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Cafe Society: Week in review

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What you may have missed this week on Cafe Society while you were busting your brain trying to compile a list of canteens worthy of Sir Anthony Bourdain's refined palate during his pit stop in D-Town next Wednesday, November 18 to lecture at the Temple Buell Theater. By the way, the winners of our Tony Bourdain ticket contest will be announced bright and early Monday morning.

Jason Sheehan, who is probably in the back alley behind Fogo de Chão right now stuffing scraps of lamb deep inside his pockets, put forth his own list of top ten south-of-the-border restaurants, which includes Empanada Express Grill in Golden, a joint that you should totally try, if you haven't already.

Come to think of it, we were all about lists this week. As a countdown to the Best of Denver, coming April 1, we began dishing up a hundred of our favorite plates in Denver, beginning with the chicken fried steak at Lola, followed by Biker Jim's Alaskan reindeer wiener and the huge bowl of french fries from Jonesy's.

Kate Kennedy unleashed her own top ten list of the most unappetizing food scenes in the history of cinema, which was a fine follow-up to her list of recipes that you might actually want to eat this Thanksgiving, although I'm not sure about that green bean casserole, even if there is no mention of Campbell's cream of mushroom soup.

You can bet that there was never a Campbell's label anywhere near Ian Kleinman's laboratory kitchen at O's Steak and Seafood at the Westin Westminster, which is where Kleinman let loose the liquid nitrogen for a few years before getting ousted earlier this week. Bummer.

Of course, he could always drown his foam in the suds at the Tilted Kilt, which opened Wednesday with a school of lassies in knee-highs, very short plaid kilts and matching bras bouncing from bar to bar with nipple warmers beers and big plates of pedestrian pub grub.

You won't find much of that coming from the kitchen at Strings, which is now commanded by executive chef Lance Barto, the subject of this week's Chef and Tell interview with Lori Midson.

In Behind the Bar, Nancy Levine interviews Randy Layman, the drink slinger at Avenue Grill, who attests to the fact that blow jobs really do happen in public parking lots.


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