Review: Bruxie in Denver, Colorado

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Sundried Bruxie

Sundried Bruxie

The latest food craze to hit Colorado? The waffle sandwich. If you’ve never had one, then you’re in for a treat: Southern California-based Bruxie has perfected the recipe. Chefs and founders Dean Simon and Kelly Mullarney spent years evolving their recipe, and now they are bringing their light, airy versions of the authentic Belgian Waffle to Glendale.

The fast-casual restaurant opened last month and offers a variety of both savory and sweet sandwich options, all with fresh, seasonal ingredients and handmade sauces. Some of the menu items include: the Buttermilk Fried Red Bird Chicken Breast with chili honey and cider slaw, the Bruxie Burger made from Aspen Ridge beef, the Prosciutto di Parma and Gruyere, and the Roasted Mushroom and Haystack Mountain Goat Cheese. If you’re in more of a dessert mood, the sweeter options include Strawberry Creme Brulee, Nutella & Banana, Belgian Chocolate Ganache, S’mores, and PB&J. All are served in the Bruxie waffle, which is crisp, lightly yeasty and not too sweet – reminiscent of freshly baked bread.

“Shortly after opening our first location in 2010, we realized that Bruxie struck a chord with diners, who craved a menu of bold, flavorful combinations made with quality ingredients,” said Simon. “I see Denver as one of the most food-centric cities in the country, and hope our chef-driven concept will achieve the same enthusiastic following we experience in Southern California. We believe we have created something noteworthy and hope the people of Denver will agree.”

The local chef behind Bruxie’s newest location is Matt Stein. Originally from NYC, he graduated from the Culinary Institute of America before going to work in Europe for several years. After returning to the US, he moved to Aspen and then California, earning his chops by working at top restaurants.

“Dean and Kelly created an amazing concept with Bruxie” said Stein before the restaurant opened. “It’s gourmet quality food, but delivered in a fast casual concept with great guest service. I can’t wait to get the first location open so I don’t have to fly to California every two weeks for a fix!”

Bruxie will serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert (the best part, of course) seven days a week. They also serve their new custom crafted coffee, The Bold Blend, and offer a wide range of coffee and espresso drinks.

Bruxie

1000 S. Colorado Blvd

Glendale, CO 80246

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Review: La Cour Adds Artistic Element to S. Broadway

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Review: La Cour Adds Artistic Element to S. Broadway

Review: La Cour Adds Artistic Element to S. Broadway

 

Denverites don’t need to hop a flight for a taste of Paris – they can find it at new restaurant La Cour, a gallery-meets-bistro that opened last month on South Broadway. Owned by the Monley family and friends, who call both Denver and Paris home, the restaurant features French recipes, cheeses, and wines along with an assortment of Denver craft beers and spirits and locally-sourced meats and veggies.

Staying true to the theme, La Cour Denver’s Art Bar will feature art from both French and Colorado artists on a regular rotating basis. Patrons can enjoy the fresh menu items while sipping cocktails, casually browsing the works of art, and of course, socializing. We sat down to chat with co-owner Janet Poth, who emphasized that inspiring conversation was one of the main purposes of opening La Cour.

Read our Q&A with co-owners Janet Poth and Joe Monley below and get radio for La Cour’s patio, opening in April!

Review: La Cour Adds Artistic Element to S. Broadway

Review: La Cour Adds Artistic Element to S. Broadway

Q: What was your inspiration for opening an art bar in Denver?

La Cour is an opportunity to share what we have always believed in: that conversation and exchange are important to foster quality neighborhood relationships.  That sitting down and enjoying food, drink and art is one of the wonders that city life can offer. And that art and music should be part of our daily lives.

Q: Why is Denver the perfect place for the concept?

Denver has the energy of an up and coming city. It is open to the arts and music. It has been our experience that it is open-minded and cares about the quality of life in an almost European way. Denverites love good food!

Q: What is the biggest challenge of the business? And biggest reward?

As with any business of this kind, the first challenge is getting people in the door and providing an experience that will have them coming back with their friends.  Combining a gallery with a bar is an unusual concept in this country and we look forward to introducing it to Denver.

