Kitchen Table Cafe Named the Only Colorado Eatery on Yelp's Top 100 Places to Eat for 2015

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Lori Midson
The Kitchen Table Cafe makes comfort food that's getting national attention due to Yelp.
Yelp released its second annual list of the Top 100 Places to Eat in the U.S. last week, compiling user data of the most popular and well-reviewed eateries of 2014. And according to Yelp users, the one place in all of Colorado worthy of national attention is the Kitchen Table Cafe, a comfort-food eatery near City Park that opened at the end of 2013. Owner Dave Kilroy's cozy lunch and dinner eatery landed at number 37 on the list, maintaining a five-star average with nearly 200 reviews posted.

See also: First look: Kitchen Table Cafe opens in City Park West

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Odelay Tacos to Become Southside Bar and Kitchen, Owners Buy Former Pinche Taco Cart

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Westword
Odelay Tacos is changing its name to Southside Bar and Kitchen.
Odelay Tacos changed hands at the end of the summer, when the new owners -- Dave Cleland, John Elliott and Toby Waters -- expressed their desire to consolidate the name and image of the bar, which had previously been going under three separate monikers: 3014, Odelay and the Beetle Bar. Now they're making good on that desire: Odelay just announced on its Facebook page that as of this coming weekend, the new name will be Southside Bar and Kitchen and the menu will be expanding beyond tacos. The name represents the building's location on the south side of Colfax Avenue and City Park, as well as new menu items that will capture the flavors of some famous south sides in other American cities.

Those south-of-the-border tacos will still be there, too. In fact, the owners recently purchased the original taco cart that helped get Pinche Taqueria started in 2009.

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FIVE Colorado Announces Its 2015 Lineup, Including One Fort Collins Chef

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This year's FIVE includes its first Fort Collins restaurant.
It started out as the Denver FIVE and then became just FIVE. But this year's incarnation of Leigh Sullivan's eighth annual kitchen cabal is being billed as FIVE Colorado, in part because it includes its first chef from a Fort Collins restaurant. Sullivan founded FIVE in 2008 as a way to showcase the region's culinary talent both locally and nationally; each year the team presents dinners at their own restaurants and make a stop at the Aspen Food and Wine Classic before heading to New York City to impress guests at the James Beard House. In the fourth year, a beverage professional was added to the list -- that year it was Bryan Dayton of Oak at Fourteenth -- and now two spots are reserved for bar program experts in addition to the five chefs.

Keep reading for this year's FIVE Colorado chefs and events.

See also: Leigh Sullivan Announces the 2014 FIVE Lineup -- and They're all Fabulous Females

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Z Cuisine Temporarily Closed for Upgrades, A Cote Still Serving Full Menu

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Z Cuisine is temporarily closed but À Coté is still serving.
January is a slow time of year for many restaurants, as potential customers attempt to recover from holiday overindulging and overspending. That's just fine with Z Cuisine owner and chef Patrick DuPays; it gives him a little time to give the kitchen a good overhaul and to make some long-planned changes to the dining room. While Z is now closed so that he can accomplish that, À Coté two doors down is still open and serving the restaurant's full menu -- and DuPays says he's not in a rush to reopen the main restaurant. "I'm still French," he explains. "I'm taking my time to do things."

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2015 Denver Restaurant Week Menus Go Live Today

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Visit Denver launched the menus for the 2015 Denver Restaurant Week on its website today to help get Denver diners salivating for ten days (no, not a week!) of discounted meals at the city's top restaurants. This year's Restaurant Week will take place from February 20 to March 1, encompassing two full weekends. More than 250 restaurants have signed on to offer multi-course menus for $30 per person (gone are the days of $52.80 for two).

See also: Denver Restaurant Week Won't Be Two Weeks in 2015

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The Inventing Room Does Pop-Up Doughnuts 4.0 at Sunnyside Burger Bar

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Lori Midson
Jim Pettinger and Ian Kleinman mess around with liquid nitrogen at the last doughnut pop-up at Biker Jim's.
Ian Kleinman is back at it, applying his molecular magic to another batch of breakfast treats at his fourth doughnut pop-up -- this time at Sunnyside Burger Bar in LoHi. Kleinman, known for his Inventing Room food lab and catering company, will be whipping up his biggest menu yet -- featuring grape jelly caviar, exploding whipped cream, chocolate blankets and liquid nitrogen-frozen pie crumbs -- from 6 to 10 a.m. January 22 to 25. This year's pop-up will also have a molecular coffee bar and possibly some bar drinks.

