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Southeast Asia

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    August 21, 2014

    Reader: Best Thai in Denver Has One of the Worst Parking Situations

    Rick and Noy Farrell opened Taste of Thailand twenty years ago this month. The restaurant has remained true to its goals -- authentic dishes made with fresh ingredients -- for the past two decades. But over that same period, dining habits have changed a lot (few people linger over lunch, for example ... More >>

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    August 20, 2014

    Taste of Thailand Turns Twenty With Fresh Spirit and "Beautiful Fish"

    When Taste of Thailand opened, there were a total of five Thai restaurants in Denver. In the intervening twenty years, Thai cuisine has blossomed in town, but Taste of Thailand has stuck close to its time-tested formula of garden-fresh cuisine, traditional Thai recipes (with a few Colorado twists), ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    Denver musicians talk about the local bands that inspire them

    Every year, we celebrate the impossibly dense and diverse Denver music scene with the Westword Music Showcase and Westword Music Awards. We brought those to a close last week with our awards ceremony; you can find a list of all the nominees and winners at backbeatblog.com. We're starting to think ab ... More >>

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    December 18, 2013

    Masa Asian Kitchen: a Pacific Rim shot

    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 report from every vinyl booth, walk-up window and bar stool where food is served. Here's the report on thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2013

    Guess where I'm eating larb, laab, lahb or laap?

    There are numerous spellings for this fiery and tart toasted rice salad that's a daily staple in Isan, a rural area of Thailand that borders on Laos, the birthplace of larb, laab, lahb or laap, but no matter how you spell it, the intensely aromatic flavors of dried ground chiles, fish sauce, fresh l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2013

    First Look: Lotus Vegetarian now open in the former home of Vietnam Grill

    Vietnam Grill, our Best Vietnamese Restaurant in the Best of Denver 2013, closed abruptly last month, shortly after we featured Mark Antonation's review of the place in A Federal Case, and was replaced almost as quickly by Lotus Vegetarian. Danielle Lirette stopped by the new restaurant, and sent b ... More >>

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    September 17, 2013

    Lotus Vegetarian will take over the shuttered Vietnam Grill

    Back in May, when I stopped by Vietnam Grill for an education in Vietnamese cooking as part of my Federal Boulevard restaurant tour, I wrote that I was looking forward to "many more surprises and culinary lessons," including a bowl of rice porridge with the simple yet intriguing modifier of "pig org ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2013

    Aliens: The enduring perfection of James Cameron's sci-fi film

    Welcome to a new column called Geek Speak, in which we take on an aspect of geek culture each week. On this day 27 years ago, moviegoers got their first look at one of cinema's rare perfect films when Aliens hit almost 1,500 theaters. Audiences loved it. Critics loved it. The studio must have loved ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2013

    At J's Noodles Star Thai, rice dishes also shine

    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 report from every vinyl booth, walk-up window and bar stool where food is served. Here's the report on t ... More >>

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    May 15, 2013

    Little bundles of joy at Gio Cha Cali

    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 report from every vinyl booth, walk-up window and bar stool where food is served. Here's the report on t ... More >>

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    May 8, 2013

    Golden Pho & Grill is a newcomer, but fits right in on Federal

    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 report from every vinyl booth, walk-up window and bar stool where food is served. Here's the report on t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2013

    Vietnam Grill serves up a surprising culinary lesson on Vietnamese cuisine

    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 report from every vinyl booth, walk-up window and bar stool where food is served. Here's the report on t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2013

    At Pho 95, warmth and familiarity slow down the rush on a cold night

    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 report from every vinyl booth, walk-up window and bar stool where food is served. Here's the report on t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2012

    Tyler Nemkov: The thing where I say what I'm doing

    Three years ago, Tyler Nemkov was a Johnson & Wales student who came to Cafe Society as an intern, interested in where a culinary career could take him. So far, it's taken him to J-school at the University of Colorado, a gig at Cured and, at the edge of 23, a short-lived job as exec chef at Mateo th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2012

