If you're not hitting one of Denver's many new restaurants (like the twenty that opened last month alone) this week, some old favorites are rolling out some new tricks. There's a new fall menu with discounted flatbreads (this week only!) at Baur's; a trust-your-sushi-chef tasting menu at Sushi Den, and a better-than-ever brunch at Beatrice & Woodsley. Dig in!
Baur's Restaurant & Listening Lounge
1512 Curtis Street
Spacious downtown eatery Baur’s just launched its fall menu, with a roster of flatbreads heading up the changes. This week (through October 6), choose from six varieties — like one with bleu cheese and caramelized onion or another (why not get two?) with bacon lardons and garlic cream — for only $5 each. After Thursday, flatbread prices will range from $8 to $13. Other new dishes include roasted acorn squash with butternut-squash caponata, pistachio, golden raisin, pomegranate and pecorino; a thirteen-ounce, double-cut, bone-in pork chop with polenta, sautéed and pickled chard, and apple saffron chutney; and cavatelli gratin with red-wine-braised beef, mirepoix and spicy marinara.
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1487 South Pearl Street
Omakase is a Japanese word that translates roughly as "to entrust." At Sushi Den, omakase dinners have always been an option, leaving it to the chef to present a selection of the evening's best dishes. But now the Old South Pearl sushi house has added omakase nights as part of its regular offerings, giving customers the opportunity to trust in chef Toshi Kizaki as he shares his favorites. Reservations for up to eight people can be made for 6:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays for the restaurant's private Denchu Room. For $120 each, guests will receive five courses (plus dessert) of fall-themed house specialties, with a focus on seasonal vegetables, roasted duck, American wagyu beef and Sushi Den's always-pristine seafood — think tiger shrimp, Spanish octopus and smoked Scottish salmon, among others that will appear based on availability. Space is limited, so check the Sushi Den website for dates and a complete menu listing.
Beatrice & Woodsley
38 South Broadway
The sylvan setting of Beatrice & Woodsley has long been a brunch staple on South Broadway, but now the restaurant's weekend meal is getting even brunchier. Hours have been extended from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and a host of creative new dishes have been rolled out. Choices include apple-pie pancakes; asparagus Benedict on toasted ciabatta; cotechino (a housemade sausage) with white bean, roasted zucchini, parsley and sage ragout, two sunny-side-up eggs and Grandma’s biscuits; and pimento-cheese grits with arugula and tomato salad, to name a few. There are also a couple of "brunchapuncha" punch bowls sized for groups of four to six, or individual serving of housemade kombucha spiked with vodka.