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  • Blogs

    July 29, 2014

    The eternal flame of saganaki burns on at Pete's Greek Town Cafe

    So far in a month of eating Greek, I've come across some filling and wolfable short-order sandwiches at Yianni's, a fresher and lighter version of similar food at Melita's, and an old favorite in a newish location -- Yanni's in Greenwood Village -- that's putting out plates of what's as close to coa ... More >>

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    July 29, 2014

    Coffee at The Point adds a patio to historic Five Points intersection

    Coffee at The Point, has a new look: Owners Ryan and Donovan Cobbins installed an 800 square-foot patio on the East 26th Avenue side of the restaurant last week. The addition was a good move for the cafe, which is on a busy Denver intersection in Five Points but partially hidden under an apartment c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2014

    Harold's closes in Longmont, and Smokin' Dave's steps in

    After two years, Harold's and the Bayonet Room, the farm-to-table restaurant in Longmont's Best Western Plaza Hotel, served its final dish this past Saturday. Fortunately for hungry Longmont residents, the space is now being renovated for a new concept from Dave Oehlman, owner of the two Smokin' Dav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: Kimchi and Sausage Torta at City O' City

    No. 87 Kimchi and sausage torta at City O' City 206 East 13th Avenue 303-831-6443 A fact about vegetarians: Most of them didn't quit eating meat because they didn't like the taste. While some plant-eaters eschew mock meat on principle, as many or more relish those guilt-free alternatives. Rather t ... More >>

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    July 29, 2014

    The Nickel brings change to the Hotel Teatro

    After Restaurant Kevin Taylor and Prima closed in the Hotel Teatro earlier this year, the hotel spent a pretty penny on renovating the space (which encompassed more than just the restaurant footprint). In May, the hotel announced that a new restaurant, called the Nickel, would open featuring rustic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2014

    Trash Fish, wine-tastings and a crawl along Colfax on the culinary calendar this week

    It's almost August, but there's still plenty to enjoy in July. This week's culinary calendar includes a trash-fish dinner, a cooking lesson with Richard Sandoval, and a restaurant/pub crawl along Denver's most colorful strip. Keep reading for a taste of what's in store... See also: State of the U ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: Aburi Sushi at Sushi Den and Izakaya Den

    No. 88 Aburi sushi at Sushi Den and Izakaya Den 1487 and 1487A South Pearl Street 303-777-0826, 303-777-0691 Sushi means more than just raw fish and California rolls. At most American sushi restaurants, diners are content to nosh on salmon, tuna, shrimp and maybe a little unagi. Trying something n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2014

    Row 14 pours its last glass in the Spire Building

    Row 14 Bistro and Wine Bar showed early promise when it opened in the glitzy new Spire Building in 2011. Arik Marcus, the restaurant's opening chef, was getting press and praise almost before he'd made his first knife cut; a few months later, our restaurant critic at the time, Laura Shunk, found ple ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2014

    Video: How to make Denver's best burger

    Denverites are mad about burgers. Both fast-casual counters and upscale burger restaurants keep opening around town, and most of them are packed on a regular basis. But we also know a good burger when we sink our teeth into one; the mediocre joints don't last long. Our current favorite, which we gav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2014

    Rosenberg's Bagel & Deli grand opening tomorrow after a grand soft opening

    Rosenberg's Bagel & Deli will host its official grand opening tomorrow, July 26, from 6 a.m. (come early for a thank-you gift) to 3 p.m. Owner Josh Pollock had originally planned to celebrate with a local block party, but he's been a little busy lately. In fact, since the soft opening of the new bag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2014

    Getting saucy for brunch at Shells and Sauce

    A cozy bistro in Congress Park, Shells and Sauce is primarily known for its dinners of Tuscan pasta and seafood plates, but it also offers a weekend brunch from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with a variety of fresh Italian takes on beloved brunch favorites. Oddly enough, though, it's the Mexican dishes that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: Clams and Chorizo at Gozo

    No. 89 Clams and chorizo from Gozo 30 South Broadway 720-638-1462 The wood-fired oven at Gozo is the centerpiece of the kitchen, both in terms of its rustic physical presence and its imprint on the food touched by its fire. Gozo executive chef Nicholas Petrilli designed a menu of piccolo (small pla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2014

