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Social Sightings: Duck! Pasta! And a Banh Mi Spot Gets a New Name

More pasta close-ups, please.
More pasta close-ups, please. Ty Leon/Instagram
Monday mornings are tough. But this new series isn't. Social Sightings is your quick look at interesting food tidbits that we've spotted over the past week, posted by our favorite restaurants and bars. It goes down as easy as your first cup of coffee, and should whet your appetite for the week ahead.

Pro tip for pasta lovers: Follow Restaurant Olivia chef and owner Ty Leon for glimpses of his eye-catching handmade pasta like this chitarra (basically square-cut spaghettti) made with Jimmy Nardello peppers.
Instagram: @ty_michael_leon

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Miso-glazed dry-aged duck breast? We'll take it.
The Denver Dish
The bounty of summer is on full display over at Citizen Rail, where chef Christian Graves has added many new menu items that have us hungry for a taste. There's a sourdough bread salad with summer squash and housemade ricotta, cured salmon with salted roasted beets, dry-aged duck breast glazed with miso and more, including a cocktail using the world's first corn liqueur, Nixta.
Instagram: @citizenrail

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To find Denver's only fried chicken banh mi, look for Banh Mi Station.
Molly Martin
Westword contributor Linnea Covington headed out to try Little Bakery House, the spot where we found a unique creation: the fried chicken banh mi. But instead, she ended up at Banh Mi Station. Turns out that the owner, Tom Xu, kept running into issues with people thinking his place was a bakery. There's a new sign up, but the banh mi are as tasty as ever.
2439 South University Boulevard

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Safta's silky smooth hummus and more, delivered to your door.
Chef Alon Shaya of Denver's Safta and Saba in New Orleans just announced a new quarterly subscription box through Table 22, possibly the only third-party service that restaurants seem to love. The boxes start at $125 a quarter and will include a wide variety of shelf-stable and perishable items — including the ridiculously smooth and silky hummus served at the restaurant.
To sign up: Visit
Instagram: @eatwithsafta

Where's the beef? On its way, from River Bear.
Justin Brunson/Instagram
Justin Brunson became known for his mastery of meats at Old Major, which closed in June 2020 when the chef sold the restaurant at 3316 Tejon Street to Amos Watts, who now runs the Fifth String at the location. But meat is exactly why he left: Brunson has since been concentrating on River Bear American Meats, and this steak is from the R&D for the dry-aged local beef program River Bear is planning to launch in time for the holidays. That's the kind of gift we'd be happy to find in our stocking.
Instagram: @justinbrunson

Have you spotted any cool food news tidbits around town? Email us: [email protected].
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Molly Martin is the Westword Food & Drink editor. She’s been writing about the dining scene in Denver since 2013, and was eating her way around the city long before that. She enjoys long walks to the nearest burrito joint and nights spent sipping cocktails on Colfax.
Contact: Molly Martin