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    October 17, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: Ham and Cheese Tartita from Maria Empanada

    No. 68 Ham and Cheese Tartita at Maria Empanada 1298 South Broadway 303-934-2221 Almost every country has its version of a portable dough pocket filled with savory ingredients: Polish pierogies, Welsh pasties, Indian samosas. In Argentina, empanadas are the snack of choice in cafes or on the go, w ... More >>

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    October 17, 2014

    A GABF Sweep for Colorado Reinvigorates Boring Old Brown Ales

    Brown. It's not a sexy word or a sexy color, and to most craft-beer drinkers, brown ales typically signify a boring beverage. But brown turned into gold, silver and bronze earlier this month when Colorado breweries swept the American-style Brown category at the Great American Beer Festival. In othe ... More >>

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    October 16, 2014

    Photos: MapQuest's 48-Hour Tour of Denver

    How would you make the most of Denver if you only had 48 hours to spend here? MapQuest has come up with its version of an ideal two-day tour, featuring lots of eating, drinking, sightseeing and more. Check out the site's picks, featuring photos and MapQuest text -- and to see the original item, clic ... More >>

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    October 16, 2014

    Colorado's Second LYFE Kitchen Opens in Boulder

    LYFE Kitchen, the healthy lifestyle restaurant chain that got its start in Palo Alto, California, and made its Colorado debut at the Park Meadows mall in June, opened Wednesday in Boulder under the ownership of Rachel and DJ Mitchell, who also operate the Park Meadows location. Jeremy Bringardner, o ... More >>

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    October 16, 2014

    Hosea Rosenberg's Blackbelly Market Takes Shape in Boulder

    "It's great -- but it's also been stressful," says Hosea Rosenberg on being so close to finally opening his own restaurant. Blackbelly Market has been slowly taking shape in its shopping center location on the east side of Boulder, and the Top Chef winner, food-truck operator and caterer says that, ... More >>

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    October 16, 2014

    Living la Dolce Vita at Arugula's Happy Hour in Boulder

    Even If you've been annoyed by mediocre happy hours, stingy specials, and bad drinks, take a moment and appreciate your freedom to order that $5 Moscow mule. Restrictive happy-hour laws are on the books in 26 other states, banning such beloved Colorado traditions as drink discounts and two-for-ones. ... More >>

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    October 15, 2014

    Review: The Noshery Is the Kind of Place Every Neighborhood Needs

    The Noshery 4994 Lowell Boulevard 720-524-3893 Walking into The Noshery, a bakery and cafe that opened across the street from Regis University this summer, you'd never guess that owner Andrea Knight wanted to be a ski racer when she was a kid. Walls are the shade of blue associated with little boys ... More >>

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    October 15, 2014

    Restaurateur and Farmer Eric Skokan on his Inspirations for Farm Fork Food

    Eric Skokan opened Black Cat Bistro in 2006 and added a kitchen garden the same year, "originally just to relieve stress," says the chef/restaurateur, who now also operates Bramble & Hare just two doors away from his original Boulder restaurant. He remembers "puttering around in slippers with a cup ... More >>

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    October 15, 2014

    Brunch at Lola is a LoHi Tradition

    After celebrating a monumental ten years in LoHi earlier this year, Lola has become one of the staples in the Denver restaurant scene. Passing by, it's easy to forget how good it really is. I'm here to tell you it's time to give Lola a fresh look. A crowd pleaser every time, the food is always on po ... More >>

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    October 14, 2014

    Polished Tavern Serves Grandma's Cooking Under Disco Lights

    Sitting alone at the bar early on a Tuesday evening probably isn't how the management at Polished Tavern envisions guests experiencing the full impact of the place. But I'm not the only one going solo; a few other single drinkers and diners occupy other bar stools, while one or two couples are in th ... More >>

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    October 14, 2014

    27 Things Denverites Really Want Out-of-Towners to Know About the Mile High City

    There's a bizarre alternate reality on the Internet when it comes to Denver -- there's the city we know and the city being sold to out-of-towners through fake blogs on real estate websites, like this list: "27 Things People From Denver Have to Explain to Out-Of-Towners." The problem with these listi ... More >>

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    October 14, 2014

    Five Bakery-Cafes in Denver Where You'll Want to Sit for Hours

    When I moved here ten years ago, I had a hard time finding a bakery-cafe like the one I used to spend weekends at back in New York. My husband and I would show up at our favorite spot on the Upper West Side and order baguettes with jam and bowls of café au lait as big as the Sunday paper. After we ... More >>

