Dining

Dining Reviews

By
July 1995

1. Chinook Tavern
By Thom Wise

265 Detroit St., 303-394-0044
Atmosphere .................... 9
Warm and peachy, so everyone looks good.
Food .................... 8
It's "contemporary," not German.
Healthy Choices .................... 6
Not the best, but what did you expect?
Booze .................... 8.5
Curved bar designed by a smart person.
Service .................... 8
Efficient and chipper.
People Watching .................... 7.5
Be prepared, it's Cherry Creek North.
Bathrooms .................... 7
Not terribly convenient, but functional
Overall .................... 8.5
How can you beat "The Family Affair"?

2. Landry's Seafood House
By Thom Wise

7209 S. Clinton St., 303-792-0285
Atmosphere .................... 6
A tepid translation of a shrimp joint.
Food .................... 3.5
Stop me if I'm being too generous.
Healthy Choices .................... -1
Can you say ... "fried"?
Booze .................... 5.5
Standard-issue wine and beer list.
Service .................... 7
Happy high-schoolers, and lots of 'em.
People Watching .................... 5
Fat people shouldn't be eating here.
Bathrooms .................... 8
What does it say when this is the top score.
Overall .................... 5
We lost the windmill for this?

3. Denver ChopHouse .............................. 8 (out of 10)
The good succeeds because of its simplicity and sincerity. Even in its first days of peration, this has become one of Denver's most talked-about establishments. (5/95)

4. Cafe Iguana .............................. 7.5 (out of 10)
Is Cafe Iguana the biggest, best, or most expensive restaurant in town? The answers are no, no, and no. The food features interesting combinations not normally found in your average greasy-chili-powder Mexican restaurant, but portions tend to be small. (3/95)

5. Coos Bay Bistro .............................. 8 (out of 10)
The cuisine is Cal-Italian-Pacific Northwest, which gives the kitchen a pretty wide berth. Try a few tapas, then order some fresh seafood, or a pizza or pasta, split a dessert, and you're golden. (11/94)