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Whether your tastes run to Italian, seafood, farm-to-table or somewhere in between, there is something exciting for you in Colorado!
193 Gore Creek Dr., Vail
Love at First Bite—the way to describe Mountain Standard in Vail. The sister restaurant of Sweet Basil (37 years young), Mountain Standard is on the creek level. The super looking space features a lovely patio and a fabulous bar where you can gather, dine, and just enjoy for starters. The focal kitchen is awesome and a tour is mandatory. The party starts with divine bread, coal roasted olives, flatbread, onion rings, carpaccio, bone marrow, three little pigs, shrimp and grits, and clam chowder. The best is the whiskey braised pork belly with soy molasses, jalapeno, grilled pineapple and cashew. It could be the best pork belly ever. The raw bar offers oysters, shooters, shrimp, snow crab, and tuna crudo while salads include a divine Caesar, mixed greens, tomato mozzarella, and rotisserie chicken salad. Bring on halibut, whole trout with snap pea amandine, awesome salmon with coal-roasted veggies, Korean chili paste, black sesame, and apple dressing. There’s more with the pork chop with Mexican corn, lamb shank, and steak. At lunch, the corned pork Reuben might be the best thing ever. Whatever you do—do not miss Mountain Standard. Chef Paul Anders is charming as is the front house staff, and after you visit, you just want to go back. Might just have to make it my ‘hood from Denver.
1518 S. Pearl St., Denver
Scott Parker, the amazingly talented chef formerly of Table 6, took a big step and joined the Wynkoop Group to head Session Kitchen. The design is great, seating 280, with 100 upstairs in the “Back Bowl” and seating with “Session Bar,” Park Bar” and “North Face” areas downstairs. “Sessioning” with globally inspired dishes to share is one menu you really have to try to see how it works. Dishes come at two prices so you decide. “Jam Session” (jarred, cured, preserved) offers persimmon vinegar pepper slaw, pork rilettes, fennel sausage with pretzel noodles, and fried Brussels sprouts with preserved lemon. Move on to “Herb Session” with roasted chicken, chopped Caesar and raw blackfin tuna or go for “Wealth” with waffles Cubano, Piadina, mushroom manwich, and brisket bacon burger. Finally the “Group Session” offers roast chicken, franks braised Brussels sprouts, smoked brisket, and lamb collar, salmon, and belly-on pork chop. With great food, drinks, and ambience, Session Kitchen rocks on South Pearl.
Multiple locations in Denver and Boulder
Modmarket is a terrific choice for great gourmet fast food. It is comparable to upscale restaurants with fresh, organic, farm-to-table ingredients at affordable prices. Order at the counter and pick up your food when called. Breakfast specials are available, but more focus is on lunch and dinner. The sandwiches are great; Thai basil chicken, turkey, vegetarian, spicy chicken, and more between the bread are awesome in taste with tempting sauces and spice. Salads start with a super salad with kale, quinoa, and more, or the sliced chicken over greens with grapes, almonds, corn, and feta with delicious dressing. The aroma from the pizza oven makes you want to order one no matter what you had in mind. The crispy, not-too-thick crust is topped with cheese and bacon, margarita, sausage or your choices. The staff is incredibly friendly, and prices are very affordable. You’ll be addicted after one visit to Modmarket.
10125 W. San Juan Way, Littleton
Bacco Trattoria is a dream of a neighborhood Italian restaurant, offering everything—and the right way. The place is small and friendly with one room and an open kitchen as a focal point. The charm is in the staff and the food. Start with fire-roasted artichoke, mussels, baked clams, eggplant caponata, and veal or salmon carpaccio. The arugula with preserved lemons, goat cheese and pancetta chips is worth the trip. The pastas are fabulous with risotto, lasagna, ravioli, Bologenese, fruitti de mare, and gnocchi. If you have room, enjoy decadent desserts. Bacco Ristorante is just what a neighborhood Italian restaurant should be.
