• Blogs

    November 19, 2014

    Review: Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery Is a Quick Hit

    Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery 4990 East Colfax Avenue 720-550-7665 Meats are sizzling, tofu's frying, pots are clanging: It's game time, and the reality of a roomful of diners has hit Chop Shop hard. The chef has a word with someone on the line; she moves stations and the tempo picks up -- which is ... More >>

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    November 12, 2014

    Review: Cart-Driver Looks Like a Winner in the Fast-Casual Pizza Race

    Cart-Driver 2500 Larimer Street 303-292-3553 The midterm elections may be a blip in the rearview mirror, but Denver remains a battleground. Only instead of politicians vying for voters, restaurateurs are fighting for guests. This is especially true in the pizza business, where the campaign remains ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 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 >>

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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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2014

    Chef Bradford Heap Goes GMO-Free at Salt Bistro and Colterra

    Bradford Heap, chef/owner of Boulder's Salt Bistro, isn't waiting around for a vote or for the government to take action on GMOs (genetically modified organisms). He's already implemented a GMO-free kitchen, or what's as close as possible. "We should say 99 percent -- there's so much (environmental) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2014

    Reader: Burger Joints Are the New Faux Irish Taverns

    Sunnyside Burger Bar will open next week, in the completely rebuilt home of Longo's Subway Tavern, which closed two years ago. The news inspired the usual geographic nitpicking (Sunnyside actually starts on the north side of West 38th Avenue), the usual Northsider dissing of hipsters -- and one unus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2014

    Dishes of DISH: Deep-Dish Pizza from Patxi's Pizza

    On Sunday, September 7, 2014, Westword will host its twentieth annual celebration of the Denver dining scene, DISH, in Sculpture Park at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, where many of the favorite restaurants of Cafe Society writers and readers will be serving delectable dishes. Patxi's Pizza wil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2014

    Reader: Bagel Snobs? Next It Will Be $4 Toast Like in San Francisco

    Has Denver become a city of bagel snobs? That's what one reader suggests, as the debate over Denver bagels versus New York bagels -- as exemplified by Rosenberg's Bagels & Delicatessen -- continues. But according to that same reader, there's another danger lurking on the horizon: designer toast. Se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2014

    Reader: Let's Have a Panel of Experts Judge Between Black Sheep and Rosenberg's!

    It's been a big summer for Rosenberg's Bagels & Delicatessen, which opened in July in a Welton Street storefront and has been packing in the customers ever since. But owner Josh Pollack's claims that he makes an authentic "New York-style" New York native Eden Myles has spent years in the bagel biz i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    The Denver Bagel Versus The New York Bagel

    New York native Eden Myles has spent years in the bagel biz in Denver, so when Josh Pollack opened Rosenberg's Bagels & Delicatessen and started touting his authentic "New York" bagel, he got a rise out of Myles. See also: Josh Pollack Is on a Roll With Rosenberg's Bagels & Delicatessen

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2014

    3 Sons Brings Barbecue Back to Whittier

    So this is becoming a trend: for the second time in four weeks, I've encountered an Ohioan running a barbecue restaurant in Denver. I get it that who wouldn't want to come to Colorado from Cleveland or Cincinnati? -- but the barbecue connection is a little more tenuous. Perhaps it's just that Ohio s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2014

    Slow Food Denver Offers Microgrants to Local Food Organizations

    Slow Food USA is about more than just cooking and enjoying good food while decrying the downfalls of the average American diet. According to Krista Roberts, director of Slow Food Denver, the organization is committed to "good, clean, and fair food." As part of that mission, the organization created ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2014

    Project Pie brings its fast-casual pizza concept to Boulder...sound familiar?

    Custom food is nothing new; Chipotle and other fast-casuals have been allowing people to have it their way for years. When Project Pie opened in Boulder last month, it did so with a "Chipotle-like mantra," according to its PR firm. Of course, it's not the only pizza place to do so. And when the foun ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 14, 2014
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    August 14, 2014

    First Look: Spruce in the Hotel Boulderado Promises Farm and Fish

    The Hotel Boulderado has built up plenty of character over the last 100 years or so of continuous operation, but even proud edifices with tradition and history behind them can stand an occasional sprucing up. So this summer the hotel revamped its restaurant -- operating in the same space since the B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2014

    Josh Pollack Is on a Roll With Rosenberg's Bagels & Delicatessen

    Rosenberg's Bagels & Delicatessen 725 East 26th Avenue 720-440-9880 To make the perfect bagel, you need three key components: a great recipe, a flexible process managed by a knowledgeable bagel maker, and New York water, says Josh Pollack. That's a very specific formula, but it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2014

