Monthly Archives: June, 2014

Where to Eat This Weekend: Charcoal Restaurant

June 27th, 2014 Posted by Chefs, Denver, restaurants, Uncategorized, Where To Eat This Weekend No Comment yet


1176302_536123486443215_343090203_nDenver Restaurant Week is fun way to experience a 3 course dinner at some of Denver’s best restaurants at a discounted rate of $30 per person.  Unfortunately, this opportunity is offered twice a year.  However, you don’t have to wait until the next restaurant week (August 23-29) to enjoy the same option at Charcoal Restaurant.  June 23-28 Charcoal is offering their own restaurant week with appetizer, entree and dessert for $31 (excluding tip, tax and beverage).

Charcoal Restaurant features fine dining at affordable prices in an elegant and contemporary atmosphere.  Charcoal Restaurant prides itself on using simple, fresh, high quality ingredients that don’t need to be masked by too much garnish or sauce.  Executive chef Patrick Landberg uses something called a bincho grill.  A bincho grill uses charcoal from only sustainable forrests, no fillers and gives off a smokeless flavor.

Another reason to visit Charcoal Restaurant this weekend is this Sunday, June 29th, back by popular demand dinner will be served again on Sundays from 5-8pm.  Brunch on weekends is also offered Saturday and Sunday from 9am-2pm.

Charcoal Restaurant

Charcoal Restaurant

Charcoal Restaurant is located at 43 West Ninth Avenue, Denver, CO 80224.  Phone # 303-454-0000.

Lunch: Monday-Friday 11am-2pm

Dinner: Monday-Thursday 5-9pm (Bar Lounge until 10pm)

Friday and Saturday 5-11pm, Sunday 5-8pm.

Happy Hour: 4-6pm

Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 9am-2pm.


Where to Drink This Week: Punch King’s Grand Finale

June 24th, 2014 Posted by Cocktails, Uncategorized, Where To Drink This Week No Comment yet

Punch KingsIf you were lucky enough to attend or know what Cochon 555 is, you will know how excited to be that Cochon 555 is partnering with Breckenridge Brewery to present the Punch King’s Grand Finale.  On Sunday June 29th, at the Curtis Hotel in Denver, 10 of the nation’s best bar tenders will compete to prepare award winning punches made with Breckenridge Bourbon.

Punch King’s Grand Finale will be an event you don’t want to miss.  Cochon 555 founder Brady Lowe says, “This will be the most notable punch-themed celebration to hit the country since prohibition was lifted in 1933!”  Of course pairing the punch for this event will be 500+ pounds of heritage pig made into delicious eats by chef Rich Byers from The Corner Office, Jeff Bolton of Katchina, Jason Brumm of Second Home and Jae Lee of The Curtis.

Tickets for Punch King’s Grand Finale are $55 for general admission and $100 for VIP.  The event is held June 29th from 4-8pm MST.

The official host for Punch King’s Grand Finale in Denver is:

The Curtis Hotel

1405 Curtis St. Denver 80202


Where to Eat This Weekend: Twelve Restaurant

June 20th, 2014 Posted by Chefs, Denver, restaurants, Uncategorized, Where To Eat This Weekend No Comment yet


Twelve Restaurant is owned by chef Jeff Osaka who was formerly the chef in many successful restaurants in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Jackson Hole.  Once he moved to Denver, Osaka ventured opening his own restaurant, Twelve Restaurant.  The name is based off the principle that the menu changes every month, twelve times a year.  Changing the menu twelve times a year is not easy, but Osaka changes menu items with the season and what is available.

Because the menu switches constantly, you will always have a unique experience at Twelve Restaurant.  This month, some entrees include steelhead trout with zucchini, cream cheese, strawberries and basil; pork tenderloin with fennel, baby turnips, pearl onion and tomato jam; beef ribeye, whey poached potato, oyster mushroom, spinach pesto, sherry-onion jam.

Twelve Restaurant

burgundy snails, egg-herb butter puree, spring vegetables

Twelve Restaurant has received numerous awards and attention for their delicious, fresh menu.  Chef Osaka was a semi-finalist in 2013 for the James Beard Foundation for the category Best Chef Southwest and has received high praises from Denver Eater, Westword and 5280.

One of their best features is their pre-fixe menu on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays for $38 plus tax and gratuity.

Twelve Restaurant is located at 2233 Larimer St. Denver 80205.  Phone # 303-293-0287.

Hours: Open for dinner 7 nights a week from 5:30-10pm (9pm on Sundays).


Twelve Restaurant

Chef Osaka

Culinary Connectors Restaurant Tours: EVOO

June 18th, 2014 Posted by Culinary Connectors, Uncategorized No Comment yet

CCLogosmallcircle3Culinary Connectors offers walking and top restaurant tours around various neighborhoods in Denver.  One of the stops on the Savor the Flavors tour with Culinary Connectors is EVOO in LoDo.  Culinary Connectors usually stops at restaurants, cafes to show case the tastes and skill of Denver neighborhood chefs, but we also highlight unique food pairings as in the case of EVOO.  EVOO was founded in 2008 by Mick and Carolyn Major when they moved to Denver from Appleton, WI to open EVOO.  They pride themselves on show casing genuine, fresh quality products and encouraging customers to sample the products before they buy.