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    October 13, 2014

    740 Front Will Open in Historic Old Louisville Inn

    Over a century and change since it was built, the Old Louisville Inn is getting a makeover that will bring it into the 21st century -- but with its spirit intact. At least, so hopes J Fred Burns, one of the Inn's new owners. "We decided we wanted to take the original building, open up as much of it ... More >>

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    October 13, 2014

    East Asia Garden Closes on Broadway -- Will Reopen in Cherry Creek With New Name

    It's been a tough month for the town's top Chinese restaurants. Chef Liu's Kitchen, named Best Chinese Restaurant in the Best of Denver 2014, closed abruptly in Aurora; it will be replaced by a pho restaurant. And now East Asia Garden, our Best Chinese Restaurant in the Best of Denver 2013, has shut ... More >>

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    October 13, 2014

    Fast-Casual Pizza Chains Vie for a Slice of the Denver Market

    Restaurateurs around Denver are really hoping you'll get on board with their fast-casual pizza concepts; time and money are being spent perfecting dough recipes, building health-conscious angles, and firing up custom ovens to blister crusts in the amount of time it takes you to swipe a debit card. B ... More >>

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    October 10, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: Charred Tahini Cauliflower at Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs - friday

    No. 69 Charred Tahini Cauliflower at Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs2148 Larimer Street 720-746-9355 Jim Pettinger, the "Biker Jim" behind two restaurants, a cart and a food truck, didn't get to where he is by serving vegetables. He didn't impress celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain with a salad. He did it w ... More >>

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    October 10, 2014

    Photos: Cafe Mercato Takes Off at Lowry

    Hangar 2 Partners -- a partnership between Larimer Associates and Hartman-Ely Investments -- broke ground last fall on the "Lowry Dining District," two new buildings outside of Hangar 2, the historic building in the Lowry neighborhood that once held Air Force planes when the area was a military base ... More >>

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    October 9, 2014

    Four Top Culinary Events Today Feature Sips, Soup and Chefs Jeff Osaka and Jen Jasinski

    You don't need to wait to the weekend to get a full serving of culinary fun. Tonight you can celebrate LoDo, enjoy special dishes prepared by Jeff Osaka and Jen Jasinski, or get bowled over at a Boulder fundraiser. Keep reading for a taste of what's on today's culinary calendar. See also: Jeff Osa ... More >>

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    October 9, 2014

    Happy Hour at Tom's Urban: Last Stop for Late-Night Eats

    The "24" at the end of the name of Tom's Urban has been severed from the Larimer Square eatery's sign and its identity, shortening the hours and rearranging the furniture for a different crowd. The restaurant now closes before the real creatures of the night come out to play, but is it still a place ... More >>

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    October 9, 2014

    Video: Great American Beer Festival Poured Out the Beer -- and Poured on the Fun

    OO.ready(function() { OO.Player.create('ooyalaplayer', 'VjYTZ5cDqbLFlT_ic6FPeUI-r6tEbK0c'); });Please enable Javascript to watch this videoThe Great American Beer Festival is over, but it left us with lots of memories, as well as beer guts, stacks of stickers and favorite new brews. We sent videogra ... More >>

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    October 8, 2014

    Review: Far From Forgotten, Argyll Whisky Beer Is Better Than Ever in Uptown

    Argyll Whisky Beer 1035 East 17th Avenue 303-847-0850 Whiskey isn't my drink of choice, but it was the night I walked into Argyll Whisky Beer. Sure, it had been that kind of day. But I was also in that kind of place, with lights resembling gas lanterns, plaid carpeting and gray walls that took on ... More >>

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    October 8, 2014

    Burgers With a Side of Man Candy for Brunch at Ignite

    On a quest to find the perfect post-GABF hangover brunch to cure a serious case of the hangries, we ended up at Ignite Burgers & Lounge, which mostly serves their all-day menu of burgers and salads along with a few egg dishes thrown in for weekend pleasure. Why did we really go there? The bacon. Af ... More >>

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    October 8, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: Venezuelan Tostadas at Empanada Express Grill

    No. 70 Venezuelan Tostadas at Empanada Express Grill 4301 West 44th Avenue 303-955-8362 We're fans of the namesake Venezuelan savory pastries from Empanada Express Grill; we also have a soft spot in our hearts for the mouthwatering arepas made with griddle-crisped corn flour. But it's a hybrid dish, ... More >>