    Jenna Johansen talks frankly about her boot from Around the World in 80 Plates

    It's been several months since Bravo's Around the World in 80 Plates was filmed in cities spanning the globe, but the memories for hometown chef and contestant Jenna Johansen, who made it through seven countries -- and countless challenges -- before she was given the boot in last night's Thailand ep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2012

    Photos: Five Points Jazz Fest, 5/19/12

    This past Saturday, the annual Five Points Jazz Festival returned to its namesake historic district with performances from a slew of acts like Carmen Sandiem and Aakash Mittal, among others, spread out across six stages all along Welton Street. Our own Nick Callaio was on hand for the fest and broug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2012

    Photos: New Saigon, the subject of this week's review

    New Saigon is one of the oldest Vietnamese restaurants in Denver, and its kitchen is one of the most comprehensive, turning out not just pho, but hundreds of dishes from Vietnam's culinary canon. For this week's review, I stopped by the restaurant that's been under the same ownership for 25 years, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2011

    A 16th Street Mall vendor gets a permanent home at Thai Street Food restaurant

    For six years, Utumporn Killoran has been peddling Thai curries from a cart on the 16th Street Mall. And her recipes, culled from her native Isaan Province in Thailand, have gained her such committed fans that they're willing to wait in line for an hour just to wolf down her lunches.

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    Taste of Thailand goes garden-to-table with Garden Blossoms soup

    Jenny AnThe homegrown flowers in the Garden Blossoms soup are edible. ​Noy Farrell doesn't use pesticides in her garden. The chef/co-owner of Taste of Thailand uses ladybugs and beer instead. The ladybugs eat the insects that try to devour her greens and herbs, and a shallow bowl of beer attra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    Vietnam Grill goes for a liquor license

    ​Vietnam Grill has been slinging pho and spring rolls from its Federal Boulevard strip mall spot for a few years, but now the eatery is hoping to add alcoholic pairings to the menu. The restaurant just applied for its liquor license, and if all goes according to plan, it'll add beer, wine and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    The five strangest foods I've ever eaten

    Mark MangerPeanut butter soup, fufu and bone-in, skin-on goat: not actually so weird.​My first trip to African Grill and Bar for this week's review was a thrill ride because it offered a chance to explore a cuisine with which I'd had no previous experience and an opportunity to eat something s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Eat like the Thai: family-style...and with a fork

    ​Without exception, during every visit I made to Thai Flavor for this week's review -- and during the lunch I ate at US Thai Cafe for this week's Second Helping -- I overheard at least one table ask for chopsticks. I'd venture a guess that those diners thought they were being respectful, eatin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    One chapter book reviews: Missing in Action: A Family Saga, chapter six

    ​As far as fictional characters go, there is maybe no archetype so boring as the Hero, that figure of unwavering nobility and poise. Whether that hero is deftly vanquishing foes like Superman or valiantly overcoming adversity a la Odysseus, the construct is the same: The Hero represents the Da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2011

    Stupid ad of the week: Champ Thai Drink Co.'s working man

    Not this kind.​Thankfully, foolishness is a worldwide phenomenon. Otherwise when we would see another culture's advertising on the internetz we might feel all dumb by comparison and end up sending them angry emoticons in their comment boxes -- because we all know Emoticon is the universal lang ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2011

    Boulder restaurateur Opas Sinprasong will do time for exploiting workers

    Daily Camera​Last October, Opas Sinprasong -- a Thai national who once owned Siamese Plate, Siamese Plate on the Go and Sumida's in Boulder and Louisville -- pleaded guilty to harboring illegal aliens and failure to pay taxes. Yesterday he was sentenced: The restaurateur will do time, pay a h ... More >>

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    February 3, 2011
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    December 2, 2010
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    November 9, 2010

