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Where to Eat This Weekend: Gozo

December 19th, 2014 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Gozo on South Broadway is a contemporary new restaurant with Italian and Spanish inspired cuisine. Gozo has been voted as one of the best new restaurants in Denver for 2014 from Westword, Thrillist and Zagat. This weekend try their brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-4pm. You can enjoy bottomless mimosas, bloody Mary’s or bellini made with strawberry and passion fruit puree.

Gozo has a wood burning oven that makes all their fresh pizzas, and Gozo also has a host of delicious Spanish tapas available such as grilled octopus, buratta, pork meatballs, clams and fresh pasta dishes.

While their current website is under construction, check Gozo’s Facebook page for menu and contact information.

Gozo is located at 30 S Broadway. 720-638-1462.

Tuesday-Thursday 4-10pm

Friday 11:30am-11pm

Saturday and Sunday 10am-11pm

Happy Hour everyday 4-6pm.

Where to Drink This Week: Crave

December 16th, 2014 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

crave_logoCrave was known as a dessert bar in downtown, but Crave has reopened this week with a new focus: a restaurant that serves lunch, dinner, brunch and still dessert.  Crave expanded into the space next to them which allows for a larger dining area that seats 150 people.

The new menu is not up yet on their website, but check back often for it to be displayed.  Desserts will still be available at all times, and lunch will focus on lighter fare options.  This is the first time Crave is offering brunch items, and dinner items will be focused on small plates.

Drinks include coffee options, craft beers, cocktails, champagne and wine.  Whether in the morning or late at night, stop at Crave to see their new space and menu offerings.  You won’t be disappointed!

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Crave is located at 891 14th St. 303-586-4199.

Tuesday-Thursday 11am-11pm

Friday and Saturday 11am-midnight

Sunday 11am-10pm

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Where to Drink This Week: Maci Cafe

November 25th, 2014 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Maci CafeMaci Cafe is not a newly opened cafe in Denver, rather it is a newly named cafe- formerly Shangri- La in the Highlands neighborhood.  Owner Massimo Ruffinazzi, who was born and raised in Italy, has been wanting to change the name since he took over the cafe 3 years ago.  Maci Cafe fits more with his Italian style, and the best news is the menu is not changing.

The paninis and drinks at Maci Cafe are some of the best in town.  Massimo and his team take care with making the coffee drinks to the highest standards and with coffee from Italy.  The paninis are always on homemade bread, and they have numerous creative combinations that are inspired by chef Massimo.

Stop by to grab a delicious coffee drink and try a savory panini combination to congratulate Massimo on the name change and for being such a vital part of the Highlands neighborhood.

Maci Cafe is located at 1575 Boulder St. Ste B Denver 80211. 720-855-7585.

Monday-Friday 6am-5pm

Saturday 7am-5pm

Sunday 8am-3pm

Chef and owner of Maci Cafe, Massimo Ruffinazzi

Chef and owner of Maci Cafe, Massimo Ruffinazzi

Panini from Maci Cafe

Panini from Maci Cafe

 

Where to Eat This Weekend: Pinche Taqueria (Tacos Tequila Whiskey)

November 14th, 2014 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Pinche

Denver has many delicious taco places, and Pinche Taqueria is one of the best.  Pinche’s recognition has been nation wide; they have been voted one of the top 21 Mexican restaurants in the nation and one of the top 5 nationwide from Daily Meal.

Pinche’s is known for authentic street tacos that deliver huge, fresh flavors are very reasonably priced.  The wait can be a while depending on when you go, but the food is always worth it.  Even simple appetizers like fresh chips with homemade salsa and guacamole are elevated at Pinche’s.

They have a variety of street tacos from vegan, beef, pork, chicken and seafood from $3-4 per taco.  You really can’t go wrong with any flavor you choose.  Saturday and Sunday they offer brunch from 11am-3pm.  The usual amazing street tacos are available along with special breakfast tacos with eggs, carnitas or a potato and onion hash.

Pinche Taqueria is located at:

1514 York St. Denver 80206. 720-475-1337.

3300 West 32nd Avenue, Denver, CO 80211. 720.502.4608.

Monday 3pm-10pm
Tue-Sat 11am-10pm
Sunday 11am-9pm
Brunch Sat/Sun 11am-3pm

Happy Hour 3-6pm nightly, Mondays all night long.

Special brunch taco at York St. location: lamb, sweet potato and Brussels sprout hash, sunny side up egg.

