Best of Denver

Denver's five best weekend-only restaurant specials

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5. Everything at Thai Street Food Restaurant For years, Utumporn Killoran ran a cart on the 16th Street Mall, slinging wicked curry for downtown diners. And then a couple of months ago, she quietly opened an actual restaurant out in Aurora, where she serves up those curries as well as a number of other Thai dishes, dusted with enough pepper to melt your face off -- if you ask for it. The only catch? The place is just open on Saturdays, so plan accordingly. 4. The parrillada at Caminito Tango Weekends in Argentina frequently revolve around a country asado, where friends and family get together and throw meat and offal on the grill for a day-long fiesta. Caminito Tango channels the spirit of this tradition with its parrillada, a massive pile of sausages, chicken breasts, ribs, intestines and sweetbreads. It's a real taste of the Southern Hemisphere, as I report in my review of Caminito Tango, and while we've managed to order it on a weeknight, this dish is officially only a weekend thing. 3. Brunch at Beatrice & Woodsley The heady environs of Beatrice & Woodsley make for an interesting meal any time you choose to visit, but we're particularly fond of stopping by this enchanted forest-themed restaurant for brunch. Between the sweet monkey brains pastry, the open-faced Kentucky Hot Brown sandwich, the pancake-wrapped pigs in a blanket and the kick-ass seasonal charlottes, the daytime menu on the weekends is stellar. And if you're not a mimosa fan -- the restaurant makes a blood-orange version -- a half-dozen special morning cocktails should be enough to make you rise and shine.
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Laura Shunk was Westword's restaurant critic from 2010 to 2012; she's also been food editor at the Village Voice and a dining columnist in Beijing. Her toughest assignment had her drinking ten martinis and eating ten Caesar salads over the course of 48 hours. She still drinks martinis, but remains lukewarm on Caesar salads.
Contact: Laura Shunk