620 E. 6th Ave., Denver
Angelo’s has been around Denver for years, but now there is new excitement as owners Eric Hyatt and Craig Jones designed a bar ambience with focus on oysters, pizza, and pasta. The décor brings big windows, the original old brick walls, the focal bar lined with liquor and wine, and the kitchen that peeks out into the room. The menu starts with calamari, arencini, garlic bread, and antipasti platters along with traditional apps. The pasta dishes bring bison or cheese ravioli in marinara or cream sauce, chicken or zucchini parmesan, meatballs, lasagna, and a terrific Bolognese. The pizza stars with so many different versions, or build your own. There is even gluten free for those in need. Leave room for delicious tiramisu, cheesecake, or fried zucchini ravioli sweetened and topped with ice cream. Angelo’s brings great fun and dining to the neighborhood and is perfect to relax and enjoy the crowd.
1700 Humboldt, Denver
Enter Humboldt and be ready for a delightful experience. We all remember Strings but the new space brings a new look and new life here. The ceilings are very high, wood floors, a great bar as you enter with super lighting, big community tables, and a huge open kitchen. Start with oysters, fresh, delicious crispy fried, charbroiled, and baked. Small plates of edamame, shrimp cocktail, calamari, mussels, crispy broccoli, steak skewers and tuna crudo are perfect for sharing. There are signature steaks including steak Diane for a traditional presentation, and several large plates that start with a terrific hamburger or fish sandwich. Add pork tenderloin, spiced tuna, whole crispy fish, chicken, and scallops to make decisions difficult. There are pastas and several salads too. The special page shows the fish selections daily that come with super sides of your choice. This is really special and the sauce choices make the flavors perfect for every taste. Dessert brings chocolate caramel cake, bread pudding, and key lime pie. The owners have done a super job to bring a new look and feel to a favorite neighborhood spot and with all the touches offered, Humboldt is a big favorite in the ‘hood that is ready to open the new guy with open arms.
Pat Miller, AKA The Gabby Gourmet, hosts The Gabby Gourmet Restaurant Show on KHOW, AM 630 on the dial, every Saturday afternoon from 1-3pm. On air for over 35 years, Pat also writes the very popular Gabby Gourmet Restaurant Guide. The 28th edition, Gabby Gourmet Restaurant Guide 2014, is available throughout the Denver area. Visit www.gabbygourmet.com for more information.
The next ICON Gala will be held on Friday, March 18th, 2016 at the Grand Hyatt Denver.
For information or to purchase tickets, please call 303.694.1289 or visit
The ICON Awards honor the most creative people in the party and event
planning industry while raising money for favorite charities. $50 of each
ticket sold goes to the charity of choice. The more tickets purchased,
the more money local nonprofits receive. An additional $25 of each ticket will
be put into a drawing and a charity will be chosen to receive the funds during the event.
Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado
Alzheimer’s Association, Colorado Chapter
American Heart Association
American Cancer Society
American Transplant Foundation
Anchor Center for Blind Children
Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Colorado
Cherry Hills Land Preserve
Children’s Diabetes Foundation
Children’s Hospital of Colorado Foundation
Colorado Aids Project
Colorado Horse Rescue
Concerts For Kids
Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation
Denver Center for the Performing Arts
Denver Adult Down Syndrome Clinic
Denver Dumb Friend’s League
Denver Health Foundation
Denver Rescue Mission
The Denver Hospice
The Denver Waldorf School
Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado
Excelsior Youth Center
First American State Bank Fitness Fesival
The Foundation Fighting Blindness
The Gathering Place
The Global Down Syndrome Foundation
Harrison Memorial Animal Hospital
Institute for Children’s Mental Disorders
Invest in Kids
Jewish Family Service
The Kempe Foundation
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado
Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives
Parkinson Association of the Rockies
Project Angel Heart
Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers Foundation
Rocky Mtn Lions Eye Institute
Ronald McDonald House Charities
The Saddle Up!Foundation
The Shining Stars Foundation
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Tennyson Center for Children
University of Colorado Hospital Foundation
Volunteers of America
The Icon Gala
Friday March 06, 2015
Grand Hyatt Denver.
If names were not provided, they need to be reported to Lisa at Colorado Expression before March 6, 2015.
No tickets are sent for this event and all names must appear on the check in list for admittance to the event.
HOW IT WORKS: There are 14 categories with multiple entries.
