Country Time BBQ Closes Its Englewood Location

Country Time BBQ has been one of our favorites over the years: We awarded it Best Barbecue in Denver in 2012 and included it on our list of the ten best smokehouses in town earlier this year. While the takeout-only shack wasn't much to look at, the barbecue pits out back, the ever-present cloud of blue-gray smoke and the mountain of split firewood were all markers of pork and beef done right. Unfortunately for residents of the southwest suburbs, Country Time is now closed.

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D Bar Reopens Friday, Spotlighting Dining, Drinks and Desserts in New Uptown Home

Categories: First Look

Mark Antonation
There are two things that restaurateur and Food Network chef Keegan Gerhard wants you to know about the new incarnation of D Bar: the new location at 19th and Pennsylvania is finally opening this Friday after a couple of months of delays, and it's not a dessert bar. Or more accurately, D Bar is not just a dessert bar. The new restaurant features a larger dining room with more than twice the seating of the old location and an ample bar stocked with beer, wine and liquor. There's still a dessert bar -- Gerhard's magic with pastries gaurantees a spotlight on sweets -- but the move to bigger digs means the restaurant can finally become what he and co-owner (and wife) Lisa Bailey intended all along.

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Crooked Stave Moves Its Brewery Equipment Out of the Source, Will Keep Tap Room

Categories: Beer Man

Crooked Stave makes the move, with help from RMS Cranes and Rigging.

When Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project opened its showplace tap room inside the urban-chic Source market a year ago, owner Chad Yakobson planned to start brewing there right away. But for month after month, his shiny new equipment sat empty as he and Zeppelin Development, which owns the building, tried to work out logistical issues.

The situation was never resolved, and Yakobson, frustrated, decided a few weeks ago to simply pick up his equipment -- which includes a 21-barrel brewhouse, six fermentation tanks and a coolship -- and take it to his other location in the Sunnyside neighborhood. He carried out the move last weekend in two all-night operations.

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The Five Weirdest Thanksgiving Foods This Year

Categories: The List

It's that time of year again: time to celebrate Thanksgiving with a gigantic feast -- and then head out to stand in line in various dark and chilly parking lots for early Black Friday barbarian raids shopping. Our dinners of thanks usually include a large hunk of roasted protein (not ham this year -- unless you wanna take out a loan to buy it), an array of starchy sides and all the pies. But just like every year, there are always the duds: entrees, sides and appetizers that have no business being on a Thanksgiving table -- or anywhere near our mouths.

Here's are the top five weirdest Thanksgiving foods this year. Be prepared for a feast of turkey ice cream, pumpkin pie-flavored chips, the infamous Hot Durkey, and beets that go where they really should not.

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Denver Diner Remodeling, With "Grand Re-Opening Coming Soon"

The Denver Diner has been an institution for decades, one of the few 24/7 spots around, a hang-out for people coming off work or a night of partying. But the place has been closed since October 12, after an early-morning fire cleared the room. The Denver Diner is still wrapped up tight, but there are signs that the joint will be sticking around for decades to come -- although perhaps with a new look.

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Blackbird Takes Flight Today by West Washington Park

Categories: First Look

Mark Antonation
Blackbird, the latest from Table to Tavern partners Rob Lanphier and Angie and Brian Midtbo, who also own Atticus and Boone's Tavern, is opening today at 3 p.m., in the space that formerly held HandleBar Tavern and Abo's. A grand opening is scheduled for next Monday, December 1, at which point Blackbird will also begin daily lunch service at 11 a.m. Weekend brunch will be added beginning December 11. While the restaurant is designed to appeal to a broad range of customers, the primary focus is on a comfortable, casual and unpretentious setting with a creative but not intimidating menu.

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Give Thanks for Six Eateries That Do Good While Serving Good Food

Kristin Pazulski
Get your lunch on and help those in need.
The holiday season is the time for giving, but it's also one of the busiest times of the year. Fortunately, there are places around town where you can enjoy a good, fast meal -- while also doing good for others. Keep reading to learn about six of these special places.

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Reader: Cherry Cricket Has the Best Burgers in Town!

Things go better with a burger at the Cricket.
Denverites love their burgers, and many of them really love burgers at the
Cherry Cricket
. That's what we heard from dozens of readers responding to one commenter's reaction when we included the Cricket on our list of the Ten Best Burgers in Denver; he called the seventy-year-old institution in Cherry Creek the most "overrated place ever."

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From Turkey to Tea, Six Tastiest Culinary Events on This Week's Culinary Calendar

Categories: Culinary Events

Thanksgiving is almost here, and that means family, football and feasts wil abound. But that's not all that will be cooking in Denver this week. Keep reading for a taste of what's on the culinary calendar for this week...

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Stealth Sopapillas at Casa Bonita: A Second Helping of Cafe Society, November 17-21

Categories: Second Helpings

Danielle Lirette
Chef-owner Clint Wangsnes in the dining room at Chop Shop.
This week in Cafe Society, Gretchen Kurtz declared Chop Shop a "quick hit," but suggested that the crowd-averse hit this popular new fast-casual eatery later in the day. Mark Antonation met with the four owners of Bonfire Burritos, who bought the tiny Mexican food trailer in Golden after years of being its best customers. And writer Bree Davies went undercover to Casa Bonita to give us a peek into the baffling theme restaurant and its bizarre charms.

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