Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar doesn't need to fish for compliments -- the Denver location just keeps reeling them in. This second of the Jax restaurants (the original is in Boulder, and a third opened in Fort Collins two years ago) was named Best Seafood Restaurant in our Best of Denver 2012, and als ... More >>
Whole Foods is providing Colorado with a whole lot of local beef these days. In Basalt, a newly opened franchise is teaming up with Crystal River Meats, a Carbondale-based sustainable food company, to provide youth in the RE-1 school district with natural ground beef for school lunches throughout th ... More >>
"Organic" and "sustainable" are words that get thrown a lot these days. But being truly organic requires more than just buying the lettuce branded as such. And so the Grower's Organic Awards were created to give recognition to Denver restaurants, growers and grocers that are truly making an effort t ... More >>
It's the time of year when dozens of chile stands pop up along Federal Boulevard, complete with roasters. Although some people insist that green chile must have pork, the chiles are really key -- and it's easy to make a good meat-free version. This recipe was adapted from the Sam's No. 3 Kickin' Gre ... More >>
It's green chile season. In her advice for new Cafe critic Gretchen Kurtz, former restaurant reviewer Laura Shunk said that it was important to have a favorite green chile...and then served up her own: Chubby's. And while one commenter dissed the mean green, far more readers are fans of Colorado's ... More >>
Green chile season is now upon us, and this means the pervading aroma of burning chiles will soon fill the air as parking lots fill up with eager chile-philes waiting patiently, burlap bags in hand, for their turn to watch the roasters work their rolling, smoking magic. This season also translates t ... More >>
New spots are popping up all over town, including Little Dragon, a Chinese take-out and delivery spot in Mayfair. Jenn Wohletz dropped by and picked up an order of hot-and-sour soup and allegedly healthy, baked crab and cheese wontons. Is it wrong to crave these wontons?
This is the fourth in a series of pieces profiling Colorado-grown products...and what some local restaurants do with them. "I want to have a relationship with someone who's cooking my food," declares Paul Cure, co-founder of Boulder's Cure Organic Farm. One handshake at a time, Paul and his wife, A ... More >>
Josh Monopoli Black Cat 1964 13th Street, Boulder 303-444-5500 www.blackcatboulder.com Bramble & Hare 1970 13th Street, Boulder 303-444-9110 brambleandhare.com Part one of my interview with Josh Monopoli, chef de cuisine of Black Cat and Bramble & Hare, ran yesterday; this is part two. Favorite ... More >>
Red Robin, home of the juicy, fried-egg and crispy bacon-garnished Royal Red Robin burger, is hot for two new burger styles: "Cry Baby" and "Fiery Ghost." Having already tried much of the Denver-based chain's lineup at Red Robin's Burger Works, I had to find out of these two hottie burgers would fan ... More >>
A great burger needs to stand on its own, a Westword reader noted last week in response to my review of Red Robin's Burger Works, a new concept that the Colorado-based chain tried out at the Shops at Northfield Stapleton before rolling it outside Colorado state lines. That means the burger has to ... More >>
Contrary to popular belief, cheesemongers do not actually cure cheese -- they handle it -- and tomorrow, at the third annual Cheesemonger Invitational in Long Island, New York, 45 of them from around the country will be tested on their handling skills, with the winner walking away with $1,000 in cas ... More >>
It's hard to find a good cheese sandwich these days. Sure, plenty of delis, sub shops and even some fast-food chains are serving up sammies like they just became stylish, but few make a really superior cheese sandwich. The exception to this rule? Which Wich?, a diminutive sub chain out of Dallas t ... More >>
Tomorrow is the first day of summer, also known as burger season -- and then, just around the corner, comes the green chile harvest. Celebrate both at Five Star Burgers, the New Mexico transplant that recently made its way to Broadway.
Randy Balch Wazee Supper Club 1600 15th Street 303-623-9518 www.wazeesupperclub.com This is part one of my interview with Randy Balch, chef of Wazee Supper Club, which will reopen on Saturday following a remodel. Part two of our chat will run in this space tomorrow. Before waltzing through the d ... More >>
There's a whole lot of spring "cavorting" going on at Ugly Goat Milk Company's farm. And that means plenty of milk, butter, cheese and good times for both the animals and humans.
Every time I leave Einstein's, I feel like I have just left a cathouse -- I'm sticky, covered with crumbs, and my wallet is considerably lighter...because I just got f*cked.
Domino's Pizza is not known for having the best pizza crust in the big-box pizza chain sphere of influence. Hell -- it isn't known for having the best pizza, either. So I was actually surprised when Domino's became the first major pizza-delivery chain to offer gluten-free crust (doing what smaller s ... More >>
"So, to what do I owe the privilege?" That's what rolled off my tongue earlier today when I picked up the phone and heard the booming voice of star chef and restaurateur Charlie Palmer on the other end, calling from New York with an update on what's transpiring at District Meats, the restaurant he ... More >>
Yesterday's news that Fired Up, a new pizza joint, will soon be opening in the Golden Triangle inspired this comment from Manfrenjensen: WTF is up with all the new pizza joints opening up all of a sudden?? I thought the upscale burger, cupcake, and DIY frozen yogurt trends were something, but I thi ... More >>
Denver may be landlocked, but our ship occasionally comes in -- loaded with fresh fish. Yesterday we served up Denver's five best seafood restaurants. Says UncleDave8: I can totally back this list. Refreshing change from most Denver diners' choices like The Fresh Fish Company, Pappadeaux, Oceanair ... More >>
Anyone who says you can only find good seafood on the coasts is just plain wrong. A number of restaurants in Denver are helmed by chefs who really know their way around fish. They bring in the best specimens they can find, and they turn out some truly exceptional ocean-focused dishes. Some spots d ... More >>
The Organic Pizza Company outpost at 891 14th Street in the Spire has expanded from a take-and-bake pizza joint to a "full-service pizzeria," and will host a grand reopening event Thursday, April 19. The expansion includes more seating, a flat-screen TV, a new menu and, most important, a liquor lic ... More >>
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 the big, new kitchen. They often bring some of their market's choicest ingredients home with them and cook up a feast. Pinch pie, says Barb, is what ... More >>
On the frontier of urban homesteading, you frequently encounter uncharted territory. James Bertini, the founder of Denver Urban Homesteading, recently ran into a gray area in the state law regarding raw milk.
