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Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2014

    Reader: Pound for pound, Boulder is a much better food city than Denver

    Boulder just made Livability's Top 10 Foodie Cities list -- again. "Known for its array of outdoor adventures, the mountain town of Boulder, Colo., contains an equally impressive collection of restaurants, markets and food purveyors," the site reports. "You'll find residents here get just as excited ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2014

    Guess where I'm eating queso fundido?

    It sounded good on paper, but the queso fundido at this highbrow Mexican restaurant was a bit like eating rubber bands. But while you can stretch a rubber band only so far, this queso fundido would have stretched all the way to the ceiling and back had we played that game. Can you guess where I'm e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2014

    Wine dinners, beer dinners and free smoothies on this week's culinary calendar

    This week is brimming with events for culinary enthusiasts. In addition to several beer and wine dinners (some with special guests), the Kitchen's newest location will celebrate its opening, LoDo bites will give guests a chance to experience the taste of one of Denver's hottest neighborhoods, and th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2014

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

    Cafe Society served up five Guess Where? contests last week, ranging from a fat al pastor burrito blanketed with green chile from Socorro's to a delicious Korean feast from Han Kang to a boozy whiskey-and-berry cocktail from a burger joint.

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2014

    Ryan Gannon hopes to create Ratatouille, a fast-casual healthy food chain

    As the private chef for some of the young athletes -- and their families -- that he trains as a swim coach at the Denver Country Club, Ryan Gannon knows healthy food. But it is his job as the Curtis Club's cold kitchen chef that has helped him refine the skills he hopes to bring to a larger market t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2014

    Livability.com ranks Boulder seventh on its list of Top 10 Foodie Cities in America

    Livability.com, a website that takes readers on a sojourn of America's Best Places to Live and Visit, just released its list of the "Top 10 Foodie Cities" of 2014 -- a roster of allegedly restaurant-strong cities that "strongly support local farmers, showcase regional cuisine and provide residents w ... 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 13, 2014

    Reader: Did Hard Rock Cafe remodel its food, too?

    After fifteen years the Hard Rock Cafe was looking like a fossil, especially as new restaurants -- Lime, Grimaldi's, 5280 Burgers -- joined the lineup at the Denver Pavilions. So this link in the national chain just went through a major upgrade, a floor-to-ceiling makeover of the 11,000 square foot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    Guess where I'm eating samosas and chutneys?

    This restaurant has gone through several changes since it first opened, morphing from a vast space with a center island of prepared foodstuffs to a full-fledged restaurant that's feeding enthusiastic crowds. And the beef-and-onion samosas, served with lemon wedges and a duo of tamarind and cilantro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    GABF hopes to avoid ugly brewery-registration problems next week with new process

    Craft breweries across the country will begin registering for the Great American Beer Festival next Tuesday, but the Brewers Association has completely changed how the process works in order to avoid the ugly situation that developed in 2013. So many breweries tried to enter last year that all of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    Win two VIP tickets to Top Taco Denver!

    On Thursday, June 26, 24 local restaurants will battle it out for taco supremacy in the inaugural Top Taco Denver showdown, a benefit for the Colorado Restaurant Association's Education Foundation ProStart scholarship program. The event, which unfolds in Sculpture Park, located just behind the Denve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    DJ Nagle, chef of Humboldt: Farm, Fish, Wine: "Respect the dishwashers"

    DJ Nagle Humboldt: Farm, Fish, Wine 1700 Humboldt Street 303-813-1700 humboldtrestaurant.com This is part two of my interview with DJ Nagle, executive chef of Humboldt: Farm, Fish, Wine; the first installment of our chat ran yesterday. Most noteworthy meal you've ever eaten: When I was a young c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    How Olive & Finch predicted the transformation of Parallel 17 into P17

    When Olive & Finchopened in December, the French café-inspired eatery came as a surprise to fans of chef Mary Nguyen's previous restaurants, Parallel Seventeen and Street Kitchen Asian Bistro. At Olive & Finch, she traded pho for prosciutto, black bean stir fries for breakfast burritos, and tuna ro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    Guess where I'm eating arancini and head-on prawns?

