When I started this job in 2012, former critics wrote in with advice. Number one on John Kessler's list was "Don't sweat your first Best Of." At the time, it seemed like odd advice. Not only was I not sweating Best of Denver, I'm pretty sure that it had never crossed my mind to worry about the annua ... More >>
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 >>
In advance of Gretchen Kurtz's debut next week as the new Cafe critic, we asked some of our previous restaurant reviewers to weigh in -- and given their jobs, we do mean weigh in -- with advice for our newest critic. Kyle Wagner, now the travel editor at the Denver Post, served up her thoughts first ... More >>
In advance of Gretchen Kurtz's debut next week as the new Cafe critic, we asked some of our previous restaurant reviewers to weigh in -- and given their jobs, we do mean weigh in -- with advice for our new newest critic. Kyle Wagner, our reviewer for close to a decade who's now the travel editor at ... More >>
And the wait is over. On September 6, we'll publish the first review by our new Cafe critic: Gretchen Kurtz, the latest in a list of distinguished Westword restaurant reviewers that stretches back three decades and includes Laura Shunk, Jason Sheehan, Kyle Wagner and John Kessler.
This week's Westword includes Laura Shunk's last review, of Fruition; earlier today, she posted her list of "Denver spots I'll miss most.." Since we announced a month ago that Laura was moving to New York, Westword has received a smorgasbord of applications for her food-writing job. And although E ... More >>
The friendly crew at Frasca Food and Wine.Westword staff writer Joel Warner recently had a big night out with his wife and three-year-old son -- not at Chipotle, their regular family haunt, but at Frasca Food and Wine, which just won Best Front of the House in the Best of Denver 2011 (as it h ... More >>
John Kessler, formerly of Westword.Just over a month ago, Hanna Raskin, restaurant critic at our partner paper, the Dallas Observer, raked the entire Dallas dining scene over the coals. In a lengthy diatribe, she explained why the industry in the city was "broken." Hot on the heels of that, ... More >>
Some of our favorite Westword stories -- including ones connected to our annual Best of Denver issue -- are not the ones we've published. I spilled a few of the juicier ones when I sat down with the Denver Post's Bill Husted for his Bar & Grilled interview earlier this month. Not surprisingl ... More >>
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 >>
In honor of the Wynkoop Brewing Co.'s twentieth anniversary, we're asking readers to send their memories of the brewpub -- with the author of the best account getting free beer! As a former Westword employee, John Kessler is not eligible for that prize -- but his story is definitely a winner. Leave ... More >>
Mels is out, and Iron Mountain is in.
So Foie, So Good
Glendale glows up.
El Ranchito's meaty marvels prove that appearances can be deceiving.
While staff changes were smooth for Tante Louise, the Newsstand Cafe finds transition a little rough.