Bistro Vendome based on Adventures on the Wine Route, the 1988 book on the French wine country by Kermit Lynch, continues tonight with a new installment focusing on Languedoc, and featuring selections from Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant of Santa B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2014

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

    Cafe Society dished up five Guess Where? contests last week, ranging from an Argentinean pizza topped with egg and hearts of palm from Buenos Aires Pizzeria to a sizzling platter of tandoori chicken from India's Castle to a bowl of crab dip with housemade potato chips from a restaurant that just tro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2014

    Guess where I'm eating a pork chop and spaetzle?

    With the flurry of new restaurant openings, it's all too easy to sweep some of the older ones -- like the restaurant where this photo was snapped -- under the rug, but this lively spot, which is celebrating ten years feeding the neighborhood in which it resides, continues to command my attention, tu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2014

    Sforno Trattoria Romana replaces Antica Roma

    The Pearl Street location in Boulder that used to hold Antica Roma has a new tenant dishing out an old-school cuisine: Sforno Trattoria Romana. See also: First look: Michael Bortz's City Bakery Cafe opens today

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2014

    Greek wines and 1972 prices on the culinary calendar this week

    This coming weekend promises some major events, including Easter and 4/20. But don't save up all your appetites for then, because there are ample opportunities to eat out this week -- everything from wine dinners to private chef specials. See also: Bistro Vendome's "Adventures on the Wine Route" la ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    Art, brunch, wine and a Taste of Pearl on the culinary calendar this weekend

    Get out an enjoy Denver's abundance of decks and patios today and tomorrow -- snow is coming Sunday. Fortunately, there are plenty of activities to warm the heart and soul -- and fill the stomach -- through the weekend, including the fourteenth annual edition of DAM Uncorked and Taste of Pearl. Keep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    Reader: My favorite place for brunch is nowhere, 'cause I hate the idea of "brunch"

    The forecast is sunny, at least for tomorrow, so diners all over Denver are already making plans for brunch, this city's favorite meal. After the Best of Denver 2014, in which we named Fooducopia the Best Brunch, we served up our list of the dozen best brunch spots in Denver -- and in responses read ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    Barricuda's celebrates twenty years with a birthday bash tonight

    The Capitol Hill neighborhood has changed a lot over the past twenty years, but through it all, Barricuda's Restaurant & Lounge, at 1076 Ogden Street, has been a true neighborhood hangout, a place for stiff drinks, good food (served until 4 a.m. on weekends!) and very good times. And all day (and ni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    First look: Michael Bortz's City Bakery Cafe opens today

    Despite the fact that it wasn't even open, zealous bread heads -- 250 of them to be exact -- rose to the occasion yesterday, forming long lines at master baker Michael Bortz's City Bakery Cafe, the restaurant-retail offshoot of City Bakery, Bortz's bread-baking emporium in north Denver, which suppli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    Guess where I'm eating a pizza that makes you want to salsa?

    Sure, you can get a Hawaiian pizza here, and a pizza with the ever-present prosciutto, too, but most of the pizzas at this charmer zigzag in a different direction, most notably a pizza studded with ham, palm hearts and egg, its surface paved with a Latin American salsa rosada. Can you guess where ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    From Braun to Best New Restaurant: A second helping of Cafe Society, April 7-11

    This week in Cafe Society, Gretchen Kurtz reviewed the Bar-On family's latest restaurant venture: Braun Taphaus & Grille, a sports bar with an Austrian accent; meanwhile, Lori Midson reported on the new names -- three names, actually -- that the family will use for the rest of its empire, since the ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 10, 2014
  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    The ten best restaurants in the Ballpark neighborhood

    Two decades ago, before Coors Field opened, the area just past LoDo was known as "NoDough." But even then, the area had a lot of promise. And over the last year, that promise has finally been realized, with all those turn-of-the-last-century warehouses now filled to bursting with residences and offi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    Snarf's owner-chef Jimmy Seidel: "We're bringing more Snarf's to the people"

    Jimmy "Snarf" Seidel Snarf's eatatsnarfs.com Snarfburger snarfburger.com This is part two of my interview with Jimmy Seidel, chef-owner of Snarf's and Snarfburger; part one of our conversation ran yesterday. Most memorable meal you've ever had: I've had some very memorable meals in my life, inc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    Guess where I'm eating crab dip and housemade potato chips?

    Denver restaurants are rolling out new happy hour menus to coincide with the warmer weather, and late yesterday afternoon, while the sun was warming my neck, I enjoyed one of the new happy hour dishes -- crab dip and housemade potato chips -- at a joint whose two patios were overflowing with people ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    My final nightcap at Williams & Graham

    No matter how much fun you have at a bar in Denver, there's always the melancholy time when the lights go up and everyone has to pay the tab and head home. If you're unlucky, the bouncer will shove you out. If you're especially unfortunate, the DJ will play Semisonic's "Closing Time." Either way, it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    Braun Taphaus & Grille: Can the Bar-On family give this place a sporting chance?

    Braun Taphaus & Grille 5601 Olde Wadsworth Boulevard, Arvada 303-456-2630 brauntaphaus.com The last time I overheard a server talking about this little-known vegetable, so electric with its fuchsia flesh that it looks like candy, I was at twelve, a place where novelty is to be expected. But the dia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    Udi's Foods chooses not one -- but three -- new names following nationwide "rename us" contest

    In 2012, Udi's Foods, one of the most prominent food brands in Colorado -- and across the country -- was sold to Boulder Brands for $125 million in a sale that required a number of prerequisites, including the stipulation that the owners of Udi's Foods would rebrand its company and dispense with the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    Viva Burrito and Rico Pollo: You already know how this will end

    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

    April 9, 2014

    Recipe Wednesday: Chocolate crackles

    Pete Marczyk and Barbara Macfarlane do not leave their work behind when they leave Marczyk Fine Foods and head for their great old Denver house with a spacious kitchen. They often bring some of their market's best ingredients home with them and cook up a feast, and when they're not cooking at home, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    Guess where I'm eating an In-N-Out clone?

    A friend of mine -- a bona fide burger baron -- turned me on to this burger joint, which, he insisted, flipped a burger that was the closest meat-between-the-bun he'd ever eaten that mimicked a famed burger from In-N-Out. It wasn't quite quite an In-N-Out burger, but I agree that it comes very, very ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2014

    Guess where I'm eating tandoori chicken?

    Whenever I hear the sizzle of tandoori chicken and sniff the scent of exotic Indian spices wafting from the kitchen, I get a little giddy. And when I have the opportunity to pair that chicken with a Lion's Stout, one of my favorite beers, it's like Christmas. Can you guess where I'm eating? Speci ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2014

    The Bull & Bush, a big winner in 2012, will tap 42 of its beers in honor of the World Beer Cup

    The first award was thrilling -- and a big relief. The second was a welcome surprise. The third and fourth, well, those were just icing on the cake. Two years ago, the crew from the Bull & Bush went to San Diego and came back with four medals from the prestigious World Beer Cup -- a biennial competi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2014

    Guess where I'm eating pork fried rice?

    I usually reserve my fried rice moments for when I have dinner with my kid, who's obsessed with the stuff. But he was still burrowing under the covers, one of the luxuries of spring break, when I had lunch at this Asian-inspired restaurant that turns out a deeply flavorful version that's typically v ... More >>

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