Jason Sheehan

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    April 15, 2014

    After fifteen years, Noboru Muraishi closes Oshima Ramen

    In 2004, four years after Oshima Ramen, a Japanese noodle shop, opened on Hampden, then-Westword restaurant critic Jason Sheehan made us all aware of how lucky we were to have Oshima -- part of a chain of ramen noodle shops that started in Japan -- in a city that was still enamored with the french f ... More >>

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    September 5, 2012

    New Cafe critic Gretchen Kurtz dishes up a few words on her philosophy

    A presidential honeymoon lasts about 100 days. Having devoured well wishes and advice from Kyle Wagner, Laura Shunk, John Kessler and Jason Sheehan, I'm bracing myself for a honeymoon about 99 days shorter than that. I'm sure donning a thick skin will be hard -- possibly as hard as not shouting "Don ... More >>

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    January 13, 2012

    Jason Sheehan offered a $50 bribe for a table at Fruition? Eat those words!

    Jason Sheehan is gone -- he wrote his last review for Westword two years ago -- but certainly not forgotten in this town. He's mentioned in our Letters to the Editor column this week, and yesterday, his name popped up in an Eater Denver "The Gatekeeper" interview with Paul Attardi, partner and gene ... More >>

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    December 1, 2011

    End of a ban on slaughterhouse inspections could have gourmands horsing around

    Former Westword critic Jason Sheehan was interested in trying horsemeat, "considered a staple in France, a delicacy in Japan and a treat among Italian, Dutch and Belgians." But he couldn't find a source in this country -- and then in 2006, Congress banned funding of horse-meat inspections, essential ... More >>

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    July 29, 2011

    Organixx closes in LoDo

    Mark Manger​In 2009, when Jason Sheehan, Westword's former restaurant critic, reviewed Organixx, whose menu verbiage touted "the best of organic, natural, local, wild caught and traditional products available to us," he wanted to hate the joint. " I'm not coming to your restaurant to join you ... More >>

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    April 28, 2011

    Second Helping: Tapas de España

    ​Hungry for a taste of true Spanish tapas, which I'd enjoyed so much on the Iberian peninsula, I hurried to Tapas de España, which recently opened in El Señor Sol, a Mexican restaurant that occupies the Victorian building that was once the Zang Brewing Company. There's actually no distincti ... More >>

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    March 21, 2011

    Reader: Jason Sheehan should have fit right into smug Seattle

    South Park is no Seattle...or Philadelphia.​The news that Jason Sheehan is leaving the Pacific Northwest to return to the East Coast and a job at Philadelphia Magazine inspired numerous comments that indicated Sheehan may be long-gone as the Westword food critic, but will never be forgotten. A ... More >>

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    March 18, 2011

    Jason Sheehan is on the move again...

    Jason Sheehan.​...But no, he's not returning to Denver. In early 2010, after almost eight years as Westword's Cafe critic (and six months after his memoir, Cooking Dirty, was published), Jason Sheehan moved to our partner paper in Seattle, the Seattle Weekly. But now he sends us this update ... More >>

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    January 11, 2011

    Reader: It's hard to be Jason Sheehan

    Jason, not Julie.​Jason Sheehan has been gone from Westword for a year, but he is far from forgotten, as evidenced by yesterday's missive from Still Reading in response to the Julia & Julia characterization of Laura Shunk's Sachi Sushi review: It's hard to be Jason Sheehan. Probably not as ... More >>

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    December 30, 2010

    Laura Shunk's story begins with Chipotle Mexican Grill

    Will the real Laura Shunk please stand up?​Early this month, Jason Sheehan gave Chipotle Mexican Grill a glowing review in the Seattle Weekly, our partner publication where he now works -- and where the haters haven't stopped rolling their eyes and asking why he'd bother writing about such a u ... More >>

