Dining

Reviews

By
June 2005

1. Hotspot
By Elisabeth True
Rioja
(out of 4 stars)
1431 Larimer St. 303-820-2282
The Draw
Mediterranean-inspired cuisine in a sleek setting, good value, people-watching
The Drawback
Parking is tricky, so opt for the $8 valet; don’t even think about going without a reservation
Don't Miss
Toasted cannelloni, roasted beet salad with candied-lemon vinaigrette, beignets, risotto, rib-eye steak
Vegetarian Options
Vegetarian Four Squares (a tasting of four seasonal dishes), salads, tomato soup, baked mozzarella

2. Building Blocks
By Carol W. Maybach
Mirepoix
(out of 4 stars)
150 Clayton Lane 303-253-3000
The Draw
Vegetable-inspired cuisine that introduces a bold new direction in food to the Denver dining scene
The Drawback
Service varies widely and the techniques used to execute the daytime menu are very inconsistent
Don't Miss
The white-pepper crusted venison loin, the apple-barbecue glazed quail breast, and any of the innovative desserts
Vegetarian Options
Menu changes seasonally, but offerings include: Tango and Lola Rosa Greens, potato gratin, mushroom fonduta, cheese plate, maple-roasted sweet potato soup, mixed salads, and vegetable Parmentier