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Rio Grande

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2014

    Wildlife Service Deciding if One Colorado Fish Is Endangered, Concludes Another One Isn't

    This summer, we brought you the saga of Colorado's state fish, the greenback cutthroat trout. Biologists worked to bring back the species, which was once thought extinct, only to discover they'd saved the wrong fish. But the biologists didn't give up and efforts are now underway to grow the state's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2014

    Reader: I Can't Even Drink One Rio Grande Marg -- Three at Frisco's Altitude?

    The homegrown Rio Grande chain just opened its first new location in almost ten years up in Summit County, at 182 Lusher Court in Frisco. It's the perfect spot to stop after a leaf-peeping excursion this weekend. Because the gold in the hills isn't just those aspen turning colors: There's also plent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2014

    From Pizza to Pork Chops, a Second Helping of Cafe Society: September 22-26

    This week in Cafe Society, Gretchen Kurtz visited Saucy Noodle Ristorante, which just celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. It may not be the best red-sauce joint in town, but as she notes in her review of Sauce Noodle, the place has a faithful cadre of fans. For Chef and Tell, Mark Antonation talked ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2014

    Rio Grande Opens New Spot in Frisco -- With Same Old Three-Marg Limit

    The Rio Grande group got its start in 1986 in Fort Collins, where college students came to rely on the incredibly strong margaritas -- limit three per customer, and no revealing the secret recipe -- and big plates of gringo Mexican fare. A seventh Rio just opened in Frisco -- the first free-standing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2014

    Happy Hour at Bohemian Biergarten: Fun by the Liter and the Boot

    With a population comprised mostly of day-trippers, folk musicians, and the selectively employed, Boulder's Pearl Street Mall is a fertile breeding ground for good happy hours. Even before a discounted menu became practically mandatory in Colorado restaurants, a veritable Murderer's Row of legendary ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2014

    Alamosa "healthy living park" moves ahead, RV park nixed

    Backers of a proposed "healthy living park" in Alamosa, who saw their efforts last year to acquire former school property in a prime location frustrated by a controversial deal that put the property in the hands of an RV park developer for substantially less than its appraised value, have settled a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2014

    The nine best places for Texans to eat in Denver

    Texans love Colorado; they come by the wagonload to ski, hike, mountain bike and otherwise spend tourist dollars in Denver and nearby mountain towns. Colorado may not love Texans, but we're more than happy to take their money -- so why not show our guests from the Lone Star State a little hospitalit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    lydianew204 is the winner of our Top Taco contest

    UPDATE: We have a winner of our Top Taco contest, in which we asked Cafe Society readers to answer this question: How many Stella's pork carnitas tacos did Comida Cantina at the Source sell during the month of May? Congratulations to lydianew204, who came the closest with a guess of 3,200; the actu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2014

    Win two VIP tickets to Top Taco Denver!

    On Thursday, June 26, 24 local restaurants will battle it out for taco supremacy in the inaugural Top Taco Denver showdown, a benefit for the Colorado Restaurant Association's Education Foundation ProStart scholarship program. The event, which unfolds in Sculpture Park, located just behind the Denve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    Reader: Rockies could spend money on pitching...or a party deck!

    It's Opening Day, and Coors Field has a new amenity. No, not a pitching staff, but the $10 million Rooftop, a two-story deck that features a Tavern Ballpark with a bar 52.80 feet long, as well as an outpost of CHUburger. And on a lower level, there's a Rio Grande location pouring those very potent m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2014

    Rio on the Rocks: Baseball fans will get a taste of Rio Grande margs this season

    Opening day is less than a month away, and sports fans are licking their lips over the promise of a new season. And some margs from Rio on the Rocks, a ballpark branch of Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, the homegrown chain that got its start in Fort Collins 27 years ago, and is known for its legendar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2013

    In the kitchen with Nate Booth, chef of the Rio: guacamole

    In this week's chef and tell interview with Nate Booth, chef of the Rio Grande in Boulder, he makes a bold declaration: "We have the best damn margaritas and Tex-Mex food this side of the Rio Grande," he insists. And while that may be a stretch, it's certainly true that the Rio's food has monumental ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2013

