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Food and Cooking

  • Culture

    November 20, 2014
  • Blogs

    November 6, 2014

    Getting (Red) Sauced at Bar Red's Happy Hour

    Just around the corner from lavish CY Steak in the Diamond Cabaret -- which to my relief and chagrin, does not offer a happy hour -- is Cliff Young and his son Zachary's other concept, Bar Red. Until recently known as BaRed, the restaurant revamped its menu and changed its focus to classic-ish Itali ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2014

    Review: The District Makes a Course Correction

    The District 1320 East 17th Avenue 303-813-6688 I don't live in the district that is home to The District, the historic area in Uptown that inspired the restaurant's name. But I drive by often, so it's been easy to keep tabs on the place. At the start of summer, I watched a short-but-sweet burs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2014

    The Nickel's Chris Thompson Talks Chinese Food and Wood-Fired Cooking

    The Nickel 1100 14th Street 720-889-2128 thenickeldenver.com Chris Thompson moved with his mother from Long Beach, California, to Telluride when he was a kid, and quickly adapted to mountain-town life. He'd always had a love of the outdoors, engendered by camping, hiking and fishing trips with his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2014

    Brunch at P17 Is Still Unparalleled, If Less Exotic

    On the morning after Halloween, my friends and I had three requirements for brunch: somewhere that served alcohol (in quantity), somewhere with elevated dishes but where we could get away with wearing yoga pants and last night's makeup, and somewhere we could walk right in with no wait at whatever ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2014

    Ay Caramba! Closes in Cherry Creek North

    When restaurateur Alex Gurevich opened Ay Caramba! in Cherry Creek North in early 2013, it was a bit of surprise, considering that most of Denver's tortas joints are of the hole-in-the-wall variety in lower-rent neighborhoods. There was much speculation as to whether Creekers would even know what a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2014

    Beer Calendar: A New Brewery, Anniversaries, Festivals and a Ski Season Kickoff

    Dry Dock Brewing debuted two whiskey-barrel-aged beers in its Signature Series last week, both in bottles and at its new tasting room, located inside the brewery's production facility in north Aurora. The beers are Double Brown Ale, an 8 percent ABV English-style brown "with a nutty, caramel backbon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2014

    Suvipa Thai Adds Variety to Federal's Vietnamese Zone

    Suvipa Thai didn't have to do much to make its dining room presentable for guests: a new coat of paint in the small, square room and some flowers on the tables, and everything was ready to go. The previous tenant, Pho De, had already painted over the lime green and sky blue of Lotus Vegetarian, whic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2014

    Hosea Rosenberg Set to Open Blackbelly Market Next Tuesday in Boulder

    Hosea Rosenberg's Blackbelly Market is set to open next Tuesday, November 11, in a nondescript east Boulder location that belies the complexity of the operation inside. With his new, expansive kitchen, Rosenberg will run a catering business, a fine-dining restaurant, a salumeria making fresh sausage ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2014

    Village Cork Reopens With Lunch, Dinner and Full Bar

    The Village Cork opened its doors to customers last night for the first time in four months, when the tiny Platt Park wine bar and bistro closed for a remodel. The space is still charming and rustic, but now there's a little more space -- for the cooks as well as the customers. A new open kitchen at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2014

    A Surprising Schnitzel in an Unlikely Location

    A stop at Williams & Graham for a cocktail on Friday night yielded the expected result: a creative, tasty and unique mixed drink from expert bartenders. But what wasn't quite so expected was the pork schnitzel on the food menu -- a dish that doesn't show up with much frequency outside of German and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2014

    Cart-Driver Will Open for Lunch Today at Noon

    I've always thought that Cart-Driver, with its blistered Neapolitan-style pizzas and lightning-fast kitchen, would be a great lunch spot. Problem was, it wasn't open for lunch. Starting today, however, that will change. At noon, the doors of this trendy little restaurant sandwiched into the s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2014

    Spruce Tap House Opens in Former Blake Street Tavern Space in Ballpark

    When the Blake Street Tavern left its original location for bigger digs down the street (in the cavernous and clubby space that once housed Polly Esther's), a vacuum was left that sucked in a couple of other eateries that tried to make a go of that space. Brauns moved from its home in front of the P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2014

