11:25 am, Aug 7, 2008
Billy's Inn, the old-school bar at 44th and Lowell, has gotten a lot of press since reopening a few weeks ago. The huge selection of tequila, a glossy, revamped space, and a welcoming neighborhood vibe are all things to celebrate. But what about the menu?
After a gluttonous lunch, I deem the eats tasty. It's bar food, for sure, but there are some... MORE
3:28 pm, Aug 6, 2008
Label shoppers, be on the lookout for Cru Vin Dogs wine with bottles sporting gorgeous portraits of labs, golden retrievers, and German shorthaired pointers. These beautiful, anatomically-correct illustrations of our favorite furry friends were created by local artist Jay P. Snellgrove, and they catch your attention. Which is a good thing, because... MORE
8:44 am, Aug 6, 2008
There will be lots of lingering at the Vail Valley Wine Auction this Thursday. A five-course meal (think sweet peas and calamari soup, and Alaskan halibut with Colorado chanterelle mushrooms) can't be rushed. Nor should the perusal of to-be auctioned wines (about 100 are on the list) and gift baskets from Vail's top restaurants.
So take your time... MORE
1:15 pm, Aug 4, 2008
Long beloved for its sauce-laden pizza and drive-thru take-out window, the north Denver family-run Italian restaurant Valente's dishes up another smart offering as it celebrates its 44th anniversary. Throughout August, Valente's will serve a two-person, reservation-only, five-course meal (bruschetta to homemade ravioli) plus a bottle of wine for $... MORE
1:30 pm, Jul 31, 2008
Panzano, the restaurant tucked inside the Hotel Monaco, serves up a very happy happy hour from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily. In addition to $3 draft beer, $4 wines by the glass, and $5 specialty cocktails (try the Italian Rickey or the Perfect Pear martini), diners in the know nosh on $3 and $4 eats that are both delicious and generous. Think grilled... MORE
10:27 am, Jul 30, 2008
Sure, skinny jeans are in. So are jelly shoes. But frozen yogurt makes it official: The '80s are back. No complaints here, especially because in the last three months Denver has seen the opening of two new yogurt joints, Chill-In and Kuulture, and the tart, refreshing, zero-fat dessert they serve is oh so addictive.
Chill-In's Cherry Creek store... MORE
1:13 pm, Jul 29, 2008
It was a sad day when Annie's Cafe closed the doors to its Colorado Boulevard restaurant. But when owners Peggy Anderson and Diane Williams reopened on East Colfax Avenue in the former home of Goodfriend's, the eatery ushered in a new era.
The space is much larger (though that doesn't necessarily translate into shorter waits on the weekends), but... MORE
12:34 pm, Jul 28, 2008
While Lower-Highland's Little Man Ice Cream is getting a ton of press, just up the road at 32nd Avenue and Clay Street, Red Trolley Cake and Cone has quietly opened its doors. And what a treat it is with homemade gelato, ice cream, and waffle cones (pick vanilla or chocolate), plus novelties like ice cream floats made with Wynkoop root beer, milk... MORE
10:06 am, Jul 28, 2008
We already love Green Fine Salad Co. for its fresh and creative salad offerings, but with "hand-helds" we have another reason to visit. The company has gone Chipotle by wrapping salad ingredients in a griddled tortilla, and the result is a portable, burrito-like meal that redefines lunch. (My favorite combo is the Chef Jam with romaine, asparagus... MORE
8:13 am, Jul 27, 2008
The Rocky Mountain News profiles the success and Colorado roots of the popular Mexican fast food chain Chipotle, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary and is now the largest "fast casual chain" in the nation.
Chipotle was started by Steve Ells who had a vision that can be summed up as "food with integrity" -- a philosophy that involved... MORE
2:16 pm, Jul 25, 2008
Though well known for its salt-water taffy and ice cream shops, Estes Park isn't exactly a fine-dining haven. Enter Cheese, a year-and-a-half-old, bistro-style specialty cheese shop on the main drag. Open for sit-down and take-away, the menu is small but ever-changing with gourmet cheeses, cured meats, and pÃ¢tÃ©s.
The Melange platter is my... MORE
1:34 pm, Jul 23, 2008
For those of us who missed the Aspen Food & Wine Classic, the mountains offer another (and more affordable) chance to enjoy top-notch noshing this weekend.
The first-ever Crested Butte Land Trust Wine & Food Festival brings together Denver and Crested Butte chefs (think Andrea Frizzi, Il Posto; Elise Wiggins, Panzano; Tyler Wiard, Elway's... MORE
12:50 pm, Jul 22, 2008
The recent nationwide obsession with retro comfort food has put the hot dog back in the spotlight. The baseball snack is making a resurgence everywhere from sidewalk stands to gourmet restaurants, and this time of year, as summer weather pulls us out to festivals and weekend road trips, they are especially easy to find.
5280's "Dog Days of... MORE
2:41 pm, Jul 18, 2008
Since Mark Bittman's "101 20-Minute Dishes for Inspired Picnics" ran in The New York Times a couple weeks ago, we've put a handful of those easy recipes to the test. In the process, we've discovered some new favorites--of note, the citrusy beet salad (#1), cold peanut noodles (#8), and tabbouleh (#41). For more local ideas, or simply to find out... MORE
11:55 am, Jul 18, 2008
Old South Pearl Street knows ocean fare: Between the fresh oysters and seafood at Black Pearl and top-notch sushi and sashimi at Sushi Den and Izakaya Den, Platt Park residents are treated to some of the best sea grub around. What had been missing since BB's on Pearl--and, before that, Lola--left the 'hood was, well, just about anything else.... MORE