The first Sam's No. 3, a popular diner frequented by everyone from politicians and pipsqueaks, opened in 1969 in Aurora. Decades later, owner Sam Armatas opened a second location in the heart of downtown, where poser Guy Fieri swaggered in to film a segment for Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, and last ... More >>
The original Sam's Coney Island opened back in the '20s, when it was a favorite with everyone from judges to janitors. But by 1969, when Sam's No. 3 opened on Havana Street, it was the last Sam's left. Now, though, the Sam's empire is growing again...and will soon actually have three locations. See ... More >>
Hundreds of new restaurants opened in metro Denver in 2012, ranging from enormous to intimate, exotic to old-fashioned. And at the same time, Denver also said so long to some long-time institutions, as well as a few spots that opened and shut in the same year. Keep reading for our restaurant roll c ... More >>
For nearly fifteen years, Sam Taylor, owner and pitmaster of his namesake barbecue joint, occupied a no-frills space at 435 South Cherry Street, but after serving brisket, bones, pork and chicken to a long-time posse of regulars (ironically, Taylor also catered a Pretenders concert back in 2009 to a ... More >>
Ace Eat Serve, the Asian restaurant and ping-pong palace that will open Wednesday next to Steuben's, is the latest restaurant to tap into a nearby brewery for its own house beer.
Lola has been pouring "copious amounts of Mexican lagers" for years, says Bryce Clark, a spokeswoman for the Highland hot spot's parent company, Big Red F. So have Lola's Mexican-influenced sister restaurants, Zolo and Centro Latin Kitchen. "But we've never been truly happy with their taste, ... More >>
The Taste of Greenwood Village kicks off at 5 p.m. tonight at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center, 7800 East Tufts Avenue, with 32 restaurants, more than 30 wineries and a silent auction to benefit the Beacon Center, a Denver child-advocacy nonprofit. Ticket prices range from $50, which include ... More >>
It's hard to imagine anything more meaty than BBQ. It is a cuisine based entirely on the flesh of the pig, the cow and, in some cases, the chicken. So it's no surprise that a BBQ joint owner might hang up on a sales rep trying to sell him vegan meat substitutes. That's certainly happened a l ... More >>
"That's one big, oddly colored ball you've got there, my friend."Chew on this. Today in Cafe Society: • The 10 manliest candies ever. • Chopsticks China Bistro won't move until September. • Our Weekly Bread: Gourmet Corner. • Chef and Tell: Troy Guard from TAG. • Hot dog! Biker Jim ... More >>
In 1996, Westword published its thirteenth Best of Denver issue, a celebration of the city that saluted everything from Best Yuppie on a Harley (then-senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell, who posed for a Banana Republic ad) to the Best New Public Art (Mark di Suvero’s still-controversial “Lao Tzu”) ... More >>
Ah, 1995: a time when entire Best Of categories were devoted to the O.J. Simpson trial, Bernie Bickerstaff and Dikembe Mutombo were still dominating the sports pages, and Mel's Bar and Grill was still new. Check out the winners from our 1995 Best Of issue after the jump.
Wet, sweet and hot.
Sam Taylor's Bar-B-Que
Sam Taylor is trying to settle his debts to the city.
A caretaker wins in court but loses the two women whom she considered family.
At 3 a.m., KOA's Rick Barber is the only game in town.
The barbecue scene in Denver still smokes.
Denver's Boa and the Constrictors squeeze new life out of jump blues.
Denver's former DA has his irons in the fire at City Park's troubled golf course.