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Where to Eat this Weekend: Lower 48

Where to Eat this Weekend: Lower 48 This weekend, check out Lower 48 to see why Denver Westword awarded them the prestigious best new restaurant for 2014.  The menu at Lower 48 changes daily and is inspired by contemporary American cuisine from, of course, the lower 48 states.  The creative, homemade menu items are sure to leave an impression on any diner.  They elevate American inspired classics with small bites like corn dogs, crispy chicken salad and homemade English muffins with mashed peas, fruition farms cheese and 12 year aged balsamic. Entrees range from Louisiana inspired crayfish, hanger steak with fork crushed mashed potatoes, leeks and fava read more >

Where to Drink this week: The Corner Office

Where to Drink this week: The Corner Office The Corner Office and Martini Bar is located in downtown Denver next to the Denver Center for Performing Arts and offers an outstanding drink menu and delicious global food pairings.  The Corner Office has won numerous awards for their cuisine and drinks, including Open Table’s 2014 Diner’s Choice Award. The cocktails are hand crafted with house made ingredients, and happy hour includes $5-6 cocktails, $3 Colorado brewed beers and $5 wine glasses.  The cocktails delicately pair unique flavor combinations together like basil, lemon and raw sugar in the Rye me a River or blood orange liqueur, pomegranate, vanilla and lime read more >

Where to Eat this Weekend: TAG

Where to Eat this Weekend: TAG Chef/owner Troy Guard describes TAG cuisine as continental social food.  So what does that mean?  It means TAG incorporates local ingredients into diverse, international cultural dishes.   This concept combines Guard’s culinary travels; he was raised in Hawaii and has traveled through Asia and Latin America. Dining at TAG is a true culinary adventure; menu profiles are unconventional and delicious- unique to anywhere else in Denver.  Where else can you find taco sushi, roasted octopus bruschetta, miso black cod or the surf and turf roll which combines steak and crab?  TAG has received numerous awards, including most recently being named Denver’s read more >

Where to Drink this Week: Crave Dessert Bar and Lounge

Where to Drink this Week: Crave Dessert Bar and Lounge According to Denver Westword, “Crave makes getting buzzed on caffeine and liquored up at the same time seem downright classy.”  Westword gave Crave “Best Hot Booze” for Denver 2014.  Located downtown by the Colorado Convention Center, crave offers a unique blend of savory, bitter, hand crafted, sweet and everything in between. Crave offers brunch/lunch options and is also vibrant at night to pair homemade sweets with hand crafted cocktails.  Crave offers anything you crave with sweets from alcohol to coffee, and sometimes the two mixed together like the Irish coffee. On the savory side, dinner and snack options like meat/cheese read more >

Where to Eat this Weekend: Row 14

Where to Eat this Weekend: Row 14 If you’re looking to go somewhere this weekend with a unique, refreshing menu, pleasant out door patio and extensive wine list, head on over to Row 14 Bistro and Wine Bar.  Row 14 offers light lunch and dinner options perfect for spring weather including grilled fish tacos, steelhead tartare, charred tomato bruschetta or grilled avocado salad. Last weekend on the Culinary Connectors Top Restaurant Tour, guests tasted a first glimpse of a cucumber gazpacho newly offered at Row 14.  It had a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and shavings of red pepper to match the refreshing cleanse of cucumber; a delicious, read more >

Culinary Connectors Restaurant Tours Denver: Epernay

Culinary Connectors Restaurant Tours Denver: Epernay One of the stops of Culinary Connectors Restaurant Tours Denver is the contemporary sushi bar Epernay.  Epernay is a unique concept that focuses on raw sushi and hot sous-vide items with an Asian flair mixed with European influences.  Chef Nick Shankland brings his diverse background in cooking to combine flavor and cooking styles unlike anywhere else.  A must try from the menu is Chef Nick’s banana bread pudding. Choose to drink at Epernay this week and you won’t be disappointed.  They have an extensive wine and cocktail list, and they have the largest champagne menu in Colorado.  Epernay was also read more >

Where to Eat this Weekend: The Plimoth

Where to Eat this Weekend: The Plimoth Even though The Plimoth recently opened November 2013, it has received loud accolade from food enthusiasts of Denver, including impressing Denver Westword.  Chef Peter Ryan, formerly of Z Cuisine and instructor at the Cook Street School of Culinary Arts, is the brains behind Plimoth’s neighborhood eatery theme of homemade, local French and Italian cuisine. The Plimoth boasts an ever changing menu, as it focuses on seasonal local ingredients.  There are classic notes of French and Italian cuisine on the menu with a unique modern spin.  The menu items are carefully put together to give a dish that will leave you read more >

Where to drink this week: Atticus

Where to drink this week: Atticus Atticus is the newest restaurant addition from the restaurant group Table to Tavern that specializes in local Colorado brews, distilleries and a comfort food menu.  Other restaurants from Table to Tavern include Boone’s Tavern, Handlebar Tavern and Table 6. Atticus opened in November 2013, and is located off Evans Ave. near the University of Denver.  Atticus has a beautiful interior, and a friendly neighborhood hangout atmosphere.  The menu offers breakfast, lunch, happy hour and dinner.  Happy hour $1 off draft and specialty beers, $2 off wine glasses, $5 for 1/2 order of mussles and frites and $5 for board with read more >

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