• Blogs

    October 1, 2014

    Mercantile Pulls Into Union Station, Recipe Box Closes: Our Restaurant Roll Call for September

    New restaurant openings filled the calendar in September, with more than two dozen spots opening their doors in metro Denver. The new eateries ranged from Mercantile Dining & Provision, Alex Seidel's market/cafe/restaurant in Union Station, to another link in the homegrown Santiago's chain. But Denv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2014

    Does Federal Boulevard Have an Identity Crisis? A Trio of Name Changes

    A new coat of paint and a new sign might not make a new restaurant -- unless it's on Federal Boulevard, where the food may not change much, but the names and bright colors shift like the oily surface of a bowl of menudo. On a recent trip up the strip, we spotted several new identity changes -- as we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2014

    Santiago's now open again on Federal

    It's been a long summer for northside fans of breakfast burritos; they've had to drive an extra mile or two to get their fix. But now the Santiago's at 2505 Federal Boulevard has finally re-opened, and that means the cars will start lining up early tomorrow morning. See also: At Santiago's, even g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2014

    Construction at Santiago's foils breakfast burrito plans

    Denverites love their breakfast burritos, so it's always a concern when supply-side issues threaten the morning ritual of a steaming torpedo of green chile and eggs wolfed down while fighting rush-hour traffic or toted by the dozen to the office to share with co-workers. That's why construction at t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2014

    From desserts to dives, a second helping of Cafe Society: January 13-17

    This week in Cafe Society, Gretchen Kurtz reviewed Acorn, an offshoot of Oak at Fourteenth that opened last summer in The Source and has already come into its own. For Chef and Tell, Lori Midson talked with chef/co-owner Noah French about another new spot, Sugarmill, a sweet spot that is much more ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2014

    At Santiago's, even green is orange on Broncos Sunday

    In A Federal Case, I'll be eating my way up Federal Boulevard -- south to north -- within Denver city limits. I'll be skipping the national chains and per-scoop Chinese joints, but otherwise I'll visit every vinyl booth, walk-up window and bar stool where food is served. Here's the report on this we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2013

    Has Good Times gone bad in a good way?

    Good Times Burgers & Frozen Custard was born in Boulder in 1987 as Good Times Drive-Thru Burgers. Those were good times, indeed: '87 was a good year for banana hair clips, jelly shoes and skinny ties. But how on the burger-bombarded earth did Good Times manage to survive with the staggering amount o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2013

    Naked Raygun's Jeff Pezzati on Wax Trax, and why and how the band got back together

    Someday a monograph about punk will give Naked Raygun its proper place of prominence in that history. Naked Raygun was one of the most important punk bands to emerge in Chicago in the Reagan era. Inspired in part by the diversity of sounds in that initial wave of English punk, Naked Raygun forged a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2013

    Spice is nice -- so why do so many spots in Denver turn down the heat?

    I don't know about you, but I'm a little surprised by the assumption that Americans can't take the heat. In this week's review of Mali Thai Cuisine, general manager Alex Tongbua didn't come right out and say it, but he did soft-shoe around the point by noting that "American people, some never eat Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    10 things to do for $10 in Denver this weekend (7 free!), December 7-9

    Money troubles? Forget your cares while enjoying some of the bargain entertainment in Denver this weekend. Friday thrugh Sunday are full of interesting events -- everything from watching classic Saturday morning cartoons and local comedy to gazing at dinosaur bones -- and we've found seven great eve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    Blue state v. red state: Which Colorado do you live in?

    Colorado is a key swing state in the upcoming presidential election. In polls, Colorado looks like a toss-up between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, with leads shifting back and forth by the day -- and which way the vote ultimately goes could decide the national outcome. By the numbers, though, this s ... More >>

  • News

    August 2, 2012
  • Dining

    July 26, 2012
  • Blogs

    July 26, 2012

    Santiago's pulling out of Black Hawk

    For almost a year, Santiago's has spiced up the dining scene in Black Hawk, a spot better known for its casino buffets than green chile. The day after Christmas 2011, the ever-growing institution opened two locations inside Bullwhackers: a full-service, 64-seat restaurant on the top floor, and an e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2012

