• Blogs

    September 9, 2014

    Twenty Favorite Dishes Over 100 Reviews

    I've written a hundred reviews since becoming the restaurant critic at Westword. To celebrate the occasion, I wanted to give a shout-out to the kitchens and teams that have made dining out so memorable over the past two years -- not just for me, but for all of us who appreciate the quality and diver ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2014

    Seven Great Dishes and Drinks on 17th Avenue

    The BSide opened just last Wednesday at 17th and Humboldt, a corner that is quickly becoming a restaurant destination quarter. Justin Lloyd, the owner of Star Bar on Larimer Street, is also behind the debut. The new restaurant is serving craft beers and cocktails and food that ranges from down-home ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2014

    Get a taste of the Caribbean tonight at Tiki Tiki Tiki

    In celebration of Denver Food and Wine's tenth anniversary, the Colorado Restaurant Association Education Foundation has teamed up with Heroes Like Us to throw a Caribbean-style beach blow-out today. Tiki Tiki Tiki will be held at the RiNo Beach Club at Exdo Event Center, which will feature a sandy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    First Look: BSide Brings Fried Chicken and Community to City Park

    Way back when record companies issued 45 rpm records in advance of a full album release, those little black discs had two sides; the A-side was the radio-friendly song that the producer hoped would become a hit. Songs on the B-side, however, weren't always considered a band's best work. But those B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2014

    Ignite Updates Name and Concept to Keep Up With Larimer Changes

    The Ballpark neighborhood, upper Larimer and RiNo have merged into one long stretch of hot bars and restaurants, with new condos and apartments popping up like dandelions through cracks in the pavement. While the announced closing of Twelve was a blow to the neighborhood, with so many recent opening ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2014

    Crave Real Burgers Seared the Competition at Last Night's Denver Burger Battle

    Crave Real Burgers dominated the Denver Burger Battle last night, earning First Place for Best Burger in both the judges' and peoples' choice categories. "To have that happen -- and for it to be a double-win -- was such an elation," says Jeff Richards, owner of Crave Real Burgers. The name of Crave ... 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

    State of the Union: A second helping of Cafe Society, July 21-25

    This week in Cafe Society, critic Gretchen Kurtz plunged into the great barbecue debate after visiting to Kings BBQ. For Chef and Tell, we checked in with Alex Seidel about the status of his new restaurant, Mercantile Dining & Provision, which will be opening around Labor Day in the newly refurbishe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    Riot Fest announces new location and issues a statement: "Simply, we were duped"

    After being denied special-use permits required by Arapahoe County, Riot Fest has moved its 2014 festival from May Farms outside Byers to Sports Authority Field at Mile High in downtown Denver. The dates (September 19 to 21) and schedule (see below) are unchanged. Previously purchased tickets will b ... 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

    June 13, 2014

    Chocolate, wine, crawfish and golf on this weekend's culinary calendar

    From chef competitions to chocolate festivals to a crawfish boil, there are plenty of events to indulge in this Father's Day weekend -- and you might even want to take Dad to one or two. Keep reading for a taste of what's on the culinary calendar. See also: DJ Nagle, chef of Humboldt: Farm, Fish, W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    From Olive & Finch to Salt & Grinder, a second helping of Cafe Society, June 8-13

    This week in Cafe Society, Gretchen Kurtz reviewed one of a handful of new ampersand-branded restaurants in Denver, Olive & Finch, where she enjoyed some of the French-inspired fare -- but found the fast-casual set-up a little too casual. In Chef and Tell, Chef DJ Nagle of Humboldt discusses geeking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    DJ Nagle, chef of Humboldt: Farm, Fish, Wine: "Respect the dishwashers"

    DJ Nagle Humboldt: Farm, Fish, Wine 1700 Humboldt Street 303-813-1700 This is part two of my interview with DJ Nagle, executive chef of Humboldt: Farm, Fish, Wine; the first installment of our chat ran yesterday. Most noteworthy meal you've ever eaten: When I was a young c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2014