As in previous years, Kleinman is inviting you to submit a doughnut idea on the the Inventing Room website; the best submission will receive a dozen free doughnuts. The winner will be announced on January 17, so get your ideas in before then.

See also: Fractured Prune Doughnuts Set to Break Into the Denver Market

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New Saigon and DaLat Both Under New Ownership

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New Saigon Bakery & Deli stays with the family.
Two Vietnamese stalwarts on Federal Boulevard have changed hands. DaLat Vietnamese Cuisine was purchased last last year, then closed for a renovation and reopened on New Year's Eve with a new look but the same chef who's been putting out refined and delicious dishes -- like the intense flavors of steamed clams with Vietnamese mint -- for several years. Bigger news is that Thai Nguyen and Ha Pham sold New Saigon at the end of 2014. They're keeping New Saigon Bakery & Deli, though, so Denver won't be without the great banh mi and other baked goods from the family.

See also: First Look: Pho Duy Owners Open Wonderbowl Vietnamese Restaurant on Federal Boulevard

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A Walking Tour of Three LoHi Eateries Serving Foie Gras

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Mark Manger
A recent version of foie gras torchon at Old Major.
California's two-year ban on the production and sale of foie gras, the fattened duck or goose liver subject to heated animal welfare debates, ended this week as U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson ruled that the law contradicts existing federal poultry regulations. California voters originally approved the ban in 2004, but the law did not take effect until 2012. At the time of the ban, only one farm in California -- Sonoma Artisan Foie Gras, a family-run business for almost thirty years -- was producing foie gras. Owner Guillermo Gonzalez has been one of the leading voices in overturning the ban, along with a number of celebrity chefs, Chris Cosentino and Anthony Bourdain among them.

Here in Colorado, there are no duck or goose farms set up for the production of the rich delicacy, which requires seasonal "gavage," where the fowl are force-fed additional grain for a short period of time to induce their livers to store additional fat. But since the sale of foie gras has always been legal here, many restaurants offer it on their menus. In fact, a recent walking tour of Lower Highland turned up three great examples of the dish within a few short blocks of each other.

See also: A Growing Concern: Initiative 48 Would Require Labels on Genetically Modified Food

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Glaze by Sasa and Wayne Conwell Part Ways; Glaze Will Continue With New Concept

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Mark Antonation
Baum cakes and other baked goods will still be part of Glaze.
From the start, Glaze by Sasa seemed an unlikely combination: a bakery with a crazy horizontal rotisserie cake oven built for turning out German/Japanese baum cakes and a sushi bar headed by Wayne Conwell, one of Denver's most revered names in raw fish. Still, the merger of the former Glaze with a sushi concept quickly became a favorite spot after it debuted in Congress Park in June, even making our list of the fifteen best new restaurants of 2014. But now Glaze has announced that Sasa is no longer involved in the operation. While the bakery continues operations, a new dining concept will take the place of Conwell's sushi and Japanese-inspired small-plates menu, according to owner Heather Alcott.

See also: Four Odd-Couple Restaurants, from Glaze by Sasa to Cowbobas

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Glo's Bakeshop Starts Out Small in the Kitchen of Denver Deep Dish

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Mark Antonation
Drunken turtle cake infused with Dancing Pines rum from Glo's Bakeshop.
Megan Heinley has been working on her dessert recipes for years, hoping some day to have the opportunity to turn baking into a profession. That chance came in December, when her friend Jason McGovern opened Denver Deep Dish in lower Highland and wanted to serve local baked goods for dessert to supplement the line of Chicago-style pizzas he first started selling out of a window at the back of Bar Car several years ago. His big, new kitchen gave her the extra space she needed to create her own company, Glo's Bakeshop, which she named after her Italian grandmother.

See also: Denver Deep Dish Opens New LoHi Location Tomorrow With Chicago-Style Pies

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