EVOO Market Place

EVOO Market Place

You won’t find any sub-standard run of the mill olive oils or balsamic vinegars like from a supermarket; instead you will find olive oils from the Northern and Southern hemispheres that have multi-layer flavor profiles and textures.  There are infused flavored olive oils that will astound your taste buds: white truffle, garlic, Persian lime olive oil, and on and on.  During a Culinary Connector tour, you will learn first hand from Mick the differences between olive oils, what to look for and the differences between flavor infused and flavor fused olive oils.

Participants on the Culinary Connector tour will be able to sample oils and balsamics at a discounted price specific for this tour.  Click here for more information on Culinary Connector tours and what else you can expect on the tour.

EVOO is located at 1338 15th St. Denver 80202.  303-974-5784

Open Monday-Saturday 11am-6pm; Sunday 11am-4pm

There are other EVOO locations in Littleton, Aspen and at the Cherry Creek farmers market.


Where to Eat This Weekend: The Hornet

June 18th, 2014 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

HornetThe Hornet is located off Broadway and First avenue and is known as a local hangout in the Baker neighborhood.  The Hornet features familiar American cuisine and flavors of ethnic dishes like Salvadoran Pupusas, cheese and potato pierogis or Mediterranean hummus and artichoke fritters with curried yogurt.

Out door patio at The Hornet

Out door patio at The Hornet

The Hornet is featuring World Cup month while the World Cup games are being played mid June to July.  They offer a family friendly environment to watch the games with no cover fees and free parking in the back.  Full menu will be available during the games.  Drink specials for the games include $3 Heineken and Strongbow drafts and $5 mules made with your choice of Absolut, Jameson or Altos Olmeca Silver.

Brunch is offered Saturday-Sunday from 10am-3pm that includes a $2 Bloody Mary bar, breakfast tacos, homemade pop-tarts, pupusas rancheros and a BLT Royale.  Happy hour at The Hornet runs everyday from 3-6pm with $3.50 drafts, wells and house wine and happy hour food is $6 or less.  Late happy hour runs 11pm-close with food happy hour specials from 10pm-midnight.

The Hornet is located at 76 Broadway Denver 80203.  Phone number: 303-777-7676.


Monday-Friday 11am-2am

Saturday 10am-2am

Sunday 10am-midnight

Brunch Saturday and Sunday 10am-3pm

Where to Drink This Week: Three Lions

June 17th, 2014 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Three Lions PubWith the 2014 World Cup under way, what better place to watch the games this week then Denver’s football (soccer) pub, Three Lions.  Three Lions is a beautifully designed bar that makes you feel like you are truly in a local pub in England.  There are giant screens throughout the pub to make viewing soccer games easy from any table.  Whether you are a die hard soccer fan or a first time watcher, you will enjoy relaxing and drinking here.

Three Lions offers traditional English fare: fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, bangers and mashers and a traditional English breakfast.  During the World Cup, they will open 3 hours before kick off and will offer viewing of games in the outdoor beer garden as well.  Get there early as tables will go on a first come first serve basis.  Happy hour at Three Lions happens everyday twice a day; 3pm-7pm and 10pm-12am.  Saturdays and Sundays from 7am-11am offers $3 Bloody Mary’s and mimosas.  As you would expect from an English pub, Three Lions offers a host of European drafts and American micro brews that are reasonably priced for happy hour.

The Bar at Three Lions Pub

The Bar at Three Lions Pub


A Tap Table at Three Lions

A Tap Table at Three Lions

Three Lions is located at 2239 E. Colfax Ave. Denver 80206. 303-997-6886.

Regular hours:

Monday-Friday: 11am-2am

Saturday and Sunday: 7am-2am

Hours during world cup: pub opens 3 hours before kick off for the first game of the day.

Where to Eat This Weekend: Fuel Cafe

June 13th, 2014 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

fuel cafeFuel Cafe is inspired by the most local cuisine: urban gardens surrounding the restaurant.  Because of their fresh menu, Fuel Cafe’s menu options change monthly to ensure the freshest menu choices.Chef/owner Bob Blair strives to to stay true to his roots and passion for food with the use of local ingredients.

Fuel Cafe’s patio was recently voted by Eater Denver as one of the top 10 best in Denver which is no surprise because Fuel’s patio is surrounded by an herb garden.  Head over to their patio for a welcomed change of pace from the sights of a big city.

Fuel offers brunch, lunch, dinner and a happy hour.  Example of brunch items include homemade scones, PBR breakfast, Meg’s French toast with citrus vanilla mascarpone and fruit compote or frisco caldo which is a montasio cheese, potato and leek pancake with green salad, fried egg and choice of sausage or bacon.  Happy hour specials includes a beer and burger special for $10, $4 hummus feta flat bread, half priced beers and cocktails.