    DJ Nagle, chef of Humboldt: Farm, Fish, Wine, on benching the fifteen-pound burrito

    DJ Nagle Humboldt: Farm, Fish, Wine 1700 Humboldt Street 303-813-1700 This is part one of my interview with DJ Nagle, executive chef of Humboldt: Farm, Fish, Wine; the second installment of our chat will run tomorrow. Even though it wasn't a requirement, DJ Nagle always spo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2014

    Two Oregon wine dinners in Denver tomorrow

    Oregon is invading the Denver dining scene tomorrow when both Central Bistro & Bar and Humboldt will host Oregon-themed wine dinners. See also: Matt Selby is now at Central Bistro & Bar

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2014

    Beer or wine? There's a dinner for each tonight

    Whether you're a wine connoisseur or a devoted beer drinker, there's a dinner for you tonight. Humboldt and Bru Handbuilt Ales and Eats are hosting wine and beer dinners, respectively, so you can enjoy great food paired with whichever beverage you prefer. See also: Oskar Blues will debut Old Chub N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2014

    Ten of the toughest Best of Denver categories to win twice, and who took home the prize in 2014

    In February, we shared ten of the toughest Best Of categories to win twice. From the best bartender (Courtney Wilson) to the best burger in Denver (Highland Tap & Burger), the winners were a tableau of Mile High success. As turns out, only one of those ten winners would come back to pull off a repe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2014

    Guess where you're eating? At an EatDenver restaurant if you're Heltonc

    Cafe Society dished up five Guess Where? contests last week, ranging from a dessert plate of caramelized plantains and vanilla bean gelato from Chili Verde to a charismatic cocktail mostly made with bitters from Ste. Ellie to a platter of oysters that are just a buck a shuck during happy hour.

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2014

    Session Kitchen has changed its concept; was it worth the wait?

    In this day of splashy restaurant openings, immediate Yelp reviews and a culture of dining that rewards the latest new thing, I'm often asked why I wait three months to review a restaurant. After all, by the time that period has elapsed, a certain subset of diners has already made up its mind about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2014

    Reader: Nothing against Humboldt, but does everything need to be a "concept"?

    Last year, Concept Restaurants took on the challenge of transforming the former home of Strings. "This was a legendary space that had a legendary restaurant," says Sean Huggard, operations director for Concept. "We did need to put effort into it to do right by this restaurant." The result was Humbol ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 6, 2014
  • Blogs

    February 6, 2014

    At Humboldt, you are where you eat...

    Concept Restaurants took on an iconic space when it transformed the former home of Strings -- the iconic restaurant founded by the late Noel Cunningham almost three decades ago -- into Humboldt, which I review this week. "This was a legendary space that had a legendary restaurant," explains Sean Hug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2014

    Concept Restaurants took on an iconic space when it transformed Strings into Humboldt

    As the folks behind the now-defunct Ondo's and Café Berlin learned the hard way, there are hazards to real estate. Basement and second-floor locations pose obvious challenges for restaurateurs, but even ground-floor spaces in high-traffic areas aren't risk-free. "We knew people might be upset with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2013

    This week: Humboldt hosts benefit for flood victims, Zink for hungry students

    Humboldt. Farm.Fish.Wine just opened last week at 1700 Humboldt Street, but it's wasting no time becoming a contributing part of the community. From 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 15, it's hosting a benefit for flood relief. For $35 -- ticket proceeds go to Colorado Flood Relief and the American Re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2013

    Exclusive first look: Humboldt: Farm. Fish. Wine. opens tomorrow in Uptown

    Earlier this year, in late April, Strings, the Uptown restaurant that the late Noel Cunningham opened 27 years ago, closed after Cunningham's widow, Tammy, who had been running the restaurant since Cunningham's untimely death in 2011, made the decision to sell the beloved restaurant to Frank Day, fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2013