No winners are announced automatically and no number of votes cast is released before the ICON Awards Event.
The winners are announced at the annual ICON Awards Gala, Friday March 18 2016 at the Grand Hyatt.
The winners names are posted on the website after gala Event.
Atticus, one of Denver’s hottest new restaurants to land in the DU neighborhood. It’s hard to find the perfect balance of inviting, hospitable, incredible food and a charming atmosphere. Atticus offers brunch, lunch, dinner and a full bar. Part of the Table to Tavern family, their menu is focused on local producers and highly crafted cocktails using local independent distillers.
Some highly recommended dinner items include the:
- Mussels, tomato saffron broth, house made frites
- Wild Boar Chili (with Garam Masala and toasted pita chips)
- Smoked Short Ribs (Orange horseradish glaze, sweet potato hash, collard greens)
- Coffee and Coriander Crusted Local Lamb Loin (blackberry gravy, polenta, grilled squash)
Located on the corner of Evans and Downing, the best place for parking is across Downing St at Bank of the West (during closing hours) Hours: Monday – Saturday 7 am – 11 pm Sunday 7 am – 2pm
1115 E. Evans Ave.; 720-459-8273
Pastry chef Noah French runs River North's newest addition, Sugarmill.
The breakfast SM Sammie (farm fresh eggs, Tender Belly bacon, Muenster cheese and arugula for $7)
Beet Hummus (pistachio, gremolata – on both lunch and dinner menu for $4)
Red Velvet Crème Brûlée (red velvet cake, cream cheese crème brûlée and 5 spice streusel) on the lunch and dinner dessert menu for $9.
Sugarmill is located at 2461 Larimer St
Restaurateur Troy Guard’s most captivating concept yet: Guard and Grace, a sophisticated, modern steakhouse with his signature TAG style.
Reservations are strongly recommended and guests can visit Open Table or call 303.293.8500.
Guard and Grace is located at 1801 California St. Denver, CO
The heart of the Highlands just got its horns!
Owners Zak Melang and Nate Opper, along with executive chef Steve Linder and chef de cuisine Franck Forbeau, have launched an amazing new Highlands restaurant.
Offering a unique and visually stunning interior, Matador Denver worked with local artists to create one-of-a-kind skulls for charity. Artists were asked to take the provided longhorn skull and make it their own. Victoria Patti, renown for her metal work and sculptures, created Matador Skulls titled “Adorned Shaman and Toro Toro” . Additional artists include painter and sculptor, Taylor Spradling and tattoo artist, Isacc Lucero.
The Matador Denver has partnered with Conflict Center in NW Denver, teaching communication skills, choices, negotiation, anger management classes, conflict management, parenting and assertiveness. All proceeds from the Matador Skulls will go directly to the youth program. Starting price of the Matador Skulls will begin at $500 and be on display for bidding through the end of the year.
The wood bar is just as impressive as what's behind the bar. Carved by the owner himself, the craftwork on the tabletops and the bars are each individual pieces of art. The bar itself has the best selection in Denver - offering over one hundred varieties of tequila.
Make sure to try the grilled goat cheese stuffed jalapeños!
Matador Denver, 3496 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211 | 303.561.2855 | Hours: 11 am- 2 am
Concept Restaurants has opened it's hot new restaurant Humboldt Farm.Fish.Wine. They have successfully maintained the Architectural integrity and friendly spirit of this beloved 4,000 sq foot iconic location. The private dining area in the large atrium is perfect for large groups. They've added a fresh oyster bar and open kitchen, creating a wonderfully inviting open space. With Executive Chef DJ Nagle and Chef de Cuisine Kollin Gately at the helm, the menu features all local ingredients with the fish prepared on site every day. Some mouth-watering dishes include the crispy broccoli and calamari small plates, the clam chowder (recommended by a Bostonian staff member), and the grass-fed hamburgers.
Humboldt provides free valet parking, serves lunch and dinner daily and offers a daily happy hour from 3-6 pm. Humboldt is open seven days a week from 11:30 am until evening close. Weekend brunch begins at the end of October starting at 10 am both Saturday and Sunday.