    Santiago's Mexican Restaurant -- green light on the chile sauce

    Santiago's Mexican Restaurants, a homegrown chain, got its start in 1990 at a single store in Brighton, with a very special ingredient -- owner Carmen Morales used her mother Rachel's recipe for Santiago's now-famous "Authentic Green Chile Sauce with Pork." From one store grew many, and today ther ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2012

    Reel Social Club brings fashion and film together over mimosas this Oscar weekend

    ​Red carpet appearances by designer gown-donning stars are just as much a part of the Academy Awards spectacle as the Oscars themselves. In advance of this coming weekend's 84th annual ceremony, Denver FilmCenter's Reel Social Club is celebrating this marriage of fashion and film with it's Seam To ... More >>

  • 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

    January 18, 2012

    Santiago's bets that green chile can heat up Bullwhackers Casino in Blackhawk

    Santiago's, the homegrown burrito chain that makes what might be the best green chile in Colorado, is trying its luck at Bullwhackers Casino in Blackhawk. The ever-growing institution opened two locations inside the casino on the day after Christmas: a full-service, 64-seat restaurant on the top fl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2012

    Green chile discussion -- over sources, over spelling -- heats up in the new year

    As an end-of-the-year public service to those who were going to need hot, hot green chile to cure their hangovers on January 1, Lori Midson offered her list of "Denver's ten best green chiles." Any discussion of green chile always stirs the pot. Fans of those that didn't make the list complain -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2011

    Santiago's on 84th closes up shop

    Santiago's is a Denver institution, selling one of this city's most iconic versions of green chile as well as rightly famous breakfast burritos. But one of the city's nearly two dozen locations has just been locked up for good.

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2011

    Guess where I'm eating?

    If there were a Santiago's outpost closer to my house, I'd probably find myself succumbing to their breakfast burritos more often, but instead, I get my fix here, at this house of breakfast burritos, every day burritos, tacos, and Indian fry bread. Can you guess where I'm eating? Special bonus: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    Santiago Calatrava's exit from DIA: Westword's Kenny Be and Michael Paglia weigh in

    ​After receiving $13 million to design Denver International Airport's new south terminal hotel and commuter rail station, world-famous Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava abruptly quit the project because it lacked sufficient funding. Rumors about his exit had been flying around for weeks, bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    Santiago Calatrava bails on DIA expansion: Paging Curt Fentress!

    Curt Fentress.​Let's hope Mayor Michael Hancock has Curt Fentress's number on speed dial. The Denver architect was brought in to fix Denver International Airport before it ever got off the ground decades ago, and the expansion plans he crafted back then could be looking very good now that star ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    Gordo Loco is now serving 98 cent breakfast burritos and a $15 El Diablo challenge

    Some like it hot! Gordo Loco is now serving. Right now.​The area around 26th Avenue and Federal Bouldevard is already the town's best neighborhood for breakfast burritos: Jack-n-Grill is serving its $2 special; across the street, you can get a legendary to-go burrito through the Santiago's dri ... More >>

  • Film

    February 3, 2011
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    February 1, 2011

    David Balmer's temper and five other topics hot enough to thaw out frozen Colorado

    Vicki Ferrari.​State Representative David Balmer apologized yesterday for losing "his cool" in a heated conversation last week with Senator Gail Schwartz; his agitated gesturing got him banned from the Senate floor for the rest of the 2011 congressional session. But Balmer's temper isn't the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    100 Favorite Dishes: Breakfast burrito from the Taco Wagon in Lafayette

    Lori Midson​ No. 92: Breakfast burrito from the Taco Wagon in Lafayette Months ago, back in April, I was summoned to Lafayette on unofficial business, when, what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a taco wagon pimping all the foods that add bulk to my rear.

