Molecular doughnuts: It's what's for breakfast -- and the Inventing Room's Ian Kleinman doled out 150 of them this morning, some specked with bacon-Nutella powder, others jumping with pop rocks, at Table 6, which is a pop-up shrine to Kleinman's long Johns (and java from Two Rivers Coffee, in Arvada ... More >>
Most of the city's Korean restaurants, much like our Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese dining dens, are marked by their transparent strip mall center facades, bare interiors and stoic service. That's not how Shin Sa Dong, a new Korean restaurant at 10293 East Iliff Avenue, rolls.
This, declares Pete VanItallie, gazing around his new pub, is "exactly what I had envisioned when I dreamed of opening a neighborhood place." He points to a photograph on the wall, a gift from his uncle and godfather, that's a framed shot of the old Finley homestead in Ireland. "He researched the Fi ... More >>
We've got all sorts of takeaways from the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, which just celebrated its thirtieth year in Glitter Gulch over the weekend, and we'll be posting stories throughout the week about the new Chefs Club in the St. Regis, along with surprising observations and confessions from Gran ... More >>
Wazee Supper Club, 1600 15th Street, opened its doors today after closing in late April for a remodel. The renovated space now boasts air-conditioning, new furniture, an upstairs lounge and, most important, a fully redesigned kitchen -- which Wazee chef Randy Balch couldn't be happier about. Read wh ... More >>
Pearl Street Harbor, as one chef deemed it when South Pearl Street, once a destination restaurant row, had lost Pearl Street Grill, OTOTO and India's Pearl within days of each other, has a new dining den, and after having dinner there on Monday night, I'm inclined to move in.
Pizzerias, a chef recently groused, are swarming the city like Miller moths. To the contrary, breakfast joints, he lamented, have been regulated to the back burner, slipping into the abyss like paying for porn. But Julia Grother, who just opened Sassafras American Eatery last week in an historic Vi ... More >>
There were plenty of frivolous amusements to keep us occupied over the holiday weekend, but the Big Eat, EatDenver's annual food orgy at Union Station, was definitely a bash to remember. "It was fantastic, everyone had so much fun, and the chefs really brought their game," says Elizabeth Woessner, e ... More >>
When you eat at T|ACO, which opens in Boulder on Wednesday, you'll be sharing space with John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Robert Redford, Annie Oakley, Raquel Welch and Robert Duvall -- at least their likenesses.
You have six more nights to behold the wizardry of Ian Kleinman, the molecular genius behind the Inventing Room -- the Willy Wonka of Denver who's currently on center stage at Studio F, the culinary event space and cooking school that James Mazzio unleashed a few months ago to give himself, along wi ... More >>
It appeared that Saturday's downpour would dampen the first Justice League soiree of the season, but at the last minute, Mother Nature cooperated, and right before the ticker struck 6 p.m., the clouds sailed off into the sunset, giving way to a sky of cobalt blue, making the League's spring kick-off ... More >>
The new Lowry Beer Garden, which opens next Wednesday at 4 p.m. in the Hangar 2 project, is not, insists Joe Vostrejs, a German mimic. In fact, says Vostrejs, the COO of Larimer Associates, a coalition of partners who are developing the Hangar 2 project, it's a homegrown, Colorado-style beer garde ... More >>
A glitch with the size of the front door may have created frustrating zoning issues for owner Cindy Wang, and brothers (and sushi chefs) Mike Nakanishi and Ken Zheng, but on Monday, Aoba, a new Japanese and sushi restaurant, finally opened in the former Organixx space at 1520 Blake Street.
Denver's top female chefs cooked up a storm last night at Temple Emanuel, the stamping grounds for WomenCook, an annual benefit for Work Options for Women, a local non-profit that provides hands-on cooking instruction to disadvantaged women who have hopes of working in the food industry. Hundreds ... More >>
By this time next month, the Lowry Beer Garden -- the first bona fide beer garden in Denver -- will be pouring suds, most of them local, from the confines of a new kitchen and bar that's part of a larger 8,000 square-foot project in the new Hangar 2 project in Lowry.
The first truck gathering of the season rolled into the parking lot by South High School on Saturday, with dozens of outfits serving everything from chile to tater tots.