    Lon Symensma to open Cho77, a noodle house on South Broadway

    Fans of ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro will be happy to learn that executive chef and accomplished interpreter of Asian cuisine, Lon Symensma (along with managing partners Joe Vostrejs and Pat McHenry), is planning to open Cho77, a noodle house in the Baker neighborhood's already hot stretch of South B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2014

    Reader: Weekday "brunch" sounds downright silly -- it's foodie bullshit

    We stopped by Session Kitchen this week, and learned that the restaurant has axed its weekday lunches, and now opens at 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, in time for happy hour. Lunch -- or "brunch," as Session called it -- is still available Friday through Sunday. But the neighborhood just didn't pro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2014

    Happy Hour: The 9th Door's Spanish siesta is a snooze

    Call it the original happy hour. Though its been falling out of practice in modern Spain, the siesta has influenced the country's food culture over the centuries. Spanish restaurants often offer a prix fixe menu during the 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. lunch break, when office workers flee en masse to enjoy a n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2014

    Beer calendar: Throw down at Grimm Bros., Sanitas, Avery and Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp

    Powder Keg Brewing has opened in Niwot, where it's the town's second craft-beer maker; the location has a brewpub license (since it plans to serve food), which means it can also pour beers from other local breweries, including its neighbor, Bootstrap Brewing. Powder Keg plans to be open seven days a ... More >>

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    July 24, 2014
  • Blogs

    July 23, 2014

    Alex Seidel: Thinking outside the box for Mercantile Dining & Provision

    Union Station is hosting its grand opening on Saturday, July 26, two weeks behind schedule -- but one of the restaurants going into the historic building is even further down the track: Mercantile Dining & Provision. Still, Mercantile -- a 5,000 square foot restaurant in the north wing helmed by Ale ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2014

    Denver Restaurant Week announcing menus today

    Denver Restaurant Week is one of the biggest food events on the metro calendar, drawing thousands of curious and hungry patrons to new spots and familiar favorites to sample discount menus every year. This year marks the first time in Denver Restaurant Week's history that the event is split into dif ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2014

    Udi's updates restaurant names at all locations

    After doing business for twenty year's under his first name, Udi Baron and his family sold Udi'sFoods (the gluten-free and granola portion of their bakery empire) earlier this year, and with it the name Udi's. The company held a contest to pick a new name for its cafes and bakeries, but instead se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2014

    The seven best places to drink tequila in Denver on National Tequila Day

    Cuidado Denver, you're getting a second Cinco de Mayo this summer: tomorrow is National Tequila Day. Americans drank a little over 13 million gallons of tequila last year -- and that number will be surpassed this year. There are a lot of great places in Denver to consume the spirit of the agave; we' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: Tacos Campechanos from La Calle Taqueria

    No. 91 Tacos Campechanos at La Calle Taqueria 1565 West Alameda Avenue 720-583-6586 Alameda Avenue between Federal and I-25 is a kind of miniature Federal Boulevard all on its own; you'll find Chinese dim sum houses, Vietnamese sandwich shops, Cajun-Asian crayfish dens and, of course, no shortage ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2014

    No bones about it, Boney's is a winner

    Though we live in a town that isn't known for its barbecue, Denverites have strong opinions about what does and doesn't count as good 'cue. So it goes without saying that I, along with the rest of Café Society, am always on the lookout for new places to share with our readers. But after any number ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2014

    Session Kitchen axes weekday lunch hours

    If you're headed to Old South Pearl for lunch, you'll now have one fewer option: Session Kitchen has discontinued its extended brunch service from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday -- but will keep those hours and the same brunch menu Friday through Sunday. See also: The ten best new restau ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2014

    Patio of the week: a secret garden and secret menu at The Lobby American Grille

    When you ask a restaurant proprietor about the house specials, you usually hear a list of what they think sets their restaurant or bar apart -- but sounds like the same not-so-special deals found at many other spots around town. But The Lobby American Grille offers something that definitely puts the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2014

    Bubu, Chop Shop and other Colorado fast-casual concepts bring new ideas to dining