    From tortas to Tex-Mex, a second helping of Cafe Society: November 18-22

    Cafe Society had a definite south-of-the-border flavor this week. As Gretchen Kurtz reports in this week's review of Rincon Argentino, which Buenos Aires native Christian Saber opened last year in Boulder, you don't have to travel all the way to Argentina to enjoy authentic empanadas. Or even to Tex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2013

    Wine, beer and more fun on tap this weekend

    The Lowry Beer Garden, 7577 East Academy Boulevard, has partnered with three Colorado craft breweries for a series of Oktoberfest festivities. The first begins today and runs through Saturday, September 14; Prost Brewing will be taking over the taps from 6:30 to 10 p.m., and there will be live music ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2013

    Dining at Spuntino and a Denver chef who despises cupcakes: A second helping of Cafe Society, September 9-13

    This week, Gretchen Kurtz reviewed Spuntino, where owners/spouses Yasmin Lozada-Hissom and John Broening recently renovated the space, which was previously owned by Simone Parisi, who had originally conceptualized a casual "snack" environment. The couple decided to change direction and make the spac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2013

    Win four VIP tickets to the Denver Beerathon (WINNER UPDATE)

    UPDATE: We have a winner of our Denver Beerathon contest, in which we asked Cafe Society readers to answer this question: How many glasses of Empire Brewing pumpkin ale were poured during the 2012 New York Beerathon? Congratulations to Leah McCracken, who guessed 715; the actual answer is 727. Leah, ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 12, 2013
  • Blogs

    September 11, 2013

    Be a DISH VIP and feed your caviar tastes on a tuna-fish budget

    On Sunday, September 22, Westword's annual celebration of the Denver dining scene will fill Sculpture Park at the Denver Performing Arts Complex with food and drink from some of Cafe Society's favorite restaurants, as well as Best of Denver reader choices. Close to fifty restaurants, trucks and food ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2013

    A culinary tour of LoDo, wine and movie-watching, vegan pizza and more on the calendar

    LoDo Bites -- a culinary walking tour of restaurants in lower downtown -- takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. tomorrow. While sampling small bites at dozens of downtown restaurants and enjoying drink specials and desserts at select locations, attendees can also appreciate the incredible area that LoDo has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    Fiestas at Rio Grande, a pop-up beer dinner and more on this week's calendar

    It'll be a busy week for the Rio Grande chain. The Fort Collins location has collaborated with Odell's Brewery and is hosting a release party for Chueco Mexican Lager, a 9 percent agave amaranth beer brewed especially for Rio. The event begins this Thursday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m.; visit the Facebook pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2013

    Rio Grande in Lone Tree hosts a tequila dinner tonight

    Stuck in the snowy southern suburbs? The Lone Tree location of Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, 9535 Park Meadows Drive, is hosting a four-course dinner at 7 p.m. tonight. And each course will be paired with a tequila from Patron. Keep reading for a look at the menu. See also: - After 25 years of pou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2012

    Local restaurants are doing their part in wildfire relief

    Pizza Republica, Rio Grande and Larkburger have begun donation programs to aid victims of the High Park, Waldo Canyon and Flagstaff fires and the firefighters trying to contain them. And here are two more ways to dine out for the cause. If you know of any others, please share them in the comments se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2012

    Rio Grande lends aid to High Park fire victims

    Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant is donating 10 percent of sales from all six of its locations to High Park fire relief today. The chain, which is famous for its strong margaritas (limit three per person), got its start in Fort Collins 26 years ago.

  • News

    May 31, 2012
  • Blogs

    January 18, 2012

    Armadillo closes its Littleton restaurant -- and stiffs employees?