The biggest reward will be successfully sharing with the community our love of the social moment that quality food, drink and art can provide

Q:What do you most love about Colorado?

The mountains!  Majestic, unique and a strong reminder of how beautiful nature is when you’re in the midst of the city.

Q: What is something readers would be surprised to know about you?

That Joe is one of 12 children and that all 12 love sharing moments around the table, traveling to Europe, hiking in the mountains and, above all, art and music.

Review: La Cour Adds Artistic Element to S. Broadway

Review: La Cour Adds Artistic Element to S. Broadway

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Atticus Restaurant in Denver Opens Near Denver University

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Atticus Restaurant in Denver Opens Near Denver University

Atticus Restaurant in Denver Opens Near Denver University

One of the latest additions to Denver’s dining scene is Atticus, a casual restaurant that serves rustic comfort food with a contemporary global twist and a focus on locally sourced ingredients. Named after Atticus from To Kill a Mockingbird, the restaurant is full of rustic-inspired details like Aspen wood paneling, original brick and classic books and board games. The intimate spot seats only 64 people and features a cozy fireplace and bar made from timbers of old Stapleton airplane hangers.

“Atticus will be a welcoming space that will make a perfect spot for working breakfasts, lunches, after work cocktails and lingering dinners,” said Brian Midtbo of Table to Tavern, the company behind the new restaurant.

Atticus is located right next to another Table To Tavern establishment, the popular sports bar Boone’s Tavern. The group is also known for their other restaurants, including Table 6 and Handlebar Tavern.

With Atticus, the Table to Tavern wanted to create a welcoming restaurant that serves three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) along with cocktails, beer and wine.

Whether you’re looking for a coffee shop-like atmosphere where you can set up with a laptop, a happy hour spot or a relaxed dining experience with friends, Atticus caters to all. They also offer a grab-n-go menu so you can take their delicious and homemade food to go when you’re in a rush.

Speaking of that delicious food, the bistro-style menu at Atticus focuses on small yet satisfying portions at accessible prices. Each dish is carefully thought out by chef Robert Alfaro, formerly of Toast and LoHi Steakbar. One of his top recommendations is the Grilled Hangar Steak, which for $17 comes with cherry whiskey butter, roasted red potatoes and pork belly brussels. Another popular option is the Wild Boar Chili ($9) with garam masala, served with toasted pita chips and Mussels & Frites ($7 for a half order, $12 for a full) in a tomato saffron broth.

The drink menu heavily features spirits from local distilleries, and the old world-inspired libation offerings include a Breck Cherry Oatmeal and a Gin Smuggler, made with Spring 44 gin, fresh lemon, spiced honey syrups, bitters and apple ciders. The wine list is curated by Table 6’s Aaron Forman, who is known as one of Denver’s most adventurous sommeliers. And of course, Atticus will serve up plenty of local Colorado beer.

Atticus is located at 1115 East Evans Avenue in Denver. The restaurant’s phone number is (720) 459-8273.

Atticus Restaurant in Denver

Atticus Restaurant in Denver

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Brunch Review: La Biblioteca in Denver

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Brunch Review: La Biblioteca in Denver

Brunch Review: La Biblioteca in Denver

Nowadays, brunching is practically a sport. And there’s a new hotspot to practice your mimosa-swilling and bacon-devouring: La Bibilioteca in Denver. Originally known for its extensive tequila selection, La Bibilioteca has joined the brunch game in a major way.

There’s no better way to pass a late morning and early afternoon than with a bottomless brunch, and amazingly enough, bottomless at La Biblioteca includes both cocktails and food. Come with your stomach empty, and sample all of their 21 small plates, perfect for sharing with a group.

The bottomless brunch option is $35 with cocktails and $25 without. It lasts for two hours between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and also features a Bloody Mary bar. But you might be better off with a “Bloody Maria” – La Biblioteca’s bartenders are the tequila experts, after all! Customize your perfect brunch beverage with more than 30 toppings and 24 hours of hot sauce. Talk about “kicking” your day off!