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2010

    Gordo Loco is bringing 98 cent burritos to northwest Denver

    ​Looks like the old bungalow at 2637 West 26th Street that was the first home of La Loma, then went on to house ventures ranging from Cafe International to Bali Island to La Fabula to the Shooting Star coffeehouse, finally has a new tenant. Coming soon to this spot: Gordo Loco, which boasts ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    Five great breakfasts that are worth the early morning rise

    Eggs Benedict at Devil's Food Bakery​If we're to believe our mothers who constantly shoved toast into our hands on our way out the door before school, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Breakfast is more than just sustenance, though: It's another meal to indulge your gastronomic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2010

    This neighborhood corners the market for breakfast burritos

    Foiled again: Jack-n-Grill (from left), Santiago's and Araujo breakfast burritos.​The breakfast burritos started going out the doors a few minutes ago, when the three spots in the Best Breakfast Burrito Neighborhood all opened their doors for the day and the customers began coming in, looking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2009

    Breakfast burritos from Santiago's: One of the things I'm gonna miss...

    ​I'm going to miss breakfast burritos. I'm going to miss all breakfast burritos -- the good ones, the bad ones, the great ones and every one in between. But most of all, I'm going to miss the breakfast burritos from the Santiago's location on Leetsdale Avenue, which I consider to be my home ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2009

    Cafe Society: Week in review

    What you might have missed this week while chowing on some Nut Poppers...Green chile mania!  Jason ranked the top ten green chile joints in Denver, and even got some input on the best vegetarian versions.  We pitted El Taco de Mexico's chile against Santiago's and found a surprise victor.W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2009

    Guess where I'm eating?

    Lori Midson​It's only Tuesday, and already we've seen a green chile smackdown between El Taco de Mexico and Santiago's and a shout-out to all you vegheads for meatless verde recommendations that won't make the PETA terrorists people pissed. And now, strictly by coincidence, comes the above photo o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2009

    The List: Denver's top ten green chile spots

    ​One of my first columns was about the way green chile changes on the way from southern New Mexico to Denver -- from the pure verde kick in Hatch to the thin, soupy sauce of Albuquerque, and the steady thickening as you travel north along the green chile trail until you reach the gelatinous go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2009

    Ask the Critic: Green power

    ​Last week's review?  All about a particularly good green and organic restaurant in Denver.  The column?  More about the green movement.  I wrote blogs about green eateries, made lists of them, and basically spent a week obsessing over the buzzword-heavy culture that has invade ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2009

    Taqueria Mi Pueblo goes for a liquor license

    The burrito wars are heating up on North Federal Boulevard, with a new Santiago's and Jack-n-Grill duking it out in the 2500 block, and Taqueria Mi Pueblo offering $1.99 breakfast burritos, as well as other authentic Mexican fare, just two blocks away at 2300 Federal. And Mi Pueblo could soon have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2008

    What the Mexican ate while he was in Denver

    Gustavo Arellano, author of Ask a Mexican, was in town this week to tout his new book, Orange County: A Personal History, and since he's a colleague, we wanted to take him out to eat. But since he's also the food editor of the OC Weekly (and the hardest-working man in journalism), we wanted to take ... More >>

  • News

    December 6, 2007

    Life Skills Offers Last-Chance High

    Justin Martinez was raised in the school of hard knocks, but Life Skills is his last hope for a diploma.

  • News

    November 29, 2007


    The forecast calls for chile.

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2007

    The Grill of It All

    The lights are off most of the time inside Certified Customs, at 4815 E. Colfax. The shop's owner, grills guru Nando Mondragon, the subject of a recent Westword profile, is locked up in Las Vegas, waiting to hear if he'll be imprisoned on a parole violation or allowed to return to his hip-hop fashio ... More >>

  • News

    January 18, 2007

    The Mouth That Roared

    Nando Mondragon is going to put Denver on the hip-hop fashion map. But first, he has to get out of jail.

  • Dining

    June 15, 2006


    A chain of chile.

  • Film

    May 11, 2006

    Unamerican Dream

    Goal! follows an immigrant's pursuit of a European fantasy.

  • Food & Drink

    March 24, 2005
  • Dining

    February 10, 2005

    Bite Me

    The Beast of Denver

  • Dining

    November 11, 2004

    Bite Me

    There Goes the Neighborhood

  • Calendar

    August 21, 2003

    Love Kan'Nal

    Mystical roots music enthralls

  • Best of Denver

    June 29, 2000
  • News

    May 20, 1999

    Flak Jackets

    Undressing the Coors Field "staff" might surprise you.

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