    Colorado has produced several successful Mexican chains -- the Rio Grande group, for example, and Santiago's, which seems to add another outlet every week. But one longtime chain is suffering from shrinking pains -- and its employees are suffering, too. Last week, the Armadillo closed its restauran ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    Downtown Rio expands patio in time for spring

    ​This week's spring-like weather has us excited for the the days of summer when we can linger on a patio and catch the beams of the sun with a drink in hand. Like a margarita. At the Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant. In anticipation of summer, the downtown outpost of that local Mexican chain has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2009

    The Westword.com blog shortcut, August 14 edition

    Photo by Tom MurphyThe Sunn O))) will come out tomorrow....​Getting your weekend off on the right note.... Today in Backbeat Online: • Last night: Sunn O))) at the Bluebird. • Hearsay bits: Van Morrison, Yonder Mountain String Band, Tyler Despres Band, Pictureplane. • Freaky Friday - "P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2009

    Behind the Bar: Ann Whitley of the Rio Grande

    Nancy Levine​ On Saturday, August 15, the Rio Grande will celebrate ten years of pouring on the fun -- and pouring out the booze -- in LoDo. This homegrown chain is a margarita powerhouse; with only six restaurants, the Rio Grande restaurant group claims to be the largest seller of Jose Cuervo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2009

    The Westword.com blog shortcut, August 13 edition

    Back when punks were punks....​Set the Waybac Machine for the Carter administration.... Today in Backbeat Online: • Denver punk reunion (1978-1988) changes venues. • Otis Taylor's latest record earns praise in Spin. • Q.Burse returns with Lenny Lenn-directed video "The Puzzle." • John ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2009

    Guess where I'm eating?

    Lori MidsonFirst, there were the white trash enchiladas at the Rio Grande, followed by the white trash au gratin potatoes at Simms Steakhouse, which, to complement those scene-stealing views of Denver's skyline, now has a menu (and a chef in Moosah Reaume, formerly of Willie G's Seafood & Steak) ... More >>

  • News

    May 7, 2009
  • Dining

    April 9, 2009
  • Blogs

    April 4, 2009

    IACP Conference Report: Dispatches from the front lines

    For those of you not yet hipped to the big foodie news in Denver this week, the International Association of Culinary Professionals is in town -- a kind of traveling circus show of food writers, food editors, food pimps, chefs, authors, wine gurus and associated tradesmen. And, of course, Jason Shee ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 6, 2008
  • Blogs

    October 16, 2008

    LoDo's Rio: Is it really like "shooting cougars in a barrel"?

    After reading Adam Cayton-Holland's hilarious (and quite principled!) column, "How Adam Cayton-Holland survived a cougar attack!," which chronicles his fending off a cougar at a recent comedy event, I found myself Googling "cougar." I came across a hilarious web site devoted to the subject. Among ot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2008

    The Westword.com blog shortcut, October 16 edition

    Stereolab sings. To find even more Westword.com blogs, follow the bullets. Today in Backbeat Online: • A review of Stereolab live at the Gothic Theatre, with Monade and Le Loup. • Eric Eyl's Mile High Makeout column, about a local-music benefit for Metro Denver Partners. • A Q&A with the Bl ... More >>

  • News

    June 12, 2008

    Fat Chance

    There’s a good reason Mexicans swim with their clothes on.

  • News

    April 3, 2008

    Skin Deep

    Winning the bronze.

  • Calendar

    December 13, 2007
  • Music

    June 28, 2007

    This Just In

    The latest nightlife news.

  • Music

    June 24, 2004

    In Da Club

    Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

  • Dining

    October 9, 2003

    Drunk of the Week

    Croc's Mexican Grill

  • Dining

    August 14, 2003
  • Best of Denver

    June 29, 2000

    Best margarita

    Dixons Downtown Grill, Racines, Goodfriends

  • Dining

    April 13, 2000

    Tex-Mexican Standoff

    LoDo may not be big enough for both of them.

  • Dining

    January 27, 2000

    Check, Please!

    Give our food critic something to chew on.

  • Dining

    December 30, 1999

    Out With The Old, In With The New:

    Z-Teca opts for another name change.

  • Dining

    June 17, 1999
  • Film

    December 26, 1996
  • News

    June 20, 1996

    Whistle Stopped

    A proposed railroad merger threatens jobs throughout Colorado -- and, up in Minturn, a way of life.

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