    There's Something in the Water at New York Deli News

    There's something special about New York City water that gives bagels, breads and cured meats a texture and flavor that New Yorkers know and love, agree Al and Tory Belsky, owners of New York Deli News. And as big as the city is, there may be even more New Yorkers living outside the five boroughs -- ... 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 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

    June 18, 2014

    Review: Atticus wants to be a grown-up restaurant, but it's suffered growing pains

    Atticus 1115 East Evans Avenue 720-459-8273 Neighborhood restaurants often remind me of kids. Even when they're noisy and a bit rough around the edges, you still smile at them, knowing the potential within. Atticus is that kind of place. Sure, it might want to be president when it grows up, but for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2014

    First Look: Salt & Grinder opens tomorrow in Highland

    The perfect deli sandwich, says Frank Bonanno, goes something like this: "a ton of meat, sliced to order and paper-thin; shredded iceberg lettuce; paper-thin, sliced tomatoes; and a slightly crunchy, soft and toothsome hoagie roll." That's the kind of sandwich that Bonanno, who will open Salt & Grin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    Natural Grocers bans confinement dairy products

    The consumption of certain products can contain inherent ethical conundrums -- and those are the sorts of conundrums that cause outright hostility between, say, vegans and carnivores. What you eat is part of the issue, but another equally important component is how that food product was created and, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2014

    Reader: How to enjoy a great burger free of pretentious surroundings and obnoxious drunks

    It's summer time, which means its burger time. And as the weather heats up, so do the discussions over who serves the best burger in metro Denver. Do you like the gourmet version? The greasy bar burger? Or is your choice more personal? Our recent pick of the ten best burgers in Denver inspired doze ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2014

    Cure Organic Farms fighting major marijuana greenhouse operation in Boulder County

    When a Colorado community doesn't want a marijuana cultivation warehouse, some people assume that the area is anti-pot and, therefore, anti-Colorado. However, one Boulder farming community is fighting a battle against marijuana that has nothing to do with any stereotypes about the plant. See also: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2014

    Reader: I'll stick with the Cricket until somebody else does a decent green chile cheeseburger

    Daniel Bradley, the focus of our current Chef and Tell interview, is the chef at 5280 Burger Bar, which opened earlier this year in the Denver Pavilions. "I love the smell of roasting green chiles," he told Lori Midson. "We go through tons of roasted green chiles every day, and when I get into the r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2014

    Reader: Claiming any burger is "the best damn burger" is lazy and a lie

    Denver has a staggering number of burger joints, and you can also find burgers everywhere from Mexican restaurants to fine-dining establishments, anywhere a customer might want to order America's favorite dish. Last week Lori Midson tried the new burger at the Squeaky Bean, which just introduced lun ... More >>

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    May 7, 2014
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    April 30, 2014

    Denver Deep Dish seeks stomachs of steel for Kentucky Derby pizza challenge

    Several bars and restaurants around town are planning parties for Saturday's Kentucky Derby gallop, and while it's the opportune time to dig out your frilly hat and dress the part, at least one bar -- namely the Bar Car -- is predicting that at least a handful of people will be wearing pizza. Jeremy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    The twelve best pizzas in Denver

    Want to provoke a fight? Just start a discussion of where to find the best pizza in town. First you have to weigh the merits of thin/thick crust. Then you consider geography, and the benefits of Connecticut, New York, Chicago and even St. Louis styles. But once you're done chewing over all the possi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    Reader: "Gourmet" burgers are overpriced disappointments

    Matt Stein specializes in gourmet waffle sandwiches at Bruxie, but he's obsessed with cheeseburgers. "My ongoing discussion obsession with my partners about who makes the best burger was charming four years ago," he says in this week's Chef and Tell. "But who knew that it could go on as long as it h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2014

    Guess where I'm eating a corned beef sandwich?

    Yesterday, after briefly stopping at a restaurant that made me sprint to the nearest wash sink to slather my hands in soap, I didn't have much of an appetite, but that all changed when I took a seat at a well-known deli and ordered a corned beef sandwich stacked with coleslaw and melted Swiss. I onl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    Recipe Wednesday: Chocolate crackles

    Pete Marczyk and Barbara Macfarlane do not leave their work behind when they leave Marczyk Fine Foods and head for their great old Denver house with a spacious kitchen. They often bring some of their market's best ingredients home with them and cook up a feast, and when they're not cooking at home, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2014

    Colorado Supreme Court approves Colorado GMO labeling initiative

    Foods in Colorado could get new labeling next year, now that the Colorado Supreme Court has approved the wording of Right To Know Colorado, an initiative to label genetically modified foods --commonly called GMOs -- on food packaging. Now supporters just need to collect enough signatures to get it o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2014

    Reader: Pizzeria Locale in West Highland? Now, that's gentrification!