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    December 9, 2010

    Reader: Jason Sheehan is nothing but a paid shill for Chipotle

    ​While Denver readers are busy recommending their 100 Favorite Dishes, Seattle is still slamming Jason Sheehan, the Cafe critic who left Westword a year ago, but just returned to one of our hometown heroes for his review of Chipotle in the Seattle Weekly. Seattle apparently doesn't love Chipo ... More >>

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    January 26, 2010

    Update on Sheehan replacement

    The angelic Jason Sheehan​ "You should have filled Jason's spot before letting him go to Seattle," one disgruntled reader wrote in the comments section after "Pot Luck," William Breathes's piece on 8 Rivers. "This review was not worth reading. What a disappointment." First things first: Like ... More >>

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    January 14, 2010
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    January 12, 2010

    Someone's in The Kitchen...but it's not Jason Sheehan

    Mark MangerEric Hines in the kitchen of The Kitchen.​There are a few things that I like about Boulder and many that I don't. For example, it bothers me that Boulder exists where it does, snugged up tight against the base of the Flatirons, frantically humping the leg of a mountain range that wo ... More >>

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    January 7, 2010
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    December 19, 2009

    Cafe Society: Week in review

    ​What you may have missed this week while you were reacting with horror and disbelief over news that restaurant critic Jason Sheehan is leaving Westword and the Mile High City to slosh through puddles do the same job at our sister paper, the Seattle Weekly:Turns out Paul Martinez, co-owner and man ... More >>

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    December 11, 2009

    Cafe Society: Week in review

    ​What you missed this week on Cafe Society while you were contemplating how you were going to sneak your way into Hush, the new "underground" supper club in Boulder that'll be all exclusive and private and well, hush-hush: It's not hush-hush that the (almost) iconic Cherry Creek Egg Shell is ... More >>

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    December 10, 2009

    Jason Sheehan makes Time's top ten list

    ​Time magazine is out with the Top 10 of Everything in 2009 -- and Jason Sheehan's Cooking Dirty makes the list of the top ten non-fiction books of the year, coming in at #9. Here's what Time says about Sheehan's book in its round-up: "It's a paradox of the post-Bourdain era: chef memoirs ar ... More >>

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    November 24, 2009

    John Mariani takes a poke at normal person Sheehan

    ​John Mariani, the food writer for Esquire, publishes a weekly newsletter, Virtual Gourmet, in which he regularly serves up industry news -- and another critic. In the November 22 edition, it was Jason Sheehan's turn. Under the heading "THAT'S VERY GOOD, JUST KEEP ON TRYING TO THINK LIKE A NO ... More >>

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    November 12, 2009

    Do you have a passion for food and restaurants?

    ​ Does reading this blog make you hunger to write? Westword is expanding its Cafe Society coverage, and we're looking for a great freelance writer with a passion for food and restaurants, as well as the ability to produce stylish and knowledgeable news and opinion pieces about the Denver din ... More >>

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    November 11, 2009

    Up Close: Fogo de Chao

    Mark Manger​For this week's review, Jason Sheehan has a near-meat-death experience at Fogo de Chao, 1513 Wynkoop Street. See more of Mark Manger's photos on the slideshow page.

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    November 5, 2009

    Based on his letter, I'm not sure this guy loved my review of Mark & Isabella

    ​ This letter, which was published in today's issue, could be the best letter Westword has ever received about a review: Having suffered through Jason Sheehan's unconscionably vindictive review of Mark & Isabella, I will make a point to try the place, simply to protest Sheehan's (as always) ... More >>

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    October 16, 2009

    Cafe Society: Week in review

    ​What you might have missed this week on Cafe Society while you were carefully crafting your kick-ass crush letter telling us all about your favorite Denver dive-bar: Lobby American Grille general manager Cory Sylvester got more than be bargained for on Tuesday night when a couple of thugs r ... More >>

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    October 13, 2009

    Hospoda closes the books on the town's friendly beer house

    ​Hospoda, the restaurant that billed itself as "friendly beer house," has closed after a good effort in a bad location, at 3763 Wynkoop Street (right off Brighton Boulevard), the former home of the Wynkoop Grill. Jason Sheehan loved Hospoda it when I dragged him there -- the ambience was a cra ... More >>

