Restaurant Reviews

Locavore movement meets fine dining at Zolo Grill/Isabelle Farm dinner

Farm dinners, like the Isabelle Farm partnership with Boulder’s Zolo Grill held August 18, reverse the trend, still utilizing a bounty of organic and sustainable fresh produce but instead bringing the table (and the chefs and all their expertise) to the farm.

Denver’s Civic Center EATS — Food trucks, fresh air, live music

“I guess the longer the line, the better the food,” I remarked to a fellow queue-er in the lengthy, meandering line for Chuey Fu’s, a Latin/Asian fusion food truck among the lineup of moveable eateries in Civic Center Park’s promenade on May 20, the first day of the popular Civic Center EATS program.

“Yeah,” he remarked, and then a moment later, “Or maybe they’re just slow and the long line makes people think it’s good.”

Best bets for Democratic dining in Denver

Read closely, because the next several paragraphs may change your life – or, at least they’ll change the outcome of your day on Saturday, April 12 when the Democratic State Assembly is held in downtown Denver at the Colorado Convention Center’s Bellco Theatre. Denver, as you probably know, is fast becoming a foodie mecca with eateries that rival anything you might find in New York City or San Francisco. Lucky you, you’ll be right in the middle of this smorgasbord of flavor when the convention ends early with few, if any, contested races for delegates to linger over.

Best bets for GOP dining in Boulder & Broomfield

The Colorado Statesman

There’s nothing like a lengthy political gathering to whet your appetite. Remember the Republican marathon state assembly back in 2006 that lasted through late afternoon after gubernatorial hopeful Marc Holtzman demanded a recount of the votes?

This year’s GOP event takes place Saturday, April 12 at the Coors Events Center at CU-Boulder, alma mater of Republican State Chairman Ryan Call, and after a full day of nominations — Governor, U.S. Senate, CD 4 — plus resolutions and speeches, you’ll likely be famished.

For choice — and choice cuts of meat — there’s Work & Class

The Colorado Statesman

Science tells us that having too many choices can be almost debilitating and can, contrary to what you might think, cause us to be less happy with our ultimate decision because of the nagging feeling that we could have done better. But what if every choice is equally tantalizing, delicious and satisfying as is the case at one of Denver’s newest restaurants, Work & Class?

Voodoo Doughnut brings hype, sugar highs to Denver

The Colorado Statesman

It’s a busy life when you’re Denver’s mayor; press conferences, policy debates — doughnut store openings. That’s right, the grand opening of the sometimes-quirky, sometimes-controversial boutique doughnut chain Voodoo Doughnut, which previously only had locations in Oregon, was a big enough deal that Denver Mayor Michael Hancock made an appearance. Unless you’ve heard about Voodoo and their expansive array of pastries, including the “Captain My Captain” doughnut, topped with, you guessed it, Captain Crunch; the “Voodoo Doll doughnut,” complete with pretzel stick pin inserted; and a mishmash of fried dough, Oreo crumbles, chocolate frosting and peanut butter called – pardon my French – the “Old Dirty Bastard,” it’s probably baffling why a doughnut shop garners this much attention.

The new kid on the block: Humboldt Farm Fish Wine

The Colorado Statesman

Oh, Humboldt Farm Fish Wine, you sly dog, you. Winning my heart before I even had a chance to taste your food with the siren song of “Complimentary Valet” — music to any urban foodie’s ears. For a new restaurant with a lot to prove, the free valet service is a clever ploy. There’s nothing that kills the appetite more than getting into veritable knife fights with all the other hungry hipsters in the Denver metro area just to have a few bites of bao bun.

KIBOSH THE BURGER, BRING ME THE NACHOS

“I had a missed call. It’s probably the all you can eat buffet calling to say, “Come back! We know you can eat just a little bit more.”
 — Jarod Kintz

TAG BURGER BAR
1222 Madison St., Denver, CO 80206
303-736-2260
www.tagburgerbar.com

ON THE ROAD AGAIN… WITHOUT ME

“By itself, tofu is like wet foam rubber, but you’d no more eat it by itself and expect fine dining than you would stare at a blank canvas and expect to see fine art.” — Victoria Moran

ME A FOX, YOU A FOX, WHERE’S THE REAL FOX?

“Every time I’m forced to watch them eat egg-white omelettes, I feel bad for them. In the first place, egg-white omelettes are tasteless. In the second place, the people who eat them think they are doing something virtuous when they are instead merely misinformed.” — Nora Ephron

THE DEN AT FOX HOLLOW
The Den Restaurant
13410 Morrison Rd., Lakewood
303-986-9990