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Table Talk for August 16

Parisi anchors the north end of Tennyson Street but the south end has long languished without a restaurant—until
now. DJ’s Berkeley Café, a newly opened cafe-coffee shop, already bustles with hungry diners, java
junkies, and the laptop toting crowd. The urban renovated space has spacious tables, a long bar, exposed brick walls, and a
patio. The full espresso bar turns out a mean latte, but it’s the food I’m most excited about—especially the Irish
oatmeal with Crasins, crushed pistachios, chopped dates, and brown sugar. And the crab cake Benedict with braised spinach. And
the muffuletta sandwich for lunch….3838 Tennyson St.

Ever driven to Yazoo Barbeque Company at Champa Street and Broadway only to discover the slow-smoked pork ribs
are already gone? And the brisket too? Take heart. In a couple of weeks, owner Don Hines opens another outpost in
Greenwood Village (9555 E. Arapahoe Road). The Deep South menu will be the same: Slow-cooked, dry-rubbed meats that spend
12 hours over hickory and pecan wood. Next time the craving hits, be proactive: Call both locations and find out if
there’s still pork shoulder to be had before jumping in the car. 2150 Broadway, 303-296-3334,

I’m of the mind that no cheese plate is complete without a dollop of fig jam—my favorite
brand is Dalmatia Fig Spread from Croatia ($5.99 at St. Kilian’s Cheese Shop). But,
I’ve recently taken to drizzling flavorful fig vinegar over fresh mozzarella or Haystack Mountain goat
cheese. I taste-tested two varieties: black fig vinegar by Cuisine Perel ($7.89 at Marczyk Fine Foods) and
fig-infused white balsamic vinegar by Alessi ($3.59 at Whole Foods). The verdict: Cuisine Perel wins hands
down for color, tang, consistency, and a subtle fig flavor, even if it’s a couple bucks more. Marczyk Fine Foods, 770 E.
17th St., 303-894-9499,; Whole
Food, multiple locations; St. Kilian’s Cheese Shop, 3211 Lowell Blvd., 303-477-0374.

—Amanda M. Faison

Amanda M. Faison
Amanda M. Faison
Freelance writer Amanda M. Faison spent 20 years at 5280 Magazine, 12 of those as Food Editor.

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Table Talk for August 16

Suddenly shuttered…Three-year-old Adega Restaurant and Wine Bar (1700 Wynkoop St.) quietly closed its doors on Saturday night. Perhaps the writing was on the wall few months ago when chef Bryan Moscatello changed the regular menu over to small plates—downsizing the dishes but keeping the prices high. We will dearly miss the beautifully salted butter and the decadent “three renditions of gorgonzola dolce” dessert.

On its way… Duo Restaurant, a New American restaurant going into 2413 W. 32nd Ave., is scheduled to open Oct. 3. The restaurant is another example of the Potter Highland renaissance—and especially the corner of Zuni Street and 32nd Avenue. The first mark of change came when Gallop Cafe (2401 W. 32nd Ave., 303-455-5650) fired up its espresso machines eight months ago, shortly followed by the boutique Swank and home store Martinis & Lemonade. Duo’s owners Keith Arnold and Stephanie Bonin live eight blocks from the soon-to-be restaurant and are thrilled to be part of the neighborhood’s revitalization. The couple has already secured Duo’s liquor license. Diners can expect inspired seasonal cuisine cooked by the talented chef John Broening, previously of Brasserie Rouge. 2413 W. 32nd Ave.,

A great honor…Even if it means eating elsewhere for a week, fans of The Kitchen should rejoice that the Boulder restaurant was invited to cook at the James Beard House in New York City. The dining spot is closed through Monday, Aug. 22. In addition to wracking up accolades in the Big Apple, the staff is taking the time to improve the space by installing a staircase and an elevator. In October The Kitchen will launch a second-floor wine bar and lounge. 1039 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-544-5973.

Not just pizza…Serioz, a pizzeria in Lowry Town Center, offers more than cheesy slices and cool suds. Serioz scores highly for having some of the more interesting toppings in town—rabbit sausage and trout top the list as most unusual. And the cocktail list reads more like a nightclub than a pizza joint: strawberry-lime mojitos, signature margaritas, and super-sweet sounding Pop-Rocks martinis. 200 Quebec St., 303-366-5777.

Amanda M. Faison
Amanda M. Faison
Freelance writer Amanda M. Faison spent 20 years at 5280 Magazine, 12 of those as Food Editor.