Dining

Dining Reviews

By
April 2002

1. The Sage
By Lori Midson
Sage Southwestern Grill
(out of 4 stars)
699 W. Littleton Blvd., Littleton 303-797-2181
The Draw
A lovely little independent restaurant in the middle of chain-ganged south suburbia with a polished waitstaff and interesting food.
The Drawback
The place is 13 tables tiny, and when it’s busy, it’s loud; very few vegetarian entrée selections.
Don't Miss
Crab and artichoke dip, green chile stew, gazpacho, spinach salad, stuffed pork loin, filet mignon, meatloaf.
Vegetarian Options
Roasted pepper pinwheels, chips and salsa, house and spinach salads, penne Alfredo.

2. Every Rose Has A Thorm
By Rachael Graves and Matthew Leary
Rose’s Cafe
(out of 4 stars)
1515 Madison St. 303-377-7649
The Draw
Large menu, reasonable prices.
The Drawback
Cafeteria-like ambience, several bland dishes, many choices unavailable.
Don't Miss
Egg rolls, Vietnamese catfish, and Vietnamese mussels.
Vegetarian Options
Noodle bowls and pasta dishes can be prepared without meat.

3. All In the Family
By K. Courtney DeWinter
Nicois
(out of 4 stars)
815 17th St. 303-293-2322
The Draw
Another Kevin Taylor winner, with great food and classy ambience.
The Drawback
You will eat everything and need to visit your personal trainer. Extensively.
Don't Miss
Grilled garlic shrimp appetizer, poached chicken soup, pork roast.
Vegetarian Options
Black rice with olives and dried cheese, chilled white gazpacho, grilled country bread with melted cheese and marinated tomatoes, spaghettini with spicy tomato and garlic sauce.

4. A Fin Feast
By Lori Midson
Jax Fish House
(out of 4 stars)
1539 17th St. 303-292-5767
The Draw
A bumper crop of excellent fish and seafood dishes, an imaginative wine list, and an impressive waitstaff.
The Drawback
The no-reservations policy on weekends and harsh acoustics.
Don't Miss
Ahi tuna poke, calamari, oolong crusted shrimp, Caesar salad, burger, catfish, Brunswick stew.
Vegetarian Options
Mushroom salad, iceberg wedge salad, and all the side dishes.

5. Another World
By Rachael Graves and Matthew Leary
Abyssinia
(out of 4 stars)
4116 E. Colfax Ave. 303-316-8830
The Draw
Some of the best combinations of spices and flavors around.
The Drawback
Not much ambience. Level of spices and foreign feel may discourage some.
Don't Miss
The veggie and meat combos are great bargains.
Vegetarian Options
A vegan delight – numerous and varied dishes.

6. Viva La Difference
By K. Courtney DeWinter
Viva Napoli
(out of 4 stars)
4550 S. Kipling St., Littleton 303-979-1977
The Draw
Homey neighborhood restaurant, excellent friendly service, huge portions.
The Drawback
Inconsistent execution, a menu with so many similar items that nothing jumps out.
Don't Miss
Fried calamari, pollo alla cacciatore, the plain cheesecake
Vegetarian Options
Bruschetta, caprese, fettuccine primavera, cheese ravioli, eggplant sorrentina, much more.