Dining

Dining Reviews

By
May 2002

1. Garden of Eatin'
By K. Courtney DeWinter
Ventiane Garden
(out of 4 stars)
7113 N. Sheridan Blvd., Westminster 303-429-4462
The Draw
Delicious Vietnamese, Laotian, and Thai food at very affordable prices.
The Drawback
A far north metro Denver location, nondescript ambience.
Don't Miss
Po taek (seafood combo soup), phad kraphao (stir-fried chicken), chem chep xao hanh (buttered mussels), paradise fish, coconut ice cream.
Vegetarian Options
Som tum (green papaya salad), phad see yew (rice noodles stir-fried with eggs and broccoli in black soy), Chinese broccoli stir-fried in garlic sauce, phad tofu (stir-fried tofu with carrots, celery, and bean sprouts), and more.

2. No Encore for Bravo!
By Lori Midson
Bravo! Ristorante
(out of 4 stars)
Adam’s Mark Hotel 1550 Court Place
The Draw
Singing waitstaff, excellent wine list.
The Drawback
The food doesn’t live up to the name.
Don't Miss
Pâté di fagiola, minestra della salsiccia e della zizzania, perciatelli con salsicce, penne rigate con panna.
Vegetarian Options
Pâté di fagiola, ravioli con noce, pizza selvaggia del fungho, insalata Bravo!, insalata spinaci con i carciofi, minestra del purea di ceci, fettuccini con quattro formaggio, spaghetti al pomodoro.

3. Bump it Up
By Rachael Graves and Matthew Leary
Bump & Grind Cafe
(out of 4 stars)
439 E. 17th Ave 303-861-4841
The Draw
Value-size portions of great grub, energetic service, infectious fun, lots of “eye candy,” and toys.
The Drawback
Crowded some days, parking can be a challenge, the kitchen closes around 2 p.m. on weekdays (plan accordingly, although there are always cookies and coffee to tide you over).
Don't Miss
Mexican Benedict, roulades, mac and cheese.
Vegetarian Options
Most entrées can be prepared sans meat.

4. Sign of the Times
By Lori Midson
Solera
(out of 4 stars)
5410 E. Colfax Ave. 303-388-8429
The Draw
Classy comfort food, excellent selection of ?sherries, valet parking, low noise level.
The Drawback
An occasional slip-up in the kitchen.
Don't Miss
Roquefort pancakes with Parma ham, oysters, gingersnap crusted foie gras, lamb, pan-roasted chicken, and linguini.
Vegetarian Options
Salads, lasagna, and penne pasta.

5. Boulder's French Connection
By K. Courtney DeWinter
Mateo
(out of 4 stars)
1837 Pearl St., Boulder 303-443-7766
The Draw
Stylish, comfy restaurant; French bistro menu; excellent wine list.
The Drawback
Some so-so preparations on easy stuff, a no-reservations policy for parties less than six.
Don't Miss
Porcini mushroom risotto, steak frites, apple tart tatin.
Vegetarian Options
Porcini mushroom risotto, macaroni gratin.

6. Fresh Squeezed
By Rachael Graves and Matthew Leary
Lime
(out of 4 stars)
1424 Larimer St. 303-895-5463
The Draw
Cool, swanky vibe; upscale Mexican food.
The Drawback
Bar needs some tuning.
Don't Miss
Scorpions, Lime "Salut."
Vegetarian Options
Great tamales, several Mexican standards.