Special brunch taco at York St. location: lamb, sweet potato and Brussels sprout hash, sunny side up egg.

Where to Drink This Week: De Steeg Brewing

November 11th, 2014 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

De Steeg 1De Steeg Brewing is literally tucked away off of Tennyson.  Based only on the address, you would not see any clear sign of De Steeg.  Instead, you must walk down the alley behind Tennyson and see the wood door with a beer goblet which suits the name, De Steeg, which means the alley in Dutch.

De Steeg Brewing is worth the extra trouble to find the entrance.  Owner Craig Rothgery opened De Steeg after years of home brewing and working as a mechanical engineer in the food industry.  They focus on having bold, artisan flavors and a wide variety that anyone’s palate will enjoy.  Rothgery has a tremendous respect for Denver’s beer culture and strives to make De Steeg a place people feel home at.

Seasonal brews include Imperial Pumpkin, Red Belgian Crisp, Barrel Hopped and Aged Pale Ale and Tequila Agave Tripel.  Every Wednesday they host a weekly team trivia starting at 7pm for the chance to win a growler.

De Steeg is located at 4342 Tennyson St. 303-484-9698.

Wednesday-Friday 4-11pm

Saturday 2-11pm

Sunday 2-9pm

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Where to Eat This Weekend: Walnut Room Pizza

November 7th, 2014 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

John Burr launched The Walnut Room in Denver’s River North neighborhood in 2005, envisioning a gathering place where he could showcase local musicians and the thin-crust, St. Louis-style pizza he grew up enjoying in the Chicago suburbs.  Walnut Room Pizza serves delicious pizza with fresh ingredients and sandwiches with homemade ingredients.  The food is fresh and simple, which is always the best.

Need another opinion of why you should try Walnut Room Pizza?  According to the editor of 5280 Magazine, The Walnut Room has the best pizza in town.  Walnut Room has two locations, the original location in RiNo neighborhood and one on Broadway Street.

Some must try items:

The Sweet Home Chicago Sandwich with thinly sliced roast beef, provolone cheese, giardiniera peppers and a delicious, flavorful side of au jus for dipping.

Housemade Sangria (It’s so good- and all made in house!)

Walnut Room Special Pizza– Tomato pesto sauce, walnuts, roma tomatoes, green olives, onions,
fresh garlic.

BBQ Blues Pizza– House-made bourbon BBQ sauce, smoked ham, green peppers, onions,
jalapeños, pineapples.

The RiNo location has a live concert venue that is a second home to local entertainers and features national bands as well.  At both locations a lunch special of $7.50 is offered which includes a one topping pizza or half a sandwich with a side and a drink from 11am-2pm.

Walnut Room Pizza is located at:

2 Broadway Denver 80203. 303-736-6750.

Sunday-Wednesday 11am-11pm

Thursday-Saturday 11am-2am

3131 Walnut Street Denver 80205. 303-295-1868.

Sunday-Wednesday 11am-12am

Thursday-Saturday 11am-2am

Sweet Home Chicago, photo from Walnut Room Facebook page

Sweet Home Chicago, photo from Walnut Room Facebook page

Walnut Room RiNo location, photo from Walnut Room Facebook

Walnut Room RiNo location, photo from Walnut Room Facebook

 

Where to Drink This Week: Interstate Kitchen & Bar

October 28th, 2014 Posted by Denver, restaurants, Uncategorized, Where To Drink This Week, Whiskey No Comment yet

InterstateLocated in the Santa Fe Art District, Interstate Kitchen & Bar has a traditional diner feel to it with elevated American comfort food and libations.  The food and drinks are homemade, full of flavor and delicious.  Interstate has over 100 whiskeys available as well as a large selection of hand crafted cocktails and craft beers.

Interstate Kitchen & Bar is open late, until midnight for dinner and 1:30am for snacks, has 2 happy hours daily (4-6pm and 12-1:30am) and serves brunch on weekends.  Happy hour specials include $2-4 drink specials and $1-4 cheap eat specials.  A not to miss happy hour drink special is the Horse’s Neck which is made with whiskey, gingerale and a twist of lemon.  Cheap eats include pulled pork sliders, highly addicting bacon popcorn with spicy peanuts, fried pickles and $1 deviled eggs.

This Friday, October 31st, Interstate Kitchen & Bar is putting on the 6th annual Haunted Highway with a costume contest, live music, $20 unlimited drink wristbands and no cover.  Festivities start at 10pm.  Another not to miss event at Interstate is every Monday night “Game Night” starting at 8pm.  This is a chance to challenge your skills at various game shows and possibly win food, drinks and other prizes.

