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Neir Team’s Top 10 Denver Restaurant Week Picks

We are such fans of Denver Restaurant Week that we which we could clones ourselves to we could get to every participating restaurant during this wonderful 10-day celebration of all things yummy in Denver. Since we haven’t figured out the cloning – yet – we made a list of our 10 favorites, highlighted below in no particular order, and what looks good on their menus.

Denver Restaurant Week Special at Bang Up to the Elephant
Price: $25
Courses: 3
Our Picks:
Habanero-pineapple Soy Wings
Bake and Shark
Icebox Cheesecake
Of note: Gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options

Denver Restaurant Week Special at The Family Jones
Price: $35
Courses: 3
Our Picks:
Smoked Baby Back Ribs
Salted Oreo Ice Cream with Oatmeal Cookies and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Specialty Cocktail
Of note: Gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options

Denver Restaurant Week Special at Osteria Marco
Price: $35
Courses: 4
Our Picks:
House made Formaggi, Salumi & Antipasti
Salad with Pine Nuts, Salami, Gorgonzola and Red Wine Vinaigrette
Fig & Goat Cheese
Luca’s Wild Mushroom Fusilli
Of note: Gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options

Denver Restaurant Week Special at Old Major
Price: $45
Our Picks:
Ham and Cheddar Cheese Biscuits with Red Pepper Jam
Korean beef short ribs
Butterscotch Pot de Crème with Sugar Cookie and Peanut Bacon Brittle
Of note: Gluten free, vegetarian and vegan...

Curtis Park: Denver’s Oldest Neighborhood Brings in the New

photo from Yelp

Curtis Park may be Denver’s oldest neighborhood, but that doesn’t keep it from bringing in the new while maintaining its historic charm and friendly neighborhood feel.

Since the fall, three amazing restaurants have joined Denver’s Curtis Park -- proving just how hot this neighborhood is. Here’s a look at the great new dining and some other wonderful things about Curtis Park.

Lou’s Italian Specialties
So far restaurateur Joshua Pollack hasn’t been wrong in thinking that many Coloradoan’s are craving authentic East Coast tastes… from bagels to pizza and now an Italian deli. That’s right, Pollack is the man that brought us Rosenberg’s Bagels, followed up Famous Original J’s. And now it is Lou’s Italian Specialties, which opened earlier this week. Lou’s is like a trifecta of goodness: a deli, a specialty market and a restaurant with a wonderful assortment of “take and bake” meals. The deli offers hot and cold sandwiches, paninis, salads and soups. The market will have specialty oil, spices and more. And to take home? You can’t go wrong with spaghetti and meatballs with scratch-made marinara. Will all this yumminess, Denver’s Curtis Park residents may never have to prep their own meals again!

Liberati Osteria and Oenobeers
For having only opened months ago, Liberati Osteria and Oenobeers has made quite a name for itself – even making its way to the pages of Forbes magazine. So what is it all about? Authentic...

Restaurant Week: Neir Team top picks

Tasty Top Picks for Denver Restaurant Week

Denver Restaurant Week

For us as self-proclaimed foodies, Denver Restaurant Week is the most wonderful time of the year! In case you are not familiar with Denver Restaurant Week, it is happening from now through March 4 and offers special menus at the Mile High City’s top eateries. Multi-course meals are available at three price points: $25, $35 and $45. 

Among participating Denver Restaurant Week establishments, our favorites are listed below.

  • Atelier by Radex: Here you can enjoy French-inspired entrees including Canadian wapiti with black currant demi or roasted poulet with shallots and duxelles. The $45 menu also includes an asparagus and watercress parmentier served with a winter salad and choice of appetizer and dessert. Atelier by Radex follows Chef Cerny’s popular L’Atelier in Boulder – we’re so glad to have a location closer to home.
  • Bar Helix: This swanky bar features an amazing selection of beverages and delicious small plates. For its Denver Restaurant Week menu, Bar Helix is featuring three #soulmatepairing courses for $35. Tip: Consider going early as Bar Helix only accepts reservations for parties of eight or more.
  • Citizen Rail: What we love about Citizen Rail is it dry ages, smokes and cures its meats onsite. For Denver Restaurant Week, entrée selections include New York strip and smoked short rib. You’ll also enjoy two other courses for $35.
  • Colt & Gray: This restaurant also features meaty fare with its $35 menu including carbonara, quail, short rib and cod. Its included appetizers and dessert selection are also sure to hit the spot.
  • Concourse: New in our Central Park...

