After eating Jon Robbins' inspired French-North African fare at Bistro Barbès, I was hungry for more. Not just more of his upscale fusion, but more dishes such as the tagines and harira I came to love in Morocco, Algeria and France, a second home to many North African immigrants. Yesterday I couldn ... More >>
Mecca Grill was a longtime go-to spot for Lebanese food in Denver. Under new owners, it's turning the focus to Morocco. In her review of Mecca Grill, Gretchen Kurtz says that while you'll still find worthy Lebanese dishes there, she's also longing for more Moroccan food -- and other ethnic cooking i ... More >>
When I was growing up, in a town far, far from the coasts, pretty much all cuisines other than Chinese and Mexican were underrepresented, and the few ethnic restaurants that were there could hardly be considered authentic. In Denver today, we slurp pho, gnaw on Korean kalbi, and savor the richness o ... More >>
Cafe Society was busy eating its last meals for the Best of Denver 2014 this week, but didn't ignore its normal duties. In her current review, Gretchen Kurtz visits Mecca Grill, which changed owners last year and is slowly switching from the old emphasis on Lebanese food to Moroccan cuisine. In Chef ... More >>
Mecca Grill 270 South Downing Street 303-722-4100 meccagrilldenver.com I'd heard the management had changed at Mecca Grill, a once-popular Lebanese restaurant in a tiny strip center in Washington Park, so I dropped by for dinner, curious to see if the new owner was going to give me a reason to come ... More >>
Last year Mecca Grill was bought by a Moroccan family who had been looking at starting their own Moroccan restaurant. But rather than changing the name to something like Morocco Grill, the new owners decided to keep the name -- and Mecca Grill's Lebanese menu, at least for now. See also: Best Midd ... More >>
Beau Jo's is going green. At all four locations of the local chain, you can charge your electric car while refueling yourself with a slice of Colorado-style pizza. See also: Mecca Grill is changing course from Lebanese to Moroccan cuisine
Clearly, any place called Shish Kabob Grill is going to specialize in grilled meats -- and Shish Kabob does those very well. But if you're looking for a plate of falafel, hummus and baba ghanouj near the Capitol, sans meat, this is the spot for you. We named it Best Middle Eastern Restaurant in 2011 ... More >>
Every time I drive by Palais Casablanca -- which is often several times a day -- there's rarely, if ever, a single car in the parking lot, and on the various occasions when I've poked my head through the door, the dining room, with its plush pillows and traditional floor seating, has been eerily vac ... More >>
The odd name of Firedough Mediterranean Grill, Bakery & Pies says it all. This new outpost in Centennial specializes in savory pies (known as "manoushi"), but it also offers marinated and char-grilled meats, fresh bread and salads and other Mediterranean specialties, many from family recipes handed ... More >>
The Seasoned Chef Cooking School, 999 Jasmine Street, is welcoming chef Samm Sherman (of Linger and Root Down) today for a special cooking class focusing on her signature pastries. The class and tasting runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and costs $80. Keep reading for a look at the curriculum. See also: ... More >>
Passover began yesterday, and Udi's Pizza Cafe & Bar, 2550 East Colfax Avenue, is honoring the holiday with a special Passover menu. The latest addition to the Udi's chain will offer the four-course menu through Saturday, March 30. Keep reading for a look at the selection. See also: - Photos: Udi's ... More >>
There are a lot of good Mediterranean restaurants in town -- places with great falafel, hummus or baba ghanouj. But for a good Mediterranean restaurant to rise to great, it should not not only execute the staples well, but also offer dishes that go beyond the basics. And for vegetarian and vegan din ... More >>
For this week's review (which will be published later today), Gretchen Kurtz ventured south to La Polleria, the Peruvian polleria that opened in a strip mall in 2011, bringing authentic ethnic flavor to a suburban space. And it was a welcome addition, says one reader: See also: - It takes pluck to ... More >>
The roots of belly dancing run deep, but also far and wide. Steps and techniques differ in Egypt and Turkey, in Lebanon, Morocco and Algeria. But even with the overwhelming popularity of belly dance in the United States, many of those nuances are lost to modern students. "You don't see that with o ... More >>
Marg's Taco Bistro, the urbanized "world tacos" spot that has locations in Cherry Creek and LoDo last year, is planning a new location in Uptown. The restaurant owners, Uptown Margs and Dave McBride, have applied for a liquor license at 500 East 19th Avenue, near Las Delicious and Jonesy's Eatbar. ... More >>
When Nancy Weagant gave up her three-decade dental career five years ago, she decided to head into the kitchen. "I grew up in San Francisco, and I watched my mom cook forever," she says. "And I studied abroad in France and Italy. I just knew this is what I wanted to do." And so she enrolled at Cook ... More >>
