Ten Ways the Denver Restaurant Scene Has Changed Over 100 Reviews

Categories: Cafe Society

Mark Manger
The kitchen at The Kitchen Denver, subject of Gretchen Kurtz's first review.
When you hit a hundred, it's time to celebrate. And while I'm far from getting my picture on a Smucker's Jar on the Today Show, I'm closing in on a milestone of another sort: my hundredth review here. It won't be published for a few more weeks, but in the meantime, I'll be chiming in with thoughts on what it's like to hit the century mark as Westword's restaurant critic.

If we were having a party, someone would pull out home movies and framed pictures of the early years, and we'd gawk at funny collars and hairstyles. Instead, I'm offering a snapshot of what Denver's food scene looked like when I started two years ago...

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When I wrote my first review in September 2012:

Danielle Lirette
Pork belly at Harman's Eat and Drink.
1) Pork belly was bigger than oysters.

Danielle Lirette
Spaghetti at DiFranco's.
2) People still ordered entrees.

Lori Midson
Old wood at Old Major.
3) Barn wood was for barns.

Lori Midson
Sweetbreads at Dish in Vail.
4) Offal was poised to be anything but awful.

Keep reading for seven more changes on the dining scene.

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