For more information visit: humboldtrestaurant.com or call 303-813-1700.
Facebook: www.fb.com/humboldton17th or Twitter @HumboldtFFW
You can never go wrong with the array of flavors and excellent dishes at Parallel 17. With the fabulous and cozy atmosphere, you can easily exhaust your stay while sampling everything on the menu.
Some fall/winter dishes offering a unique twist andnot to be missed are the ginger and coconut encrusted calamari with jalapeños, the unbelievable "Oyster Mushroom Bread Pudding" which even the wait staff raves about, the seared pork belly buns, and the Chinese sausage stuffed Quail with bordelaise sauce. The Cucumber Basil martini, with house infused cucumber sake and elderflower liqueur or the "Spicy Hanoi", infused jalapeño tequila, agave nectar with fresh lime and mango juice are great choices.
1600 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80218
Don’t miss out on Chef Richard Sandovals 3rd Annual Tamale Festival through Jan. 31 at La Sandia. The unique tamale menu will be offered at its Stapleton and Park Meadows locations.
Tradicionales - assorted tamales served family style (fried chicken tamale with tomatillo salsa/sweet corn tamale with queso fresco/mole pork tamale frijol con queso with entomatada salsa)
Sample of Entrees
Chile Relleno de Tamale Durango - (stuffed chile rellenos with chicken tinga tamale mexican cheese/chorizo black beans/ salsa jalisco creme fresca/cotija)
Tamale de Pescado a la Campeche - (fish tamale in banana leaves/ epazote/tomato masa/serrano/cilantro/grilled yellow squash/mexican rice/refried beans)
Fresh Pomegranate Margarita - (blanco tequila/pomegranate puree/citrus)
Ponche Mexicano - (traditional tequila spiked punch/cinnamon/tropical fruit)
La Sandia Cantina - Stapleton, 8340 Northfield Blvd #1690, , Denver, Colorado 80238, (303) 373-9100
La Sandia Cantina - Park Meadows, 8419 Park Meadows Center Dr, Lone Tree, CO 80124, (303) 586-5511
Marco's just never seems to disappoint. From the mouthwatering antipasto to the creative and over the top delicious pizzas to the fabulous array of desserts, it's such a staple for an intimate dinner or even better for large groups. The staff could not be warmer and more knowledgeable from sharing the extensive history to the current ingredients in every dish. Some highly recommended dishes are the El Poppa Vege (made especially for the Pope) and the Hell's Kitchen with sausage and the best smoked buffalo mozzarella in town. For dessert, don't overlook the amazing Italian desserts, the Cannoli and Pannacatta. Both well worth the calories! With their warm inviting space, Marco's is perfect for large groups. parties, events and catering. They have a lovely downstairs meeting and banquet room.
2129 Larimer St Denver, CO 80205 | (303) 296-7000 | www.marcoscoalfiredpizza.com
"The interior changes to Satchel's on 6th are significant, but these are the same four walls. Satchel's is growing up, and upgrading the restaurant is a natural progression for us. I'm excited for our customers who have been so supportive over the past 8 years to experience the warmer, more comfortable atmosphere."
You are not a true foodie unless you have experienced the culinary genius behind Satchel's on 6th. Named after the owner, Andrew Cassalini's oldest son, their menu is fresh, seasonal, local and reflects great care in everything from the ingredients, the dishes, the cocktails to the overall experience and ambiance. Their new remodel includes a new, custom-built bar and welded metal back bar, all made in Colorado, a new liquor license, allowing Satchel's to now serve cocktails, new antiqued, parquet wood floors, vintage chandeliers and pendants, deep red, channel-backed banquettes along both walls and all new cane topped bars stools and bentwood chairs.
Satchel's has added a happy hour menu and is introducing a number of new seasonal dishes with the re-opening. The new cocktail list will feature signature cocktails on their "client list" on which many of the cocktails are named after some of Satchel's best clients.Jessica Poole will take on the role of bar manager, with bartending support from Jason Ladd.
1710 E 6th Ave Denver, CO 80218 | (303) 399-2560 | satchelson6th.com
Happenings coming up next: Atticus, beast + bottle, Bittersweet, Linger and Root Down!
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