It's been a whirlwind week for Jenna Johansen. The former executive chef of Dish, in Edwards, which she still co-owns, made her smashing debut on Around the World in 80 Plates, a new chef-driven reality show on Bravo that premiered on Wednesday night (Johansen, by the way, made it through to the nex ... More >>
Jenna Johansen will celebrate the debut of Bravo's new reality show Around the World in 80 Plates at Studio F, 1801 Wynkoop Street, with a series of globally-inspired pop-up dinners starting tonight. Johansen is one of twelve chefs competing on the show for $150,000 in prize money. "I'm thrilled to ... More >>
Two strangers get into a dustup at a nightspot for no good reason: It's an incredibly common story that's probably happening at this very moment somewhere on the planet. But an incident that took place at the Oasis Hookah Bar stands out because it's being investigated as a bias-motivated crime. Why? ... More >>
Jenna Johansen, the former exec chef -- and still part-owner -- of Dish restaurant, in Edwards (she's now in Denver, engaged to Il Mondo Vecchio sausage king Mark DeNittis, who's involved with a new project, Salumeria Cansano in Wash Park), is strutting her culinary prowess on a new Bravo TV show, A ... More >>
Much like the little elves busy helping Santa at the North Pole, we've spent the better part of the year hard at work. tasting of hundreds of wines -- all so that we can serve up this listing of bottles worthy of only one thing: drinking your way through the most stressful wonderful time of t ... More >>
Lori MidsonBack in September, Jeremy Kittelson, ex-chef of Restaurant Avondale at the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa in Avon -- which will soon be Cima, a Latin kitchen from chef Richard Sandoval -- left his mountain gig for the bright lights of Denver, specifically the 16th Street Mall, wh ... More >>
The Justice League of Street Food, the convoy of food trucks and carts that gave a whole new meaning to pavement cuisine when it became a superpower of street food last summer, is gearing up for its second party of the season -- and we're giving one Cafe Society reader (and a guest) free rein ... More >>
Lori MidsonLast month, when I interviewed Robin Baron, executive chef of Udi's Pizza Bar and Udi's Bread Cafe, of which there are four locations scattered across the Front Range, she let on that the Baron family, spearheaded by her father, Udi, a confirmed bread head, were unleashing a quick ... More >>
Margs Taco Bistro.Margs Taco Bistro, which opened last Friday at 1519 Wynkoop Street, is small and sleek, with a kitchen that specializes in "world tacos" -- offering Caprese, Asian and Moroccan variations on the Mexican staple. "We think there was a real need for something like this on thi ... More >>
Mark HolthusenDavid Eugene Edwards Wovenhand (due at The Marquis Theater tomorrow night with Git Some) is the current musical project of David Eugene Edwards. In his early bands, Bloodflower and The Denver Gentlemen, Edwards was developing an aesthetic that some consider synonymous with all ... More >>
Lori Midson Jeremy Roosa, exec chef of the Oak Tavern Jeremy Roosa Oak Tavern 1414 Market Street 303-888-0655 www.oaktaverndenver.com "I dress like a clown, I play with food, fire and sharp knives, and they pay me. Does it get any more fun than that?" asks Jeremy Roosa. The executive chef o ... More >>
Top Chef, the often unrealistic reality show that made Hosea Rosenberg, exec chef of Jax-Boulder, a hometown hero when he emerged the conquistador two seasons ago, just released its listage of contestants for season 7, which will be filmed in Washington DC and premier on June 16 on Bravo. ... More >>
Elway'sChef Tyler WiardThere are few things more enjoyable than an evening of fantastic food artfully paired with cocktails, which is exactly what's on tap tonight at Elway's Cherry Creek Bombay Sapphire Spirit of Exploration dinner. Exec chef Tyler Wiard is preparing a five-course dinner wi ... More >>
A Flickr photoLance Barto, executive chef of Strings, 1700 Humboldt Street, is always playing with his menu, as are most chefs this time of year when the freshness of springtime calls for new ingredients and new dishes. He's just added kesra, a traditional Moroccan flat bread, to his spring ... More >>
Listen up, y'all! Tomorrow, at 9:30 a.m. on the Food Network, Savory Spice Shop owners Janet and Mike Johnston will appear on Paula Deen's Best Dishes with the queen of Southern cuisine herself. Seems that Miss Deen invited the married couple to her Savannah, Georgia home (just follow the buttah) to ... More >>
Recycling is good for the planet and it can taste good, too.
A few points about Bluepoint.
Chief, Sorry, had to get that last one off hasty as there were a bunch of Moroccans behind me, tapping their feet for me to hurry up and get off this greasy computer. At any rate, I hope it's easier to get into Lusaka than it was here. Plane arrived at 6 a.m. and they herded us all into a "Transit" ... More >>
Cafe Paprika brings a taste of the Middle East to Colorado.
Readers give our food critic something to chew on.
From the week of September 13, 2001
The Appaloosa Grill is eager to please but slow out of the starting gate.