    After almost twenty years, Common Grounds left its original home on West 32nd Avenue last April and reopened in Sunnyside. This week, we learned what will take over that empty space: a second location of Pizzeria Locale, the fast-casual concept that opened its first Denver outpost at 550 Broadway la ... More >>

  • News

    February 13, 2014
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    February 13, 2014

    City Bakery's Caitlin Mandigo on what keeps her up at night

    Caitlin Mandigo City Bakery 5454 Washington Street 303-292-3989 This is part two of my interview with Caitlin Mandigo, bread baker at City Bakery; part one of our conversation ran yesterday. There are all sorts of romantic notions about what it's like to bake bread. What's it ... More >>

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    February 12, 2014

    City Bakery's Caitlin Mandigo: "I've never really understood cake pops"

    Caitlin Mandigo City Bakery 5454 Washington Street 303-292-3989 Food "is in my family's blood," says Caitlin Mandigo, the bread production manager at City Bakery. Born and raised in St. Joseph, Michigan, Mandigo spent her early years hanging out in the kitchen. "My brother is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2014

    Reader: Where's the (grass-fed) beef?

    Denver got two new burger joints last week, both the first forays into the market by regional chains. Bad Daddy's Burgers, a joint effort by the North Carolina-based Big Daddy's and Good Times, got cooking in Cherry Creek, and 5280 Burger Bar & Creamery, a renamed concept from a Texas-based outfit, ... More >>

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    January 30, 2014

    Reader: Will the bitching about green chile/chili ever end?

    When Mayor Michael Hancock made his wager with the mayor of Seattle on the outcome of Sunday's Super Bowl, he promised to send a selection of green chile (among other non-edibles) if the Denver Broncos lose. Which immediately created a stir in New Mexico, which claims green chile as its own. But as ... More >>

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    January 15, 2014

    Sugarmill's Noah French: "Desserts are going to become much more than an afterthought in 2014"

    Noah French Sugarmill 2461 Larimer Street 303-297-3540 This is part one of my interview with Noah French, pastry chef and co-owner of Sugarmil; part two of our conversation will run tomorrow. It's just before noon on a Wednesday, and already Sugarmill, the Ballpark-neighborh ... More >>

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    December 18, 2013

    Derek Dietz, chef of Bocadillo: "Please, no more dusts, foams or fake caviar"

    Derek Dietz Bocadillo 4044 Tejon Street 720-242-6417 I've always had an eating problem," jokes Derek Dietz. "When I was a kid, I was always the one who was most excited about cooking, and I was intently focused on what my next meal was going to be, especially dinner," s ... More >>

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    December 11, 2013

    First look: Western Daughters Butcher Shoppe opens Thursday in LoHi

    Months ago, I had the pleasure of spending the day butchering a pig with Kate Kavanaugh and her fiance, Josh Curtiss, the two of whom have spent the last few years conceptualizing, cultivating and building Western Daughters Butcher Shoppe, a new-school, artisanal chop shop of saws, hatchets and butc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2013

    Food & Wine magazine singles out Rocky Mountain Chili Bowl's chili as one of the best in the country

    Love it, or loathe it, green chile is a Denver table staple, and while we all have our undisputed favorite places to get our green fix (El Taco de Mexico is mine), the restaurant squad from Food & Wine magazine just unleashed their own picks for the "Best Chili in the US" -- and one Denver joint sec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2013

    Five best Halloween candies to give out -- don't be the cheap house!

    You really, really don't want to have the reputation of being the worst Halloween candy-giving house on the block. So don't hand out Tootsie Rolls, candy corn or those nefarious orange-and-black-wrapped chewy things. And don't even think about gifting trick-or-treaters with shwag like toothbrushes o ... More >>

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    October 7, 2013

    Reader: Green chile wouldn't make the top 50 list of Colorado's culinary contributions

    The last of the chiles are being pulled from Colorado gardens, and the smell of roasting chiles permeates the air along Federal Boulevard and select other parts of town. Most of those chiles will wind up in Denver's thicker version of New Mexico's green chile, which could be this city's biggest co ... More >>

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    October 3, 2013

    The devil you say! 7-Eleven's Diablo Chicken Ranch Sandwich is actually tasty

    There is no haute cuisine at 7-Eleven. Unless, of course, you count hard-boiled eggs swimming in misty liquid packs, gigantic "beef" and bean burritos, and those somewhat unethical "nachos," for which you take the chips out of the plastic tray, fill the tray with free chili sauce, then try to get it ... More >>

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