Sweet and sour: A second helping of Cafe Society, April 14-18

Categories: Cafe Society

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Sugarmill hits a sweet spot.
This week in Cafe Society, Gretchen Kurtz says that Sugarmill may have hit a sweet spot in the Ballpark neighborhood. For Chef and Tell, Lori Midson talked with Matt Stein, chef of Bruxie, who is getting creative -- with waffles. And as Mark Antonation's long-running A Federal Case draws to a close, he visited three restaurants that had opened on Federal Boulevard since he started his journey.

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BurgerFi, a "better burger" joint, will open on Broadway

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Lori Midson

When will the mooing stop? Anyone who lives in Denver, around Denver, even miles from Denver, knows that the last thing this city needs is another burger barn, but that's not stopping cattle herders from other cities from stampeding our stamping grounds with the next latest and greatest burger mania concept. In fact, it won't be long before we're well and truly BurgerFi'ed...by way of Florida.

See also: Reader: "Gourmet" burgers are overpriced disappointments

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Guess where I'm eating pretzel twists?

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Lori Midson

If you've ever been to this restaurant, then you'll recognize these pretzel twists immediately -- and you'll understand, too, why two is never enough. I have no plans to partake in 4/20 this weekend, but if I did, this is where I'd go for my munchie fix, and it's not a stretch to admit that along with eating my own pretzel twists, I'd eat yours, too.

Can you guess where I'm eating?

Special bonus: Anyone who gives the first correct answer to a Guess Where post -- on the Cafe Society blog, not on Facebook -- is entered into the contest pool, and every Monday, we select one lucky winner who'll receive a 2014 EatDenver dining deck, worth up to $520 in discounts at independent restaurants.

First look: Mile High Italian Deli opens in Highland

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All photos by Lori Midson.

The concept behind Mile High Italian Deli, a small, 800-square-foot storefront in Highland, is sandwiches, panini, salads, and, on Saturday, pizzas, the latter of which is an extension of Mile High Pizza Pie, a pizza joint that rose -- and fell -- downtown, after the landlord threatened to raise the rent through the roof. That increase in dough resulted in owner Howard Ellis selling the spot in September of last year following a four-year run -- and inking a lease on the former In Season Local Market, which he operates with business partner Dino Marchig, whose grandmother owns the space, along with Cebiche next door.

See also: LYFE Kitchen -- where everything is under 600 calories -- opening in Park Meadows

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Mlp48 is the winner of our Trillium Easter brunch contest

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UPDATE:
We have a winner of our Trillium Easter brunch contest, in which we asked Cafe Society readers to answer this question: How many mimosas did Trillium serve during last year's Easter brunch? Congratulations to Mlp48, who came the closest with a guess of 142; the actual number is 167. Mlp48, we'll send you an e-mail with info about how to claim your prize.

Original post: Easter brunch is the official culinary transition into spring, and dozens and dozens and dozens of restaurants around the city are gearing up for what's traditionally one of the busiest feasting holidays of the year. Trillium, Ryan Leinonen's Scandinavian-biased restaurant in Ballpark, already boasts one of the loveliest brunches in town, and for Easter brunch, he's definitely outdoing whatever the Easter bunny might be dropping in your basket, unless, of course, he's bringing you roasted bone marrow with pear chutney; a pork-bacon-and-herb terrine; caviar; Swedish pancakes; oysters; or beignets, all of which are on Leinonen's Easter menu.

And guess what? You and one guest have the opportunity to indulge in Leinonen's Easter brunch for free.

See also: Denver's fifty most essential restaurants, No. 46: Trillium


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Smokin' deals at Central Bistro & Bar, Bruxie this 4/20 weekend

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While some restaurants are focusing on throwing a major Easter brunch bash, others are rolling out deals related to that other Sunday holiday: 4/20. Among the latter are Central Bar & Bistro, which is hosting a front-patio party on Saturday, and Bruxie, which is cooking up a special 4/20 deal.

See also:
The twelve best stoner spots to cure the munchies on 4/20 in Denver

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Reader: "Gourmet" burgers are overpriced disappointments

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Lori Midson
Matt Stein at Bruxie: no waffling over burgers.
Matt Stein specializes in gourmet waffle sandwiches at Bruxie, but he's obsessed with cheeseburgers. "My ongoing discussion obsession with my partners about who makes the best burger was charming four years ago," he says in this week's Chef and Tell. "But who knew that it could go on as long as it has, and that so many quality burger joints would continue to open, and that each new spot would require repeat visits? Basically, each new place that opens up adds four pounds to my weight. If no more burger places open this year, I'd be grateful."

See also:
Chef and Tell with Matt Stein of Bruxie


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From eggs to nugs, Denver's on a roll this weekend

Categories: Culinary Events

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With both 4/20 and Easter on Sunday, the city will be rolling in nugs and eggs and the city's favorite hybrid meal -- brunch -- will undoubted hit new highs. Whether you're out to celebrate bud or bunnies this year or just celebrating a good-weather weekend, there's plenty to do in Denver. Keep reading for a taste of what's on the culinary calendar.

See also:
The twelve best stoner spots to cure the munchies in Denver on 4/20

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Win two seats to Easter brunch at Trillium

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Easter brunch is the official culinary transition into spring, and dozens and dozens and dozens of restaurants around the city are gearing up for what's traditionally one of the busiest feasting holidays of the year. Trillium, Ryan Leinonen's Scandinavian-biased restaurant in Ballpark, already boasts one of the loveliest brunches in town, and for Easter brunch, he's definitely outdoing whatever the Easter bunny might be dropping in your basket, unless, of course, he's bringing you roasted bone marrow with pear chutney; a pork-bacon-and-herb terrine; caviar; Swedish pancakes; oysters; or beignets, all of which are on Leinonen's Easter menu.

And guess what? You and one guest have the opportunity to indulge in Leinonen's Easter brunch for free.

See also: Denver's fifty most essential restaurants, No. 46: Trillium


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Guess where I'm drinking?

Categories: Guess Where

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Don't put all your eggs in one basket. If you haven't made your Easter plans, it's not too late to get out of the house and bend an elbow, if not a knee. Although you won't find a lavish brunch spread here, the proprietors want you to know that the bar will be open for business?

Can you guess where I'm drinking?

Special bonus: Anyone who gives the first correct answer to a Guess Where post -- on the Cafe Society blog, not on Facebook -- is entered into the contest pool, and every Monday, we select one lucky winner who'll receive a 2014 EatDenver dining deck, worth up to $520 in discounts at independent restaurants.

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