Jeff Grimm just landed the job as executive chef at Punch Bowl Social -- restaurateur Robert Thompson's dining and entertainment warehouse on Broadway -- a month ago, but he's already thrilled about what he calls a "community stable" environment, where teamwork and pitching in are part of the kitche ... More >>
A restaurant doesn't have to be old to be old-school, but character and experience certainly add to the charm. Even if a red-sauce joint doesn't have the best Italian cuisine in the city, the combination of history, welcoming service (like being at mama's table for Sunday dinner), and good, hearty I ... More >>
The Saucy Noodle, which Gretchen Kurtz reviews this week, celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in August -- a remarkable record for a restaurant that's still in the founding family's hands. But it's not the only place in the area run by family members fifty years after it opened. Up in Louisville, th ... More >>
Niche.com has compiled a wide-ranging list of the best American cities and neighborhoods for millennials. It's a wide-ranging roster encompassing major communities across the country -- and one Denver residential area landed in the top ten. Continue to count down the Niche's photo-illustrated picks ... More >>
The first film by Martin Scorcese that truly wore his mark, Mean Streets is a small and personal tour de force, held together by a killer jukebox score and the explosive on-screen meeting of Robert De Niro (as the ne'er-do-well gambler, Johnny Boy) and Harvey Keitel (as Charlie, a conflicted small-t ... More >>
Over the past year, we've lost three more of the Italian restaurants that used to blanket northwest Denver like red sauce. Pagliacci's shuttered last August, after 66 years in business; Longo's Subway Tavern closed in September, after 52 years; and Carbone's, the iconic Italian sandwich shop and mar ... More >>
We've written quite a bit about the demise of Denver's red-sauce joints, the old-school neighborhood restaurants that once formed the nucleus of northwest Denver, or, as some called it, Little Italy. After 66 years as the city's longest family-owned Italian restaurant, Pagliacci's shuttered last yea ... More >>
If you're a relative newcomer -- i.e., not someone with a "Native" sticker on the bumper -- you might be surprised to hear that Highland wasn't always a synonym for "hot, new restaurant." Back in the day, the area once known as Little Italy was full of family-owned restaurants dishing up spaghetti a ... More >>
Lori Midson Doug Anderson Hi*Rise 2162 Larimer Street 303-296-3656 www.hirisedenver.com This is part two of my interview with Doug Anderson, owner and chief baker of Hi*Rise. Part one of my chat with Anderson ran in this space yesterday. Favorite restaurant in America: I'm totally unqualifi ... More >>
Lori Midson Doug Anderson Hi*Rise 2162 Larimer Street 303-296-3656 www.hirisedenver.com This is part two of my interview with Doug Anderson, owner and chief baker of Hi*Rise. Part one of my chat with Anderson ran in this space yesterday. Favorite restaurant in America: I'm totally unqualif ... More >>
Theron and Teague Harrison, Manual High School's top debaters and the subjects of our recent feature, "Say What?", were in New York City this past weekend for the Urban Debate National Championship, along with Thomas Jefferson High debaters Danite Reda and Talan Lousignont. So how did Denver ... More >>
Gustavo Arellano.Update: The immigration debate continues, two days after the November 16 face-off that pitted Tom Tancrtedo against "Ask a Mexican" columnist Gustavo Arellano. "Gustavo seems to speak out of both sides of his mouth," one commenter suggests. "Of course Tancredo is a racist al ... More >>
Courtesy of the 2011 Colorado Firefighters' Calendar.We don't know whether the two hotties pictured above will be participating -- or whether they eat a lot of Italian food to keep those bodies fueled -- but this much we do know: Maggiano's Little Italy, 500 16th Street, is hosting Great Ball ... More >>
A Flickr photo.The food scene is getting in on the Halloween fun; on this week's calendar, you'll find several restaurants hosting special Halloween dinners and parties (and keep checking Cafe Society for our top Halloween picks). But there's much more beyond the ghouls and goblins -- here's ... More >>
When I stepped over the threshold of Eataly on Fifth Avenue in New York City, my fear was confirmed: I was in hell. The shop was teeming with tourists of all nationalities, snapping photos and chattering in unrecognizable languages, relentlessly charging through the store and knocking each o ... More >>
A Flickr photoDon't pretend like you didn't know this week marks the start of the Denver Beer Fest. We'll be covering it extensively, so check back for updates on what hoppy happenings are taking place. But, believe it or not, that's not all that's going on this week in culinary events. Keep ... More >>
Breakfast burritos could be Denver's official food, but Hi*Rise's new breakfast sandwiches could give them a run for the money. "Breakfast burritos start the day for so many people," says Doug Anderson, who opened Hi*Rise at 2162 Larimer Street in March 2009. "It became a challenge to see how ... More >>
Italians know how to do a lot of things right. They make sexy cars, damn good wine and great cheeses. Most important, they know how to celebrate Christmas Eve. On the night referred to as "the vigil" or La Vigilia, Italian-American families gorge themselves on seven-course seafood feasts. I ... More >>
It's been a long, rough ride for many of the shops at Denver Pavilions, with some high-profile restaurant disasters, including the Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe space on the still-empty bridge, which replaced the disastrous Cafe Odyssey, where diners got to eat at Machu Pichu (yum). But through it ... More >>
If you've been anywhere near the Denver Pavilions recently, then you know what an utter and complete construction zone clusterfuck it's been. But it appears that the cone zones, yellow tape and dust bowls are finally coming to an end. And to celebrate that milestone -- or as some would call i ... More >>
You could be surprised by who's at your service tonight at Celebrity Server Night at Maggiano's Little Italy, 500 16th Street. If you purchase a table for ten, you can choose your celebrity server -- but if you buy tickets for a smaller group or an individual dinner ticket, you'll get to be ... More >>
Feel like a road trip tonight? Head to A Grande Finale Patisserie, 489 North Highway 287, Suite 100, in Lafayette, at 6:30 p.m. for a Dessert & Beer Pairing. Pastry chef Nicole Hedlund and New Belgium Brewery's Matt Furlong will satisfy your sweet tooth and your inner barfly simultaneously f ... More >>
Don't feel like mashing potatoes, thickening gravy and overcooking a turkey this year? There are a few restaurants in the Denver area that will be doing the hard work for you. We'll be updating this category -- and another with places serving the needy. If you know of others, email us or post ... More >>
In 1988, Westword published its fifth Best of Denver issue, a celebration of the city that saluted everything from the Best Band (the Subdudes, just going national) to the Best Hungry Young Band (Big Head Todd and the Monsters, long before they started singing Hillary Clinton’s song) to the Best H ... More >>
Love thy neighbor
The Beast of Denver
The ghosts of Christmas pasta bring in the green with the red.
The Write Stuff
DiDi dishes up a little bit of everything -- and something for everyone.
The name game
A Saucy survivor's story.
Amici's pizza can be a religious experience.
Church-style decor and blissful red sauce make for a heavenly dining experience.
French chefs are out there--if you know where to look.