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    October 12, 2009

    And that makes five...gastropubs

    ​ Denver's apparently getting a fifth gastropub -- and that could give Jason Sheehan a major case of indigestion, as you know if you've been following his gastropub rants right here on Cafe Society. As we reported last month, Denver's three existing, self-proclaimed gastropubs -- Jonesy's, ... More >>

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    October 7, 2009

    Up Close: Olivea

    Mark Manger​This week, Jason Sheehan checks in at John Broening's Olivea. See more of Mark Manger's photos on the slideshow page.

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    August 27, 2009

    Up Close: Pho 95

    Mark Manger​ In this week's restaurant review, Jason Sheehan is bowled over by Pho 95. See photos by Mark Manger at

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    August 14, 2009

    Cafe Society: Week in review

    What you might have missed while stealing the letters from Bastien's marquee...Jason Sheehan may hate green restaurants but that doesn't stop him from having a list of his favorites.Think you know your Denver restaurant scene?  Here's your chance to prove it playing Cook Street's foodie photo s ... More >>

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    August 13, 2009

    Up Close: Organixx

    Mark Manger​ This week at, Jason Sheehan discovers Organixx -- despite his aversion to "green" restaurants. See photos of the restaurant, by Mark Manger, at

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    August 3, 2009

    Video: Live ramblings from Jason Sheehan at the Denver Press Club

    If you somehow don't get enough Jason Sheehan from chewing on the novela's-worth of words he spews each week in the food section of Westword and on this very blog, or from digesting his new memoir Cooking Dirty: A Story of Life, Sex, Love and Death in the Kitchen, then you're in luck. Here's a vid ... More >>

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    July 23, 2009

    A Rat in the Kitchen

    Westword’s Jason Sheehan signs and talks about Cooking Dirty.

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    July 1, 2009

    Tonight: Meet the very tall, dark and handsome Jason Sheehan

    Lori MidsonOhmigod. That's Jason Sheehan in CROCS! So...if you haven't already heard about Jason Sheehan's new memoir, Cooking Dirty: A Story of Life, Sex, Love and Death in the Kitchen, then your reading catalog clearly consists of titles that you should keep between yourself and your therapist. ... More >>

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    July 1, 2009

    Live from Sheehan's book signing

    We're at Katie Mullen's for the official release of Jason Sheehan's book, Cooking Dirty, and get this: There are actual people here! And they have his book! And they want him to sign it! And someone just took a picture of him! Perhaps this shouldn't be surprising, but it's always strange when peopl ... More >>

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    June 29, 2009

    Bad weekend for barbecue at Big Hoss, Q Worldly Barbecue

    Big Hoss is on hold for nowBig Hoss Bar-B-Q , at 3961 Tennyson Street, has been hot since it first opened back in December 2006, and earned raves from Jason Sheehan a year later. But this is ridiculous: After a cook left the smoker open on Saturday, the Big Hoss kitchen caught fire -- and the resta ... More >>

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    June 19, 2009

    Cafe Society: Week in review

    You didn't miss all this good stuff, did you?  No problem, we've rounded up the best of the Cafe Society week for you below.Hot dog eating champs battled it out in a Denver qualifier for the big 4th of July competition in Coney Island.  Jason Sheehan sought your opinion on where to take Da ... More >>

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    June 17, 2009

    The blog shortcut, June 17 edition

    Jason Sheehan. Really. Masks off, everybody. Today in Cafe Society: • Cooking Dirty: Fourteen days and counting. • Del Maguey mezcal at Tambien tonight. • A fish story at Oceanaire's Celebrate Alaska dinner. • The name game continues at Hickory Prime. • Birthdays, barbecue and Black Pear ... More >>

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    June 7, 2009

    Eat your words, Bill Husted

    In today's Denver Post, Bill Husted writes about Jason Sheehan's upcoming book, Cooking Dirty: A Story of Life, Sex, Love and Death in the Kitchen, and quotes from a negative (and very entertaining) review published last week in the Los Angeles Times by that paper's food writer, Russ Parsons. "You ... More >>

