Denver’s Mercury Café: Swing the Night Away

Denver’s Mercury Café: Swing the Night Away 1

Denverites and visitors looking for a fun way to dance the night away can find a hip time in a place where swing is king, big band music is the norm and suspenders are still flashy attire – the Mercury Café. The Mercury Café, which focuses on dance, food, arts and expression, started in the … Read more Denver’s Mercury Café: Swing the Night Away

Dining Al Fresco: Front-Row Seat to Mountain Peaks

Dining Al Fresco: Front-Row Seat to Mountain Peaks 3

Dining outside is one of the delicious delights of summer — a European tradition that has captured American diners big time. We find patios in gardens and malls, on rooftops and streets, and even in parking lots. But nowhere is the al fresco ambiance more appealing than in mountain resorts and towns. Whether it’s beneath … Read more Dining Al Fresco: Front-Row Seat to Mountain Peaks

Wystone’s World Teas: Lakewood’s Cozy Café

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The chill of the brisk night air is checked quickly at the door as my husband and I walk into the cozy Wystone’s World Teas in Belmar, the “downtown” district of Lakewood. The aroma of hot tea wafts in the air as we settle at one of the intimate tables. Wystone’s is an elegant and … Read more Wystone’s World Teas: Lakewood’s Cozy Café

Wine Bars: Toasting the Grape

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Savvy servers are pouring wines and discussing them knowledgeably in wine bars proliferating in Colorado. Order them by the glass, by the bottle or by flight — small pours of several wines, enabling you to compare several vintages from a single vineyard or the same type of wine from different regions or produced in different … Read more Wine Bars: Toasting the Grape

Summer Pastime: Head for These Denver-Area Restaurant Patios

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Now that Colorado’s heat wave is in full swing, you’ll encounter a raft of Denver-area restaurants with terrific al fresco dining opportunities. Whether you’re pining for creekside picnic tables or rooftop decks affording sweeping Rocky Mountains views, there’s a smorgasbord of scene-stealing scenery to last all summer long. Bear Creek Tavern Folksy, denim-clad, stubble-chinned revelers … Read more Summer Pastime: Head for These Denver-Area Restaurant Patios

Super Star Asian: Dim Sum and Then Some

Super Star Asian: Dim Sum and Then Some 11

It’s noon on a Sunday in the frenetic dining room of Super Star Asian. Manager David Siu, clad in black pants and a cotton polo shirt, bounces from table to table, crouching down to converse — in English and Chinese — with patrons. Near the front door, I can see the bobbing head of the … Read more Super Star Asian: Dim Sum and Then Some

The PI: Do Drop In for Local Color

The PI: Do Drop In for Local Color 13

Remember the old Charlie Daniels song, “Uneasy Rider”? A longhair on a road trip to Los Angeles has a flat tire and chances into a redneck bar called the “Dew Drop Inn.” Of course, he’d tucked his hair up under his hat, but you’ll recall that big fella with the green teeth made him tip … Read more The PI: Do Drop In for Local Color

Mountain Sunrise: Breakfast in the Foothills

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Home to rugged terrain and peaceful scenery, Colorado’s foothills are the ideal destination for many pursuits. And breakfast or brunch at a great local eatery is the perfect complement to both an intense mountain workout and a leisurely day of sightseeing. Whether you’re looking to fuel up, cool down or chill out, these breakfast spots … Read more Mountain Sunrise: Breakfast in the Foothills

Denver’s Lucile’s: Food From the Bayou

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It’s mid-morning on a Tuesday when I find myself succumbing to another Lucile’s lure. A buttermilk biscuit, to be precise, coupled with an oversized mug of foamy house made Chai. I’ve been a fixture at the Creole joint for three days running, plunking myself down at the bar and making myself fat on butter, beignets, … Read more Denver’s Lucile’s: Food From the Bayou

Yanni’s Restaurant: A Touch of Greece in Greenwood Village

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The sparkly new Landmark Plaza development in Greenwood Village is not where you expect to find a gathering place so perceptibly steeped in Greek tradition. But there it is, like the tavernas of Greece, Yanni’s Greek Restaurant, which is filled with Mediterranean pottery, sweet smells of anise and lemon, and wafts of garlicky roasted meats. … Read more Yanni’s Restaurant: A Touch of Greece in Greenwood Village

Denver-Area Dining: 5 on the Restaurant Front

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Here are the latest front five on the Denver-area restaurant scene: Bargain Beat Pho 95 1002 S. Federal Blvd. Denver, Colorado 80219 303-936-3322 Credit Aaron Le for creating the best pho in town. At his invariably packed noodle shop on South Federal Boulevard, he glides from table to table, sometimes even sliding into one of … Read more Denver-Area Dining: 5 on the Restaurant Front

Longmont Patios: Where to Eat and Beat the Heat

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Colorado’s summer heat beats down on wilting trees, and the flowers are in full bloom. What better way to spend an easy afternoon than sitting under a shady tree or umbrella and sipping a cool beverage and munching tasty snacks. Old town Longmont is host to several patios ideal for letting the day go. Here … Read more Longmont Patios: Where to Eat and Beat the Heat

Denver Diner: An Iconic Colfax Eatery

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On a typical late Saturday night, the Denver Diner’s pink and green sign casts a neon glow over West Colfax Avenue and Speer Boulevard in Denver. The large window wrapping around the northwest corner of the diner reveals a full house. Almost every purple stool, booth and table is full, and the empty ones are … Read more Denver Diner: An Iconic Colfax Eatery

Via Baci: Now Thatsa Pizza!

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“I need to go to Lone Tree,” I tell my friend Larry, who also happens to be the ideal dining companion. He’ll eat anything once, which pleases me to no end. At the mention of Lone Tree, however, he unleashes that predictable scant of skepticism inherent to urbanites living in citified high-rise apartments. I am … Read more Via Baci: Now Thatsa Pizza!

Rocky Mountain Oysters: Try Them If You Dare

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Everyone knows there are no oysters in the Rocky Mountains. The oysters we’re talking about, for better or worse, aren’t seafood at all — they’re the family jewels from that herd grazing next to Interstate 76, and they’re a tradition of sorts in Colorado, a novelty food hanging around from the days of vast cattle … Read more Rocky Mountain Oysters: Try Them If You Dare