TGI Fridays may have ditched its servers' flair, but it hasn't completely abandoned a flair for really dumbass promotions. The chain recently announced its "Endless Appetizers" summer promo offering all-you-can-eat appetizers for $10 per person. Diners choose one appetizer and get unlimited refills; ... More >>
When I heard that the last Furr's Cafeteria in Colorado had closed, I was sad. But only in the nostalgic-for-something-I-haven't-been-nostalgic-for-in-a-long-time kind of way. Furr's had become a place I always talked about visiting as an adult -- mostly to see if it was as good as it was when I was ... More >>
Even as Denver International Airport pushes forward with its South Terminal expansion, it's updating parts of the airport that were outdated almost from the day DIA opened in 1995. The toll booths on Pena Boulevard proved a real bottleneck; they were moved closer to the parking garages, and the area ... More >>
With fast-food burger-giants like McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's and Carl's Jr. hogging so much attention, chains like The Original Hamburger Stand are often shrugged off or ignored altogether -- even when paired with Tastee-Freez. I was definitely guilty of driving by -- until I saw a banner outs ... More >>
Some of the best holiday memories are made in the kitchen. The wafting aroma of ham and reheated Hawaiian rolls, the rush to make sure the cream of mushroom soup moistens that green bean casserole, the agonized sighs after reading the calorie count on the Sara Lee pie box. And, if you are me, the sc ... More >>
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 >>
Wendy's is currently the third-largest hamburger fast-food chain -- behind Burger King at number two, and McDonald's in the catbird seat -- and the company taste-testers are rolling out a new breakfast menu in select locations, complete with breakfast sandwiches, biscuits & gravy and, of course, bre ... More >>
Business Insider's recent list of the most popular fast-food chains in the U.S. -- put together by food industry research firm Technomic -- served up the fifteen biggest earners in the biz. I've definitely contributed dough to some of these establishments -- but eschewed others in favor of my health ... More >>
The Colorado Renaissance Festival in Larkspur is safe from wildfires and will be open with free admission for children 12 and younger this weekend only. We'll be there photographing our favorite costumes and chowing down on our latest obsession, turkey legs. Festival-goers can enjoy a 16th century ... More >>
Why did the chicken breast fillet cross the road? To get the f*ck away from Wendy's employees who would most certainly cook it into a salty, leathery hunk of dreck. Wendy's just rolled out two fresh berry-oriented seasonal menu items for summer: the Berry Almond Chicken Salad and Strawberry Shortca ... More >>
To the side of Pena Boulevard is an inadvertent monument to airport planning, pre-9/11: No one in the '90s anticipated the incredible demand for a waiting area far away from arrival doors, and the 116 spaces that Denver International Airport shoehorned into its jerry-rigged, 45-minute waiting area a ... More >>
Wendy's just introduced three new "Signature Side Dishes," no doubt to bolster the chain's efforts to keep Burger King out of the number-two fast-food spot -- with McDonald's holding fast at number one, of course. Wendy's had better try a little harder, though, because only one of the three sides is ... More >>
As difficult as it is to find vegan options at breakfast joints (read: nearly impossible), it's also not always easy to find plain old meat-free entrees. And the farther from central Denver you travel, the more difficult that task becomes. So we were thrilled to discover the French Press, 85 ... More >>
Mark MangerWhen Forbes recently released its list of 100 rising star companies in 22 industries, "privately held up-and-comers with compelling business models, strong management teams, notable customers, strategic partners and precious investment capital," exactly one restaurant company made ... More >>
What's up, ladies?Last week, I ripped on camping. Because camping sucks. So what does someone do with her summer who doesn't choose misery as a vacation destination? Well, I cruise. Not cruise like the Cheesman Park kind of cruising (though, if you're interested in that, I will be happy to dr ... More >>
Dunkin' Donuts is being sued again. Danielle Jordan, 47, a diabetic, alleges that the cup of coffee she ordered from her local DDs was laced with sugar instead of the artificial sweetener she'd asked for, and is seeking "unspecified damages" (code for a shload of coinage) after allegedly exp ... More >>
Wendy Alfredsen.On December 8, 2009, Berlyn Alfredsen, then five-years-old, was taken out of class by one of her adoptive mothers to attend her great grandmother's funeral in Norway. This wouldn't have been notable, except Berlyn's great grandmother was still alive. Wendy Alfredsen, Berlyn's ... More >>
The calls have been coming in fast and furious to Biker Jim's cell phone, with befuddled callers wanting to know why the hell his hot dog cart isn't parked curbside at its usual address on the corner of the 16th Street Mall and California Street. Here's your answer: A film crew that's erected a sand ... More >>
Members of the Yelp "Elite Squad" in New York City recently received a chiding e-mail asking them, among other things, to stop acting like greedy trolls; to stop freeloading the grub; to quit auctioning off their event RSVPs to the highest bidders; and to quit bringing their entire families ... More >>
Talk about the smell of success. Apparently Boulder now has so many MMJ businesses that folks all over are complaining about the ever-present aroma of pot in the air -- and officials are struggling to clear the air.
