Restaurant critic Gretchen Kurtz was on vacation this week, so we took the opportunity to explore some Colorado-grown products. Juliet Wittman visited with goat rancher Bob Stocker at the Boulder County Farmers' Market where he talked about just how smart — and delicious — goats can be. And we followed up with four great goat dishes from Denver restaurants for when you're craving cabrito. For those who think goats are too cute to eat, Mark Antonation went in search of the source of the wild mushrooms and greens popping up on so many Denver restaurant menus lately, and found the answer in Hunt & Gather, Graham Steinruck and Nick Martinez's Denver-grown foraging company.
Fried chicken may be a little less healthy than wild mushrooms or locally raised goats, but it seems to be on everyone's mind. If you're craving fried chicken, check out the seriously good bird at Funny Plus, a Korean restaurant in Aurora that specializes in Seoul-ful bar food.
Are supper clubs the new trend in Denver? Three restaurants featuring live music have opened this spring, including the resurrection of the historic Baur's building as Baur's Restaurant and Listening Lounge, which opened this week. Ophelia's Electric Soapbox, from Linger and Root Down mastermind Justin Cucci, launched just last week, while jazz club and high-end eatery Nocturne started swinging in March. In other news:
RESTAURANTS/BARS OPENING THIS WEEK*
Baur's Restaurant and Listening Lounge, 1512 Curtis Street
Fort Greene, 321 East 45th Avenue
Harley's A Hot Dog Revolution, 1500 West Littleton Boulevard, Littleton
La Guatemalteca, 1500 West Littleton Boulevard, Littleton
Taja Indian, 575 Lincoln Street
Two Penguins Tap & Grill, 13065 East Briarwood Avenue, Centennial
RESTAURANTS/BARS REOPENING THIS WEEK*
Hideaway Kitchen and Bar, 25948 Genesee Trail Road, Golden
RESTAURANTS/BARS CLOSING THIS WEEK*
Bombay Bowl, 575 Lincoln Street
Leaf & Crumb, 4416 East Eighth Avenue
*Or earlier, and not reported in a previous Second Helping.