• Waiting for a Table? See Tavernetta Now!
    March 13 at 6:03 a.m. by Danielle Lirette

    Yes, it's tough to get a reservation at Tavernetta. But as Gretchen Kurtz reports in her review, this place is worth the wait...and a fitting addition to the restaurant family that started with Frasca Food and Wine. All photos by Danielle Lirette.

  • Beer and Coffee Are All the Buzz at Ratio Beerworks
    March 12 at 8:47 a.m. by Danielle Lirette

    No matter the time of day or the meal at hand, Denver somehow manages to include craft beer on the agenda. Such was the case at Ratio Beerworks on Saturday, March 10, where morning risers doubled their buzz at the Cool Beans Beer and Coffee…

  • MaxFund Does Chili Dogs Downtown
    March 11 at 7:36 p.m. by Danielle Lirette

    The MaxFund animal adoption center brought the dogs to the chili on Saturday, March 10, for its 24th annual chili cook off. This year, Jackson's LoDo hosted the event, which gave adoptable dogs and cats a chance to show their best behavior while…


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  • A Look Inside Zeppelin Station's Market Hall
    March 11 at 11:24 a.m. by Danielle Lirette

    Zeppelin Station's new market hall, packed with international bites from Vietnamese banh mi to Montreal-style barbecue, officially opens on Monday, March 12. But those in the know hit the soft opening over the weekend to sample the goods from eight…

  • Dining '70s Style at Denver Central Market's Progressive Dinner
    March 7 at 11:14 p.m. by Danielle Lirette

    Progressive dinners were a popular way to get to know the neighbors in the 1970s; couples and families would walk or drive from house to house, receiving a different course at each destination. Denver Central Market paid tribute to our…

  • Zach's Chili Challenge Brings the Heat and the Hope
    March 4 at 10:45 p.m. by Danielle Lirette

    There's never a bad time to heat up with chili and then cool down with Colorado craft beers and spirits, but if you can do it for a good cause, so much the better. On Saturday, March 3, Zach's Chili Challenge combined great food and booze with a…

  • The Best Things We Ate in February
    February 27 at 9:55 a.m. by Westword Staff

    There was no shortage of good food in February. In fact, we discovered great eats from all over the world in the past month: koshari from Egypt, kuku paka chicken from East Africa, kho soi from Thailand and Shanghai-style lion's head meatballs. But…

  • Ambli Delivers International Fare With a Human Touch
    February 27 at 5:41 a.m. by Danielle Lirette

    Ambli launched four years ago in a strip mall off Leetsdale. Originally a grab-and-go, it changed course just a few months later, keeping an international lineup but adding an emphasis on service. After a second, sparkling Ambli recently opened in…

  • Burger Madness Hit the Source With Shake Shack Pop-Up
    February 25 at 8:31 a.m. by Danielle Lirette

    Denver went burger crazy for an afternoon at The Source (3350 Brighton Boulevard). New York City restaurateur Danny Meyer shook the place up with a Shake Shack pop-up, serving thousands of burgers to ravenous fans, some of whom waited hours in…

  • Hearts & Trails Launches the Colorado Spirits Trail
    February 25 at 6:52 a.m. by Danielle Lirette

    Spirits soared at the inaugural Hearts & Trails festival, February 24, 2018, at Mile High Station. Fifteen years ago, there were no distilleries in Colorado; today there are close to a hundred, putting this state on the map. The Colorado Spirits…

  • Where to Lime It Up on National Margarita Day
    February 22 at 1:30 p.m. by Westword Staff

    Today, by the grace of the gods (with a little help from the Internet), is National Margarita Day. Like bacon and eggs, bread and butter, or Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski, lime and tequila are a perfect pair, brightening happy hour and adding a…

  • First Look: Stem Ciders Opens New Farmhouse Restaurant
    February 21 at 11:30 a.m. by Mark Antonation

    Stem Ciders has been turning out excellent apple-based beverages from its tiny RiNo cider house and tasting room since it opened in 2014, but founder Eric Foster wanted more room to expand production. The result is a spacious new facility set on…

  • Drinks and Jammies at the Denver Onesie Bar Crawl
    February 18 at 12:30 p.m. by Scott Lentz

    Organizers of political rallies, protests and marches, take note: If you want to maximize the turnout at your events, just serve beer and tell people to wear their onesies. For no good reason at all — except to have fun — thousands of Denverites…

  • Chillin' With Cocktails at Urban Farmer's Ice Bar
    February 17 at 11:21 p.m. by Danielle Lirette

    If winter has been a little mild for you this year, Urban Farmer (1659 Wazee Street) had a chilly solution on Saturday, February 17. The downtown restaurant,  located on the ground floor of the Oxford Hotel, teamed up with Belvedere Vodka to…

  • Citizen Rail Has Just the Spot for You
    February 13 at 5:30 a.m. by Danielle Lirette

    There are 127 seats at Citizen Rail, the street-level restaurant that opened this summer in the new Kimpton Hotel Born, but as Gretchen Kurtz advises in her review, the ones you really want are pulled up to the short end of the chef’s counter, with…

  • Galentine's Day Brunch Crawl Takes Over RiNo
    February 12 at 9:49 a.m. by Danielle Lirette

    Onesies, a bouncy castle and hand-drawn Valentine's Day cards: It must have been a play date for toddlers. But add booze and stops at several RiNo bars, and you've got the Galentine's Day Brunch Crawl, where grown women (and a few men) took to the…

  • Ramen Mafia Takes Over the VFW With Noodles and Bingo
    February 12 at 8:19 a.m. by Mark Antonation

    On a Sunday evening, leftovers in front of the TV sound less than appetizing; thank the stars for Ramen Mafia, which puts on monthly pop-ups all over Denver. This month, the noodle-soup guerrillas took over VFW Post 2461 (1350 South Broadway),…

  • Eat Like a Winter Olympian at These Korean Restaurants
    February 8 at 10:51 a.m. by Westword Staff

    Wishing you were in Pyeongchang, South Korea, to take in the 2018 Winter Olympics, enjoy a taste of Korean culture and warm up with the hot and spicy cuisine of the host nation? While we can't get you to the opposite side of the globe, we can help…

  • Fish N Beer Debuts a New Chef and Menu
    February 4 at 1:14 p.m. by Mark Antonation

    Last fall, chef Antonio Herrera Ramirez moved to Denver with his wife (who was eight months pregnant at the time) to escape the devastation of Hurrricane Irma in his Virgin Islands home. The timing turned out to be perfect, as Fish N Beer owner…

  • First Look: Chubby Cattle Stampedes Onto Broadway
    February 3 at 10 a.m. by Danielle Lirette

    Where a pizzeria once held down the corner of Broadway and Ellsworth Avenue, one of Denver's most unusual restaurants is ready to open. Chubby Cattle combines traditional Chinese hot pot with high-tech gadgetry to deliver a unique experience in a…



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