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    Multiple Choice - Decisions earns a split decision.

    After four meals at Decisions, I still can't decide if this restaurant knows what it's doing. The basics are there: Decisions serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in an area that's lacking in good options for all three meals, it's in a good location ...

    by Kyle Wagner on April 25, 2002
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    The Bite - The rest of the best.

    The Great Cheesesteak Controversy of 2002 aside (see The Bite, April 18), I haven't heard much whining about this year's Best of Denver picks. But that doesn't mean it's been all quiet on the Westword front. One woman called to complain about Hapa ...

    by Kyle Wagner on April 25, 2002
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    Consumed - Bar Back

    It's game day at Coors Field, where thousands of fans are enjoying America's alleged favorite pastime. A few blocks to the east, inside the Carioca Cafe, at 2060 Champa Street, a handful of Americans are reveling in a more revered, longer-lived pasti...

    by Marty Jones on April 25, 2002
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    Check, Please! - Readers give our food critic something to chew on.

    Q: I've become a big fan of banh mi, the Vietnamese sandwiches with meat, pickled vegetables, cilantro, peppers and mayonnaise on a French baguette. Where can I find them in Denver? A: Banh mi is shortened slang for banh mi thit, or bread and meat,...

    by Kyle Wagner on April 25, 2002
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    Golden Opportunities - These out-of-the-way restaurants should be on the eaten path.

    Exceptional eateries spring up in the most unlikely places. Most visitors to Golden stick to the main drag of Washington Street, the Boettcher Mansion and anything within walking distance of the Coors Brewery. But it's time for the town to mark mor...

    by Kyle Wagner on April 18, 2002
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    The Bite - Steak Out

    So here we are, 1,730 miles from Philadelphia, and we're gonna argue about cheesesteaks. What is this, 1975 at the Jersey Shore? I think my flip-flops are broken. The winner of the Best Cheesesteak award in the Best of Denver 2002 was Santoro's Bri...

    by Kyle Wagner on April 18, 2002
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    Check, Please! - Readers give our food critic something to chew on.

    Q: My husband and I are planning a weekend getaway in Glenwood Springs. Can you suggest some good restaurants? A: Glenwood is one of my favorite getaway spots, and although everyone goes to the Italian Underground (715 Grand Avenue, 1-970-945-6422)...

    by Kyle Wagner on April 18, 2002
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    Split Decision - Mateo wants to serve good food and cater to a hip crowd -- but it can't do both.

    Concentrating on Mateo's classic food while sitting in Mateo's trendy dining room was like trying to read The Grapes of Wrath in a strip club: Both the food and the setting were worthy of attention, but the combination drove me to distraction. You ...

    by Kyle Wagner on April 11, 2002
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    The Bite - Barry Fey mouths off.

    The Best of Denver 2002 was a resounding success, at least according to concert promoter Barry Fey, who is always quick to offer feedback. "This time I can't find anything wrong with your food picks," says Fey. "What's up with that?" From steaks to...

    by Kyle Wagner on April 11, 2002
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    Consumed - Chuck E.'s in Love

    Chuck E. Weiss, one of the coolest cats ever to escape Denver, is back in town to "take care of some business" and visit his mom. But although he's got a new record out, Weiss doesn't want to talk music. No, he wants to jawbone about his other love: ...

    by Marty Jones on April 11, 2002
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    Check, Please! - Readers give our food critic something to chew on.

    Q: I'd happily patronize restaurants that don't allow smoking. Where are they? A: The easiest way to find Denver's smoke-free eateries is to get a copy of the Smoke-Free Dining Guide from Boulder-based GASP of Colorado (Group to Alleviate Smoking P...

    by Kyle Wagner on April 11, 2002
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    Mexican, With a Twist - Any way you slice it, Lime is a cut above.

    Denver diners have been waiting for the right twist on Mexican food, and Lime just might be it. Over the last year, a number of eateries have opened that feature either upscale Latin-derived cuisines (Cuban, Peruvian) or upscale Mexican fare, with ...

    by Kyle Wagner on March 28, 2002
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    The Bite - Check it out!

    Coffee, table, books: Time to wake up and smell the coffee, Starbucks. The brand-spanking-new Schlessman Family Branch Library, at 100 Poplar Street, has a surprise in store for visitors: a full- service coffee bar run by the Baroness Coffee Compa...

    by Kyle Wagner on March 28, 2002
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    Consumed - Tasteful Profiling

    Living in a rapidly improving neighborhood has its pluses and minuses. In the Old San Rafael section of central Denver -- my stamping grounds -- the upside includes increasing property values, decreasing crime and fewer addicts smoking crack beneath ...

    by Marty Jones on March 28, 2002
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    Check, Please! - Readers give our food critic something to chew on.

    Q: I'm a big Thai fan. I know you love Thai Bistro, but where else can I get top Thai food? A: I do have a fondness for the superb Thai fare at Thai Bistro (5924 South Kipling Street, Littleton, 720-981-7600), but I also love to Thai one on at the ...

    by Kyle Wagner on March 28, 2002
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    Stars Trek - I'd walk a mile -- and then some -- for a meal at the Tennessee Pass Cookhouse.

    Recently I've had to face the fact that I'm never going to climb Everest. First, there's the problem of my day job, which doesn't exactly allow for the time commitment -- or, for that matter, the tens of thousands of dollars needed to have a guide ...

    by Kyle Wagner on March 21, 2002
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    The Bite - Toque Talk

    I'd walk several miles to eat more of Sean Kelly's food, so it comes as good news that his Clair de Lune, at 1313 East Sixth Avenue (in the space that was Merano), will be open soon. "I'm shooting for the first week of April," Kelly says. "I don't ha...

    by Kyle Wagner on March 21, 2002
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    Food Fetishes - Rise and Shine

    In the pleasant Cook Street kitchen, Marilyn Kakudo is instructing a handful of us in how to make bread. We all have different reasons for wanting to learn. One student plans to buy and operate a sandwich cart on the 16th Street Mall. She won't be...

    by Juliet Wittman on March 21, 2002
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    Check, Please! - Readers give our food critic something to chew on.

    Q: I am getting married in June. Where should I get a wedding cake? A: If I were getting married, I'd head over to Gateaux (1160 Speer Boulevard, 303-376-0070), which makes drop-dead stunning cakes that also taste great. And at a friend's recent we...

    by Kyle Wagner on March 21, 2002
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    Spice of Life - At Masalaa, the meat of the matter is that meat doesn't matter.

    Lentils may be good for you, but they taste like the dried paste from a kindergartner's Popsicle-stick project. They sort of taste like the Popsicle sticks, too. Since lentils are a staple of Indian food, resourceful Indian cooks long ago figured o...

    by Kyle Wagner on March 14, 2002
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