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Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    Reader: More expensive restaurants and bars at Union Station that average workers can't afford

    The lineup at Denver Union Station, set to reopen this summer, is now complete. Last week, the development partners announced seven more restaurant and retail tenants, including an outpost of the Tattered Cover, two bars (one on the lovely mezzanine level, one in the former ticket booths), an ice cr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2014

    USA Today picks Denver's top ten foodie spots -- but eat fast!

    Last week USA Today came out with its "10 Best Foodie Spots in Denver. But you'd better move fast if you want to hit two of them: D Bar is closing this coming weekend in anticipation of a move, and Restaurant Kevin Taylor is closing for good at the end of March. And two others -- the Cherry Creek ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2014

    Guess where you're eating? At an EatDenver restaurant if you're adamd2121

    Cafe Society served up four Guess Where? contests last week, ranging from a mound of cheap -- and cheap tasting -- nachos from Agave Taco Bar to a bowl of awesome hot and sour soup bobbing with foie gras dumplings from Zengo to a sizzling vessel of bibimbap from a suburban Korean joint.

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2014

    Harman's Eat & Drink unleashes a dinner series to celebrate the culinary scene's unsung kitchen heroes

    The restaurant business, muses Mark Fischer, exec chef of Harman's Eat & Drink, is "seriously peculiar." Chefs, he continues, "have become really high-profile, and they're granted an inordinate amount of admiration and given an inordinate amount of credit for the successes that are their restaurants ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: Charcuterie board from Black Pearl

    Suffice it to say that I eat out more than the general population, unless, of course, the general population can catalogue more than 450 restaurant meals in a year -- which is about the number of breakfasts, lunches and dinners that I stomached over the past year. Pathetic, isn't it? But all those f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    St. Patrick's Day 2014: Ten ways to be green and celebrate in Denver

    St. Patrick's Day is almost upon us, and since the holiday falls on a Monday this year, it means a whole weekend's worth of celebrations. Whether you want to down some pints of Guinness or explore Irish cuisine and culture with your family, there are plenty of options. Here are ten great food and dr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    Old Major, La Biblioteca join the brunch bunch

    Two more restaurants are joining the brunch bunch tomorrow. Just over a year after it opened in LoHi, Old Major will launch a Saturday and Sunday brunch menu. And down the hill in Riverfront, La Biblioteca -- a Sandoval Restaurant concept that took over for Al Lado last fall -- will begin offering b ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 13, 2014
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    March 13, 2014

    Eric Cimino, chef of Luca, on the number one rule in Frank Bonanno's kitchens

    Eric Cimino Luca D'Italia 711 Grant Street 303-832-6600 lucadenver.com This is part two of my interview with Eric Cimino, chef of Luca D'Italia; part one of our chat ran yesterday. What's the best food- or kitchen-related gift you've been given? I love getting new cookbooks, especially the odd, q ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2014

    All aboard! Denver Union Station team announces its complete tenant lineup

    With the grand reopening of Denver Union Station less than four months away, Larimer Associates and its partners in the project just announced eight more retail and restaurant tenants for the renovated facility set to debut on July 12. And not only are all of these tenants from Colorado, but several ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2014

    Time and gravy stand still at McCoy's

    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 12, 2014

    Eric Cimino, chef of Luca: "The fancy-burger trend should call it quits"

    Eric Cimino Luca D'Italia 711 Grant Street 303-832-6600 lucadenver.com Like a lot of kids, Eric Cimino had a grand plan for when he arrived at adulthood. He wanted to be a psychologist, figuring he'd excel because he was the guy everyone hit up for guidance. He even graduated from Northern Arizona ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2014

    AMC takes fast-casual to dinner and a movie at Southlands

    Dinner and a movie has always been a dating-world staple. While you engaged in small talk over dinner, it's comforting to know that if you run out of conversation, the action on the silver screen will soon fill those dreaded, awkward silences. Not to mention that the action could move off the scre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2014

    Guess where I'm eating woefully underwhelming nachos?

    Hey, restaurants: If you're going to serve nachos, even if they're $5 happy hour nachos, can you please take an extra ten seconds to melt the damn cheese? It's bad enough that 90 percent of the chips are naked, but no one, not even those too drunk to see beyond the blur, wants a cold blanket of chee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2014

    Beer calendar: Smoked beers, books and barleywine are on tap

    Governor John Hickenlooper, co-founder of the Wynkoop Brewing Company, signed legislation this week that will continue to fund the Rural Economic Development Initiative, a program that "encourages local governments and businesses to join forces to develop community infrastructure and private facilit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2014

    Rio on the Rocks: Baseball fans will get a taste of Rio Grande margs this season

    Opening day is less than a month away, and sports fans are licking their lips over the promise of a new season. And some margs from Rio on the Rocks, a ballpark branch of Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, the homegrown chain that got its start in Fort Collins 27 years ago, and is known for its legendar ... 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

