Jonathan Gold

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2013

    Colorado cuisine is a culinary rodeo: Libertarian and lawless

    I was back in Denver for three weeks last month, during which I ate what was basically one continuous meal interspersed with brief lulls that occurred when I had to switch venues or go to sleep (which was sort of often, given the food comas and also the drowsiness that comes on after the day-drinkin ... More >>

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    April 30, 2013

    Chipotle is now pouring premium Patron margaritas

    Drinking your lunch got easier at Chipotle yesterday, when the homegrown Colorado chain introduced premium Patrón margaritas in all 900 of its U.S. restaurants (out of 1,450 Chipotle locations total). Although margaritas were on the menu before this, they were made with a standard mix, and Mark Cru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2013

    Gonzo Museum in Aspen is going, going, gone as of April 1

    The plane lands in Aspen at a quarter after four; I'm late. Outside the terminal, which doubles as a café for sharp-dressed skiers and businessmen, D.J. Watkins is waiting in his heavy-breathing '89 Subaru Legacy. The 29-year-old Kansas native moved to Aspen five years ago, determined to preserve H ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 6, 2012
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    February 20, 2012

    Lessons from the Spicy Pickle and other Colorado-based chains

    A former location of the Spicy Pickle.​Ask Kevin Morrison why the Spicy Pickle chain went belly up, and the former executive of that company, who now owns Pinche Tacos, doesn't exactly mince words. "When you have people who aren't businesspeople or restaurant people trying to run a restaurant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    Will ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen repeat Chipotle's feat?

    Just a month ago Jonathan Gold -- Pulitzer Prize-winning critic at Westword's sister paper, LA Weekly -- heaped praise on Steve Ells, founder and CEO of Chipotle Mexican Grill, the company that got its start at a burrito shop on East Evans Avenue and exploded into a giant international company. Gol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2011

    Reader: Naming the best Chipotle is an intriguing idea

    Where it all began....​What's your favorite Chipotle? The food at each one tastes different, founder Steve Ells revealed in his recent interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Jonathan Gold, because employees at Chipotle actually cook. "When our employees walk in in the morning, they see ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2011

    Jonathan Gold weighs in on Chipotle founder Steve Ells

    ChipotleJonathan Gold calls Steve Ells the most innovative man in food​"The most innovative man in the world of food at the moment is Chipotle founder Steve Ells," writes Jonathan Gold, the Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic at Westword's sister paper, LA Weekly, in a profile of the CEO that r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Max MacKissock, the Squeaky Bean and the culinary cutting edge

    Lori Midson​When I reviewed the Squeaky Bean nine months ago, I was amused and delighted by what Max MacKissock was dreaming up in his tiny kitchen, playing with classic American dishes and making them into something new and unexpected. A reimagined shepherd's pie, light enough for a summer ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2009

    All masks off: Another critic shows his pretty face

    The traditional disguise of a restaurant critic in the wild​ Robb Walsh, restaurant critic for our sister paper, the Houston Press, book author and genial man-about-town, has followed what has now become a well-trod path among the rapidly decreasing ranks of full-time restaurant critics: He ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2009

    And the new, New York Times restaurant critic is...

    A photo of New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni​For weeks, ever since Frank Bruni announced that he was going to be packing it in and leaving his gig as restaurant critic for the New York Times, speculation has been running high as to who Dining section editor Pete Wells and the ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 22, 2007

    Trading Spaces

    Mel’s is out, and Iron Mountain is in.

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    October 19, 2006


    Again the Masters of their doman.

  • Dining

    May 18, 2006

    Sex and the City

    New York State of Mind