    Who says that suburban restaurants have to bow down to the chain-ganged masses? In the case of this further afield restaurant, which recently boasted a plate of fantastic arancini, coupled with head-on shrimp, the kitchen turns out terrific foodstuffs that make even city folk leave their sheltered b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    New Solera bar manager Myles Fischer revitalizes cocktail program

    Sometimes, the journey is worth the reward. You want the destination to be like it is in the brochure. You want a return on your investment. You may find yourself in a remote part of town, thinking, "Where the heck am I?" What good thing could possibly be out here? See also: Chef and Tell with Go ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 12, 2014
  • Blogs

    June 11, 2014

    Review: Olive & Finch was a bright idea, even if this fast-casual is sometimes too casual

    Olive & Finch 1552 East 17th Avenue 303-832-8663 I dropped by Olive & Finch for a salad, and what I got was certainly green. But rather than a jumble of leaves and vegetables on a plate, my order came in a tall, clear cup, a product of this Uptown eatery's juice bar. While I try to eat healthy -- w ... 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 11, 2014

    DJ Nagle, chef of Humboldt: Farm, Fish, Wine, on benching the fifteen-pound burrito

    DJ Nagle Humboldt: Farm, Fish, Wine 1700 Humboldt Street 303-813-1700 humboldtrestaurant.com This is part one of my interview with DJ Nagle, executive chef of Humboldt: Farm, Fish, Wine; the second installment of our chat will run tomorrow. Even though it wasn't a requirement, DJ Nagle always spo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2014

    First Look: Salt & Grinder opens tomorrow in Highland

    The perfect deli sandwich, says Frank Bonanno, goes something like this: "a ton of meat, sliced to order and paper-thin; shredded iceberg lettuce; paper-thin, sliced tomatoes; and a slightly crunchy, soft and toothsome hoagie roll." That's the kind of sandwich that Bonanno, who will open Salt & Grin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2014

    Wynkoop's Beerdrinker of the Year goes on hiatus after seventeen years; may resume during GABF

    In a state where new craft breweries and new beers debut every week and beer festivals and events run nearly every weekend, it's hard to notice when one goes missing. But that's what happened last February, when Wynkoop Brewing decided not to host its Beerdrinker of the Year competition, which had t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2014

    First Look: Ella, a "fine diner" from the owner of Zoe Ma Ma, opens in Boulder

    Even the co-owner of Boulder's best Chinese restaurant knows his limitations. "I knew that I had to come clean with a secret: I'm not Italian," quips Edwin Zoe, who, along with his mother, owns Zoe Ma Ma, a stellar Chinese restaurant in downtown Boulder and, up until quite recently, Radda Trattoria, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2014

    Reader: Robert Thompson has amazing talent for self-promotion...and Scotch eggs

    When Robert Thompson opened Brasserie Rouge in LoDo a decade ago, it ran away with our Best New Restaurant award. And when -- after a bumpy stretch that saw Brasserie Rouge close and Thompson leave town for a while -- he returned to open Argyll in Cherry Creek, that restaurant, too, won Best New Res ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2014

    Reader: Come on, Westword -- where are the new trucks bringing creativity to the scene?

    Since gourmet food trucks first rolled out in Denver four years ago, with the Steuben's truck leading the way, their popularity has shown no sign of slowing down. New ventures are joining the lineup all the time, including Chuey FU, which made our list of ten food trucks to follow the summer. See a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2014

    Guess where you're eating? At an EatDenver restaurant if you're sarahstude1

    Cafe Society served up five Guess Where? contests last week, ranging from a box of noteworthy scones from Adagio Baking Company to a vase of citrus-sprayed bay scallop ceviche from El Chingon to a plate of chicken wings from a steak joint in LoHi.

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2014

    Guess where I'm eating a Korean feast?

    I recently spent several days eating my way around Los Angeles, and whenever I'm there, I clamor for Korean food, and then I clamor for it again as soon as I get back to Denver, and this Korean restaurant, in particular, always gives in to my cravings. Can you guess where I'm eating? Special bonu ... 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 6, 2014

    Reader: Bonnie Brae Tavern is eighty? That's a couple of centuries in restaurant years

    In the rough-and-tumble restaurant world, staying in business for a decade is a major accomplishment -- and making it for eighty years, all in the same family? That's something to celebrate. Which Bonnie Brae Tavern will be doing all day today, as the Dire family marks the eightieth birthday of thei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2014

    Guess where I'm eating scones?

    Last night, on the stage of George Washington High School, my kid received his certificate of continuation -- he's now a high schooler -- and to celebrate, we went out for a late Thai dinner, which sucked, so to compensate, I fed him his favorite breakfast: hot scones from a lovely neighborhood bake ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 5, 2014
  • 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

    Bonnie Brae Tavern still kicking (and cooking) at eighty!