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    May 29, 2009

    Judging Tony's by its cover

    Jason SheehanSo I'm walking around over at Tony's, just trying to get a feel for the place and the lay of the land. And it's nice, sure. There's ten kinds of barbecue sauce, so many different kinds of mustard that the shelving unit looks like my fridge at home on a busy week (thirty kinds of musta ... More >>

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    May 26, 2009

    The Market Report, May 23

    Jason Sheehan's favorite festival is messin' up my market. On Cafe Society's Twitter account, Sheehan expressed his love for the Boulder Creek Festival: "With any luck, I should be posting pics of giant turkey legs and damp hippies from the Boulder Creek Festival this weekend. Stay tuned." Well, t ... More >>

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    May 15, 2009

    Cafe Society: Week in review

    What you might have missed this week on Cafe Society...Jason Sheehan got people talking about the best barbecue in Denver.  Have an opinion?We had a crush on cans for American Craft Beer Week.  Check out our profiles of local breweries perfecting the art of canning craft beer.It was also W ... More >>

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    May 6, 2009

    Up Close: Cracovia

    To further whet your appetite for Cracovia, the subject of Jason Sheehan's review this week, see more of Mark Manger's photos at

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    April 17, 2009

    Cafe Society: Week in Review

    Things you might have missed this week in Cafe Society:   If you feel passionately about whether Steuben's qualifies as a diner, don't miss your opportunity to let Jason Sheehan know where he should send Guy Fieri when he comes to town for his show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.   Sketc ... More >>

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    April 9, 2009
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    April 3, 2009

    IACP Conference Report: Hunting the most dangerous game of all. Man.

    For those of you not yet hipped to the big foodie news in Denver this week, the International Association of Culinary Professionals is in town -- a kind of traveling circus show of food writers, food editors, food pimps, chefs, authors, wine gurus and associated tradesmen. And, of course, Jason Shee ... More >>

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    March 19, 2009

    Up Close: Bones

    In this week's Westword, Jason Sheehan reviews Bones, Frank Bonanno's popular Capitol Hill noodle bar. See photos of the restaurant at

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    March 10, 2009

    For ladies only -- a Venue wine-tasting tonight

    Venue, the new restaurant at 3609 West 32nd Avenue that earned a recent rave from Jason Sheehan, is teaming with Marczyk Fine Foods to host a ladies-only (don't tell Steve Horner!) wine education tasting from 5:30-7 p.m. today, Tuesday, March 10. The line-up features Venue apps and the "best Ameri ... More >>

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    March 7, 2009

    Another taste of this week's Cafe Society

    Denver Restaurant Week is over, but there are still plenty of good meals and deals out there. Jason Sheehan offers a rundown on the top seven spots to grab a bite to eat on Broadway in The List. A week after his win on Top Chef, Tyler Nemkov finally caught up with Hosea Rosenberg.  Fast fo ... More >>

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    March 4, 2009

    Up Close: Star Kitchen

    In this week's Westword, on newsstands and online a little later today, Jason Sheehan discovers the dim-sum deliciousness of Star Kitchen (2917 West Mississippi; 303-936-0089). See Mark Manger's photos at

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    February 11, 2009

    A picture's worth 1,000 calories

    Mark MangerJason Sheehan visited DJ's Berkeley Cafe for this week's restaurant review. This week's Westword, on newsstands and at later today, is especially friendly to foodies. Along with the usual lineup of reviews and columns, this week's cover story, by Sex, Death and Oysters autho ... More >>

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    January 29, 2009

    A burrito bonanza!

    It's been a busy week in the world of burritos. Jason Sheehan reviewed the shaky Beaucoup Burrito, and spoke a little more about it here. In desperate need of an uplifting burrito story to erase the bad taste left by Sheehan's description of the Beaucoup seafood burrito, I went out and took some hot ... More >>

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