A few weeks ago, when I spoke to Jon Mendoza, he had just been let go from Uncle, Tommy Lee's noodle shop in Highland. But while Mendoza, who was Uncle's chef, vented his frustrations about getting the boot, he also made it very clear that his departure from Uncle would give him the freedom to conce ... More >>
"It was just normal kitchen drama," says Tommy Lee, the owner of Uncle, who fired his longtime chef, Jon Mendoza, earlier today. "I have to do what's best for my team, and there was some tension [between Mendoza] and the staff," he adds. Mendoza, however, who started at Uncle as the sous and was pro ... More >>
Over the past year, we've asked chefs, cooks and pastry experts across the metro area to spill their secrets in our weekly Chef and Tell feature. Yesterday we shared some of our favorite responses from those fifty interviews; here's a second helping. See also: Stirring responses from some of the ch ... More >>
I was back in Denver for three weeks last month, during which I ate what was basically one continuous meal interspersed with brief lulls that occurred when I had to switch venues or go to sleep (which was sort of often, given the food comas and also the drowsiness that comes on after the day-drinkin ... More >>
In last week's fantastic ode, former Westword food critic Laura Shunk joined the chorus of raves for Uncle. If you haven't been to this tiny noodle shop in Highland, by all means try it; we named it 2013's Best New Restaurant for a reason. But on nights when you don't feel like waiting for a table ... More >>
The week before I arrived in the Mile High City for a spring vacation, Westword named Uncle the area's Best New Restaurant. That propelled Tommy Le's restaurant straight to the top of my tome-like list of must-visit spots that had opened since I moved away from this town nine months ago. I was curio ... More >>
"I'm a cook, not a chef, and I really have absolutely no idea what I'm doing," Tommy Lee tells Lori Midson in this week's Chef and Tell interview. But he does it well enough that Uncle, his noodle bar in LoHi, just won our Best New Restaurant award in the Best of Denver 2013. But does he owe that a ... More >>
Tommy Lee Uncle 2215 West 32nd Avenue 303-433-3263 uncledenver.tumblr.com This is part two of my interview with Tommy Lee, exec chef of Uncle; part one of our chat ran yesterday. What do you enjoy most about your craft? Like most cooks, I enjoy the creativity of coming up with new dishes, but the ... More >>
Tommy Lee Uncle 2215 West 32nd Avenue 303-433-3263 uncledenver.tumblr.com This is part one of my interview with Tommy Lee, exec chef of Uncle; part two of our chat will run tomorrow. At 4:45 on a Saturday afternoon, a swarm of restless ramen geeks congregates around the door of Uncle, Tommy Lee's ... More >>
When the Center for Science in the Public Interest handed out its Xtreme Eating Awards last month for the least nutritious dishes in the nation, people yawned. Except PR people, that is -- they went into overdrive. The list was as shocking as ever, but the truth simply doesn't hurt as much when you ... More >>
With new restaurants popping up left and right, Denver's food scene is as exciting as it's ever been. Over 200 restaurants opened in the metro area in 2012, featuring everything from globally inspired cuisine to American classics. In the Best of Denver 2013, we'll unveil our pick for the Best New Re ... More >>
The ramen dishes at Uncle, which I review this week, are so good that it's worth braving the wait to get a seat at Tommy Lee's restaurant in Highland. But Lee's first foray into noodles wasn't Japanese, but Italian. "The first cookbook I got into was Mario Batali's," shares Lee, who says he didn't h ... More >>
Tofu isn't as esoteric as it once was. Even if you're not vegetarian or vegan, you've probably had it a few times -- perhaps with berries in a protein smoothie or cubed and fried in lettuce wraps. But even card-carrying bean-curd fans might overlook the chilled tofu at Uncle, Tommy Lee's noodle shop ... More >>
If somebody asked you what restaurateurs do for a living, you'd probably say "feed people." And you'd be right. Sort of. What they really do is please people, because if people aren't happy, sooner or later they won't show up to be fed. This is why restaurants, new ones in particular, tinker so much ... More >>
Are you ready for this weekend? Are you sure? Because there's a lot on this weekend's Dance Card, from tech-house darlings Pan-Pot to the illustrious and always brilliant Prefuse 73 to the persistent house stylings of Bad Boy Bill. Tommy Lee from Motley Crue, meanwhile, will be drumming up a set at ... More >>
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Uncle, chef/owner Tommy Lee's Asian-inspired restaurant in LoHi, hasn't even opened yet -- although it will sometime this week -- and already people are quibbling about how close it is to Bones, which itself was considered a copy of Momofuku when Frank Bonanno opened that restaurant almost four year ... More >>
Months ago, when we first reported that a restaurant called Uncle was opening in the Lower Highland neighborhood, we -- and a few of our commenters -- collectively scratched our heads. "I've heard it will be a Asian noodle bar type place, but with a name like Uncle, who knows?" mused one commenter.
Tonight, the first in a series of benefits that have been organized for 3 Kings Tavern co-owner Jim Norris takes place at Rockbar. Jeri Theil, who's spearheading the event with the help of Shannon Boyles and Karen Cuda, has given us the full lineup for tonight's benefit (see below) and more i ... More >>
With the dearth of new releases this week, it seems like the media industries think we should all get out of the house a little in the summer, or they don't like releasing anything new. What they don't know is that it's too damn hot outside, and nobody with any sense really wants to go out th ... More >>
Earlier this morning, Lil Wayne was released from New York's Rikers Island after serving eight months of a one-year sentence for criminal possession of a weapon. Fellow Southern rapper T.I., meanwhile, went back to jail on Monday after a federal judge in Atlanta revoked his probation follow ... More >>
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