^
Keep Westword Free
4

Carbondale kitchen magician Mark Fischer is opening a second Phat Thai in Cherry Creek

Years ago, when I was reviewing restaurants for another publication, I called Carbondale, a hamlet that's down valley from Aspen, a "lowdown trucker town," a comment that set the mountain town into a tailspin. At the time, however, Carbondale's restaurant landscape was completely overshadowed -- justly -- by the glitter-gulch of Aspen, with one exception: Mark Fischer, the chef of Six89 Kitchen & Wine Bar, a terrific Carbondale restaurant that's amassed an avalanche of accolades ever since it opened in 1998.

Five years later, in late 2003, Fischer made it clear that he wasn't a one-trick pony when he unleashed Phat Thai, a hip joint that trumpets what Fischer has called a "gringo interpretation" of Thai food. But while Fischer is a white guy, his adaptations of traditional Thai cuisine adhere to the rules: His dishes strike the right balance between hot, sour, sweet and salty -- and his ingredients are stellar.

And in October, he's bringing a second Phat Thai to the corner of Second and Fillmore, in Cherry Creek North, the construction of which has already started. And considering that Cherry Creek, once a culinary breeding ground, has been superseded by trendier neighborhoods, like Highland, that's very good news.

Follow @CafeWestword on Twitter

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.