Ordering from the omakase menu promises the most inspired of plates.
—All photography by Lauren DeFilippo
THE DRAW: Beautifully prepared omakase dinners at the sushi bar
THE DRAWBACK: À la carte menu can be hit-or-miss; deep-frying is a weak point
DON'T MISS: Omakase menu, chef’s nigiri picks, broiled hamachi collar, agedashi tofu
Men pose with Rocky Ford melons in the early 1900s
—Photo: Denver Public Library/Western History Collection
Late in the summer, Rocky Ford cantaloupes arrive en masse at farmers’ markets and grocery stores’ produce departments across the state. It’s a common misconception that these plump and juicy cucurbits are a specific variety of melon; instead, the name “Rocky Ford” is a designation of origin for...
—Illustration by Gary Venn
In what may rank as one of the coolest work trips ever, Mike Johnston, owner of Savory Spice, embarked on a barbecue pilgrimage last summer. His goal: to do hands-on research on regional differences in barbecue. After 43 days of driving, logging 7,000 miles across 14 states, and visiting 88...
—Photo courtesy of Peach Street Distillers
Late one night in 2009, Davy Lindig, a distiller at Peach Street Distillers in Palisade, was feverishly working on several batches of gin. In his haste, Lindig made what could have been a $70,000 mistake. The distillery’s Jack and Jenny Pear Eau De Vie and Jackelope Gin were in their...
—Photo by Sarah Boyum
Brider, the casual offshoot of Acorn and Oak at Fourteenth, has joined our regular rotation of favorite spots. We’re crazy about the Thai-inspired roasted sweet potato and avocado salad (add rotisserie lamb) and the kimchi-studded porchetta sandwich, but there are times when you just...
Troy Guard uses Ruffles because, he says, “we can’t make chips this good.”
—Photo by Sarah Boyum
Independence Day may have come and gone, but burgers are still king when it comes to summer cookouts. To wit: On August 4 in City Park, the seventh annual Burger Battle pits the state’s very best offerings against one another in an epic food fight. Last year, TAG Burger Bar’s Truffle...
—Hop Alley’s lazy Susan table is ideal for family-style dining. All photography by Aaron Colussi
THE DRAW: Lively interpretations of regional Chinese dishes that don’t stray too far into fusion territory; tall cocktails to wash them down
THE DRAWBACK: Some dishes are oversalted, some undersauced
DON'T MISS: Fried chicken with Sichuan pepper, Shanghai rice cakes, suan ni...
—Photo by Morgan Rachel Levy
Saying that Dave and Jennifer Lester are La Loma fanatics is a little like saying Denver is crazy for green chile. For the past 15 years, the Arvada couple has spent all but a handful of Saturday evenings at the restaurant. “If we don’t make it in one week,” Jennifer says, “they’ll ask us why we...