    Thirteen Best Places to Trick-or-Eat Tonight

    Halloween is here and Denver will be oozing with costumes, creatures and candy all weekend long. There's a grab-bag of events to indulge in: some scary, some sexy, and some scrumptious. Build your base for the evening at Chipotle, which is offering its Boorito deal after 5 p.m., selling all custome ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2014

    Ace and The Kitchen in Boulder Will Be Featured on Good Food America

    Z Living TV may be the ESPN Ocho of food channels, but the healthy-lifestyle network (formerly Veria Living) is giving some national attention to a couple of Denver-area restaurants. Ace and the Kitchen in Boulder will both be featured on the Z Living's Good Food America, a travel show hosted by che ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2014

    Five Points Pizza: For Friends -- or Our Mutual Friend -- Only

    Eden Myles prides himself on his punk, no-hype attitude. He thinks Denver is getting too soft, which is why he injects a bit of punk into it when he can. His new venture making pizzas is a reflection of this attitude and his desire for simple, affordable, quality, Denver-esque food. Myles, a bagel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2014

    The Ten Worst Restaurant Names in Denver

    Fort Collins residents are having a war of words over the new Illegal Pete's coming to town. Some have taken offense to the use of the word "illegal," but as restaurant names go, it's not the worst we've seen. Without making judgments about the quality of food or service, here are ten Denver restaur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2014

    Sarto's Brings Metropolitan Italian and Cicchetti Bar to Jefferson Park

    Sarto's, the much anticipated restaurant from owners Taylor and Kajsa Swallow and chef Brian Laird, opened its elegant gray-and-white dining room in Jefferson Park this week, giving neighbors a taste of pan-Italian cooking with urban flair and ingredient-driven flavors. Laird, whose Italian prowess ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2014

    From Gulping at Grandma's to Snacking at Sarto's: Our Restaurant Roll Call for October

    The record pace of restaurant openings slowed a bit in October, but there were still some notable events, including the long-awaited opening of Sarto's in Jefferson Park. And two of the town's best Chinese restaurants -- Chef Liu's and East Asia Garden -- gave up the ghost, although the latter is su ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2014

    Happy Hour at McCormick's: Defending the Champ?

    Back before LoDo was stuffed with happy hours pushing all manner of liquids and solids, McCormick's Fish House and Bar -- an outpost of the McCormick's and Schmick's empire that opened in the Oxford Hotel in 1987 -- was legendary for its cheap time, when everything was $1.99. And that included a bur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2014

    Carrie Shore Leaves Table 6 for New Role at Cafe Options

    Carrie Shore has been the executive chef at Table 6 since 2013, and now she'd heading off for the next phase of her career. She'll be starting as the new chef-manager at Cafe Options, the downtown breakfast and lunch eatery operated by Work Options for Women (WOW) that trains impoverished women to b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2014

    How Stoic & Genuine Stays Fresh With Its Menu...and Seafood

    When people talk about eating seasonally, they're usually referring to the harvest: butternut squash in the fall, asparagus in the spring, and so on. But at Stoic & Genuine,the hot new seafood restaurant in Union Station, seasonality refers to something different, something measured not in frost-fre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2014

    Review: Stoic & Genuine Is a Keeper

    Stoic & Genuine 1701 Wynkoop Street Aside from the name, everything about Stoic & Genuine shouts seafood. In the raw bar, oysters and crab legs glisten on ice. Emerald-glass floats, salvaged from fishing nets, fill a case by the hostess stand. Light bounces off mirrored panels like moonlight on sil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2014

    Brunch at Syrup Hits the Sweet Spot

    With all the food-named breakfast and brunch names in town - Toast, Jelly, the Delectable Egg -- it's hard to know what really distinguishes one from the other. There's no secret with Syrup. With an entire menu of homemade syrups and flavored butters, it's hard not to opt for one of their sweet panc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2014

    Punch Bowl Social Has Big Plans for Expansion, Starting With the Menu

    With a positive review of Argyll from our restaurant critic, Gretchen Kurtz, and Punch Bowl Social packing in the crowd at its hot Broadway location, it would be easy for CEO and founder Robert Thompson and his team to rest on their laurels. Instead, they're striving for improvement and expanding th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2014

