From left: Crunchy toast with tomatoes; chef Kyle Mendenhall —Photos by Carmel Zucker
THE DRAW: Kyle Mendenhall’s kitchen turns out rootsy, often inventive dishes that go well with a terrific wine, beer, cider, and cocktail program
THE DRAWBACK: Has yet to live up to its vaunted goals of blending traditions into a new definition of American cooking...
Debbie Kuehn, aka “The Cookie Lady,” bakes 12 varieties of cookies each day.
—Photo by Sarah Boyum
For Debbie Kuehn, cookies are a way of life, quite literally. Kuehn is the owner and sole daytime employee of the Santa Fe Cookie Company, her 31-year-old bakery housed in a subterranean space beneath the 16th Street Mall at Tremont Street. Walk into the tiny shop and help yourself to the treats...
—Photo by Lauren DeFilippo
“Waste not, want not” is a proverb that has proven to be true for the founders of the Real Dill. For every batch of pickles they make, owners Tyler DuBois and Justin Park brine cucumber spears (between 2,000 and 2,500 pounds a week) overnight in lightly salted water. The long soak crisps the...
—Photo by Jon Rose
A butcher and an Army sergeant first class walk into a bar. No, this isn’t the start of a bad joke; it’s the beginning of an unexpected collaboration between the largest branch of America’s military and a guy who, outside of an apron, has never worn a uniform: Jason Nauert, the director of Colorado...
The hottest spot at Coperta? A seat at the mozzarella bar.
—Photo by Sarah Boyum
Over the years, siblings Paul and Aileen Reilly’s dedication to their Uptown bistro, Beast & Bottle, has inspired loyal fans. Coperta, their three-month-old venture on 20th Avenue, will likely do the same with a menu replete with the traditional dishes of Rome and Southern Italy....
—Photo by Aaron Colussi
Sometimes, a loaf of bread is just a loaf of bread—but not at Basta in Boulder. The wood-fired piada (an Italian-style flatbread) represents the next domino to fall in the local food movement: grains. Chef Kelly Whitaker makes the entirely irresistible appetizer using mostly Colorado-...
From left: The bustling dining room; Cafe Marmotte’s coq au vin. —Photography by Carmel Zucker
THE DRAW: A pleasantly eclectic room; classic bistro dishes
THE DRAWBACK: Inconsistent kitchen and several menu misfires
DON'T MISS: Anything braised, such as coq au vin or beef cheeks; onion tart; apps and wine at the small bar
Crudo arrives on a block of Himalayan salt at Mister Tuna
—Photos by Sarah Boyum
Even on Broadway, where the number of restaurants rivals the plethora of hipster boutiques, finding a reliable breakfast place—or lunch that’s not tacos or pizza—has long been a challenge. No more. In June, Moxie Eatery opened just south of First Avenue and has been pleasing fans...