Ask the Critic: Green power
Last week's review? All about a particularly good green and organic restaurant in Denver. The column? More about the green movement. I wrote blogs about green eateries, made lists of them, and basically spent a week obsessing over the buzzword-heavy culture that has invaded the modern restaurant marketplace.
This week, my mind is still on green--but green of a different kind. Now it's chile--straight Colorado verde--and it's on my mind because I've been eating a lot of it lately, and because, while wandering around Federal Boulevard over the weekend, I saw that the roasters and tents are already starting to go up in anticipation of green chile season.
So today's question is a two-parter: First, tell me your favorite classic
Colorado restaurant green chile (meaning no new places, no fancy
places, only joints that have at least a little bit of history behind
their operation), and then second, let the people know where you go to
get the best fresh-roasted chiles in town.
I'll get us started this week with my picks. For restaurant chile, I'll go with Santiago's--which
also gets bonus points for having so many locations, meaning that I am
never far away from a quart of take-away chile when the urge strikes.
And for roasters, I like Nick's Garden Center out in Aurora, which ought to be starting up the fires within the next couple weeks, I hope.
it's your turn. Stand up and defend your favorite, folks. And though
I find it unlikely, maybe we'll even come up with some sort of
consensus here on who has the best.
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