Food and Drink

Alayna Alvarez
Updated Feb 1, 2023 - Food and Drink

14 Denver restaurants to dine with your darling on Valentine's Day

Fresh ceviche and margaritas from Toro in Denver. Photo: Courtesy of Toro

Valentine's Day is just two weeks away. Yeah, it snuck up on us too. 😬

What's happening: If you want to kindle the romance without burning dinner, we rounded up 14 Denver restaurants (see what we did there?) featuring special offerings to celebrate with your sweetheart.

  • Pro tip: Make your reservations ASAP.
John Frank
Jan 26, 2023 - Business

13 Colorado chefs and restaurants score 2023 James Beard nominations

Chef/owner Kelly Whitaker at The Wolf's Tailor in 2019. Photo: AAron Ontiveroz/Denver Post via Getty Images

Chef/owner Kelly Whitaker at The Wolf's Tailor in 2019. Photo: AAron Ontiveroz/Denver Post via Getty Images

Thirteen Colorado chefs and restaurants were named Wednesday among the nation's best as semifinalists for a James Beard award.

Why it matters: Taking home a James Beard award, which is like an Oscar in the food industry, can put a restaurant on the map.

Details: Here are the local semifinalists:

John Frank
Jan 26, 2023 - Things to Do

Our favorite places to eat, drink and play in Aurora

Mango House community center in Aurora. Photo: Hyoung Chang/Denver Post via Getty Images

Mango House community center in Aurora. Photo: Hyoung Chang/Denver Post via Getty Images

The cultural cornucopia that is Aurora makes the city a great place for dining, drinking and socializing.

Where to go: Here are our favorite places to visit.

Hey Kiddo in Denver is Tennyson Street's trendiest new restaurant

The house lobster with kosho butter, grilled mushrooms with bitter melon ponzu and "the friend request," a nonalcoholic cocktail. Photo: Alayna Alvarez/Axios

Chef Kelly Whitaker doesn't do predictable. In fact, to access his new restaurant — arguably one of Denver's hippest yet — you'll need to take an elevator.

Details: Hey Kiddo, which debuted on Tennyson Street last Thursday, puts complexity and innovation at the forefront with elegant dishes that draw inspiration from around the world.

John Frank
Jan 20, 2023 - Things to Do

Sunroom Brewing finds promising spot on Colorado beer map

Sunroom's Matt Miller inside the Englewood brewery. Photo: John Frank/Axios

Sunroom's Matt Miller inside the Englewood brewery. Photo: John Frank/Axios

The map of breweries in Colorado is crowded, as Melanie and Matt Miller learned when they set out to start their own.

  • "We spent a lot of time looking at all the pins of the breweries," Melanie Miller explained, "and we said, 'There's nothing [in Englewood]. Why is there nothing?'"

Taste test: New Belgium changes its iconic Fat Tire beer

The new Fat Tire packaging.

The new Fat Tire beer and packaging. Photo: Courtesy of New Belgium Brewing

Say farewell to the beer that put Colorado on the map.

What's happening: Fort Collins-based New Belgium Brewing announced Tuesday a new recipe and fresh look for its iconic Fat Tire.

What to eat at the National Western Stock Show

The Smokehouse BBQ at the National Western Stock Show in Denver. Photo: Esteban L. Hernandez/Axios

👋 Esteban here.

The National Western Stock Show is home to traditional carnival fare and some delicious barbecue and western fare.

What happened: I went to Sunday's Wild West Show and needed fuel before, during and after.

Alayna Alvarez
Jan 10, 2023 - News

Seattle's Reckless Noodles brings Southeast Asian cuisine to Denver

Caramelized prawns at Reckless Noodles in Denver. Photo: Alayna Alvarez/Axios

Seattle's Reckless Noodles debuted its first out-of-state location last month in Denver and is bringing bright Southeast Asian flavors to the Governor's Park neighborhood.

  • This trendy spot specializes in creative cocktails and plates that pop, with dishes including crispy duck rolls, noodles with braised beef cheek, lobster fried rice and udon soup.
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