Maria Empanada

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    October 22, 2014

    Lorena Cantarovici Plays With Tradition at Maria Empanada

    The sunlit interior of Maria Empanada, Lorena Cantarovici's rendition of an Argentinean bakery and cafe, invites guests to linger, with three distinct spaces that capture various aspects of the South American country's social culture. The front section adjacent to the bakery cases and coffee bar is ... More >>

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    October 21, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: Ronnie's Favorite at Rosenberg's Bagels and Deli

    No. 67 Ronnie's Favorite at Rosenberg's Bagels and Deli 725 East 26th Avenue 720-440-9880 By now, the story of of Josh Pollack, owner of Rosenberg's Bagels and Deli, and his water-treatment system set up to mimic the chemistry of New York City's bagel-perfect H2O is practically the stuff of legend ... More >>

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    October 17, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: Ham and Cheese Tartita from Maria Empanada

    No. 68 Ham and Cheese Tartita at Maria Empanada 1298 South Broadway 303-934-2221 Almost every country has its version of a portable dough pocket filled with savory ingredients: Polish pierogies, Welsh pasties, Indian samosas. In Argentina, empanadas are the snack of choice in cafes or on the go, w ... More >>

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    August 22, 2014

    From Burt's to Bye-Bye Twelve: A Second Helping of Cafe, August 17-22

    This week in Cafe Society, Gretchen Kurtz reviews Mayan Majar Yucateco, an underdog that's taken over the former Maria Empanada space and could be a real contender. As she approaches her hundredth Cafe review, she also considers how the restaurant scene in Denver has changed over the past two years. ... More >>

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    August 20, 2014

    Review: Mayan Manjar Yucateco Is a Knockout

    Mayan Manjar Yucateco 5209 West Mississippi Avenue, Lakewood 303-936-5562 The TV was on when I walked into

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    August 8, 2014

    The Ten Best Spots for Shopping, Eating and Hanging Out on South Broadway's Antique Row

    For decades Antique Row on South Broadway has been a one-stop shopping experience for people looking to fill their homes with one-of-a-kind furniture and vintage goods. This Saturday, August 9, the Antique Row Merchant's Association is hosting a big block party to show off its eclectic vendors, whic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    Beer calendar: Special events at Copper Kettle, Wynkoop, Upslope and World of Beer

    Beer can pack on calories, especially for the owners and employees of Colorado's breweries, who have to drink their brews for a living (tough life). Fortunately, they know how to work them off as well. On Monday, July 21, owners and reps from six breweries (Avery, Ska, Boulder Beer, Left Hand, Oskar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    Ten best new restaurants of 2014 -- so far

    In 2013, more than 250 restaurants opened in metro Denver, everything from ambitious crowd-pleasers like Old Major and Best of Denver winner Lower48 Kitchen to a smattering of out-of-state doughnut houses. While 2014 might not be quite on pace to top last year's opening numbers, there's been no shor ... More >>

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    May 14, 2014

    Soak in Colorado's breweries during American Craft Beer Week

    The ninth annual American Craft Beer Week, which runs through May 18, is in full swing right now as breweries, restaurants and craft-beer bars across Colorado and around the rest of the nation toast the craft-beer renaissance. "With more than 2,800 small and independent craft breweries and hundreds ... More >>

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    May 7, 2014

    Beer calendar: Patriotic suds, a new brewery and American Craft Beer Week

    Dry Dock Brewing is one of the first -- if not the first -- brewery to obtain special permission from the federal government to put the United States flag on a beer label. The beer itself, Colorado Freedom Memorial Blonde, was brewed to honor Aurora's Colorado Freedom Memorial, in Springhill Communi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2014

    Denver gains tastes of Haiti and Jamaica, loses Oshima Ramen: Restaurant Roll Call for April

    More than two dozen restaurants opened last month in metro Denver, ranging from ethnic eateries like A Taste of Haiti and Jamaican Grill to the Thirsty Lion, a bar/gastropub that's the first place to open in the new developments around Union Station. But the area also lost several stalwarts, includi ... More >>

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    April 15, 2014

    First look: Le Rendez Vous opens in Cherry Creek

    It's been fifteen years since Olga moved to Denver from Russia and began a career as an accountant. But the grind of crunching numbers all day, plus working for other people, she says, wasn't giving her the fulfillment she was looking for. "I was a CPA and working in the corporate world, but I drea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2014

    First look: A charming new Maria Empanada opens on South Broadway

    It's normal for a restaurant crew to be nervous on its first day -- even when it's not your first rodeo and you've assembled an experienced staff. There's often chaos, flared tempers and a general reaction of palpable fretfulness. But this morning, at the new Maria Empanada, the vibe was pure joy. F ... More >>

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    April 10, 2014

    Celebrate the paper-doll art of iconic fashion illustrator Jim Howard on Saturday