    The Horseshoe Lounge's Patio Is a Dive Bar Delight Despite the Weather

    To wrap up Patio of the Week, I tried to think of a patio I enjoy all year, with or without heaters or fire pits, and I came up with a surprising answer: the back patio at the Horseshoe Lounge. In fact, the Horseshoe's nondescript patio didn't flash through my mind until a friend mentioned it, and I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2014

    2601 Proves to Be a Great Number for New RiNo Restaurants

    There's a new development going up at 2601 Larimer Street in Ballpark/River North, and it's called, appropriately enough, 2601 Larimer. It will feature 20,000 square feet of office, retail and restaurant space -- that's the important part -- and last night 2601 threw a neighborhood party to introduc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2014

    Chef Brian Laird Opens Sarto's in Jefferson Park Today

    It's been a year and a half since Taylor Swallow, his wife Kajsa and chef Brian Laird, whose cooking skills have taken him around the metro area since he departed Barolo Grill in early 2011, signed a lease for a new restaurant in transitional Jefferson Park, a neighborhood until recently known more ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2014

    A Six-Pack of Pre-Halloween Culinary Events This Week...and Two Bonus Treats

    Man does not live on dread alone. Build a base for all the Halloween parties to come at wine dinners, cocktail dinners and other deliciously decadent events this week. Keep reading for a taste of what's on the culinary calendar. See also: Five Reasons Why Halloween Won't Be the Cannapocalypse

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2014

    Thirteen Top Spots to Trick-Or-Eat on Halloween in the Denver Area

    As Halloween descends on the city, there will be plenty of ghostly, ghoulish and gory events on October 31. But if your idea of trick-or-treating is really trick-or-eating, here are thirteen special events and deals to stash in your goodie bag. See also: Death on Wheels at the Emma Crawford Coffin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: Czech Potato Pancakes at Sobo 151

    Czech Potato Pancakes from Sobo 151 Bar & Grill 151 South Broadway 303-778-1560 Sobo 151 isn't known as a culinary destination, but those with a hankering for hockey and hearty Czech fare will always head here. When you're watching the Avs -- or playing billiards or trivia, or even listening to liv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2014

    Oh, Brother! Five Pairs of Restaurant Names Certain to Cause Confusion

    Restaurant owners have access to a rich and varied language when they choose the names of their establishments; they can also delve in to the languages of other cultures for inspiration. In fits of creativity, new words are even invented to give individuality to a fledgling business. So it's always ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2014

    Frittatas and Friends for Brunch at Fooducopia

    Fooducopia Corner Store & Cafe in Washington Park was named Best Brunch in Westword's 2014 Best of Denver edition, so I thought it deserved a taste, especially on my birthday weekend. And while the nice, if flustered, service and long wait times indicated a tiny kitchen a little overwhelmed by its o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2014

    Lo Stella Ristorante, Offshoot of 160-Year-Old Original in Italy, Opens in Golden Triangle

    Lo Stella Ristorante opened in 1850 in Portofino, Ital and now, over 160 years later, Denver is getting a taste of the famous restaurant that has been in the same family for eight generations. Lo Stella Ristorante opened today in the former home of Gallo di Nero in the Golden Triangle, serving house ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2014

    Reader: The Food Network Should Be Beating Down My Door

    Do you have what it takes to be the next celebrity chef? Our announcement that the Food Network would be holding a casting call for Food Network Star in Denver on November 1 inspired a number of Howie haters to pop up -- and several people to toss their toque in the ring.... See also: Food Network ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2014

    Happy Hour at La Biblioteca: Study Hard

    Despite the name, La Biblioteca, the tequila bar next to Zengo and Riverfront Park, is not an ideal place for study. It's a sexy library of agave-based -- rather than paper-based -- knowledge, with more than 300 tequilas, mezcals and other liquors. The sort of people who drop hundreds of bills on es ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2014

    Fall Has Arrived at Local Kitchens -- Including Mine

    This year, just as I've done for as long as my kids can remember, I joined a local farm share. Flush with produce for nearly five months, I made zucchini bread, seared green beans, melon aguas frescas, panzanella, turnip puree and fennel-and-orange salads, cooking my way from early summer to fall wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: Shoo-fly Pie from Long i Pie

    Shoo-fly Pie from the Long i Pie Shop thelongipie.com The Long i Pie Shop isn't really a shop, it's a mobile vendor based out of a 1966 Airstream trailer named Stella. You can order pie on the bakery's website and pick it up at any number of locations; delivery is also an option. The pie varieties ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2014