    Dear Lotus of Siam, please come to Denver next

    ​Cafe Society can't get enough of Lotus of Siam. When she was in Las Vegas last week, Patricia Calhoun twice ventured off the Strip to visit the northern Thai restaurant in its original location, a silly strip mall off Sahara Avenue. That was after a strong endorsement from Lori Midson, who o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    Siamese Plate on the Go spot gets a fresh start as NaRaYa

    ​Pranom Kiatreungwattana, who goes by "P.K.", and her father had been looking for a spot for a Boulder restaurant for two years when Opas Sinprasong, who'd been charged with human trafficking, left his Siamese Plate/Siamese Plate on the Go spot at 1575 Folsom Street up for grabs. And grab it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2010

    Opas Sinprasong, Siamese Plate owner, pleads guilty to treating workers like slave labor

    NaRaYa has replaced Siamese Plate on the Go​I was at Lotus of Siam, one of Lori Midson's favorite restaurants in the world (and she's right -- too bad it's in Las Vegas), eating and catching up on my Westword reading, when I found this report by Michael Roberts on a Thai restaurant group much ... More >>

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    October 1, 2009
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    March 5, 2009
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    February 11, 2009

    Developing: Ha Noi Pho no mo'

    Bad news for you fans of serious Vietnamese food: Ha Noi Pho, my Best Taste of Hanoi, has been sold. This happened just yesterday, but already the joint is operating under another name: Can Tho Pho. At least according to the sign out front at 1036 South Federal. When I put in a call just a few minut ... More >>

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    January 16, 2009

    Ha Noi Pho gunman gets 330 year sentence

    On November 14, 2007, Phung Van Dang, toting a shotgun, entered Ha Noi Pho's kitchen intent on robbery, but wound up shooting it out with detectives in plainclothes who were lunching in the restaurant at 1036 South Federal. Today Denver District Judge Martin Egelhoff sentenced Dang, a habitual offen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2008

    Guilty verdict in Ha Noi Pho Case

    Yesterday, a Denver jury convicted Phuong Van Dang of attempted first-degree assault on a peace officer, attempted aggravated robbery and a whole one-from-column-A, one-from-column-B menu of other charges connected to an incident last fall at Ha Noi Pho, at 1036 South Federal Boulevard. Dang was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2008

    Friend or pho? Ha Noi case goes to trial

    Denver's pho restaurants have seen some tough times lately. Last month, a car crashed into Pho 7, knocking the joint out of commission for a few days. Times were even tougher at Ha Noi Pho, our Best Taste of Hanoi in the Best of Denver 2007. Soon after we bestowed that honor, the pho spot at 1036 So ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2008

    Top ten things to do with your ballot privacy sleeve

    Oh, sheet. Now that the election is over, there's no need for that ballot privacy sleeve many of us carried with us as we exited our polling place yesterday. But simply tossing it isn't an option -- not for an environmentally committed voter, anyhow. So what to do with it? Here are ten options: 1 ... More >>

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    April 3, 2008
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    January 10, 2008

    Ha Noi Pho

    At any time of day or night, a meal here is memorable.

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2008

    Duck's Blood? Pho Shizzle

    Editor's note: sorry about that headline. I’d had duck’s blood before, had used it in my own kitchens, but until I came to Ha Noi Pho, I’d never cared for it beyond its capacity to mount a voluptuously glossy sauce. Here the blood is one of the main points of dinner, and I spear a small, da ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2007
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    September 15, 2005

    Drink of the Week

    Lychee- and Starfruit-Infused Vodka Martini

  • Dining

    July 28, 2005

    Green Light

    Head for the hills -- the hill country of Sapa.

  • Dining

    January 17, 2002

    Street Dreams

    Tuk Tuk takes casual Thai food indoors.

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    January 25, 2001

    So Pho, So Good

    Bowls of broth and pig knuckles add up to great meals.

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    May 25, 2000

    All Thai'd Up

    Two new eateries to feed your habit.

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    March 25, 1999
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    January 15, 1998
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    April 18, 1996
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    April 5, 1995
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