The city's $3.25 million settlement with Jamal Hunter is just the latest hit the Denver Sheriff's Department has sustained in recent weeks. Between charges that complaints of abuse have been ignored and accusations that guards have been drinking on the job, smuggling in drugs and porn and instructin ... More >>
The flood that raged through Lyons last fall left the town temporarily isolated from the outside world. So when the waters receded and the rebuilding began, restaurateurs and Lyons residents Katie Baum and De'Anna Duncan wanted to bring a new community space to Main Street, restoring some of what ha ... More >>
And then there were none. Ten years ago, Big Papa's BBQ -- a homegrown chain -- was smoking, with several metro locations in south Denver and the nearby suburbs. But over the years, they closed up...and now the final Big Papa's, at 6265 East Evans Avenue, is gone, too. But Big Papa's lives on in a ... More >>
My Christmas wish list, not surprisingly, lends itself to all things culinary -- including cookbooks, of which I already have hundreds. But there were a few cookbooks that I treated myself to early: Pok Pok, by Andy Ricker, which is one most detailed (some might say daunting) explorations of Thai co ... More >>
In Denver, breakfast burritos are the breakfast of champions -- and just about everyone else, with drive-thru joints selling them on almost every corner, and vendors delivering them door-to-door in downtown office buildings. Still, some Denverites don't appreciate breakfast burritos -- or having to ... More >>
The signature signs of a city that's on the culinary fast track reside in its willingness to take aggressive risks, push infinite boundaries and continually adapt to a fickle dining public whose expectations are always on the upswing. Denver is that city -- a major metropolis that refuses to slow do ... More >>
Uno mas. The Spanish verbiage translates to "one more," and for Patrick Mangold-White, that's "one more tequila, one more taco, one more for the neighborhood and one more 'What the hell are you thinking?'" Years ago, when I first met Mangold-White, who also owns Kaos Pizzeria (he co-owns Gaia Bistr ... More >>
Earlier this week, on Monday, I spent the afternoon in Kansas -- specifically St. Francis, Kansas, a small, sleepy town just a few miles east of the Kansas/Colorado border, population a mere 1,200. Cattle far, far outweigh humans in St. Francis -- there are thousands and thousands of them -- and o ... More >>
TJ Hobbs, who now heads the kitchen at Ghost Plate & Tap, was raised in rural Minnesota, and his first job was working on an organic farm -- so he understands the farm-to-table concept. And he'd like to see the "farm to table" moniker disappear in 2013. "Not the use of local farmed products, but jus ... More >>
What will be the big culinary trends in 2013? As we prepare for a new year in gastronomy, we posed that question to dozens of people in the local food business, everyone from chefs and pastry magicians to restaurant brokers and PR consultants, from brewers and grape gurus to realtors and pig farmers ... More >>
"I've been involved with food since I was six, and I've always dreamed of having a restaurant in an old building with a wooden roof and exposed brick -- a space to create whatever I want," says Pepe Aparicio, who, along with his brother, Gianfranco, will open Taita, a Peruvian restaurant housed in a ... More >>
This is the first in a series of pieces profiling Colorado-grown products...and what some local restaurants do with them. In rows and rows of old shipping containers in dark, dank buildings, fungi grow are growing in neatly stacked and sealed plastic bags. These modest mushrooms will soon be shipp ... More >>
Happy Place: Rodney's, 2819 East Second Avenue, 303-394-3939. The Hours: Monday through Friday, 3 to 6 p.m. The Deals: Half-priced bottled beer, wines by the glass, well cocktails and appetizers. Were we happy? Flip the page to find out.
Happy Place: Lime XS, 730 East Sixth Avenue, 303-722-5463. The Hours: Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. The Deals: $3 house wines, well drinks, margaritas, and draft beer; $3 appetizers. Were we happy? Flip the page to find out.
Lori Midson Robert McCarthy Rialto Cafe 934 16th Street 303-893-2233 www.rialtocafe.com This is part one of my interview with Robert McCarthy, exec chef of Rialto Cafe. Part two of our interview will run in this space tomorrow. Robert McCarthy shakes his head in aggravation and rolls his ey ... More >>
Naughty dessert? Nope. Breakfast trend. If you hear it from the Food Channel, then it must be true. Every week, the network serves up another list, hoping that bloggers and other publications will bite. Which we did last week -- right before we gagged over the Food Channel's top ten breakfa ... More >>
Lori Midson Spencer Lomax Snooze, an A.M. Eatery Four locations in Colorado www.snoozeeatery.com This is part one of Lori Midson's interview with Spencer Lomax, culinary director of Snooze. Part two of this interview will run tomorrow. I spent pretty much every summer break through high sch ... More >>
Lori Midson Mark DeNittis Il Mondo Vecchio 1174 South Cherokee Street 303-744-6328 mondovecchio.net I dig this job, and I'm having a blast," says Mark DeNittis, knocking back another swig from a bottle of Peroni, his beer of choice. In front of him is a plate of salumi, pulled from the mea ... More >>
It's all over but the shouting -- and the counting -- for the Readers' Choice for the Best New Restaurant to open in 2009. More than fifteen noteworthy restaurants opened last year -- add Cafe Options, Interstate Bar & Grill and the Lobby to the list here -- which could be a record. No ques ... More >>
As a countdown to the Best of Denver 2010, coming April 1, Cafe Society is serving up a hundred of our favorite dishes in Denver. Send your own nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org. No. 98 Big bowl of Mac-and-Cheese Fries from Jonesy's EatBar I dream about these fries. I yearn for them when I f ... More >>
The first numbers are coming in from Katie Mullen's Restaurant and Pub, which opened on Monday at 1550 Court Place, and they're huge. Yesterday, just two days after opening, they did 800 covers, give or take. This morning, the house was on a wait from the minute they opened the doors at 11 a.m. and ... More >>
So, a few weeks ago, I wrote this little piece titled "How to Create a Great Irish Bar." It wasn't something I put a lot of thought into. It wasn't something that groaned under the weight of background research (unless drinking counts as research). Really, it was just a way to vent a little ang ... More >>
Dont judge this restaurant by its hummus. Wait for the entrees.
Today, Piatti. Tomorrow, Olive Garden.
Snooze delivers on its promise -- but it doesn't promise much.
It's Greek to us.
Come to Big Papa's for great baby-back ribs.
Ristorante Amore is all thumbs -- and that's good.
Welcome to Greek Town, a place where memories are made -- and revived.
One good Brewery Bar deserves another.
Returning to true north at the Northwoods Inn.
Aquarela is finally finding its voice.
How to play the wild game in Denver.
They’ve been worshiped, they’ve been slaughtered. Now bison are back—so why won’t you buy some burger?
HUNDREDS OF CREDITORS WENT HUNGRY WHEN SHAROFF FOOD SERVICE FAILED. BUT THE COMPANY'S LAW FIRM ATE WELL.HELPING THEMSELVES ONLY CRUMBS WERE LEFT IN THE COLLAPSE OF A VENERABLE DENVER FOOD SUPPLIER. UNLESS YOU HAD A SEAT AT THE TABLE.