Notoriously sleepy Cherry Creek, where most people tuck into a martini at 5 and turn to their feather pillow by 7, was pulsating Wednesday night, at least at Margs Taco Bistro, the Mexican taco bar that originated in downtown Denver before adding a second location in the heart of Cherry Creek in the ... More >>
Yesterday morning, three Buddhist monks appeared at Adrift to bless the new tiki bar, a ritual for co-owner Jay Dedrick, who has asked Buddhist monks to ceremonially bless all of his Denver restaurants, including his four Swing Thai joints. And last night, during an animated -- very animated -- frie ... More >>
For months, we've been keeping an eye on the construction at Alameda Square, which lays claim to some of the best Asian markets and restaurants in the city, including Super Star Asian, which is undergoing an expansion, and Pacific Ocean, which is also enlarging its space. But it's Pho Ta, a Vietname ... More >>
Bless the beasts and the children...and Adrift. Yes, that's correct: This morning, three Buddhist monks from a monastery in Parker sat side by side on a chartreuse banquette at Adrift, the tiki bar that will open this week on South Broadway, and chanted, blessing the new space and wishing it years o ... More >>
The woman sitting in the booth behind us was beside herself: "We kept telling city council that we needed a barbecue place out here. We've been to every single barbecue place in Denver and this is by far the best," she declared, waving her arms dismissively when I interjected something about liking ... More >>
Yesterday, while driving down Hampden, I noticed a sign for a forthcoming Texas Roadhouse, just one of many chains that gang the River Point at Sheridan, a mega-mall sprawl at Hampden and Santa Fe that gives shoppers at Super Target and Costco the opportunity to chow at Chili's, Subway, Panera Bread ... More >>
Colorado chefs cook their asses off -- not just in their respective restaurants but at culinary events all over the city, and last night was no exception, as thirty chefs from Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs convened at the Colorado Convention Center to cook at Colorado Chefs Up Front, a benefi ... More >>
Win some, lose some. Roam got a rave review in the Denver Post today -- too bad the restaurant is no longer open. As Lori Midson reported late yesterday, Daniel Kuhlman, the owner of 1033 East 17th Avenue -- which started out as the wine bar Tastes, then became Wild Catch, then transformed into Roam ... More >>
Dorina Miller, Yasmin Lozada-Hissom, the pastry chef at Duo and Olivea, and her husband, John Broening, executive chef of both restaurants, quietly re-opened Spuntino last week, the Italian cafe that Miller co-owned with Simone Parisi, who bowed out of Spuntino to concentrate on Parisi and Firenze a ... More >>
After spending the weekend scrounging for food in Lakewood -- more accurately, Applewood -- I was ready to give up. I'd pushed away an inedible pizza, spit out sushi, sobbed over the limp and cold fries at Smashburger and even the frozen yogurt I got to console me, sucked. The best food I had was at ... More >>
The Louisville-based Lucky Pie closed out the month's action on February 29, when it opened a second Lucky Pie in (half of) the former home of Dixons. But other local ventures have not been so fortunate with their expansion plans: The companies behind both the Spicy Pickle and Mercedes Mexican Resta ... More >>
When Dixons Downtown Grill shuttered last Labor Day, it left an enviable plot of restaurant real estate in its wake. Numerous restaurateurs and chefs eyed the behemoth space -- which has since been divided into two separate entities -- but luck was on the side of a Louisville-based restaurant called ... More >>
Lori MidsonI love that more and more Mexican joints are adding molcajetes to their menus, although of the half-dozen or so I've sampled over the past six months, this was the most disappointing: rough and tough meats, no charred jalapenos, no sizzle and no flavor. Can you guess where I'm ea ... More >>
Lori MidsonIf Rayme Rossello was worried that Comida Cantina, her new brick-and-mortar that just opened in the Prospect development in Longmont, wouldn't be a hit in the ritzy 'hood, the gazillion bodies who packed the joint last weekend should alleviate any concerns. Rossello, who launche ... More >>
Lori MidsonIf you want to get to the meat of the matter, you'll need to battle a barrage of lettuce first. Can you guess where I'm eating? Special bonus: Anyone who gives the first correct answer to the week's Where am I drinking/eating posts is entered into a pool -- and every Monday, we ... More >>
"We had no idea that we'd have so many people coming through the doors. It was completely unexpected," says Thoa Nguyen. And, in fact, the kitchen ran out of bread not once, but several times last week -- a week that marked the opening of New Saigon Bakery & Deli, a sister (literally) operation to N ... More >>
"Every season the bar gets higher, every season it means more to be the one on top -- do you have what it takes to be the next TOP CHEF?" So begins the wording on the Bravo website, taunting cookers from around the country to audition for the tenth season of Top Chef, which, if you believe the rumor ... More >>
