Denver is considered a headquarters for fast-casual dining, with chains like Chipotle, Noodles and Co., Garbanzo and Tokyo Joe's all calling Colorado home. That's one of the reasons Denver-based Food and Drink Resources decided to open its new Innovation Center in Centennial. The center not only gi ... More >>
There are 26 Tokyo Joe's location in Colorado -- a state that may pump out more fast-casual chain stores per capita than any other (see: Chipotle, Garbanzo, Qdoba, Smashburger, etc.). Although the menu includes a vegetarian sushi roll that's not bad (it has cream cheese, which is bad news for vegans ... More >>
Eel is my favorite protein, in an "if-I-had-a-last-meal-request-on-death-row" kind of way. I was very disappointed in the eel I tried at Tokyo Joe's, but at least my review of that sad meal inspired an insightful Westword reader to steer me toward local mini-chain Kokoro. And as it turns out, the un ... More >>
The Fire Bowl Cafe franchise is based in Austin -- and you can make whatever jokes you like about Texas producing an Asian fast-casual eatery, but the only location in the metro area is packed every lunch hour. Fire Bowl seems to be the go-to place for Denver Tech Center types who want to snag lunch ... More >>
Every once in a while you really want a taste of some old-fashioned, old-time favorites (that someone else has to cook, and then clean up after) like pot roast, meatloaf, mashed potatoes made with actual potatoes, fried corn and squash casserole, chicken-fried everything...and even a nice plate of f ... More >>
Fast-casual Japanese food like rice bowls, udon noodles and simple sushi rolls at cheap prices, served in a compact bistro environment that encourages come-as-you-are, quick-service dine-in or even faster carry-out: That's a golden dragon of a concept. But the unfortunate reality I saw while recentl ... More >>
And...the wait is over. This morning, Christina Smith and Josh Epps opened the second Jelly Cafe, a year and a half after bestowing the Capitol Hill neighborhood with the original Jelly Cafe, arguably the hamlet's most popular breakfast joint for pancakes, eggs Benny, hashes and bloody Marys. See ... More >>
Although Colorado is home to some veggie-friendly chains (Chipotle, Garbanzo, etc.), we're never sure about chains that originate in other states. Which 'Wich?, which got its start in Dallas, was one of those unknown quantities -- but now we're happy to report that it offers more than one vegetarian ... More >>
If you can't snag at seat at Jelly -- and who can? -- the insanely popular breakfast and lunch joint that Christina Smith and Josh Epps opened in early 2011, there's hope on the horizon.
U.S. Attorney John Walsh says his seizure-threat letters to medical marijuana dispensaries near schools are intended to protect kids. But in Englewood, it appears that minors are much more likely to get illegal intoxicants from bars, restaurants and liquor stores than MMCs.
People driving by the Capitol building at Broadway and Colfax will notice many things about the Occupy Denver demonstration site, including energetic protesters chanting and waving signs, a Hooverville-style collection of tents and tarps for the 24-7 campers and, right in the middle of this organize ... More >>
ModMarket, the healthy, fast-casual concept that debuted in late 2009 at 1700 28th Street in Boulder, has now invaded Denver -- a month later than owners Rob McColgan and Anthony Pigliacamto had originally envisioned, but residents of the area around 1000 South Colorado Boulevard say the Denv ... More >>
Lori MidsonModMarket, the wedding white fast-casual space that hawks healthy, brick-oven pizzas, sandwiches, soups and salads at 1700 28th Street, in the Boulder's Twenty Ninth Street outdoor mall, is adding a second ModMarket location, but not in Boulder. The restaurant, owned by Rob McColg ... More >>
The first shops and residences in the Streets at SouthGlenn opened a year ago -- the development will celebrate its first anniversary on August 28 -- giving the southern suburbs a sparkling outdoor shopping district in place of the decrepit mall that once stood in its place. With that develop ... More >>
KaTcH Fish House may have opened just a day shy of a month ago, but its owners are moving forward on plans to open additional Colorado locations and more. In fact, the restaurant's director of operations, Ian Rubinstein, says he and owners Chris and Emily Deutschman -- who also own Magnolia ... More >>
It's not the real thing, but you may think it isStoners, beware! Mary Jane's Relaxing Soda does not contain pot. But 28-year-old soda jerk Matt Moody, the drink's inventor, insists that Mary Jane lives up to its name. "It's not a high, but it would be close to draw a comparison and that was ... More >>
Spent this past week chasing down the restaurants and watering holes that will join Whole Foods Market at the new Streets of SouthGlenn (Arapahoe Road and University Boulevard), which will hold its grand opening Thursday, August 27 through Sunday, August 30. The majority of restaurants are familiar ... More >>
After my disastrous meals at Beaucoup Burrito, I thought it might be helpful to list for its owners, employees and customers six local fast-casual concepts that actually work. They are, in no particular order: Chipotle: Founder Steve Ells gets credit for inventing the entire fast-casual concep ... More >>
A few days ago, I was a food nomad. Mindlessly searching for sustenance, I wandered along Colorado Boulevard looking for something cheap yet nourishing -- with nourishing almost immediately eliminating most fast-food joints. But not all. The spots that really piqued my 'buds were plac ... More >>
From the week of 10/4/07
From the week of 11/23/2006
First, and still fast.
My McDonald's lunch was fast, but a flop.
I witnessed the kind of chaos that would completely shatter any normal restaurant crew: dining rooms filled to double-capacity, lines stretching out the door, crowds waiting out on the sidewalks and absolutely no room to move on the floor. The Southlands outpost of Tokyo Joe's is designed like a Gi ... More >>
My meals at Tokyo Joe's -- which I review in the next issue -- were among the least interesting things I found when I braved the wilds of the new Southlands development. The grand-opening festivities were like the Do Lo\ung bridge sequence in Apocalypse Now, a crowded, freaked-out mess about which t ... More >>
Barry Fey mouths off.
Seven metro locations
A judge's ruling beefs things up in the West University neighborhood.
From the week of September 6, 2001
From the week of August 16, 2001
Locals get vocal about their favorite neighborhood joints.
Tokyo Joe's has Denver turning Japanese.