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TABLE TALK FOR March 19, 2013

Mix It: Oak at Fourteenth's "Eater Does It"

Let’s get this out of the way: 5280 loves covering all things spirits, from Colorado’s craft brewing scene to Denver’s best bars and recipes on mixing up our favorite cocktails around town. All of that imbibing means that we appreciate it when bartenders come up with new ways to surprise us. Take, for instance, the increasing number of low-alcohol drinks we’ve spotted on menus, like Root Down’s Grand Torino, a mix of vermouth, Grand Marnier, grapefruit, lime, bitters, and rosemary that rings in at only 8.9 percent ABV. (For comparison, a glass of wine weighs in around 12 percent ABV and cocktails tend to be more potent than vino.) Or Oak at Fourteenth’s Eater Does It (Aperol, Grand Marnier, honey syrup, Kila Cava, and house-made bitters). We liked Oak at Fourteenth’s low-alcohol blend so much, we asked mixologist Alexandra Parks to teach us how to recreate it at home. —Natasha J. Gardner

1400 Pearl Street, Boulder, 303-444-3622

Order This: Kiki's Tempura Udon Bowl

When it's cold out, I always reach for something warm, comfortable, and full of flavor. Recently, that meant Kiki’s Japanese Casual Dining’s tempura udon noodle bowl. Ordered hot, the dish features a light broth that is not overpowered by salt—a flaw that haunts so many other noodle bowls. This unassuming base allows the thick wheat noodles to shine. Thinly sliced carrots, onions, and cabbage add tender crispness. On the side and accompanied by a slightly sweet soy sauce, the tempura is a separate meal in itself. READ MORE...

News: Skoops Eatery Might Be Displaced

There's another tenant-landlord dispute at hand (see Common Grounds, Geez Louise, Encore Restaurant), and this time it involves Skoops Eatery. The Cheesman Park cafe opened about 18 months ago, just a couple of doors down from Dazbog Coffee on the corner of Ninth Avenue and Downing Street. And therein lies the problem. According to Skoops' owners Tim Hamann and Eddie Horn, Dazbog has been trying to run them out since they opened. "On our first day they came in and took pictures. They never even said hello. Then we heard from their lawyers about what we can and what we can't serve," Hamann explains. Skoops, which first opened as an ice cream and sandwich shop, has since added dinner service. At no time has the cafe posed as a coffeeshop. In fact, the menu doesn't list a single coffee drink. One particular bone of contention appears to be Skoops' excellent, house-made baked goods (see my post on the stellar brownie), which no doubt overshadow those in Dazbog's pastry case. READ MORE...

Coming Soon: Elway's at DIA

Airport travel is more exhausting than ever, so a touch of luxury before boarding a flight goes a long way in preserving a traveler’s sanity. That’s why we’re thrilled to have Elway’s open an outpost on Concourse B at Denver International Airport. Although the steak house is still in the throes of construction, Elway’s DIA is slated to open its doors sometime in early June. Showcasing an upscale-casual design from Rowland + Broughton (the same team that designed Lounge 5280 on Concourse B mezzanine and Pacifica in Aspen), the restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Chef and culinary director Tyler Wiard is working on a menu that includes Elway’s lamb chop fondue appetizer and entrées such as lobster, fresh fish, and the signature aged, hand-cut Prime steaks. In addition, huevos rancheros, a wide selection of Benedicts, and the restaurant's popular smash burger will target the earlier daytime crowd. READ MORE...

Worth the Trip: Laundry's Ricotta Agnolotti

If you’ve got a spring trip to Steamboat Springs planned, make sure Laundry is at the top of your to-dine list. The restaurant’s seamless combination of comfortable ambience, exquisite food, and spot-on service makes me wish for a Denver location. Even on a recent busy Friday night, our bartender was attentive and helpful, keeping my party’s drinks filled and guiding us through the shared plates menu. The four dishes we settled on are best described as elevated comfort food: the beet salad benefited from the zip of preserved lemon (learn to make your own here); the Brussels sprouts hash mixed creamy goat cheese with crispy onions; and the lamb osso buco (pictured, right) was brightened by saffron risotto. The highlight of our meal, however, was the ricotta agnolotti (pictured, left). In the dish, the delicate, house-made pasta arrived stuffed with ricotta, plated alongside kale and pancetta, and tossed with brown butter and sage. READ MORE...

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Join Hyde Park Jewelers during March for Ippolita Celebration Month and enjoy Double Platinum Rewards Points and a special gift all month long. Trunk Show March 23, 10am-5pm, Cherry Creek Shopping Center.
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Women’sVision presents “Inside the Championship Mind” Thursday, March 28th at our Savvy Salon. Traci Brown, world class competitor, presents the mental makeup that translates to excellence in your career.
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