For lunch and dinner, Fuel Cafe offers delicious small plates and entrees like Colorado striped bass, spinach pasta, flat bread pizzas, lamb ragu or beef brisket sandwich.

Fuel Cafe is located at 3455 Ringsby Ct. #105 Denver, 80216. 303-296-4642.

Brunch: Sunday 10am-2pm

Lunch: Monday-Friday 11am-3pm

Dinner: Wednesday-Saturday 5-9pm

Happy Hour: 4:30-6pm Wednesday-Friday



Where to Drink this Week: Rosa Linda’s Mexican Cafe

June 10th, 2014 Posted by Tequila, Uncategorized, Where To Drink This Week No Comment yet

GetImage.ashxRosa Linda’s is a family run cafe that has served Denver some of the best Mexican food since 1985.  They have received numerous national and local awards for over the 30 years they have been in business, and every year they give back to the community in a big way by serving the homeless population on Thanksgiving.  In 2013, Rosa Linda’s served about 4,500 meals on Thanksgiving day.

Rosa Linda, the inspiration for the restaurant, is still making her food in the restaurant kitchen, and you will also see the rest of the family in the business.  They do an amazing job to make you feel like part of the family while you are dining there.

Another highlight of Rosa Linda’s is their surprising healthy, light menu options.  You won’t find greasy food that leaves you feeling heavy.  They use no lard or MSG in their

cooking, and they have a certified healthy menu from Smart Meal Seal.  Some of the must try items on the menu include the cactus tacos (personal favorite), the homemade chips with guacamole or salsa (yes they really are that good), chile relleno plate or the Best of Denver burrito.

Drink at Rosa Linda’s this week for happy hour that is from 3-6pm Monday-Friday for one of the best $4 house margaritas or $3 bottled beers.  Rosa Linda’s also has a wide selection of tequillas that pair nicely with any of their dishes.

Rosa Linda’s is located at 2005 W. 33rd Ave. Denver 80211. 303-455-0608.

Closed Sunday

Open Monday-Saturday 10am-9pm


Where to Eat This Weekend: High Point Creamery

June 6th, 2014 Posted by Uncategorized, Where To Eat This Weekend No Comment yet

DSC06732Denver is blessed to have many amazing ice cream and sweet treat shops throughout the city.  Add to your ice cream list as a must stop location High Point Creamery, which just opened May 15th in the Hilltop neighborhood.  Owners Erika Thomas and Chad Schultz have a passion for flavor and ice cream that truly comes out in their all homemade products.

DSC06742High Point Creamery uses only natural ingredients, mostly organic and local, and flavor combinations you wouldn’t think to put together but match perfectly.  Personal favorites of mine include basil with blackberry swirl, honeydew cardamom yogurt and Earl Grey with short bread.  The flavors and freshness truly pop and will challenge what you think butter pecan or mint chocolate chip ice cream should taste like.

High Point Creamery offers ice cream flights, which is totally genius.  You can get 5 mini samples of ice cream plus 1 topping including homemade bittersweet chocolate sauce or caramel sauce, and 1 topping which could include gold sugar or black lava salt.  These flights are perfect for sharing and offer a chance to try many different flavors.  High Point Creamery also offers floats, waffle cones, ice cream bombes and a pour over coffee option with Sweet Bloom coffee.  They are recently kosher certified as well.

Ice cream flight

Ice cream flight.

High Point Creamery is located at 215 S Holly St. 720-420-9137.

Summer hours:

Monday-Thursday: 12pm-9:30pm

Friday and Saturday: 11am-10pm

Sunday: 11am-9:30pm

Ice cream flavors

Ice cream flavors


Where to Drink This Week: Ste. Ellie

June 3rd, 2014 Posted by Chefs, Cocktails, Denver, restaurants, Where To Drink This Week No Comment yet

Ste EllieSte. Ellie is a sister bar to the wildly popular and successful Colt & Gray.  You have probably heard of the hot drinking spots Colt & Gray and Williams & Graham, but Ste. Ellie is still flying under the radar around Denver.  Ste. Ellie has a similar concept of these 2 establishments: classic and creative cocktails done extremely well paired with a delicious food menu.

One of the reasons Ste. Ellie seems tucked away in Denver is because it actually is.  Ste. Ellie is located in the downstairs of Colt & Gray.  Kevin Burke is the genius behind the bar at Ste. Ellie and the chefs putting out delicious, reasonably priced food at Ste. Ellie are Kyle Foster and Nelson Perkins.

Information about the menu isn’t easy to find, so the best idea is just to head do

wn to Ste. Ellie and see what the fuss is about yourself.  You won’t be disappointed.  Both the chefs and bar tender make the experience of coming here worth it.

Ste. Ellie is located under Colt & Gray at 1553 Platte St. Denver 80202. 303-477-1447


Tuesday-Thursday: 6pm-12am

Friday and Saturday: 6pm-1am

Sunday: 6pm-12am