    A decade ago artist Jim Howard came to Denver for a paper doll convention, visiting from his home in Taos. That's when Rachel Hoffman, operations manager for local antiques and rare doll shop Turn of the Century Antiques, met him. And as she got to know Howard, she discovered that he wasn't just a m ... More >>

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    April 3, 2014

    Photos: Babajoon's Kabobs now open in Westminster

    The northern suburbs just got another ethnic option when Babajoon's Kabobs opened Westminster. We sent photographer Ursula Romaine to capture a taste of this fresh, fast-casual Middle Eastern food spot. See also: First look: Mayan Manjar Yucateco opens in the former Maria Empanada space

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    April 1, 2014

    First look: Mayan Manjar Yucateco opens in the former Maria Empanda space

    Four partners, Araceli Reynos, Ezzie Dominguez and brothers Isaias Poot and Juan Bootista, all of whom hail from the Yucat√°n Peninsula, in southeastern Mexico, have joined together to open one of Denver's only Yucatanian restaurants: Mayan Manjar Yucateco, which unlocked its doors last Friday, took ... More >>

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    March 7, 2014

    Former Future Brewing reopens today for the weekend

    The brand new Former Future Brewing, which had to close for two weeks in order to restock its beer supply, reopened today -- and will stay open all weekend. Located on South Broadway's Antique Row, the brewery, which has a four-barrel system, ran out of beer after just a few weeks in business due t ... More >>

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    October 14, 2013

    Maria Empanada relocating to the former Buffalo Doughboy space

    Back when I discovered Maria Empanada, a pint-sized shop in Lakewood that turns out magnificent, freshly baked Argentinean turnovers filled with both sweet and savory feelings, I loved everything about the place, but the tiny quarters -- there was but one table -- made me wistful that I couldn't lin ... More >>

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    May 15, 2012

    Maria Empanada's specialty veggie pastries are packed with delight

    One of the joys of living overseas are all the savory concoctions you find wrapped in pastry and baked. Now -- finally! -- the wonderful folks behind Maria Empanada have brought authentic, vegetarian-friendly Argentinian empanadas to Lakewood.

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    April 16, 2012

    Five examples of great service in Denver

    After some service flubs at Charcoal, the subject of my most recent review, I lamented the fact that the quality of service in many of this town's restaurants has not kept up with the ever-improving food turned out by the kitchens. There are exceptions, of course, and those are worth noting because ... More >>

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    March 30, 2012

    Denver's ten best new restaurants

    At the end of last year, we published our list of the ten best restaurants that had opened in 2011 -- as we saw them at the time. Over the next few months, though, as we prepared for the Best of Denver 2012, we had a chance to really digest what the 300 new restaurants had brought to the city, and o ... More >>

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    March 23, 2012

    Maria Empanada offers an authentic taste of Tony's Market

    I wanted to weep tears of joy when I bit into my first empanada at Maria Empanada, the restaurant that's the subject of this week's review. I ate empanadas on a daily basis while living in Buenos Aires, but I hadn't had a real addiction-worthy version of the treat in the States until I stepped throu ... More >>

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    March 23, 2012

    Denver's five best empanadas

    Just about every culture in the world makes some kind of savory stuffed pastry, and in South America, it's the empanada that's king. No two countries make the same type of hot pocket; whether an empanada is deep-fried or baked and what it's stuffed with is a clear market of where it came from. This ... More >>

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    March 22, 2012
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    March 21, 2012

    Photos: Maria Empanada, the subject of this week's review

    I wanted to weep with joy the first time I bit into an empanada at Maria Empanada, the subject of this week's review. Years ago, I accepted the fact that I was never going to find an authentic Argentine empanada in this country -- but at Lorena Cantarovici's tiny shop, I was finally sinking my teeth ... More >>

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    March 20, 2012

    Maria Empanada channels Argentina in Lakewood

    Three years ago, after searching for but never finding some of her favorite foods from Argentina, Buenos Aires native Lorena Cantarovici opened a Denver-area catering company that used her mother's recipes for empanadas, tartas and dulce de leche.

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    March 15, 2012

    100 Favorite dishes: Seafood hot pot from DaLat

    No. 33: Seafood hot pot from DaLat

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    March 6, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes: Alfajores from Maria Empanada

    No. 34: Alfajores from Maria Empanada

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    February 27, 2012

    Denver's five best Central/South American restaurants

    Lori MidsonGet a taste of Argentina at Buenos Aires Pizzeria.While Denver is filled Mexican food outlets, restaurants that delve into the vast gastronomic offerings of the rest of Central and South America are in short supply. Still, there are some worthy spots specializing in the cuisine of Argenti ... More >>

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    October 7, 2011

    Favorite food find of the week: Maria Empanada

    Open just five days, Maria Empanada, a tiny storefront that's dispensing food from South America, is one of those restaurants that makes me happier than an elephant freed from the circus to live in Denver. And Lorena Cantarovici, who owns Maria Empanada, which is named for her mother, couldn't be ... More >>