Stellar Fried Chicken, Comfort Food, and Good Times at The BSide

I used to think I knew what fried chicken was all about. After all, who hasn’t had fried chicken? And then I came to The BSide last weekend, and it pretty much turned my world upside down. Forget any other fried chicken you’ve had. Forget “wings” at any other bar. What’s the foodie version of, “was blind but now I see” — because that’s how I feel right now.* The BSide (which opened in Uptown at the end of the summer) is the perfect neighborhood bar that you’re bound to fall in love with. Everything here makes you feel right...
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Denver’s Tastiest Hidden Gem: Crawling Crab on South Federal

I face an internal dilemma, because Crawling Crab (781 South Federal Boulevard) is one of my favorite restaurants ever that I go to all the time, and I would really like for it to stay the secret gem it is — but I feel like I must share my discovery. Hopefully, by the time that thousands of you regularly read this blog, this post will be long buried Crawling Crab has some of the most amazing crab and crawfish I’ve ever tasted — at inexplicably cheap prices. I don’t know how they do it, but I’m glad they do. I...
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The Best Happy Hour Oysters & Seafood in Denver: Jax Fish House

Having spent most of my life in the San Francisco Bay Area, I’m a sucker for raw oysters. They’re pretty much my favorite food. I have to admit, I was a bit concerned when I first moved to Denver, because being landlocked in the middle of the country doesn’t exactly scream “fresh seafood.” However, you’d be amazed how much great seafood there is in Denver, with many restaurants flying it in every morning. And one of my personal favorites is Jax Fish House in LoDo (1539 17th Street). Not the least because they have: $1.25 Oyster Happy Hour And when...
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Perfect on a Cold Denver Day: Irish Stew and Whiskey Cider at the Celtic

We’re finally seeing those winter storms in Denver — and on days like this, there’s nothing like curling up by the fireplace with a hot glass of whiskey cider and a plate of lamb stew. So it’s a good thing The Celtic Tavern (1801 Blake Street) has all of those. It’s the perfect place to escape to during lunch or after work. Don’t expect anything fancy or pretentious, though. It’s a typical Irish pub, with lots of wood everywhere and a pretty traditional menu — but the people are friendly, the drinks are cheap, and there’s always space available. Oh, and they...
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The Best Brunch Food in Denver, Louisiana Style: Sassafras (Capitol Hill)

Denver is pretty crazy about it’s brunches — in a way that I’m somewhat baffled by. There are literally 30-60 minute wait lines out the doors of Steuben’s, Snooze, Jelly, and the such. Hipsters love them some brunch. But I hate lines, so it’s usually a lost cause to try and drag me to a popular brunch place unless the food is pretty amazing (and booze, because brunch must have booze). And that brings me to Sassafras… I will always go to Sassafras (320 East Colfax) if I get the chance. Because the food is amazing and the drinks are...
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D’Corazon: the Best Mexican Restaurant in Denver (and Maybe Colorado)

I spent 12 years living in California (both NorCal and SoCal) — so I’ve had my share of good Mexican food. What’s funny is that it took moving to Colorado to find my favorite Mexican restaurant. There are very few places in Colorado I feel as strongly about as I do about D’Corazon. I like to try new places and switch up where I eat — but I still find myself at D’Corazon (1530 Blake Street) at least once a week, as do most of my coworkers. I can’t say that about any other restaurant in Denver. Here’s why. In my mind, there...
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