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Our Ten Most Popular Food and Drink Stories of 2019

These food stories were big — as big as a Pueblo green chile.
These food stories were big — as big as a Pueblo green chile. Mark Antonation
Green chile, celebrity sightings, old-school Mexican eateries...and douchebags. These are the hot-button topics that attracted the most readers in 2019. Here are the top ten food and drink stories on westword.com over the past twelve months.

click to enlarge Santiago's green chile is best by the quart. - MARK ANTONATION
Santiago's green chile is best by the quart.
Mark Antonation
"The Ten Best Places for Green Chile in Denver"
Denver loves to eat green chile — and loves to fight about it, too. At the height of the green chile harvest season (both in New Mexico and Colorado), we offered up our ten favorite joints for grabbing a bowl of the spicy stuff. The Adobo food truck ladled up an authentic taste of the Southwest with hearty, New Mexico-style green chile, while local favorite Santiago's continued to do what it's done best for more than twenty years.

click to enlarge Guess who dropped in at Williams & Graham on August 8? - WESTWORD
Guess who dropped in at Williams & Graham on August 8?
Westword
"Mick Jagger Finds Some Satisfaction at Williams & Graham"
In August, the Rolling Stones rolled through Denver for its No Filter tour, and at his satanic majesty's request, Mick Jagger was whisked to Williams & Graham, where he enjoyed not whiskey, but a New Belgium Voodoo Ranger IPA. The Fort Collins brewery should have renamed the beer Jagger's Little Helper.

Sysco Denver employees picket during a Teamsters strike on November 18, 2019. - COURTESY TEAMSTERS LOCAL 455
Sysco Denver employees picket during a Teamsters strike on November 18, 2019.
Courtesy Teamsters Local 455
"Striking Teamsters Cause Food Distribution Headaches at Denver Restaurants"
Teamsters Local 455 workers employed by Sysco Denver went on strike in November, apparently because of driver safety concerns. The union never returned our multiple requests for more information, but the strike was resolved two weeks later — after causing many local and regional restaurants, especially those in smaller towns unable to find alternate resources, to scramble for kitchen supplies.


click to enlarge Dazzle has a deal for federal workers. - WESTWORD
Dazzle has a deal for federal workers.
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"Restaurants Offering Discounts and Free Food to Federal Employees"
Thanks to partisan bickering in Washington, D.C., the federal government shut down last January, leaving many federal employees in Denver without paychecks. But the restaurant community stepped up, offering free and discounted food and beverages until the shutdown ended. We kept track to make sure those in need found their way to the right places.

click to enlarge Tributary Food Hall opened on August 2, 2019. - MARK ANTONATION
Tributary Food Hall opened on August 2, 2019.
Mark Antonation
"Tributary Food Hall Opens Friday in Golden"
The explosion of food halls has been a big story over the past two or three years, and new ones continue to draw attention. Tributary opened in Golden in August, adding several new breakfast, lunch and dinner options to the restaurant-hungry town.


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Mark Antonation is the former Westword Food & Drink Editor. In 2018, he was named Outstanding Media Professional by the Colorado Restaurant Association; he's now with the Colorado Restaurant Foundation.
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