Best New Denver Hot Spot - Humboldt Farm Fish Wine

Humboldt Farm, Fish and Wine LogoThank goodness Denver Restaurant Week will be back for a second week in August!  August 23rd to the 29th to be exact.  Why you ask?  Because I will be going back a second time for dinner to Humboldt Farm Fish Wine!

Located at 1700 Humboldt Street, in the old Strings restaurant location, Humboldt Farm Fish Wine is probably one of the best restaurants I’ve eaten at in a long time.  The space is beautiful, in a historic neighborhood of Uptown in Denver, that’s been modernized since the previous tenant.  It’s warm and welcoming with a very unique design.  The food is all natural and sustainable and locally sourced whenever possible.  Some of the companies they work with are Boulder Natural Meats, Full Circle Farm, Osage Gardens, Hazel Dell Mushrooms, Kanaloa Seafood and Niman Ranch, to name a few.  The culture is genuine, inviting and the service it great!

We were at Best New Denver Hot Spot - Humboldt Farm Fish Wine as a party of four and started off with a select combination of both East Coast and West Coast oysters.  Oysters are one of their specialties, with upwards of five to six different types to choose from on a nightly basis.  For first course, we got to try crispy broccoli with a pepperoncini aioli and crispy Brussels sprouts with a spicy truffle chili glaze.  Both were absolutely amazing!  For our main course, we had one Steak Diane at the table,...

Denver Hot Spot – Acorn at The Source

The Source DenverBeing a self-proclaimed foodie from Chicago, I definitely know a good restaurant when I eat at one.  You know, the ones that are going to make it.  I literally eat at every new restaurant that comes to Denver.  When the two dining 5280 magazines come out during any given year, I use both the “Top 25 Restaurants” and “Best New Restaurants” as my checklists of where to hit next.  Last night, it was Acorn at The Source’s turn.

I was with my husband and one other couple, and the goal was to try as much as we could!  We ate upstairs, where there is a bit of a view of the action down below and a little more privacy.  The menu at Acorn is comprised of a huge list of 19 “Shared Plates” and 2 “Large Plates”, plus a separate, small dessert menu.  On the back of the main menu is a drink list that has “Booze Free”, “Low Booze” and “High Booze” options, plus tap and bottled beers.  I went for a high booze drink called “Crossing the Tracks”, which was their one vodka mixed cocktail.  It was delicious, using local vodka, St. Germain, aloe and grapefruit.  My hubbie went with a Green Flash/Founders IPA, my friend had the same as me, and her husband drank a “Warm Welcome”, which used Jimmy Russell 6 year.  Very good.

Now we needed food!  Like I mentioned already, we wanted to try as much as possible, so our table stuck with the shared plates and went to town – Fried Pickles, Red Shrimp and Grits, Lamb, Oak Smoked Duck Breast, Ahi Tuna Tataki, Matsutake Mushrooms, Tomato Braised Meatballs (two orders!)...

The Best New Denver Hot Spot – Old Major

Old Major - LoHiI’ve always felt that eating out in Denver was not only delicious and fun, but being the foodie from Chicago that I am, I always hope for a bit of an adventure too.  To me, a best new restaurant needs to obviously have great food, but it should also have an array of libations, a cool vibe, trendy décor, impeccable service, and leave you wanting to come back again.  Old Major Denver has it all!

Located at 33rd and Tejon in the Highlands neighborhood, Old Major is considered to be “Bistro Style” serving “American” fare.  I’d agree that it’s American, but with some of the most unique takes on dishes that I have ever seen and eaten.  How about a “Nose to Tail Plate”, consisting of confit rib, pork chop, crispy belly, city ham, crispy ear, Denver Bacon Co. barbecue beans, cole slaw and corn bread?  Overall, the dining is seasonal, with an emphasis on heritage-raised meat and sustainable seafood.  I went to Old Major in Denver with my husband and another couple, who we dine with at least once a quarter, and none of the four of us left without our chin on the ground with how good EVERYTHING was.

