Second Helpings

From Colombia to Ireland: A Second Helping of Westword Food & Drink, March 13-17

Mark Antonation
Antojitos Colombianos specializes in Colombian street food and traditional entrees.
Sláinte, as they say in every Irish pub from Aurora to Westminster, at least on Saint Patrick's Day. And your response is to tip back a few pints of Guinness or a cocktail made with Irish whiskey; if you're still trawling for ideas, check out our list of shamrock-bedecked options for the rest of the night. One new stop this year is Celtic on Market, which just opened this afternoon at 1400 Market Street. The place isn't exactly new, though; it's a reincarnation of the old Celtic Tavern, which closed last year a few blocks away to make way for downtown redevelopment. Be among the first to toast to Denver's newest Irish pub.

Far from Ireland is tropical Colombia, where you can find tasty treats like aborrajados, empanadas, arepas and sancocho. We sampled all of these and more at Antojitos Colombianos, a small but lively eatery in east Denver.

We also said goodbye for now to chefs John Broening and Yasmin Lozada-Hissom, who resigned their positions at downtown's top-notch Avelina this week. Hopefully we'll see the couple again soon, cooking up something good for Denver.

In other news:

9 Thai, 4122 East Colfax Avenue
Biju's Little Curry Shop (inside Whole Foods), 7400 East Hampden Avenue
Celtic on Market, 1400 Market Street
Hinman's Bakery retail shop, 4850 East 39th Avenue
Mad Greens (the company's first drive-thru), 944 West Dillon Road, Louisville
Tacos Los Campos, 1385 Santa Fe Drive

Thai Basil (from 1422 East 18th Avenue), 1400 East 18th Avenue

Baur's Restaurant & Listening Lounge (open for music only), 1512 Curtis Street
Owlbear Barbecue at Finn's Manor, 2927 Larimer Street
Tacos y Salsas (downtown location only), 1533 Stout Street
Thai Monkey Club, 4122 East Colfax Avenue

*Or earlier, and not listed in a previous Second Helping.