From beers to Best of Denver, a second helping of Cafe Society, March 24-28

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The Best of Denver 2014 is now out, inspiring heated conversations about everything from Best Hamburger to Best Vegetarian Restaurant. Our Best Chef for 2014 is Darrel Truett of Barolo Grill: Even though "Barolo Grill has always been synonymous with owner and front-of-house face Blair Taylor, even he would admit that the talent behind the sublime food at this elegantly rustic sanctum of northern Italian cuisine is sous-turned-superhero chef Darrel Truett." The Best New Restaurant? Lower48 Kitchen. Out of hundreds of openings this year, Lower48 Kitchen stood out, and "turned a forgotten corner of the Ballpark neighborhood into a dining destination."


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Denver tippers are the most generous in the country, survey says

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Courtesy of Quartz and data from Square
If you're a waiter working in Denver, you're doing better than servers in the rest of the country: According to new stats, this city's diners tip an average of 16.8 percent, the highest percentage for any city in the country. And if you're a Denver diner, give yourself a pat on the back.

See also: Five reasons why automatic tips for large dining parties are a good thing

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Ian Kleinman's Inventing Room wins ACF Achievement of Excellence award

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Lori Midson
Ian Kleinman in action.
The Inventing Room, chef Ian Kleinman's company that uses molecular gastronomy to make food as entertaining as it is delicious, won an American Culinary Federation Achievement in Excellence Award at the ACF's Western Regional Conference earlier this month.

See also: The Little Nell and Denver author Adrian Miller nab James Beard Foundation finalist spots


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Beau Jo's now offering electric-car charging stations

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Jenn Wohletz
Beau Jo's is going green. At all four locations of the local chain, you can charge your electric car while refueling yourself with a slice of Colorado-style pizza.

See also: Mecca Grill is changing course from Lebanese to Moroccan cuisine

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From The Plimoth to the real McCoy's, a second helping of Cafe Society March 10-14

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Danielle Lirette
A dish at The Plimoth.
This week in Cafe Society, Gretchen Kurtz reviewed The Plimoth, a new spot that may help transform a long-ignored neighborhood. Lori Midson talked to chef Eric Cimino of Luca D'Italia about what it's like to work in one of Frank Bonanno's kitchens, what he would eat for dinner if he could have anything, anywhere, and more in this week's Chef and Tell. And Mark Antonation found some local charm at McCoy's in A Federal Case.

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Jake's Brew Bar in Littleton will double in size, add a beer garden

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Jake's Brew Bar Facebook page
Jake's Brew Bar in downtown Littleton is expanding into the building next door, doubling its indoor capacity and adding a 1,500-square-foot beer garden in back.

See also: Loveland's Grimm Brothers Brewhouse will start canning beer

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AMC takes fast-casual to dinner and a movie at Southlands

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Ben Landreth
Red Kitchen's full service kitchen.
Dinner and a movie has always been a dating-world staple.
While you engaged in small talk over dinner, it's comforting to know that if you run out of conversation, the action on the silver screen will soon fill those dreaded, awkward silences. Not to mention that the action could move off the screen into the seats of the dimly lit theater if the date is going well (just be careful not to kick the seats in front of you....) And for established couples, dinner and a movie is a great way to get out of not just the kitchen, but the house. Much to daters' delight, the recently remodeled AMC theater in Southlands has turned the dinner-and-a-movie combo into one seamless experience with surprisingly good food.

See also: If you've dated women in Denver, you might recognize one of these


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Five best new-old restaurants in Denver

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Danielle Lirette
Yasmin Lozada-Hissom's orange olive-oil cake is a fine finish to a meal at Spuntino.

In anticipation of the Best of Denver, we've already shared our list of the ten best new restaurants in Denver -- spots that opened in 2013 that are all contenders for the Best New Restaurant award. But last year, we also saw many restaurants close and then reopen -- sometimes in new places, sometimes with new formats, sometimes with both -- but always with the same name. Keep reading for our five best new-old restaurants (listed in alphabetical order).

See also: The ten best new restaurants in Denver


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A scamming server, Restaurant Kevin Taylor closing: A second helping of Cafe Society, March 3-7

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Danielle Lirette
Potato and leek soup at Bocadillo.
The hottest restaurant story of the week wasn't on Cafe Society but on our news blog, where Michael Roberts reported about a local waitress who got bustedafter lifting a customer's debit card at Rome's Saloon. And then there was actual news about the Denver dining scene: Kevin Taylor's Restaurant Kevin Taylor will be closingat Hotel Teatro at the end of the month, with Prima soon to follow.

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Restaurant Kevin Taylor and Prima closing at Hotel Teatro


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Bacaro says "Ciao" after fifteen years in Boulder -- and a last Mardi Gras party

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After over fifteen years, Bacaro Venetian Taverna will close its doors for good late tonight. But the restaurant is going out with a bang: After a month-long farewell February celebration, the establishment is throwing a final Mardi Gras bash tonight.

See also: Bacaro closing on March 4 following a farewell February of food-and-drink discounts

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