Uncommon Ground: Hangar 2

Café Mercato Hanger 2

Upon being seated at Café Mercato, I looked out the window and experienced a sudden craving for crayfish, also known as “rock lobster.” It made sense. A restored B-52 stood on display at the front door of the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space museum—and, well, the B-52s first hit single was 1978’s catchy “Rock … Read more

The Wooden Table is Superb in the Burbs

For restaurants as well as children, it takes a Village—in this case, Greenwood. Chef Brett Shaheen and manager Jane Knauf met years ago when they were both working at Sambuca, Denver’s erstwhile jazz supper club. They then accrued a period of fine-dining experience between them—for Shaheen, it was cooking at Frank Bonnano’s Luca d’Italia and … Read more

How Many is a Brazilian?

I suppose could ascribe my hankering for some contemporary South American cuisine to watching the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. But I can’t be coy—I could eat at Café Brazil every four hours, much less every four years. In an era when the attention of popular restaurants is focused on a celebrity chef or a particular … Read more

Another Topgolf Opening in Thornton?

After opening its first Colorado facility in Centennial to raging success last summer, Topgolf International has announced plans to open a second Colorado Topgolf 30 miles north in Thornton. Sited on 17 acres at the southeast corner of I-25 and 136th Avenue, Topgolf’s proposed multi-tiered golf entertainment complex would sit next door to Thorncreek Golf … Read more

Carving a Niche: The Best in Denver Steakhouses

Shanahan’s Steakhouse The opulent surroundings at Shanahan’s—named for and co-owned by former Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan—rate as eye-popping, from a bar area teeming with glassware to a 25-foot-tall granite fireplace to abundant dark wood and leather pizzazz everywhere. The kitchen expertise is applied to Shanahan’s signature bone-in steaks—the meat next to the bone … Read more

Mountain Gumbo: The Lost Cajun

Real and honorary “lost Cajuns” populate the West. They crave authentic Louisiana food—simple fare, slow-cooked and brimming with flavor—and have a hard time finding it. Raymond “Griff” Griffin, from Barataria, 25 miles south of New Orleans, didn’t initially count himself among them. He’d worked as a cook in a fishing lodge for fifteen years. But … Read more

South of the Border on South Broadway

Let’s face it, the most popular Mexican restaurant food is hard to swallow if you’ve ever had the real deal—those booming burrito chains are far from authentic. Culinary teams obsessed with holding the line are worth celebrating, and Brian Rossi, who had managed Mezcal and El Camino in town, finally has a thriving Mexican restaurant … Read more

Saving Grace at The Ridge

Park Place Restaurant The Ridge Castle Pines

Gary James Pictured above: New chefs Jordan Isaac and Ben Fauske For folks who can’t access the exclusive experience of Castle Pines Golf Club, the Ridge at Castle Pines North provides a member-for-a-day alternative. Arizona-based Troon Golf manages the facility with its Tom Weiskopf-designed public course, and since 2004, it has been owned by the Park … Read more