Dining

Dining Reviews

By
December 2001

1. Asian Propositions
By Lori Midson
Thai Basil Asian Fusion
(out of 4 stars)
540 E. Alameda Ave. 303-715-1188
The Draw
Unobtrusive, but solicitous service, inventive dishes, and a funky atmosphere.
The Drawback
Parking is a major hassle, and some dishes sound better than they taste.
Don't Miss
Chicken saté, chicken curry pizza, sizzling rice soup, panang curry, green curry.
Vegetarian Options
Vietnamese egg rolls, golden tofu, hot and sour soup, Vietnamese slaw, stir-fry vegetables, Thai basil tofu, drunken noodles, vegetable lo mein, pad se-lew.

2. Starring Roll
By Lori Midson
Osaka Sushi
(out of 4 stars)
3940 E. Exposition Ave. 303-698-9919
The Draw
Spectacular sushi and rolls, exquisite presentations, friendly waitstaff and sushi chefs.
The Drawback
Its hidden location, tucked behind a Rubio’s Baja Grill, keeps it unseen from the traffic-heavy Colorado Boulevard.
Don't Miss
Monkfish liver, Colorado roll, Denver roll, sushi, tempura, spicy calamari.
Vegetarian Options
Miso soup, edamame, vegetable tempura, vegetable roll, avocado roll, seaweed salad, ginger tofu steak, steamed vegetables.

3. Worth Every Peso
By Lori Midson
Tamayo
(out of 4 stars)
1400 Larimer St. 720-946-1433
The Draw
Top-drawer ingredients, exquisite preparations, unusual and stunning flavor medleys.
The Drawback
Bar area allows smoking, the fumes of which can sometimes filter into the dining area.
Don't Miss
Chile relleno, tamal al chipotle, sopa de elote, piramide de res, pechuga adobada, tampiqueña.
Vegetarian Options
Guacamole, quesadillas surtidas, sopa de elote, ensalada Tamayo, champiñones envueltos.

4. God Save the Wimpy!
By Lori Midson
Pints Pub
(out of 4 stars)
221 W. 13th Ave. 303-534-7543
The Draw
Above-average English eats, excellent selection of brews and single malt whiskies, a great place to gather with friends.
The Drawback
Not many vegetarian choices, and the fume-friendly bar is enough to make Smokey Bear run for his life.
Don't Miss
Chicken wings, wimpy burger, trencherman’s tuck, sheepherder’s stew.
Vegetarian Options
Publican’s pick (portabello mushroom sandwich), the Queen’s own wimpy (Garden Burger).

5. Aix-traordinary
By K. Courney DeWinter
Aix Restaurant
(out of 4 stars)
719 E. 17th Ave. 303-831-1296
The Draw
Awesome food, charming ambience, chic crowd.
The Drawback
Pricey appetizers, acoustics that will drown out conversation.
Don't Miss
Wild mushroom soup, wild mushroom goat cheese tart, grilled fillet mignon, molten chocolate cake.
Vegetarian Options
Cheese platter, mushroom soup, various salads, Provençal-style polenta.

6. Hidden Dragon
By K. Courtney DeWinter
Moongate Asian Grill
(out of 4 stars)
745 Quebec St. 303-329-2921
The Draw
A stellar Asian menu with numerous dishes, low prices, charming ambience.
The Drawback
A tucked away, East Denver location; there's no liquor license.
Don't Miss
Shumai (dumplings filled with shrimp and pork), Thai barbecue chicken, and sriracha beef.
Vegetarian Options
Too many dishes to describe, but include appetizers, miso soup, drunken noodles, tofu with peanut or sesame sauce, and Szechuan eggplant.