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  • First Look: Lon Symensma's Concourse Takes Flight in Stapleton
    April 28 at 11:19 a.m. by Danielle Lirette

    Chef Lon Symensma opens his elegant new restaurant, Concourse, at 10192 East 29th Drive at Eastbridge Stapleton on Wednesday, May 3. After the Asian-themed ChoLon and Cho77, Symensma and chef/partner Luke Bergman chose Europe for inspiration for…

     
  • First Look: Tupelo Honey Brings Southern Charm to Union Station
    April 28 at 7:37 a.m. by Danielle Lirette

    The South is rising again — in a hot new restaurant neighborhood behind Union Station. Step off the train and onto the platform and the first thing you'll see is Tupelo Honey, a new Southern belle hailing from Asheville, North Carolina that opens…

     
  • First Look: The View From the Top at Justin Cucci's El Five
    April 26 at 10:22 a.m. by Mark Antonation

    Chef/restaurateur Justin Cucci doesn't do subtle. From the "gastro-brothel" excess of Ophelia's Electric Soapbox to the reclaimed mortuary mish-mash of Linger, Cucci's restaurants turn unlikely spaces into full-on barrages of all of the senses. His…

     

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  • Arcana Keeps the Focus on the Menu, Not the Mission
    April 25 at 7:58 a.m. by Danielle Lirette

    Arcana has an ambitious, sometimes confusing mission, but chef Kyle Mendenhall keeps the focus on the food at this Boulder restaurant — and the results can be stunning. All photos by Danielle Lirette.

     
  • Colorado Natural Wine Week Grand Showcase Highlights the Best of the Vine
    April 20 at 6:35 a.m. by Danielle Lirette

    The founders of Colorado Natural Wine Week ask why is it that we put more thought into selecting our cauliflower than we do our cabernet sauvignon. If eating organic, natural produce is important, then knowing how the grapes that go into each…

     
  • Ramen Mafia Takes Over Bellwether for Easter Brunch
    April 16 at 9:25 p.m. by Danielle Lirette

    We were all ears when we heard that the Ramen Mafia was hosting another egg-cellent ramen pop-up, this time with an Easter brunch theme. The noodle crew didn't disappoint, with dye-marinated eggs, Peeps cocktails and plenty of rich, hearty soup for…

     
  • Grilled Cheese Porn in Denver: Not Safe for Hungry People
    April 13 at 8:12 a.m. by Danielle Lirette

    Cheesy, crunchy goodness was served last night, Wednesday, April 12, at the first-ever Denver Grilled Cheese Festival, which benefited Imagination Library of Denver. Ticket holders snarfed an array of gooey sandwiches from Denver's top…

     
  • Long Live the Cherry Cricket! A Denver Burger Institution Finally Reopens
    April 11 at 12:24 p.m. by Danielle Lirette

    All hail the return of one of Denver's most iconic burger joints! The Cherry Cricket reopened today after more than four months of rebuilding following a kitchen fire last November. Not much has changed — thank heaven — except for some fresh paint,…

     
  • Inside 12@MADISON, Denver's Best New Restaurant
    April 11 at 5:48 a.m. by Danielle Lirette

    After a multi-year interlude during which he launched more casual concepts, Jeff Osaka has returned to his roots with 12@MADISON, an exquisite restaurant that corrects the flaws of the first twelve without compromising the artistry that put this…

     
  • Cocktails and MTV Style Take Over the MCA Rooftop Cafe
    April 8 at 8:48 a.m. by Jacqueline Collins

    Guests at the MCA joined in for a throwback fashion gala as the art museum presented its first Spring Breaks: A Vacation From Normal cocktail party. The theme this time was inspired by MTV's House of Style, so visitors were encouraged to throw on…

     
  • Beer Fans Chose the Best at the Denver International Beer Competition
    April 3 at 10:23 a.m. by Danielle Lirette

    When a beer event says "You be the judge," the best thing to do is grab the nearest bottle and start sampling. That's what guests did at the People's Choice Tasting of the eighth annual Denver International Beer Competition at the Omni Interlocken…

     
  • Our 100 Favorite Dishes of the Past Year: No. 24 to No. 1
    April 1 at 9:56 a.m. by Westword Staff

    We've been counting down our 100 favorite dishes around metro Denver to bring you the best the city has to offer, from entrees at lavish destination eateries to snacks at simple mom-and-pop shops. Here's a look at the photos we've taken along the…

     
  • Ian Kleinman's Inventing Room Does Doughnuts at Fruition
    March 30 at 2:29 p.m. by Danielle Lirette

    S'mores, Almond Joy, apple pie, lemon brûlée, carrot cake. Bakery tour? No, just another doughnut menu from dessert genius Ian Kleinman. The chef's celebrated Molecular Donut Pop-Up is back for version 6.0, this time at Fruition. Day one is on the…

     
  • First Look: Poka Lola Social Club Opens at the New Maven Hotel Downtown
    March 30 at 9:30 a.m. by Danielle Lirette

    Poka Lola isn't a new Hawaiian restaurant or a cannabis strain; it's the latest bar from Sage Restaurant Group. Located at the new Maven Hotel at 1850 Wazee Street downtown, the ritzy watering hole balances art-deco elegance with Midwestern…

     
  • First Look: Kachina Southwestern Grill Comes to Downtown's Dairy Block
    March 29 at 4:38 p.m. by Danielle Lirette

    The parcel of downtown bounded by 18th, Wazee, 19th and Blake streets is now known as the Dairy Block, a mixed-used development that will soon be home to a multitude of hotels, restaurants, bars, shops and living spaces. One of the first new…

     
  • Our 100 Favorite Dishes of the Past Year: No. 49 to No. 25
    March 29 at 11:44 a.m. by Westword Staff

    We've been counting down our 100 favorite dishes around metro Denver to bring you the best the city has to offer, from entrees at lavish destination eateries to snacks at simple mom-and-pop shops. Here's a look at the photos we've taken along the…

     
  • Our 100 Favorite Dishes of the Past Year: No. 74 to No. 50
    March 28 at 9:40 a.m. by Westword Staff

    We've been counting down our 100 favorite dishes around metro Denver to bring you the best the city has to offer, from entrees at lavish destination eateries to snacks at simple mom-and-pop shops. Here's a look at the photos we've taken along the…

     
  • Fado Hosts MaxFund Chili Cook-Off and Pet Adoption Rally
    March 27 at 5:23 a.m. by Kenneth Hamblin III

    There were brimming bowls of chili and plenty of dogs — but no chili dogs — at Fado Irish Pub on Saturday, March 25, for the 23rd annual MaxFund Chili Cook-Off. The event raised funds for MaxFund, a no-kill animal shelter, and also helped pooches…

     
  • Brewers Mix It Up at Collaboration Fest 2017
    March 26 at 5:58 a.m. by Danielle Lirette

    If competition is healthy in the craft beer marketplace, then cooperation is even healthier — at least for beer drinkers seeking diversity. Colorado's beer scene offers a dizzying variety of styles and flavors, but when breweries combine their…

     
  • Our 100 Favorite Dishes of the Past Year: No. 100 to to No. 75
    March 25 at 8:10 a.m. by Westword Staff

    We've been counting down our 100 favorite dishes around metro Denver to bring you the best the city has to offer, from entrees at lavish destination eateries to snacks at simple mom-and-pop shops. Here's a look at the photos we've taken along the…

     

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