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    October 8, 2014

    Miyabi Jr. Japanese Express Chooses Denver for Its First Location

    Miyabi Jr. Japanese Express, a quick-service hibachi restaurant from PJ Partners and Capital Japan, opened last month in Tiffany Plaza -- and no, it's not in the space recently vacated by Oshima Ramen, an offshoot of another Japanese group that has a chain of ramen noodle shops in that country. See ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    October 7, 2014

    Domo's Patio Garden Proves Peaceful and Educational

    Driving up to Domo Japanese Country Foods, you wouldn't think much of the restaurant. The restaurant's huge sign, visible from Colfax Avenue at Osage Street, is tacky. The building is boxy, and when we parked in the restaurant's north-facing gravel parking lot, I questioned whether Domo would be all ... More >>

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    October 7, 2014

    Seasons Change, Menus Change...and So Do Chefs at Restaurants I've Reviewed

    With fall's cooler weather, menus are changing around town. But there are other changes at local restaurants, too, including chefs moving on. Here's a look at recent chef switches at a trio of restaurants I've reviewed -- including Gozo, one of the most promising new spots this year. See also: Revi ... More >>

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    October 6, 2014

    Free Food and Fundraisers: Ten Best Events on This Week's Culinary Calendar

    The Great American Beer Festival is gone, but Denver's culinary scene isn't going on the wagon this week. This week's calendar has something for every appetite -- from free food to fundraisers and, yes, beer. Keep reading for a taste of what's on this week's culinary calendar. See also: Baum's Awa ... More >>

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    October 6, 2014

    Chef Liu's Authentic Chinese Cuisine, Best of Denver Winner, Closes in Aurora

    A Cafe Society reader delivered the sad news, which we confirmed this past weekend: Chef Liu's Authentic Chinese Cuisine in Aurora has closed. Chef Liu's was one of only a handful of Chinese restaurants serving traditional Szechuan dishes, but it did more than that: The food coming out of the kitche ... More >>

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    October 6, 2014

    Jelly Owner Will Open the Royal, a Burger Bar, on Rapidly Changing Tennyson Street

    Tennyson Street in the Berkeley neighborhood is quickly turning into one of Denver's top restaurant strips. Already featuring its own fair share of destination eateries -- from Hops & Pie on one end to Parisi and Cafe Brazil on the other -- the once-sleepy drag is set to get four new places in the c ... More >>

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    October 6, 2014

    Colorado's Brand-New Breweries Bring Home the Bling at GABF

    For the past couple of years, industry veterans have expressed concerns about the quality of the beer being made by new craft breweries, especially as the number of new breweries -- they are now opening at a rate of 1.5 per day across the country -- increases exponentially. But the newbies fought ba ... More >>

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    October 6, 2014

    Butcher's Bistro Opens for Dinner Tonight in Former Twelve Location

    Butcher's Bistro opens at 5 p.m. today in the former location of Twelve, which Jeff Osaka closed in August to concentrate on his new venture, Osaka Ramen. Owner Scott Bauer and executive chef Tyson Holzheimer hope to lure customers with a butcher counter and a menu centered on whole-animal butchery, ... More >>

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    October 6, 2014

    LoHi SteakBar Closed Until Friday as New Owners Update Menu, Interior

    Fans of LoHi SteakBar will need to find an alternative this week; the restaurant is closed until Friday because of an ownership change. Veteran chef and restaurateur Sean Kelly has left the steakhouse and bar; Joe Pettenger and Taylor Drew, no rookies themselves, are taking over in partnership with ... More >>

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    October 2, 2014

    Happy Hour at Park & Co.: Hungry for Action

    There's nothing more frustrating to your humble correspondent than a happy hour without food. Yes, liquor discounts are truer to the original spirit of happy hour, when folks would go out for pre-dinner drinks with little more than pretzels to sustain them. Now, most people eat around cocktails and ... More >>

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    October 2, 2014

    Thirty Non-Colorado Breweries to Try at the Great American Beer Festival

    The Brewers Association made this year's app for the Great American Beer Festival available on Wednesday, and although the beer list won't go live until today, the app will be more necessary than ever in 2014. That's because there are about 730 breweries at the festival this year, pouring upward of ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    October 1, 2014

    Reader: Out-of-Staters, Craft Beer and Pot Can Be a Tricky Combo

    The city will be flooded this week with people in town for the Great American Beer Festival, and the fun will spill over into brewpubs and bars around Denver. But great craft beer isn't this state's only amenity. Since January, recreational pot has been legal here -- thanks to the 2012 passage of Am ... More >>