I had a case of the munchies the other day and knew from experience that chocolate chip cookies would cure it. An old neighbor and I used to get "safe" on a fairly regular basis (for more on safety, follow my man William Breathes) and as cliche as it sounds, the chocolate chip cookies he'd randomly ... More >>
Is South Pearl Street being overrun by pizza joints? Last week Sexy Pizza opened in the former home of the Crushery, just a block away from the popular Kaos. But the comments have Harris wondering if South Pearl has really been overrun by hipster doofuses and douchebags:
By noon, there was a line slinking out the door of Red Star Deli, James Mazzio's new sandwich shop that opened at 6 a.m. yesterday inside the Icehouse, 1801 Wynkoop Street, which is also home to Studio F, a behemoth space complete with a state-of-the-art professional kitchen that Mazzio will use, st ... More >>
Bill Yalch may be a Pittsburgh native, but it took just a few trips to the southwest for him to become utterly obsessed with New Mexican food -- namely green chile. "If you live in Pittsburgh, you have no idea what good huevos rancheros are," he admits, adding that he first sampled worthy huevos on ... More >>
It's been an interesting past few years for James Mazzio, whose culinary career took a giant leap forward in 1999, when the then-Boulder chef of the long-gone 15 Degrees, snagged a Food & Wine magazine Best New Chef crown. Since then, Mazzio has cooked in numerous kitchens throughout the state, incl ... More >>
There have probably been a bazillion sandwich combinations invented since the first prescient human stuck filling between a couple of slices of bread, but only a handful of those have become icons of culture and cuisine. There's the pastrami on rye, of course, which embodies the spirit of a New York ... More >>
Mardi Gras is just around the corner, and while the holiday is now mostly associated with drunken sorority girls showing their, um, assets for a strand of shiny beads in the French Quarter of New Orleans, the festival used to provide a reason to stuff yourself before forty days of fasting, giving up ... More >>
Rob ChristensenPizzeria Locale rolls out a daily Aperitivo hour.One year ago next week, Pizzeria Locale finally opened its doors, revealing the Napolitano pizzeria that Frasca owners Bobby Stuckey and Lachlan MacKinnon-Patterson had been working on for months, pushing forward even after their ... More >>
Late last summer, every Front Range location of Fatburger -- the California-based burger chain that has expanded nationwide since it first started slinging patties in the early 1950s -- abruptly parted ways with the parent company, becoming Epic Grill.
Cafe Society took a quick break in all the opening and closing action at the end of 2011 to stir the pot of a long-simmering discussion: Who makes the best green chile in Denver? Lori Midson served up her list of the ten best green chiles in Denver, which inspired yet another debate over how you spe ... More >>
As an end-of-the-year public service to those who were going to need hot, hot green chile to cure their hangovers on January 1, Lori Midson offered her list of "Denver's ten best green chiles." Any discussion of green chile always stirs the pot. Fans of those that didn't make the list complain -- ... More >>
If you were born and raised in Denver, you are, by default, a green chile geek. And for those of you who popped out elsewhere (New Mexico notwithstanding), and simply don't get why we're so besotted with suffocating our burritos, enchiladas, rellenos and French fries with verde, we can only assume y ... More >>
Over the last few months, I went from the worst shape of my life to the best while continuing to eat like a food critic. Don't punch me in the face; instead, read how I did it in part eight of this series: "Just hope you got your dad's metabolism," my grandmother whispered in a tone full of ... More >>
The biggest misconception about a vegetarian diet is probably that it consists of salad, salad and more salad. And although these Veggie Girl posts have showcased the wide range of dishes available to vegetarians, the truth is that when you stop eating meat, your tastebuds can change -- and you actu ... More >>
Lori MidsonCharlie Palmer and Jeff Russell, the chef at District Meats, which officially opens tonight in LoDo.District Meats, insists Charlie Palmer, is not a steakhouse. It is, however, a meat-centric fortress of flesh, where, says Palmer, a New York-based chef and restaurateur who's unlea ... More >>
The SteakburgerThis town is already stuffed with burgers, and today another meaty addition joined the ranks: Steak 'n Shake, which opened in Centennial. While we have no doubt that this link in the Midwestern chain will quickly endear itself to Denverites, the Steak 'n Shake burger has some f ... More >>
Flickr photoThere's something so sweet about sweet. The cavemen knew it, and were willing to risk limbs and whatever other body parts weren't covered in hair in order to grab honey from beehives. Over many, many thousands of years, the preferred form of sweet evolved from honey to all kinds o ... More >>
Lori MidsonEarlier this year, Jeff Bauman and his brother, Marc, signed a lease on a small storefront at 2009 West 32nd Avenue with the intent of opening a charcuterie and butcher shop. But after a myriad of construction and electrical issues stonewalled the process, the brothers, who are th ... More >>
Coral FergusonWhite truffles at Cured.Ah, fall. The leaves are changing, the days are getting shorter, pie and soup are back on the menu, and coats and boots are back in the stores. And across the pond in France and Italy, it's also the height of truffle season.