    The Bonnie Brae Tavern looks pretty good for turning eighty this Friday, and not much different than the day it opened. The roadside eatery will celebrate eighty years of family operation on June 6 with 80 cent draught beers, $1.80 orders of burgers and fries and spaghetti and meatballs, and "Denver ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2014

    Jeff Jones, chef of P17: "Without your cooks, or your dishwasher, you're nothing"

    Jeff Jones P17 1600 East 17th Avenue 303-399-0988 p17denver.com This is part two of my interview with Jeff Jones, chef de cuisine of P17; part one of our conversation ran yesterday. Your three favorite Denver restaurants other than your own: I love Snooze on Larimer, and when I'm craving a nice ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2014

    Ten food trucks to follow in Denver this summer

    Summer heat and bountiful sunshine are bringing more food trucks to Denver's streets than ever before this year. From events like Civic Center Eats and the upcoming Best of Denver's Gourmet Street Food Tour -- and even right to your office -- thrill-seeking diners can play tourist with international ... 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

    June 4, 2014

    Wott's happening at the Queen of Sheba on Colfax

    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. Last month was Hawaiian. And June? Ethiopian. Heading away from Capitol Hill on Co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    Jeff Jones, chef of P17: "We become a better restaurant when you give us constructive criticism"

    Jeff Jones P17 1600 East 17th Avenue 303-399-0988 p17denver.com This is part one of my interview with Jeff Jones, chef de cuisine of P17; part two of our conversation will run tomorrow. When you're a kid, there's nothing worse than constantly being on the move. Unless, that is, you happen to win ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    Guess where I'm eating a Caesar salad?

    When the joint next door sternly turned us away, claiming that a catering order would prohibit the kitchen staff from cooking for its customers for at least thirty minutes (seriously?), we opted, in a pinch, for Italian food instead. And my kid, who's obsessed with Caesar salads, ordered one here, n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    Natural Grocers bans confinement dairy products

    The consumption of certain products can contain inherent ethical conundrums -- and those are the sorts of conundrums that cause outright hostility between, say, vegans and carnivores. What you eat is part of the issue, but another equally important component is how that food product was created and, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    Black Pearl chef Samir Mohammad leaving to pursue overseas culinary opportunity

    It started with a reflective traipse through the mountain wilderness, says Samir Mohammad, recounting the day he made the difficult decision to quit his job at Black Pearl, where he's been the executive chef since January of this year. But he's not just departing the kitchen of Black Pearl; he's lea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2014

    Guess where I'm eating scallop ceviche?

    While this Mexican restaurant dispenses tacos, burritos and tostadas, the kitchen performs best when it detours from cheese and green chile. In fact, it's the ceviches, all citrus and sweet ocean, that are the star of the show. Can you guess where I'm eating? Special bonus: Anyone who gives the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2014

    Reader: How to enjoy a great burger free of pretentious surroundings and obnoxious drunks

    It's summer time, which means its burger time. And as the weather heats up, so do the discussions over who serves the best burger in metro Denver. Do you like the gourmet version? The greasy bar burger? Or is your choice more personal? Our recent pick of the ten best burgers in Denver inspired doze ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2014

    Guess where I'm eating roasted banana pudding?

    After last night's dinner, our server came back to the table and mentioned that the chef wanted to send out a complimentary dessert. Curious, I asked why, and while this is a restaurant that I've been to at least two dozen times, our server thought it was my first time...and she wanted to make sure ... More >>

  • 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 30, 2014

    Range heats up, Le Grand closes up: Our Restaurant Roll Call for May

    Over two dozen restaurants opened in metro Denver in May, ranging from new outposts of homegrown chains (Modmarket, Live Basil Pizza, Park Burger) to Range, a new-style Old West saloon in the stunningly renovated old Colorado Bank Building. But only a few blocks away, another vintage building lost i ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 29, 2014
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    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

    May 29, 2014

    Top five celebrity restaurant fails

    Nothing is sadder than when celebrities dabble in the food-service industry and fail miserably at it -- except when the food fails are so completely predictable that even a dumb-as-a-rock celebrity should have known better. Over the weekend the lady-centric (and arguably un-feminist) steakhouse SHe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2014

    Recipe Wednesday: Molasses barbecue sauce

    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 >>

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