    We all know the drill: get in line, read the big menu board, shuffle along the counter pointing at toppings and condiments, pay at the end and grab our food. Or maybe we just pick from lists of ingredients or lunch styles -- the wrap, the bowl, the sandwich -- and take a number to a table until a c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2014

    Denver area's ten best kid-friendly restaurants

    Denver blog posts are young at heart. Our Cafe Society blog lists the ten best metro-area restaurants for diners who want to bring their kids along. The Colorado Independent: "Desperate fight to save the republic comes to the Western Conservative Summit." Mile High Report's Bronco Mike asks: "In ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    Rosenberg's Deli rolls out real New York-style bagels in Five Points

    Rosenberg's Bagels and Delicatessen, the creation of finance-manager-turned-bagel-man Josh Pollock, got rolling in Five Points this week. The grand opening won't be celebrated until Saturday, July 26, but the place is already drawing a crowd -- and with good reason. See also: Photos: Molecularly en ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    Bartender Anthony Giovanni moves into a new role as general manager at The Nickel

    "I had a great time," says Anthony Giovanni, speaking of his days behind the bar at Green Russell. "Frank Bonanno, Adam Hodak and the rest of the team there were phenomenal people. It was a great experience." Giovanni recently announced his departure from the speakeasy to become general manager of T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    Chop Shop, "a modern American grill with global influences," opens on East Colfax

    On a stretch of East Colfax Avenue known more for Ethiopian cuisine and dive bars than for destination dining, Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery, a new take on fast-casual with a "steakhouse-inspired" menu, hopes to tap into the pent-up needs of Hale, Montclair and Park Hill residents. After opening sof ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    Zengo: Big flavors on small plates at a bottomless brunch

    Brunch: it's a time-honored tradition, a mingling of friends over bottomless mimosas for chatting and gluttonous gorging on pancake stacks and egg creations. If your typical Sunday morning debate goes back and forth between heading to the reliable greasy spoon or someplace new and trendy, indecision ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: Pork belly confit from Solera

    No. 92 Pork Belly Confit at Solera Restaurant and Wine Bar 5410 East Colfax Avenue 303-388-8429 Solera has been a sole outpost of fine dining on Colfax Avenue between Colorado and Monaco for at least a dozen years, with chef Goose Sorensen heading the kitchen for nearly the entire stretch. For a D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    From Baere to Snooze, a dozen openings: A second helping of Cafe Society, July 14-18

    This week in Cafe Society, Gretchen Kurtz visited Troy Guard's "modern steakhouse," Guard and Grace, which didn't quite live up to expectations -- or its hefty price tag. For Chef and Tell, Mark Antonation talked to Dave Query of the Big Red F about being the first owner of Q's in the Hotel Bouldera ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    Photos: Highland Tap and Burger chef Elijah Odell wins Pairsine food and beer pairing

    "Awesome, awesome, awesome." That's how chef Elijah Odell describes winning the seventh annual Pairsine food and beer pairing competition last night at the Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield. Pairsine, which is a combination of the words "pair" and "cuisine," challenged chefs to create beer-frien ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    Food, drink and big fun at tonight's Big Eat

    Denver's culinary scene is constantly expanding, which makes for some amazing food -- but can also make trying all the hot new restaurants quite a challenge. It could take months to explore the more recent developments in Denver's dining scene, and when you finish the restaurant landscape looks comp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    Reader: How many times have we seen Denver chef/restaurateurs spread themselves thin?

    Chef Troy Guard is a very busy man. Today he'll open Bubu, a new concept in the former TAG|Raw Bar space in Larimer Square; he's planning to put another spot in Lowry. Before that, he'll pour his expertise from TAG Burger Bar into Acme Burgers & Brats, opening next week in Union Station. Then there' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    Ten best kid-friendly restaurants in Denver

    Whether it's because the babysitter canceled at the last minute or because you want quality family time at a dinner you don't have to cook, loading up the kids for a restaurant excursion can be fun for the whole gang, provided the destination is suitable for the young ones. We know it can be awkward ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    Happy Hour: The Populist keeps it simple and honest