    Review: Gone Swishin' at Kobe An Shabu Shabu

    Kobe An Shabu Shabu 3400 Osage Street 303-284-6342 Somewhere along the line, cooking became a chore. For reasons best left to food historians and sociologists, the art of feeding ourselves has tumbled in popularity and now hovers just above taking out the trash on the list of most despised househol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2014

    Reader: Ovepriced, Overvalued -- Denver Restaurant Week Is Dead

    Denver Restaurant Week hasn't actually been a week-long for years. Soon after the event started more than a decade ago, some participating restaurants decided to extend the DRW deals on their own. And a half-dozen years ago, Visit Denver, the organizer, made it official -- extending DRW to two weeks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2014

    Lorena Cantarovici Plays With Tradition at Maria Empanada

    The sunlit interior of Maria Empanada, Lorena Cantarovici's rendition of an Argentinean bakery and cafe, invites guests to linger, with three distinct spaces that capture various aspects of the South American country's social culture. The front section adjacent to the bakery cases and coffee bar is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2014

    New Owners for an Old Favorite, Closings and Re-openings in West Highland

    The West Highland neighborhood and Highland Square complex have experienced ups and downs as gentrification continues and tastes change. Frasca duo Bobby Stuckey and Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson recently opened Pizzeria Locale on West 32nd Avenue not far from Frank Bonanno's Salt & Grinder, bringing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2014

    Golden Europe Has More Schnitzel Than the Rest of Denver's Restaurants Combined

    Wedging four people into a tiny booth at Golden Europe was no easy task: accommodating the lefties in the group, making sure I had room to take photos of my food, sitting comfortably without becoming entangled in the lace curtains above the table. It was a tight fit, and made me wonder why people bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: Ronnie's Favorite at Rosenberg's Bagels and Deli

    No. 67 Ronnie's Favorite at Rosenberg's Bagels and Deli 725 East 26th Avenue 720-440-9880 By now, the story of of Josh Pollack, owner of Rosenberg's Bagels and Deli, and his water-treatment system set up to mimic the chemistry of New York City's bagel-perfect H2O is practically the stuff of legend ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2014

    Plates for the Peak, Pinot Party: The Fifteen Top Culinary Events This Week

    Halloween is creeping ever closer, with events filled with spooky stories and fake blood, but this week you can still enjoy a few more civilized activities, including wine dinners, cocktail and restaurant crawls, fundraisers and a very elegant whisky-tasting. Keep reading for a taste of what's on th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2014

    From Vietnam Grill to Lotus to Pho De to Suvipa Thai, Opening Today

    Only three months ago, we reported that Pho De had opened in the spot previously occupied by Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant and, before that, Vietnam Grill -- the quaint bistro that had won Best Vietnamese Restaurant in our 2013 Best of Denver edition. But the stock pot at Pho De had barely come to a r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2014

    BaRed Becomes Bar Red, Updates Menu to Classic Italian

    Cliff and Zachary Young opened a bar,restaurant and live music venue around the corner from CY Steak -- Cliff Young's other venture -- last year under the name BaRed. The intention was for the name to be pronounced "Bar Red," but to avoid confusion, the Youngs have updated the name so that it's now ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2014

    Denver Restaurant Week Won't Be Two Weeks in 2015

    Denver Restaurant Week started more than ten years ago to showcase the metro area's dining scene in February -- the time of year when restaurant traffic is generally at its slowest. A half-dozen years ago, to boost business at the beginning of the Great Recession, a second week was added. But in res ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2014

    Denver Adventurous Eaters Club Serves its Final Adventure at P17 This Weekend

    Chef Jon Emanuel is just back from a sabbatical on his family's farm in Missouri, refreshed and ready for the challenges of his job as executive chef of Project Angel Heart, the organization that delivers meals to people living with life-threatening illnesses. In addition to planning menus, cooking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2014

    Sidewinder for Sale, Yazoo Raises the Roof: A Second Helping of Cafe Society, October 13-17

    The Sidewinder is for sale, as reported on Backbeat this week. The hundred-year-old building in Globeville has been home to numerous saloons, including one incarnation that served some of the town's best green chile; for the past two years, it's also hosted great live music acts in a room that had b ... More >>

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