    March 11, 2014

    First look: Guard and Grace opens tonight

    Like all of chef-restaurateur Troy Guard's food temples, Guard and Grace, his new steakhouse, which opens tonight, is poised to be a powerful star performer. This is the third restaurant that Guard has opened in a short, five-month span, and its size, a whopping 9,000 square feet, positions it as th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2014

    Five best new-old restaurants in Denver

    In anticipation of the Best of Denver, we've already shared our list of the ten best new restaurants in Denver -- spots that opened in 2013 that are all contenders for the Best New Restaurant award. But last year, we also saw many restaurants close and then reopen -- sometimes in new places, sometim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2014

    Clint Wangsnes, chef of Zengo, leaving to open Chop Shop

    After more than eight years as the chef of Zengo, Richard Sandoval's Asian-Latin restaurant in Riverfront Park, Clint Wangsnes is departing that kitchen to open his own. "The last eight years have been really eventful, and working with Richard and watching him grow and expand has been amazing, but I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2014

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

    Cafe Society dished up five Guess Where? contests last week, ranging from a dessert plate of caramelized plantains and vanilla bean gelato from Chili Verde to a charismatic cocktail mostly made with bitters from Ste. Ellie to a platter of oysters that are just a buck a shuck during happy hour.

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2014

    Guess where I'm eating Korean bibimbap?

    There's nothing that puts a damper on a really good dinner at a Korean joint -- this bibimpap, for example -- than an overly vocal, whiny diner asking for a fucking plate of steamed vegetables. Condolences to her poor date... Can you guess where I'm eating? Special bonus: Anyone who gives the fir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2014

    Construction starts to turn Longo's Subway into a TAG Burger Bar

    Construction has started on the former Subway Tavern, which the Larimer Group bought after the family that owned the spot -- reputed to be the first place in Denver to serve pizza -- put it on the block. The Longos sold the place in September 2012, after running the restaurant for 52 years. The cent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2014

    Zimmerlw is the winner of our Gallo di Nero contest

    UPDATE: We have a winner of our Gallo di Nero contest, in which we asked Cafe Society readers to answer this question: How many wood-fired ribeyes did Gallo di Nero serve during the month of February? Congratulations to zimmerlw, who came the closest with his answer of 43; the correct answer is 45. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2014

    Exclusive: Restaurant Kevin Taylor and Prima closing at the Hotel Teatro

    "When Restaurant Kevin Taylor opened, it was a completely new offering for Denver, a city still very much trying to find its way on the culinary map," reflects Kevin Taylor, chef of Kevin Taylor's at the Opera House, Limelight Supper Club, Palettes at the Denver Art Museum, Rouge and the Teller Bar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2014

    A scamming server, Kevin Taylor closing: A second helping of Cafe Society, March 3-7

    The hottest restaurant story of the week wasn't on Cafe Society but on our news blog, where Michael Roberts reported about a local waitress who got bustedafter lifting a customer's debit card at Rome's Saloon. And then there was actual news about the Denver dining scene: Kevin Taylor's Restaurant Ke ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 6, 2014
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    March 6, 2014

    Richard Glover, chef of Fooducopia, on what still gives him nightmares

    Richard Glover Fooducopia 1939 East Kentucky Avenue 303-722-7838 fooducopia.com This is part two of my interview with Richard Glover, exec chef of Fooducopia; part one of our conversation ran yesterday. Your three favorite Denver restaurants other than your own: Pho 79 on Havana and Mississippi. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2014

    Guess where I'm eating a little of this and a little of that?

    If you're yearning for a little of this, a little of that and a little of everything else that's on the small bites side of the menu at this intriguing restaurant, then you'd find yourself in good company. Can you guess where I'm eating? Special bonus: Anyone who gives the first correct answer to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2014

    Jen and Josh Wolkon, Vesta Dipping Grill honored by Urban Peak

    Restaurateurs are some of the most generous people in metro Denver, frequently volunteering their time, staff and space for a good cause. But you'd have to go far to find a couple who've dished up more donations than Jen and Josh Wolkon, owners of Vesta Dipping Grill, Steuben's and Ace. See also: D ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 6, 2014
  • Blogs

    March 5, 2014

    The ghost of Howard Johnson still haunts El Padrino

    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 5, 2014

    Richard Glover, chef of Fooducopia, on his new farm and launching dinner

    Richard Glover Fooducopia 1939 East Kentucky Avenue 303-722-7838 fooducopia.com This is part one of my interview with Richard Glover, exec chef of Fooducopia; part two of our conversation will run tomorrow. Every so often, you'll hear the lilt in Richard Glover's voice. Born in South Africa and r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2014

    Contest alert! Win two seats to the Gallo di Nero dinner with Top Chef contestant Ed Cotton

    Ed Cotton, a contestant on season seven of Top Chef, the former chef de cuisine at BLT Market, a disciple of Daniel Boulud and the current exec chef of Sotto 13 in New York City, is touching down in the Mile High City on Saturday to cook up a storm at Gallo di Nero, the kitchen of which is quarterba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2014

    Guess where I'm eating oysters that only cost a buck a shuck?