    If you're an experienced happy-hour hustler, trolling the city for $3 wells and half-price burgers, you're used to the routine: meager pours of booze, undercooked and indifferently presented food, and the kind of service doldrums that seem to arrive with happy hour -- generally right around the end ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    Review: Guard and Grace looks lovely, but faces some hard realities

    Guard and Grace 1801 California Street 303-293-8500 I knew I'd need a steak knife for dinner at Guard and GraceGuard and Grace, the steakhouse that Troy Guard opened in March in the bottom of 1801 California Street, a newly renovated 54-story building downtown. I just didn't know it would be for d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    Dave Query on the end of Q's and the start of Big Red F

    Q's Restaurant in the Hotel Boulderado closed last week; it's turning into Spruce. To understand that name, you need only look outside the circa 1909 hotel, which is located at Spruce and 13th streets in Boulder. The explanation of the name that's being abandoned is a little more complicated: Those ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: Kettle Chips from Amerigo Delicatus

    No. 93 Kettle Chips at Amerigo Delicatus 2449 Larimer St. 303-862-9850 Although we have a long way to go, these crispy delights may end up being the cheapest item on our list of favorite dishes. That's because they're actually free -- but only if you order a sandwich from the lunch menu. We walk ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2014

    Yianni's Gyros Place: a Greek island on the far end of Colfax

    Getting Greek food on Colfax Avenue is as natural to Denverites as leaving the snow on the sidewalks for the sun to melt or pushing the stroller into a bar to enjoy a pint or two of IPA with the baby. A stretch of the road near East High School was even designated Greek Town in the late 1990s, thank ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2014

    DISH tickets now on sale for Cafe Society readers

    Get ready for the kickoff of the fall food season! On Sunday, September 7, DISH will return to Sculpture Park at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. This is Westword's twentieth annual celebration of the Denver drinking and dining scene, and it promises to be quite a party. Now we're inviting Cafe S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2014

    Guard and Grace bills itself as a "modern steakhouse." Does it meat expectations?

    Four years ago when I was the restaurant critic for a now-defunct publication, I reviewed Shanahan's Steakhouse. At the time, the executive chef told me he was trying to create a menu that was "a lot more modern," but I as noted in my review, the beef was corn-fed and sourced out-of-state, making it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2014

    Pho De opens in former home of Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant

    July seems to be a big month for change on Federal Boulevard. Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant, one of our favorite meat-free alternatives and winner of this year's Best Vietnamese Crepes, didn't even make it a year. This particular location on South Federal Boulevard would appear to be cursed; we also a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2014

    HandleBar Tavern closes for remodel, "new chapter"

    After a final bash yesterday, the HandleBar Tavern has closed for renovation -- and perhaps a new concept. "It is the end of an era," announced a sign on the door of the neighborhood restaurant last week. "Come help us celebrate as we get ready to remodel and begin a new chapter." See also: Table ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2014

    Patio of the Week: Shagging at Bogey's on the Park

    How do I know Denver loves its patios? Because it's almost impossible to get a seat on a nice day at the better-known spots. That's why I'm almost hesitant to tell you about Bogey's on The Park, because part of the appeal is that people don't know about it yet. In a city of gentrified neighborhoods ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2014

    The District to open Thursday, giving East 17th Avenue a late-night kitchen

    The stretch of East 17th Avenue between Broadway and City Park continues to be a hotbed of restaurant activity. Recent lauded additions like Argyll and Olive & Finch are now claiming territory alongside such veterans as Steuben's and Il Posto. And this week one more kitchen will fire up its burners ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    Flautas and pho: Federal Boulevard update

    Federal Boulevard is filled with constantly evolving views of construction, commerce and change. No sooner does a Vietnamese restaurant close up shop than a new pho joint opens in its place. There's a little less churn with Mexican eateries, but new spots occasionally pop up. Driving up Federal this ... More >>

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    July 11, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: Head cheese from Beast Bottle

    No. 94 Head cheese at Beast Bottle 719 East 17th Avenue 303-623-3223 Beast Bottle has been garnering acclaim almost since the day it opened, most recently winning the Exceptional Newcomer Award from the Colorado Restaurant Association. Chef and co-owner Paul Reilly's ever-changing menu of cre ... More >>

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