Second Helpings

Taters and Beer: A Second Helping of Food & Drink, March 6-10

Ciabatta with green chickpeas at Dio Mio — the subject of this week's restaurant review.
Ciabatta with green chickpeas at Dio Mio — the subject of this week's restaurant review. Danielle Lirette
March came in like a lamb, at least as far as restaurant openings are concerned. But there was plenty of other action on the Denver food-and-drink scene. We toured the town for tater tots, bringing you the ten best for a tempting spread; while the Whiskey Biscuit on South Broadway opened too recently to make our list, the spot is finding new ways to tempt with tots. And since nothing goes with fried food quite like a bracing IPA, we also discovered ten new hoppy brews to pair with tots, fries and other bar grub.

On the more elevated end of the culinary spectrum, restaurant critic Gretchen Kurtz perused the pastas at Dio Mio to see if the counter-service Italian eatery would hold up to fancier competition. And up in LoHi, Laura Shunk talked to Mizu Izakaya owner Hong Lee about what, exactly, makes an izakaya — and what makes Mizu such a good one.

In other news:

Burnt Barrel, 1201 16th Street
Seoul Catering, 2080 South Havana Street
Sprezzatura Pizza at Rocker Spirits, 5587 South Hill Street, Littleton
Whiskey Biscuit, 3299 South Broadway, Englewood

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