Ten Ways the Denver Restaurant Scene Has Changed Over 100 Reviews

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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:

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

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

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

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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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