Everyone loves to hate on fast-food chains -- but even restaurant ratings experts like Zagat recognize their utility in a rundown now and then. The restaurant rating aggregator just released its third annual survey of fast food faves:
Is the Bacon Deluxe worth fighting for?Wendy's, which touts its "real" food, had a real mess on its hands at a Kalamazoo, Michigan outlet when a fight broke out after an order wasn't filled correctly. Officers were called to the scene, where they "encountered a loud disturbance between unsat ... More >>
The Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, which owns several bagel and coffee chains, including Einstein Bros, recently announced that it will start using cage-free eggs in its stores. "We're proud to be launching this initiative and believe that moving in this direction will help improve the tre ... More >>
Amid the white-hot debates raging over Arizona's new immigration law, it's harder than ever to separate the spluttering from the substance when it comes to immigration policy. Especially if you're trying to make sense of the über-patriotic sentiments found online at Wehirealiens.com. A pro ... More >>
There's something comforting about listening to stories while sitting in a dimly lit venue with the stench of too many bourbons wafting from your mouth. Well, comforting and potentially boring -- it's a difficult balance to keep an audience intrigued by random true stories told by random people. I ... More >>
God grant me patience -- or at least a burger. New research with 57 volunteers indicates there's a real reason it's called fast food. After his study, Chen-Bo Zhong at Toronto University came to the scientific conclusion that "fast food represents a culture of time efficiency and instant gra ... More >>
One day it was Home Depot, the next it was Wendy's, and then a secret admirer told me he'd stopped by "applebees and thought about u." Now I just got an e-mail from someone who spotted me at Starbucks -- at least according to this: Howdy Patricia. not usually this brave, i thought i saw u b ... More >>
Chili's today, hot stuff tomorrow"Patricia. this might seem weird at first," read the mash note in my e-mail yesterday. "went by applebees and thought about u." Yes, it seemed weird, because I've been to an Applebee's maybe once in the past decade. But it also seemed weird because I'd gotte ... More >>
The idea of Channel 2 rechristening itself as "The Deuce" -- a popular slang term for bowel movements -- in a strained attempt to woo a more youthful audience was mighty amusing. Still, even this decision couldn't adequately prepare viewers for the off-the-rails catastrophe that was last night's lau ... More >>
Some fast-food ad campaigns work because they're funny -- like the Taco Bell Chihuahua ads from the early '90s, or the more current examples from Jack-in-the-Box, which invite us to send our respects to the fallen Jack (he was hit by a bus on Super Bowl Sunday). Other ads work because they're creepy ... More >>
Following in the footsteps of such rival fast-food chains as Burger King, McDonald's and Wendy's, Sonic Drive-In is now offering twelve items for a dollar each on its new Everyday Value Menu. The deals are available all day long, and include the Jr. Deluxe Burger, Chicken Strip Sandwich, Jr. Fritos ... More >>
Last week, I received this e-mail (reprinted verbatim) from a Mr. Jason Mason: Sheehan (Mr Anthony Bourdain wannabe) Can you or will you ever give a true review w/stars, forks, diamonds, pokadots, liquor bottles, etc? I've been in the business a long time and have never seen anyone like you kiss s ... More >>
Illegal immigrants are using stolen identities to work. But whose are they?
Tim Allen and company Zoom straight to the bottom of the superhero barrel.
Doug and Wendy Ishii are more than mere players in the realms of science and theater.
Drive-thru, they said.
The Beast of Denver
From the week of January 13, 2005
Smoke 'em If You Got 'em
A Beck boy no more, DJ Swamp uses headbanger histrionics to blaze his way to the top.
The Original Dinner Party is serving up a rotten deal.
Charter schools are perfect for special-education kids. That's the problem.
Micky Manor serves up old-style Rockybilts.
A timeline of the Pearl Street Mall