Interstate Kitchen & Bar is located at 1001 Santa Fe Dr. Denver 80204. 720-479-8829.

Happy Hour Daily 4-6pm, 12-1:30am

Lunch Monday-Friday 11am-4pm

Dinner Daily 4pm-12am

Brunch Saturday and Sunday 10am-2pm

Pulled Pork Slider

Pulled Pork Slider

Where to Eat This Weekend: Pasty Republic

October 3rd, 2014 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet
Pasty Republic

Pasty Republic

Pasty Republic offers a fresh spins on traditional pasties with options that everyone will love.  What is a pasty?  It’s a folded pastry shell filled with savory meat and vegetables.  The pasty has a long history and is associated with English cuisine.  The pasty served as an easy, hand held meal for miners who could eat a filling meal without cutlery.

Pasty Republic offers more traditional pasties like The Miner filled with steak, potato, rutabaga and onion or The Shepherd filled with ground beef, mashed potatoes, peas and onions.  Less traditional flavors include The Rock with ground beef, cheese, onions, ketchup and mustard or The Seasoned with chicken, cauliflower, onion, carrots, jalapenos and garam masala.

Don’t forget about dessert!  Pasty Republic has sweet pasties such as The Fixer with nutella, whipped cream cheese and orange zest or The Harvester with apple, rhubarb and raisins.  Pasty Republic also serves Sweet Action Ice cream for a sweet treat.

Good news for those who can’t visit their store on Tennyson frequently: Pasty Republic is now offering delivery of frozen pasties.  See website for specific details and options for delivery dates.

Pasty Republic is located at 4166 Tennyson St. Denver 80212. Phone # 303-455-3558.

Pasty Republic is open 11am-8pm everyday.

 

Pasty Republic serves delicious pasties and ice cream.

Pasty Republic serves delicious pasties and ice cream on Tennyson.

Where to Drink This Week: mmm…COFFEE!

September 9th, 2014 Posted by Culinary Connectors, Uncategorized, Where To Drink This Week No Comment yet

mmm…COFFEE is Denver’s first strictly Paleo coffee shop, located in the Santa Fe Arts District. Owners Derek and Jami Fynboh serve top notch coffee with organic fair trade espresso, homemade grain free baked goods and granola and serve savory soups and salads all with organic vegetables, free range, wild caught or grass fed meat and eggs.

mmm…COFFEE prides itself on serving the freshest, highest quality ingredients. The Paleo Diet has become very popular, and mmm…COFFEE sticks with the Paleo principle of cutting out grains, legumes, dairy, refined sugars and vegetable oils. Even if you’re not Paleo, you will appreciate the excellence in coffee and food mmm…COFFEE has to offer.

mmm…COFFEE serves the increasingly popular BulletProof coffee which is 2 tbsp grassfed butter, 1 tbsp medium chain triglycerides (MCT) in a double Americano. Give it a try if you’ve never had it before; it is a rich, satisfying drink. They do serve regular espresso drinks as well.

mmm…COFFEE is located at 910 Santa Fe Dr. Denver 80204. Phone # is 720-881-1750.
Open Tuesday- Friday 7am-7pm, Saturday 9am-5pm

Where Are You Eating for Denver Restaurant Week?

August 26th, 2014 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Denver Restaurant WeekThe first ever summer Denver Restaurant Week is happening now until August 29th.  Take advantage of the opportunity to try some of Denver’s best restaurants for a fixed price of $30 per person for a multi course meal.  Menus are available on Visit Denver’s website.  Choose what menu looks good to you and reserve a table as soon as possible!

This is the 10th anniversary for Denver Restaurant Week, and it is the first year it is offered in the winter and summer.  What new restaurant have you been wanting to try?  This week is the perfect opportunity to eat a reasonably priced 3 course meal at some amazing restaurants and experience some of Denver’s culinary talent.  There are more than 300 restaurants participating, so there are many, many delicious options.

Which restaurant are you excited to try?  Maybe new restaurants like Tables or Argyll Whiskey Bar or Lower 48.  You could also try some of Denver’s well known restaurants like Rioja, Table 6, Trilium, Linger or Duo.  For more tips on dining during Denver Restaurant Week, see the survivalist guide to restaurant week.

Denver Restaurant Week is August 23rd-29th.  Cost is $30 per person, not including gratuity and tax.