Old Major's Fries
Old Major in Denver
 is one of the cities hot new spots for many reasons.  The owners and chefs pride themselves on working with the farmers and fisherman directly, to ensure culinary greatness.  Their cocktail menu is one of the neatest I’ve ever seen, and with happy hour...

Hot new restaurant in RiNo (River North)

Denver hot spotsIt seems that, almost daily, trendy new bars and restaurants are springing up in Denver. With the rapid growth of LoHi, Jefferson Park, and Five Points, Denver is on the fast track towards becoming one of the nation’s trendiest cities. Helping to propel this elevated status is the addition of dive bars that greatly exceed expectations. One example of a great little hot spot is the Populist in Denver, recently opened in the up-and-coming River North area, or RiNo.

The Populist, located at 32nd and Larimer, is the eatery creation of Noah Price and Jonathan Power. They already have experience with experimental eateries in this area, as their brainchild, Crema Coffee House, is located just a few blocks west. The Populist in Denver has an irresistibly interesting menu, consisting of small, shared plates that feature modern, American cuisine. Dishes include apple and parsnip soup with roasted jalapeno caviar, beer-marinated olives and crackers, braised beef cheeks with porcini potato smashers, and seared frisee with a tamari reduction. For a tiny bar located in an up-and-coming Denver neighborhood, the menu is far from anticipated, yet delightfully surprising.

What inspired this intriguing menu? Jonathan Powers claims that “the idea is to go in and try a bunch of stuff without breaking the bank,” a concept that Denver’s most...

Uncle Makes a Name for Itself in LoHi

Uncle's Restaurant BarCities like New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago are known for their adventurous cuisine, chic restaurants, and world-renowned chefs. But lately, Denver has begun to make a name for itself in the culinary world and leading the way is the up and coming LoHi neighborhood. With restaurants like Linger and Central Bistro, it is easy to get swept up in the glamour that interesting cuisine can provide. But a new restaurant concept, Uncle in Denver, is making minimalism and ramen noodles look trendy.

When it comes to eating out in Denver, there are plenty of Asian restaurants to choose from. But Uncle in Denver is creating quite the buzz with their Asian-fusion style, blending foods from China, Korea, Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Chef-owner Tommy Lee opened the restaurant in August and it has since garnered acclaim from the Denver Post, Westword blog, and 5280 Magazine.

As one of Denver’s hot new spots, it’s menu is vast, interesting, and every changing. One can enjoy their famous steamed buns, adorned with pork belly, shrimp, or avocado for the vegetarian in the group. But their claim to fame is their ramen bowls. These gourmet bowls give the college-preferred Asian noodle a good name. Surrounded by broth, protein, veggies, and eggs, these entrees are what make Uncle in Denver deliciously interesting.

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Masterpiece Delicatessen: Eating out in Denver

Masterpiece Deli - Front PatioThis fabulously delicious deli may have opened its doors in 2008, but with the sudden and constant growth and popularity of the LoHi and Riverfront neighborhoods, we feel that this artful sandwich shop deserves a place on the list as one of Denver’s hot new spots. Masterpiece Delicatessen in Denver takes a classic, comfort food and makes it all their own, with a menu to die for and a line that seems to wrap around the block.

If you have ever ventured across the white Highlands Bridge and landed on the LoHi side, you were face-to-face with Masterpiece Delicatessen in Denver’s front door. It is located on a prime block along Central Boulevard and has unmatched views of downtown and the mountains. A lovely terrace with plenty of seating is ideal for people-watching or simply enjoying a cup of coffee in the morning sun. But the real magic happens inside and comes in the form of artisan sandwiches.

Masterpiece Deli's FoodWhen eating out in Denver, it doesn’t matter if you are in the mood for a classic Cuban or an adventurous White Truffle Egg Salad, as everything is served to perfection with the best ingredients, on home-made bread, and is sure to please every appetite....

