Cart-Driver for the Win: A Second Helping of Cafe Society, November 10-14

Cart-Driver pulls ahead with wood-fired pizza in a fast-casual setting.
Cart-Driver pulls ahead with wood-fired pizza in a fast-casual setting.
Danielle Lirette

This week in Cafe Society, Gretchen Kurtz declared Cart-Driver a winner in the fast-casual race, while Mark Antonation continued his pad Thai quest at Edgewater's quaint Thailicious.

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That's some Thailicious pad Thai.
That's some Thailicious pad Thai.
Mark Antonation

Also this week, we served up five styles of ramen from five Denver noodle experts, and Kristen Pazulski told us where the city's ten best winterized patios can be found. In other news, a handful of new breweries -- and a few restaurants -- are opening this week:

OPENING THIS WEEK*

Alpine Dog Brewing, 1505 Ogden Street Bar 1 (inside Green Russell), 1422 Larimer Street Blackbelly Market, 1606 Conestoga Street, Boulder Fermaentra Brewing, 1715 East Evans Avenue Illegal Pete's, 320 Walnut Street, Fort Collins Locavore Beer Works, 5950 South Platte Canyon Road, Littleton Naked Lunch, 3301 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder Saffron Grill, 2049 Wadsworth Boulevard, Lakewood Smokin' Dave's, 1940 Ken Pratt Boulevard, Longmont Wonderbowl Vietnamese Restaurant, 925 South Federal Boulevard

REOPENING THIS WEEK* 285 Landing (formerly Mu Lan Landing), 3650 South Wadsworth Boulevard, Lakewood

CLOSING THIS WEEK* Crave Dessert Bar & Lounge, 891 14th Street (closed for renovation)

* or earlier, and not mentioned in a previous Second Helping.



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