Burgers, BBQ and the BSide: Our Restaurant Roll Call for August

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BurgerFi brought more big burgers to Denver.
After two big months for restaurant openings, the pace slowed a little in August -- but still, more than twenty new spots opened their doors this month, everything from downhome burger bars to the upscale Cooper Lounge in Union Station. Keep reading for our Restaurant Roll Call for August.

See also: Restaurant Roll Call for July 2014

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First Look: BSide Brings Fried Chicken and Community to City Park

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Kevin Galaba
The BSide opened Wednesday in City Park.
Way back when record companies issued 45 rpm records in advance of a full album release, those little black discs had two sides; the A-side was the radio-friendly song that the producer hoped would become a hit. Songs on the B-side, however, weren't always considered a band's best work. But those B-sides featured songs that revealed a band making music because that's what they loved to do, and not necessarily for those songs to become hits. That's the tune that reverberates through the City Park neighborhood's newest restaurant, BSide, opened by Star Bar owner Justin Lloyd. Lloyd says that philosophy touches everything you'll experience when you walk in the front door -- the cocktails, the beer, the food, the decor and the service.

See Also: Star Bar Shines Again on Larimer Street


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ViewHouse Opens Second Location in Former Trail Dust Steakhouse Today

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ViewHouse
Tonight the brand-new Centennial/DTC ViewHouse will kick off a weekend of grand opening events to usher in a new era of drinking, dining and partying. Most of this ViewHouse in Centennial is as modern and flashy as its older Ballpark sibling, but a touch of the former occupant of the property -- the cheesy Trail Dust Steakhouse, which closed in 2009 -- still remains: The street side of the two-story glass and flagstone edifice retains its barn shape and old-timey appearance.

See also: Glitzy Dorchester Social Eatery Opening in LoDo Saturday

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First Look: Asbury Provisions Opens Labor Day With 25 Tap Handles

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Mark Antonation
Provisions seems to be one of the latest restaurant catch words, both nationally and locally. Portland has Olympic Provisions, San Francisco is home to State Bird Provisions and Houston has the unadorned Provisions. Here in town, chef Alex Seidel is about to open Mercantile Dining & Provision at Union Station, while the nearby Provisions Chophaus opened and closed in less than two weeks. And on Labor Day, Chris Topham and Jason Ladd, two restaurant and bar veterans from Philadelphia, will open Asbury Provisions in the University of Denver neighborhood, in the location recently vacated by the Renegade Publik House . This house of provisions also promises a big beer list, craft cocktails and a focus on "imbibing culture," as the two put it.

See also: Alex Seidel: Thinking outside the box for Mercantile Dining & Provision

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Dishes of DISH: A Vegan Treat from City, O' City

Categories: Dish 2014

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City O' CIty
On Sunday, September 7, 2014, Westword will host its twentieth annual celebration of the Denver dining scene, DISH, in Sculpture Park at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, where many of the favorite restaurants of Cafe Society writers and readers will be serving delectable dishes. For City O' City, Denver's most buzzed-about vegan/vegetarian restaurant, chef Kurt Eichenberger and his kitchen crew will be serving up something special for diners of all diets.

See also: Dishes of DISH: Farm-Fresh Salad from Scratch Burrito

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Memories, Family and Garlic: The Saucy Noodle Looks Back at Fifty Years

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Saucy Noodle Facebook page

At the Saucy Noodle, the tablecloths are still checkered, the spaghetti and meatballs are still drenched in garlic-studded red sauce, and the same slogan is still emblazoned on the awning: "If you don't like garlic, go home." It was Sam Badis' motto when he opened the restaurant in Bonnie Brae back in 1964, and it continues under his granddaughter Erin Markham's ownership. "Our pasta, our pizza, things that were there in 1964 are still there, still true to the same recipes," Markham says. "So much has changed, yet there is so much that has stayed the same." The Noodle will be hosting a 50th anniversary celebration tomorrow, starting at 4:30 p.m.

See also: Nighthawks at the New Terminal Bar Should Remember to Toast the Old


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Five Favorite Foods at the Taste of Colorado

Categories: Food Festivals

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Brandon Marshall
The Taste of Colorado has been slinging food in Civic Center Park in some form or another since 1984, when the main event was called the Festival of Mountain and Plain -- resurrected from a festival of the same name in the late 1800s. Festival activities begin today at 11:30 a.m. and run through Labor Day weekend. You can wander the grounds aimlessly, sniffing the air for hints of something good cooking, or you can attempt to map out an eating itinerary based on the Taste's listing of over fifty restaurants, caterers and vendors. But if you're like us, you'll head straight for the tasty festival fare that's not normally available in area restaurants and the iconic Denver treats from the restaurants we tend to forget about the rest of the year. Here's a list of a few of our favorites.

See also: The Twelve Best Music Festivals in Colorado This Fall

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Dry Dock Opening a Second Taproom Inside Its North Aurora Brewery

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Dry Dock is opening a second taproom inside the warehouse where its canning line is located.
Dry Dock Brewing has been running its 30,000-square-foot, forty-barrel production brewery and canning facility for 21 months in north Aurora, but co-owners Kevin and Michelle DeLange are tired of keeping it to themselves.

On Friday, September 12, they'll open a somewhat rustic tasting room inside the former warehouse, with about seventy seats and four beers on tap.

See also: Dry Dock Brewing quadrupled in size in 2013; plans to add new beers in 2014

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Reader: Show an ID When I'm on Medicare? No Thanks!

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There are all kinds of happy hours in Denver, from the glitzy to the grim, the highbrow to the 'hood. This week, Chris Utterback visited what could be the ultimate neighborhood bar, the Rosa Mia Inn, which is under new ownership but has the same old friendly vibe that dates back to 1966. Back in those days, bartenders weren't as careful to card all patrons -- but today, when liquor-license inspectors are out in force, it's the smart thing to do.

See also: Happy Hour at the Rosa Mia Inn -- That Warm and Fuzzy Feeling

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The Denver Bagel Versus the New York Bagel

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Kristin Pazulski
Eden Myles makes a Denver bagel.
New York native Eden Myles has spent years in the bagel biz in Denver, so when Josh Pollack opened Rosenberg's Bagels & Delicatessen and started touting his authentic "New York" bagel, he got a rise out of Myles.

See also: Josh Pollack Is on a Roll With Rosenberg's Bagels & Delicatessen

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