    Monday through Friday, from 3 to 6 p.m., this restaurant pimps oysters for a mere dollar a shuck. That's my kind of happy hour. Can you guess where I'm eating? Special bonus: Anyone who gives the first correct answer to a Guess Where post is entered into a pool -- and every Monday, we select one ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2014

    Five favorite stuffed-dough dishes in Denver

    The menu at Bocadillo, Derek Dietz's casual restaurant in Sunnyside, is short, with only a dozen or so choices. And while the lineup frequently includes soups, a salad and a few entrees along with the snacks, you never know what form these dishes are going to take, given how often Dietz changes thin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2014

    Chef Duy Pham opening Parker Garage in Parker

    Chef Duy Pham, whose impressive cooking career in Colorado started at the long-gone Le Petit Gourmet Catering and journeyed through the kitchens of Tante Louise, Opal, the Luna Hotel, Sushi Den, Fifteen Twentyone in Pueblo and most recently, Epernay and Restaurant Kevin Taylor, is looking forward to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    Denver Restaurant Week ends, Great Plates begins, and other spots on the culinary map

    Denver Restaurant Week wraps up tonight -- but if you hurry, you can still snag a reservation at one of more than 300 participating restaurants. And some of those eateries have decided to offer their special, multi-course $30 menus into March. To see those menus and the list of participating restaur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    Reader: Here's my new restaurant concept, Ampersand & Ampersand

    In anticipation of the Best of Denver 2014, which hits the streets on March 27, yesterday Cafe Society unveiled our list of the ten best new restaurants in Denver, one of which will be named Best New Restaurant in the upcoming issue. In keeping with our policy of not reviewing a restaurant before it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    Holy hot dog! Yelp names Biker Jim's the twelfth best restaurant in the country

    In 2005, a former repo man with a rather impressive rap sheet stemming from a reckless and wild youth plunked down a hot dog cart on the 16th Street Mall, in an area of downtown that already pimped plenty of wiener beaters, but this wasn't your average hot dog cart -- and the guy who started it, Jim ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 27, 2014
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    February 27, 2014

    Art and eating collide at Monkey Town 4, starting tonight

    Colorado native Montgomery Knott has returned to the Mile High City from New York, bringing with him his experimental, immersive food and film experience: Monkey Town 4. The curated event will feature eighteen local and national video artists' works projected on the massive walls of a dining cube, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2014

    Aniedra Nichols, exec chef of Elway's Cherry Creek: "Never show fear"

    Aniedra Nichols Elway's Cherry Creek 2500 East First Avenue 303-399-5353 elways.com This is part two of my interview with Aniedra Nichols, exec chef of Elway's Cherry Creek; part two of our conversation ran yesterday. What's the best food- or kitchen-related gift you've been given? I've had quit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2014

    Guess where I'm eating chilaquiles?

    Sometimes you find the best examples of a certain dish at a restaurant that you'd never expect would serve that dish, much less do it better than just about anyone else. But that's exactly what happened with the chilaquiles in the above snap. Not only was it an unexpected surprise on the menu, but a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2014

    Spilling drinks, not identities, at the Curtis Club

    Adam Platt, restaurant critic for New York, recently decided to out himself, publishing his picture on the cover of the magazine and writing about why he decided to give up his anonymity. You won't find me doing the same thing. As anyone knows who's shared a meal with "somebody" -- be it a politic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2014

    The ten best new restaurants in Denver

    Hundreds of restaurants opened in metro Denver last year, everything from little neighborhood sandwich shops to upscale taquerias to ambitious, shiny new American spots. And which was the best new restaurant to open in 2013? That's what we'll reveal in the Best of Denver 2014, which hits the streets ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2014

    Sustainable seafood at Jax Fish House & Oyster -- with recipes!

    Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar is definitely in the swim when it comes to sustainability. The restaurant recently announced its partnership with Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch, a program that encourages consumers, restaurants and distributors to make friendly choices for healthy oceans. See also: ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2014

    Best places to eat during Denver Restaurant Week don't take part?

    Denver blog posts are good enough to eat -- figuratively speaking, anyhow. At our Cafe Society blog, Patricia Calhoun shares a comment from a reader who sees advantages to dining at non-participating eateries during Denver Restaurant Week. Coyote Gulch on an award-winning San Miguel River project. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2014

    High Point Creamery, Park Burger and Adagio Baking Company opening in Hilltop/Crestmoor

    For the last several months, there's been a flurry of activity on the southwest corner of Holly and Cedar, an intersection that sits on the cusp of Crestmoor and Hilltop -- a plot that was once an old gas station that's remained vacant for years. But Rob Naiman, who grew up in Crestmoor and is the f ... More >>

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