Braun Taphaus & Grille: Can the Bar-On family give this place a sporting chance?

Braun Taphaus & Grille 5601 Olde Wadsworth Boulevard, Arvada 303-456-2630 brauntaphaus.com

The last time I overheard a server talking about this little-known vegetable, so electric with its fuchsia flesh that it looks like candy, I was at twelve, a place where novelty is to be expected. But the dialogue caught me by surprise here, surrounded as I was by a pool table, pints of beer and nearly a dozen TVs flashing with basketball games and SportsCenter. "Those are watermelon radishes. They're full of flavor," said the server, who'd been flagged to the booth by a group of women who were laughing like they'd left husbands and high-school kids behind for a girls' night out. No wonder they were confused: Radishes -- whether watermelon or the standard red-and-white variety -- aren't typical sports-bar fare. But then again, Braun Taphaus & Grille wasn't designed as your typical sports bar.

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Gretchen Kurtz has worked as a writer for 25 years; during that time she's stomped grapes in Napa, eaten b'stilla in Fez, and baked with Buddy Valastro, aka the Cake Boss. Her work has appeared in publications including Boulevard (Paris), Diversion, the New York Times and Westword. Our restaurant critic since 2012, she loves helping you decide where to eat and drink tonight.
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