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Food and Cooking

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    August 27, 2014

    Review: Range Brings a Taste of the Mild, Wild West to Downtown Denver

    Range 918 17th Street 720-726-4800 Like the Great American West implied by its name, Range is a place with big ambitions. These are hinted at in the shiny metallic banquettes (gold fever?) and the walnut communal tables sized in anticipation of crowds. They're also implicit in the fact that Range, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2014

    Bacon and Belly for Brunch at Beast Bottle

    Brother and sister duo Paul and Aileen Reilly can often be seen pouring their heart and soul into every aspect of Beast Bottle, Aileen running the front of the house while Paul heads the kitchen. Known for its in-house butchery program, the restaurant has a whole pig delivered to the restaurant ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2014

    Chef and Tell: Chef Brady Marcotte of Table Top

    "If it's not right, it's wrong." Those are the words of wisdom that chef Brady Marcotte of Table Top, which opened this summer in Park Hill, learned from Steven Redzikowski, chef and co-owner of Boulder's Oak at Fourteenth and Acorn in Denver. Marcotte, who worked for Redzikowski for two years and h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2014

    Six Tidbits About Dining in Denver Collected Over 100 Reviews

    Being a restaurant critic is a bit like being a colander. Every time I enter a restaurant, I'm filling myself up, both literally and figuratively, with thoughts about everything from how the sauce tasted to lighting and noise levels to whether or not the server knew his stuff. When it's time to writ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2014

    Beer Calendar: Get Your Brews With Lemon, Cinnamon, Ginger, Orange and Chocolate

    Two bi-partisan groups of Colorado lawmakers -- a crew that is often woefully unfamiliar with this state's craft-beer industry -- will make their way to a pair of breweries this week as part of a program created by the Colorado Brewers Guild called Hop the Vote. A team of state senators will be at D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2014

    Dishes of DISH: Lobster Pasta and Bread Pudding from The Hornet

    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 Hornet, for e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2014

    3 Sons Brings Barbecue Back to Whittier

    So this is becoming a trend: for the second time in four weeks, I've encountered an Ohioan running a barbecue restaurant in Denver. I get it that who wouldn't want to come to Colorado from Cleveland or Cincinnati? -- but the barbecue connection is a little more tenuous. Perhaps it's just that Ohio s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2014

    Colorado's Ten Best Breweries for Music Fans

    It's no surprise that music and beer are meant to be together, especially in Colorado. Still, there are a handful of local breweries that like to turn it up a notch when it comes to supporting Colorado's music. We've picked out ten of the best places for music fans to find their microbrews. You'll f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2014

    Dishes of DISH: Ceviche from Adelita's Cocina y Cantina

    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. Like Adelitas Co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2014

    Slow Food Denver Offers Microgrants to Local Food Organizations

    Slow Food USA is about more than just cooking and enjoying good food while decrying the downfalls of the average American diet. According to Krista Roberts, director of Slow Food Denver, the organization is committed to "good, clean, and fair food." As part of that mission, the organization created ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2014

    Dishes of DISH: A Samoa Doughnut from Glazed and Confuzed

    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. Like Glazed and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2014

    Dishes of DISH: Brioche French Toast from Fooducopia

    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. Like Fooducopia, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2014

    Denver Restaurant Week and a Taste of Colorado on the Culinary Calendar

    The first summer edition of Denver Restaurant Week is in full swing, so there's plenty of great food to enjoy around town this week before you plunge into the eating orgy of Labor Day Weekend. Keep reading for a taste of what else is on the culinary menu -- including the start of the Taste of Color ... 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 25, 2014

    The Inaugural GlobalFest Celebrates Ethnic Flavors in Aurora

    The lawn in front of the Aurora Municipal Center on East Alameda Parkway was home to the first Aurora GlobalFest on Saturday, where cultural performances, beers from around the world and international tastes from local restaurants -- from American barbecue to Nigerian curried goat -- showcased Auror ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2014

    Dishes of DISH: Gourmet oysters from Angelo's Taverna

    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.Angelo's Taverna, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2014

    Comida Celebrates First Anniversary With Tequila and Mezcal Dinner This Weekend

    It's hard to believe it's only been a year since the Source, and its first tenant Comida Cantina, opened last August, as ingrained as it's become in the Denver dining scene's collective consciousness. The hulking industrial-age brick and steel space has become home to restaurants, a butcher shop, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2014

    Happy Hour at Bacco Trattoria: Gluttony, Italian Style

    North Boulder is now where folks weary of the yoga pants-squeezed bustle and hustle of downtown can still enjoy the Boulder lifestyle. Bacco Trattoria and Mozzarella Bar counts as its neighbors the delightful Pupusas Sabor Hispano, the neighborhood classic Restaurant 4580, and a non-delightful, non ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2014

    Project Pie brings its fast-casual pizza concept to Boulder...sound familiar?

    Custom food is nothing new; Chipotle and other fast-casuals have been allowing people to have it their way for years. When Project Pie opened in Boulder last month, it did so with a "Chipotle-like mantra," according to its PR firm. Of course, it's not the only pizza place to do so. And when the foun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2014

    New Summer Restaurant Week Showcases Colorado's Fresh Produce -- and Fresh Air

    Denver Restaurant Week is about to begin -- and it's not February. Traditionally, this two-week showcase of Denver area restaurants has taken place after the winter holidays, but this year it's being split in two -- one week in the usual February slot, but now August gets a week too. The new Summer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2014

    Review: Mayan Manjar Yucateco Is a Knockout

    Mayan Manjar Yucateco 5209 West Mississippi Avenue, Lakewood 303-936-5562 The TV was on when I walked into

  • 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 20, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: Ceylon Curry Dosa at Khazana

    No. 82 Ceylon Curry Dosa at Khazana 9234 Park Meadows Drive, Lone Tree 303-993-8335 They say we eat with our eyes first; if that's the case, we would be full before we even took a bite of Khazana's immense dosa. Thankfully, the crisp lentil crepe with its curry filling -- goat, in this case -- is a ... 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 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2014

    Ignite Updates Name and Concept to Keep Up With Larimer Changes

    The Ballpark neighborhood, upper Larimer and RiNo have merged into one long stretch of hot bars and restaurants, with new condos and apartments popping up like dandelions through cracks in the pavement. While the announced closing of Twelve was a blow to the neighborhood, with so many recent opening ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2014

    Colorado craft pioneer Oasis Brewery plans to resurrect beers like Tut Brown, Scarab Red

    Adventurous Colorado beer drinkers didn't have a lot of choices in the early 1990s. There were a few imports, but since microbrews were few and far between, anyone who was interested in branching out probably came across Oasis Brewery's Tut Brown Ale. Founded in 1991 by George Hanna, Oasis was one ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Dining

    August 14, 2014
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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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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

    Josh Pollack Is on a Roll With Rosenberg's Bagels & Delicatessen

    Rosenberg's Bagels & Delicatessen 725 East 26th Avenue 720-440-9880 rosenbergsbagels.com To make the perfect bagel, you need three key components: a great recipe, a flexible process managed by a knowledgeable bagel maker, and New York water, says Josh Pollack. That's a very specific formula, but it ... More >>

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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

    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 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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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