When you hit a hundred, it's time to celebrate. And while I'm far from getting my picture on a Smucker's Jar on the Today Show, I'm closing in on a milestone of another sort: my hundredth review here. It won't be published for a few more weeks, but in the meantime, I'll be chiming in with thoughts on what it's like to hit the century mark as Westword's restaurant critic.
If we were having a party, someone would pull out home movies and framed pictures of the early years, and we'd gawk at funny collars and hairstyles. Instead, I'm offering a snapshot of what Denver's food scene looked like when I started two years ago... See also: New Cafe critic Gretchen Kurtz dishes up a few words about her philosophy
When I wrote my first review in September 2012:
1) Pork belly was bigger than oysters.
2) People still ordered entrees.
3) Barn wood was for barns.
5) Donuts were for cops, and cupcakes were king.
6) Glendale was a place you drove through on your way to Target or I-25, Ballpark was shorthand for where the Rockies play, and the only reason you went down Brighton Boulevard was if you were lost. Exaggeration? Yes -- but only a little bit.
8) Fast casuals were for sandwiches and burritos, not trained chefs.
9) The more than 600 restaurants and bars that have debuted since then were only a twinkle in somebody's eye.
10) Ampersands were just another punctuation mark, no hipper than the semicolon.
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