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Food and Cooking

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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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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

    Beer (and Tequila) Here: Ten Top Culinary Events this Week

    The Great American Beer Festival starts Thursday, and beery events will be spilling out all over town. But there are many other events that should whet your appetite, including a celebration of the harvest at Lola. Keep reading for a taste of this week's culinary calendar. See also: Lost Highway Br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2014

    Blackbird Will Land in Former Handlebar Space Next Month

    Table to Tavern partners Rob Lanphier, Brian Midtbo and Angie Midtbo opened Atticus early this year in a space claimed from the back of Boone's, their University of Denver sports bar. Now they're merging two former restaurant spaces -- the Handlebar & Grill and Abo's Pizza -- into one new concept ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 Gem├╝tlichkeit" 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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2014

    Chefs Collaborative Brings the Kitchen, Frasca and Chipotle Together for Sustainability Summit

    Chefs Collaborative is an organization that works to educate chefs and create a network to promote responsible and sustainable ways to source, cook and serve food. This Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, the group is hosting its annual Sustainable Food Summit in Boulder, with a targeted theme of "Moving mo ... More >>

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    September 26, 2014

    Ristorante Lo Stella to Open in Gallo di Nero Location in Golden Triangle

    The list of restaurants that have occupied the 1135 Bannock Street address in the Golden Triangle keeps growing: Chances, Wolfie's and Bambino's came and went over the years before Fired Up closed after little over a year due to an electrical fire and re-opened as Gallo di Nero under the same owners ... More >>

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    September 26, 2014

    Lost Highway Brewing Opens Tonight in Denver -- After Three Years in the Making

    At long last, Lost Highway Brewing, which has been in the planning stages or under construction for three full years, is opening -- and fast: tonight at 5 p.m. Owned by James and Tina Pachorek, who also own the Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Cafe next door, Lost Highway will have six beers on tap: a pils ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2014

    Happy Hour at Central Bistro: Cheers to the View

    I was wandering the Highland neighborhood, hunting for that most rare of beasts: a happy hour that runs until 7 p.m. Once the clock hits six, it's time for most restaurants to put away the small menus, top off that happy hour sangria and roll out the red carpet for the folks who actually spend, you ... More >>

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    September 25, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: Pickled Lake Michigan Perch at Trillium

    No. 72 Pickled Lake Michigan Perch at Trillium 2134 Larimer Street 303-379-9759 Upper Larimer's Trillium brings Scandinavia to Denver, by way of the Great Lakes. Chef-owner Ryan Leinonen grew up in Michigan, where Swedish, Norwegian and Finnish influences shaped the food he grew up with. This shows ... More >>

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    September 25, 2014

    Why These Three Restaurateurs Went Into the Food Industry

    People who want an easy life don't go into the food industry. Hours are long, you're on your feet all day, and margins are tight. So why does anyone do it? Some, like Erin Markham, owner of Saucy Noodle Ristorante -- which I review this week -- literally grew up in the restaurant. "I was raised her ... More >>

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    September 24, 2014

    Review: At Fifty, Saucy Noodle Ristorante Feels Like an Old Friend

    Saucy Noodle Ristorante 727 South University Boulevard 303-733-6977 In August, just days after the owners of Lechuga's, one of Denver's oldtime Italian restaurants, sold their spot and retired, Saucy Noodle Ristorante celebrated a different kind of milestone: its fiftieth anniversary. Curious to s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2014

    Reader: Why Do Most Restaurants Use So Much Salt and Sugar? Cheap Flavor

    Where do you go for healthy food? Gretchen Kurtz gets that question a lot, and last week she reviewed LYFE Kitchen, a link in a California-based chain that wopened in Park Meadows last month. A meal at LYFE -- "Eat Good Food Everyday" --isn't supposed to just fill you up; it's supposed to make you f ... More >>

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    September 24, 2014

    Breckenridge-Wynkoop CEO Lee Driscoll Talks About Wazee Supper Club's 40th Anniversary

    The Wazee Supper Club has been holding down the corner of 15th and Wazee streets for forty years, in a part of town that's seen more change than there are pizza toppings on the Wazee menu. Gone are the viaducts that sent traffic over, instead of through, the part of downtown that's now called LoDo b ... More >>

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    September 24, 2014

    Twelve Denver Restaurants That Have Hit Fifty -- and Are Still in the Family

    The Saucy Noodle, which Gretchen Kurtz reviews this week, celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in August -- a remarkable record for a restaurant that's still in the founding family's hands. But it's not the only place in the area run by family members fifty years after it opened. Up in Louisville, th ... More >>

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    September 24, 2014

    Park House Turns Two With Parking Lot Party, New Menu by Jezebel's Scott Durrah

    Park House made an immediate impression when it opened in late 2012 on Colfax Avenue, making our list of the ten best new bars for that year. Now the little craftsman cottage that features live music, including bluegrass music every Wednesday, is marking its second anniversary this weekend with a pa ... More >>

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    September 24, 2014

    Beer Calendar: Fresh Hops, Odell's 25th Birthday and the Run-Up to GABF

    The Great American Beer Festival lands on Denver October 2-4, along with myriad other craft beer events around town. How to get back and forth? Uber, the car-ride service has launched a promotion called the Battle of the Breweries. More than twenty beer makers in Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins (w ... More >>

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    September 24, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: Smoked Turkey Croque-Madame at Acorn

    No. 73 Smoked Turkey Croque-Madame at Acorn 3350 Brighton Boulevard 720-542-3721 Acorn in the Source has been earning praise almost since the day it opened. Of chef and co-owner Steve Redzikowski's now-iconic kale and apple salad, our restaurant critic Gretchen Kurtz wrote: "The recipe is now a clas ... More >>

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    September 23, 2014

    You're Actually Welcome at Little India

    There are nights when I crave the unique and adventurous, the dishes with names I can't pronounce and ingredients I've never heard of, much less shopped for or cooked at home -- tropical fruits with pungent or savory back notes, the odd bits of meat that never even see a grocery-store butcher counte ... More >>

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    September 23, 2014

    Double Up on Drinks to Beat the Crowd at the Tavern Uptown

    I have to drag myself to The Tavern Uptown when friends ask me to meet them there. I'm always surprised how much I dislike the place, considering the amazing patio and the bar's wealth of drink specials. When push comes to shove, going there usually makes me cringe. But last time I visited, manageme ... More >>

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