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    October 1, 2014

    DIA's Pop-Up Beer Garden Is Worth the Trip

    Marlo found herself with a few hours to kill at Denver International Airport last Friday afternoon. She'd flown in from Washington, D.C. and planned to meet up with her cousin before they drove into Denver, but his flight was late. She was heading toward the USO Center -- which, for military familie ... More >>

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    October 1, 2014

    Barrel Man: After Plenty of Blood, Sweat and Beers, Skyler Weekes Is on a Roll

    Sauvignon blanc has a crisp, dry mouthfeel and a grassy nose that typically gives way to hints of lemon drop, grapefruit, guava and peach. Because of that, this lighter white wine pairs particularly well with sea bass, goat cheese and even sushi. Skyler Weekes also thought the wine, or at least the ... More >>

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    October 1, 2014

    Grandma's House, Denver's Newest Brewery, Opens Today in the Midst of GABF Week

    "Grandma, what big eyes you have!" said Little Red Riding Hood. "All the better to see you with, my dear." "Grandma, what a big mouth you have!" All the better to drink beer with, my dear. That's what Matthew Fuerst, the owner of Grandma's House, at 1710 South Broadway, will be saying when he ope ... More >>

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    October 1, 2014

    A Tale of Two Snoozes

    One of the tried-and-true Denver brunch staples, Snooze is where you take anyone who's visiting from out of town to impress them with the wide array of decadent pancake creations or when you have some time to kill waiting hours on end for a table. Since opening its doors to the first Ballpark locati ... More >>

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    October 1, 2014

    Mercantile Pulls Into Union Station, Recipe Box Closes: Our Restaurant Roll Call for September

    New restaurant openings filled the calendar in September, with more than two dozen spots opening their doors in metro Denver. The new eateries ranged from Mercantile Dining & Provision, Alex Seidel's market/cafe/restaurant in Union Station, to another link in the homegrown Santiago's chain. But Denv ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    September 30, 2014

    Reader: Everyone Likes Nostalgia and Kitsch, But the Food at These Old-Timers Sucks

    This summer saw a record number of eateries opening in metro Denver -- but many restaurants also celebrated big anniversaries, including New York Deli News (25th anniversary), Briarwood Inn (35th anniversary) and Wazee Supper Club (40th anniversary). And all of those are relative newcomers compared ... More >>

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    September 30, 2014

    Marg's Expanding Into New Territory and Concepts -- and Adding Lamb Tacos

    Another one of those national food days is coming up, the kind of celebration cooked up by a promotional board to sell more almonds or goat milk. This Saturday it's National Taco Day, which appears to be fabricated with the sole intention of selling novelty calendars. According to nationaltacoday.co ... More >>

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    September 30, 2014

    Four Odd-Couple Restaurants, from Glaze by Sasa to Cowbobas

    Some restaurants remind me of Queen -- not because they're champions, but because they put cuisines together in unexpected ways, like the band's melding of operatic melodies and heavy metal guitar riffs. On the surface, Glaze by Sasa, which I review this week, is one such restaurant. But the union ... More >>

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    September 30, 2014

    No Tickets for GABF? BSide Is Giving Away Three Pairs for the Thursday Session

    No tickets for the Great American Beer Festival? BSide, the latest beer-centric bar and restaurant on 17th Avenue, has three pairs to give away for the event's Thursday session. Keep reading to find out how to win them. See also: Five Top Tips for Surviving the Great American Beer Festival

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    September 29, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: Oysters at Jax Fish House Glendale

    No. 71 Oysters at Jax Fish House Glendale 650 South Colorado Boulevard 303-756-6449 Now that we're back into months containing the letter "r," it's safe to eat oysters again, right? That old superstition hasn't held much water since the advent of modern refrigeration, but there's some truth to the ... More >>

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    September 29, 2014

    DinnerLab's Pop-Up Experiment Comes to Denver

    Chef Danny Espinoza walked right off a flight from New York and was shuffled to a cramped kitchen in Arvada to cook for a hundred strangers. It was his first time on the line in Colorado. "I always wanted to come here," the vivacious Chicagoan chef says of Denver. "They're like, 'Hey, you're launchi ... More >>

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    September 29, 2014

    Denver Loves Oktoberfest, According to Facebook

    If you're a Denverite who loves social media and German beer, you've probably already hoisted your one-liter mug and toasted "der Gemütlichkeit" at either Denver's official Oktoberfest downtown or at one of the many bars and restaurants partaking in the annual Bavarian festival. We know what you've ... More >>

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