Domo's Patio Garden Proves Peaceful and Educational

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Kristin Pazulski
Dining on Domo's peaceful garden patio exceeded my expectations.
Driving up to Domo Japanese Country Foods, you wouldn't think much of the restaurant. The restaurant's huge sign, visible from Colfax Avenue at Osage Street, is tacky. The building is boxy, and when we parked in the restaurant's north-facing gravel parking lot, I questioned whether Domo would be all it was cracked up to be.

But those feelings dissipated as soon as I saw the framed, landscaped entryway in the south side of the building, hidden from the eyes along busy Colfax. Inside, Domo didn't just meet my expectations, with its cozy, green garden and delicious Japanese food, but exceeded them with some other surprises: like the communal gathering area and the museum.

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Baum's Away! A Second Helping of Cafe Society, September 29 - October 3

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Danielle Lirette
This week in Cafe Society, Gretchen Kurtz reviewed Glaze by Sasa, a new dessert and sushi restaurant that's the baum. And just in time for the Great American Beer Festival, Mark Antonation talked to Scott Witsoe of Wit's End Brewing about his old homebrewing days, his love of exotic ingredients and more in this week's Chef and Tell.

See also: Our Restaurant Roll Call for September

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Mercantile Pulls Into Union Station, Recipe Box Closes: Our Restaurant Roll Call for September

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Mark Antonation
Mercantile Dining & Provision has joined the culinary crew at Union Station.

New restaurant openings filled the calendar in September, with more than two dozen spots opening their doors in metro Denver. The new eateries ranged from Mercantile Dining & Provision, Alex Seidel's market/cafe/restaurant in Union Station, to another link in the homegrown Santiago's chain. But Denver also lost a handful of spots, including Humble Pie, which promises to reopen, and the Recipe Box, which has closed for good. Keep reading for our Restaurant Roll Call for September.

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


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Oh, Deer: Punch Bowl Social Billboard Casts a Long Shadow

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Punch Bowl Social
Punch Bowl Social has been putting up billboards in a few locations around town, but the suit-wearing deer pictured on the one looming over downtown at 20th and Broadway is turning heads for more than just those impressive antlers. Passersby are getting a rise out of a shadow -- or is it a stain? -- on the billboard that's giving the mascot a little extra something.

See also: Now That Weed Is Legal, Can It Co-Exist With Beer During the Great American Beer Festival?

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From Pizza to Pork Chops, a Second Helping of Cafe Society: September 22-26

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Danielle Lirette
This week in Cafe Society, Gretchen Kurtz visited Saucy Noodle Ristorante, which just celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. It may not be the best red-sauce joint in town, but as she notes in her review of Sauce Noodle, the place has a faithful cadre of fans. For Chef and Tell, Mark Antonation talked with Breckenridge-Wynkoop CEO Lee Driscoll about fortieth anniversary of Wazee Supper Club, and how the place -- and its pizza -- has change over the years.


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Twelve Denver Restaurants That Have Hit Fifty -- and Are Still in the Family

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The Bonnie Brae Tavern back in 1934.
The Saucy Noodle, which Gretchen Kurtz reviews this week, celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in August -- a remarkable record for a restaurant that's still in the founding family's hands. But it's not the only place in the area run by family members fifty years after it opened. Up in Louisville, the Blue Parrot is just five years shy of celebrating its hundredth anniversary of continuous operation under the same family; next month, La Fiesta will mark its fiftieth birthday. Keep reading for our roster of a dozen Denver area restaurants that have been a family tradition for fifty years or more.

See also: At Fifty, Sauce Noodle Ristorante Feels Like an Old Friend


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Burgers at LYFE and Sunnyside Burger Bar: A Second Helping of Cafe Society, September 14-19

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Danielle Lirette
A big, healthy burger at LYFE Kitchen.
This week in Cafe Society, Gretchen Kurtz reviewed LYFE Kitchen, where the portions were small and mostly uninspired. In Chef and Tell, Cook Street's John Parks talked about his hands-on-approach for teaching novice chefs, the importance of knife skills and more.

See also: From Oktoberfest to the BigWonderful, the Top Ten Culinary Events This Weekend

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Founding Family Selling Johnson's Corner to TravelCenters of America

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Here's how former Cafe critic Jason Sheehan remembered his first view of Colorado's iconic truck stop: "Johnson's Corner sat right off the frontage road, a dusty sprawl of parking lots and big rigs, mirrored windows reflecting the endless, flat nothing all around it. Johnson's had everything: a restaurant, general store, CB and chrome shop, attached RV park and Sunday chapel, gas pumps, long-distance phone and mail service, even a flea market in full swing just down the road where you could get anything from a bucket of Coors longnecks (five for five bucks) to a Chinese knockoff switchblade to an amethyst crystal necklace guaranteed to quell the bitter humors for less than the friction between the two ten-spots burning a hole in your wallet. It was a scene you'd expect to see in the opening credits of some big-budget Jerry Bruckheimer end-of-the-world sci-fi blockbuster, with a bunch of scrappy survivors trying to eke a living out of the post-apocalyptic wasteland, selling chicken-fried steaks and plastic dashboard Jesuses to a steady stream of mutant road folk in Mad Max leathers and hockey pads."

See also: Jason Sheehan's "The Truck Stopped Here"


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Cap City Tavern Extends Patio Season for Outdoorsy Types

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Kristin Pazulski
Cap City Tavern's patio offers a barrier to the elements that's perfect for fall weather.
Our desire for patio pleasures doesn't fade with the coming of fall. In fact, Denver loves its cool-weather patios: The opportunity to don hats and scarves while wrapping our beers in mittened hands reminds us of mountain nights around a fire. But while we love the cool, open air, it's helpful to find a patio that shelters us from the elements. That's not solely why my friends and I love Cap City Tavern, but it's one of the few places where you can find a heated, covered patio with a huge TV.

See also: Ten best restaurants in the Golden Triangle

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Fishing for Compliments: A Second Helping of Cafe Society, September 7-12

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Danielle Lirette
This week on Cafe Society, Gretchen Kurtz visited a Denver icon, the long-standing Barolo Grill. Mark Antonation talked to Kevin Grossi of Lola Mexican Fish House for Chef and Tell. And our quest for great barbecue in Denver culminated with our list of the ten best BBQ spots in town.

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