La Biblioteca’s menu was created by internationally-recognized head chef Richard Sandoval, and the new brunch dishes are just the latest additions to his already raved-about food.

But this is no ordinary brunch – Sandoval has put his own unique Latin and Asian-inspired twists on typical breakfast dishes. Try the savory chorizo benedict, which incorporates kimchee and chili hollandaise, the melt-in-your-mouth pork carnitas hash, or the sinfully delicious pandan waffle with strawberry-guava sauce and whipped cream. Diners with dietary restrictions will appreciate La Biblioteca’s numerous gluten-free and vegetarian options.

La Bibilioteca also offers dim sum-inspired dishes, sliders, sushi and salads, but my personal favorite dish was the ceviche. Incorporating charred pineapple, coconut milk and basil, it tasted like a tropical vacation.

La Biblioteca is located at 1610 Little Raven Street, just a short walk from the Millennium Bridge in Denver’s RiverFront park neighborhood.

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Video: Olive & Finch: Newest Kid On The Block in Uptown

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Olive & Finch: Newest Kid On The Block in Uptown

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Carri Wilbanks explores Olive & Finch in Denver’s Uptown Neighborhood. The restaurant and cafe has a definitive European Flair. Mary Nguyen is the chef and creator. The spot serves as a casual atmosphere with delicious food, coffee and a juice bar. In a rush? Check out the grab-n-go section in the neighborhood favorite. And don’t miss the desserts- made in house!

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Plus, I had the chance to catch up more with chef and creator, Mary Nguyen

Q: How did the idea for “Olive & Finch” come to be?
A: I really wanted to create a place in Denver that draws on the tradition of local, handcrafted, fresh food prepared daily. At Olive & Finch you’ll find a marketplace and café serving chef-prepared cuisine that’s fast, affordable and convenient. I wanted a place that offered fresh baked pastries, a full coffee bar, fresh-pressed juices, artisan sandwiches, hearty soups, tasty salads and a variety of prepared foods in our marketplace are available to-go for those folks that keep a busy life. We are committed to making our food from scratch using organic & locally-grown produce, & all natural, sustainable meats & dairy whenever possible. I also wanted to provide great food and options for those who have dietary restrictions.
2. How have your travels inspired the concept? 
My husband and I travel to Europe every year and I have always been enamored by the markets and cafes that we visit. Olive & Finch was definitely inspired by the markets and cafés that dot the European countryside. 
3. How did you discover your love for cooking? How did that translate to opening P17 and Street Kitchen?  
Growing up cooking and food was always a big part of our family life. I started my a corporate catering company in 2001 and served box lunches to local businesses. At the same time, I worked at several restaurants in the Denver area to gain experience in the restaurant industry and worked up the ladder into management positions. I even became an executive sushi chef in Denver. In 2005, I opened my first restaurant, Parallel Seventeen. We are now celebrating its eighth year in business this August.
Olive & Finch: Newest Kid On The Block in Uptown

Olive & Finch: Newest Kid On The Block in Uptown

4. What are some of the biggest challenges you face as chef and restaurant owner? And biggest rewards? 
My biggest challenge is time. Not only do I own Olive & Finch, I also own Street Kitchen and Parallel Seventeen in Denver’s Uptown. Juggling multiple restaurants can be challenging. I always want to make sure that I am at the restaurants as much as possible and available to the staff as much as they need me. 
5. What do you most love about Colorado? There are many things that I love about Colorado so I can’t just pick one. Like most people I enjoy the weather here. I love that we truly have four seasons here, and that the sun shines throughout all of those seasons. Colorado has a great food scene! In my eyes it can’t be beat! There is so much room for growth and opportunity. I believe the strong sense of community that has been cultivated by the residents of Colorado are another reason why I adore this state. People are always so nice and friendly! What’s not to love about Colorado?!
6. What is something readers would be surprised to know about you or your business?
I earned two degrees, one in economics and another in international affairs. After I graduated from college, I was a successful investment banker. During my college years I had started to cook. I had every intention to continue my career in finance, but then I became more interested in cooking than making money. This passion for cooking grew, and I decided to leave my finance job and work at restaurants to learn from the best.

 

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