    Humboldt will open this fall in the former home of Strings

    Restaurateur Noel Cunningham was the heart and soul of Strings, the restaurant he'd opened at 1700 Humboldt Street in February 1986, and after he took his life in late 2011, the life seemed to go out of the place. Finally his widow, Tammy, closed the restaurant at the end of April; longtime restaura ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2013

    Medical marijuana dispensary review: Nature's Cure III in Denver

    I would love to say there was another reason for my visiting Nature's Cure III on Colfax, but there just isn't. The shop isn't really known for much more than rock-bottom pricing on their buds, and there's often a line to get in -- so I figured I'd finally make a stop and see just how far $25 could ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2012

    New Era's Steve Fenberg pushes for new voter registration model

    Editor's note: This is the latest profile in Kelsey Whipple's ongoing series highlighting local political activists. For anyone who's ever seen Rushmore, Steve Fenberg's college experience makes him sound like a much better-adjusted Max Fischer. "I started a lot of clubs and stuff," he says modestl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2012

    Ten unsolved Denver murders: Read personal stories of the victims

    As of last year, there were more than 1,500 unsolved homicides in Colorado as tracked by Families of Homicide Victims and Missing Persons. On numerous entries, the group's website includes photos and personal stories of victims. Below are ten from the Denver area. See them below, arranged from the m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    Bad Weather California to join the Meat Puppets on summer tour

    Cory GustasonThis morning, we shared the unfortunate news that Bad Weather California won't be performing at this year's Westword Music Showcase. While this is most certainly sad news for us, it's great news for the band, who will instead be joining Meat Puppets for a string of West Coast tour date ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 5, 2010
  • Blogs

    March 30, 2010

    Marijuana legalization: Could it hurt Colorado's booming medical-pot business?

    Could legalization hurt Colorado's medical marijuana growers?​While lawmakers hammer out regulations on Colorado's nascent yet booming medical marijuana industry, an even bigger political showdown is looming in California, where voters will decide whether to legalize marijuana altogether in th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2009

    Our Weekly Bread: the Emerson at Earl's

    The Sandwich: The Emerson What's on it: Ham and Swiss on focaccia bread, with choice of veggies. Where to get it: Earl's Sandwich Parlor (1431 Ogden Street, 303-832-7411) How much: $6.85 This is the kind of place you're thankful for if you live in the neighborhood, and never visit if you don't. ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 4, 2008
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    July 19, 2007
  • Dining

    April 24, 2003


    Beer Bust

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    May 16, 2002


    Who's a bigger nuisance -- Douglas Bruce or Denver's property police?

  • News

    December 21, 2000

    Penned In

    Tired of trying to get around the Stock Show, Globeville residents want the Stock Show to get around them.

  • Calendar

    May 11, 2000

    All That Glitters

    With dumpster diving, one man's trash is another man's pleasure.

  • News

    August 12, 1999

    Kings of the Hill

    Officers O'Bannon and Duncan have racked up an amazing number of Capitol Hill drug busts. And citizen complaints.

  • News

    August 5, 1999

    Locked Out

    Moving can be hard -- especially when you have nowhere to go.

  • Dining

    April 15, 1999
  • Music

    March 11, 1999

    Sensory Overload

    For VAST's Jon Crosby, too much is just right.

  • News

    September 24, 1998

    A Lot of Trouble

    Humboldt street residents don't want a Triton development on their block. Some uburbanites wish they didn't already live in one.

  • Calendar

    May 21, 1998

    Night & Day

    May 21 - 27, 1998

  • News

    March 5, 1998

    This Property Is Condemned

    Everyone in the neighborhood knows the Walkers. Most wish they didn't.

  • Music

    September 12, 1996
  • News

    June 20, 1996

    The Shooting Never Stopped

    One day, a crew from The Shining showed up on Milwaukee Street. The block still hasn't recovered.

  • News

    February 1, 1995
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