For every restaurant that closes, another one opens -- or multiplies. That's the case with Udi's Bread Cafe, which just opened downtown, making it the fourth Udi's Bread Cafe in the metro area. The high-ceilinging, bright and airy 2,800-square-foot space sits directly behind a substandard Quiznos, w ... More >>
As we anticipate the arrival of Colorado's first Trader Joe's, the California-based grocer with a cult-like following that's allegedly building its first Colorado store somewhere in Boulder's Twenty Ninth Street (three more Trader Joe's stores are rumored for Denver, including one at Eighth and Colo ... More >>
Lori MidsonI'm not much of a fan of flour tortillas -- I'll order corn 99 percent of the time -- but the flour tortillas here, at this joint that makes and presses their own, have given me pause for thought. Can you guess where I'm eating? Special bonus: Anyone who gives the first correct ... More >>
Lori MidsonIf you're looking to chase away the chill, it's worth making the pilgrimage to this wiener joint that just introduced its first chili dog -- and will soon celebrate its sixth anniversary. Can you guess where I'm eating? Special bonus: Anyone who gives the first correct answer to ... More >>
Lori Midson Can you guess where I'm eating? Special bonus: Anyone who gives the first correct answer to the week's Where am I drinking/eating posts is entered into a pool -- and every Monday, we select one lucky winner who'll receive an EatDenver dining deck, worth up to $520 in discounts a ... More >>
Lori Midson"No self-respecting Cherry Creek snob would go to someplace named 'Wrap Dawgs,'" wrote a frequent Cafe Society commenter when I announced that a new hot dog joint, whose name was Wrap Dawgs, planned to open at Second and Fillmore.
Seventeen meals in four days, excluding bakery stops; 26 miles of walking (give or take), plus an additional 4.3 miles of exhibition halls clustered with more than 80,000 specialty foods and beverages from nearly forty countries. Artisan cheeses and charcuterie; beans that don't make you fart; bac ... More >>
According to the Interwebs, it's National Pizza Week (who knew?), which seems like as good a time as any to update our 2011 list of Denver's six best pizzas. Herewith, a citywide guide to the top ten palaces to achieve pizza utopia.
Denver foodbeasts who eat up the city's culinary scene had plenty to chew on in 2011: Big-name chefs who abruptly closed their restaurants; other chefs who walked out; a restaurant that burst into flames -- and rose from the ashes; a very public divorce; and sadly, unfathomably, a beloved restaurate ... More >>
For last week's Year in Review issue, we recapped what the subjects of the 2011 Chef and Tell interviews would like to see less of in Denver. This time, we're serving up their wish lists of what they hope to find on Denver's plate in the new year -- everything from year-round farmers' markets to who ... More >>
Lori MidsonIt's been open for exactly 25 days -- an infant -- but Trillium, Ryan Leinonen's Scandinavian restaurant in the Ballpark neighborhood, has already found its way onto one coveted roster -- namely our "Ten Best New Restaurants in Denver" listacle. And tomorrow night, on New Year's ... More >>
By our count, nearly 300 restaurants have opened in the metro area since January 1 -- a big increase over 2010, when just over 200 concepts (many of them food trucks) joined the scene. This past year, we saw many of those food-truck entrepreneurs also pick up leases to brick-and-mortar spaces, putti ... More >>
Lori MidsonJim Abajian and his wife, Patsorn, made their first connection over Thai food: they met at the Thai restaurant she ran in Washington, D.C. where Jim was a frequent customer. So when they moved to Golden, it didn't take long for them to spot a gap in the market. "We realized that Go ... More >>
Lori Midson Phat Thai will definitely start serving at 11 a.m. today in Cherry Creek -- the place was already bustling earlier this morning as this Denver offshoot of Mark Fischer's Carbondale Phat Thai prepared to open the doors. Here's a first look:
Lori MidsonIt hasn't been a good year for our economy, but it's been a stellar year for the Denver restaurant scene, which continues to produce culinary heroes and push the envelope. I can't even begin to guess how many meals I've eaten in restaurants over the past year, but I'm fairly certai ... More >>
Lori MidsonOver the weekend, I had the pleasure of inadvertently breakfasting next to the executive director of the Golden Chamber of Commerce, a man who takes his morning glories seriously. He highly recommended the biscuits and gravy, but I was in the mood for a proper hash and yolk-dribbli ... More >>
Lori MidsonWhile this neighborhood restaurant struts bragging rights to one of the better breakfast/brunch boards in the city, it's the dinner menu that's increasingly garnering my attention. And while you can actually get breakfast for dinner, the braised lamb shank is only on the dinner men ... More >>