Blue Sushi in Denver: A Modern Twist on Traditional Cuisine

Blue Sushi in Denver: A Modern Twist on Traditional Cuisine

Blue Sushi DenverIf you are in the mood for sushi and love eating out in Denver, there seems to be an endless amount of options when it comes to Japanese restaurants. But most people know that sushi can be tricky. When it is good, it can be amazing. But when it is bad, it can be dangerous. Thankfully, a new Japanese sushi restaurant has recently opened in LoDo that will ease all anxiety about bad sushi. Blue Sushi in Denver mixes together delicious, traditional Japanese cuisine with a modern, American flare and can be argued as the best sushi place in town.

Located at the corner of 16th Street and Wazee downtown, the Blue Sushi Sake Grill opened last July and was a much-needed addition to the Denver culinary world. Their gimmick is adding that infamous American attitude to old-world sushi, and throwing in page after page of sake to finish it off. Blue Sushi in Denver is a clever, trendy update to a popular food and definitely one of Denver’s hot new spots.

Naturally, the sushi is delicious. They offer the more conservative “Maki” rolls, like the Cali, Philadelphia, and Rainbow. And for those feeling adventurous and daring, the menu at Blue Sushi in Denver also has specialty and super specialty rolls. The Killer Bee and Blue Volcano rolls are crazy fun, different, and will leave a lasting impression. One can also try the restaurants wide selection of nigiri and sashimi.

But if raw fish and seaweed is not really your thing, the “Grill” part of “Blue Sushi Sake Grill” will not...

Denver Hot Spot: The Punch Bowl

Our Favorite Spot: The Punch Bowl Denver

Denver Punch Bowl BarIf you have been out in Denver recently, it is a pretty safe bet that you’ve heard of Denver’s newest hot spot, the Punch Bowl.  And if you have not already been there yet, do yourself a favor and go! This warehouse size restaurant and bar has reinvigorated Denver’s nightlife and created a category all its own. One thing is for sure: going and eating out in Denver has never been so fun.

The Punch Bowl Denver is a self-claimed “social club”. Situated in a monumental, 24,000 square foot, warehouse-style building, this new bar literally has something for everyone.  Who could have guessed that the building used to be a Big Lots retail store? The interior décor is retro and funky, modern and edgy. Tufted bar stools circle the center bar, while elk antler chandeliers hang overhead. An attention to detail is evident throughout, from the exposed brick to the wall of framed mirrors. But despite all of the trendy décor choices, the main vision of the Punch Bowl Denver is ever clear: entertainment.

Denver Punch Bowl GamesIt opens everyday at 7 am to serve breakfast and stays open until the darkest evening hours for those looking to stay up late. They offer endless entertainment options, including eight lanes for bowling, ping-pong, marbles tables, shuffleboard, darts, and boards games, just to name a few. During the day, the Punch Bowl Denver facilitates a very family-friendly atmosphere, with plenty of games to keep...

True Food Kitchen Comes to Cherry Creek


True Food Kitchen Comes to Cherry Creek

True Food Kitchen Cherry CreekThe Fox Restaurant Concepts eatery, True Food Kitchen, has finally branched out from its Arizona and California monopoly and settled down in Denver’s culinary haven, Cherry Creek. Motivated by holistic health specialist, Dr. Andrew Weil, True Food Kitchen’s menu is all about combining modern culinary trends with healthy living, and not sacrificing great flavor in the process. With this addition to the food world, eating out in Denver just got a whole lot more delicious.

Fox Restaurant Concepts (FRC) began as a single restaurant in Tucson in 1998. It has since grown into 12 different restaurant names across the United States, including the already Cherry Creek established, North Modern Italian Cuisine. As one of Denver’s hot new spots, True Food Kitchen is riding the trend of healthy eating that tastes fabulous and leaves its customers feeling even better.

Cherry Creek's True Food KitchenInspired by cuisines throughout the world, True Food Kitchen’s menu offers a wide variety of delicious eats, from their popular Tuscan kale salad to the Asian red chili shrimp, the street tacos to the butternut squash pizza. The lunch and dinner menus vary only slightly, but both offer a vast drink menu with local beers, both foreign and domestic wines, specialty cocktails, and the traditional Japanese sake. And for those of you who prefer eating out...