When Denver Westword critic Jason Sheehan visited Cracovia Restaurant and Bar, his summation of the meal ended up sounding less like a restaurant review and more like an Alice in Wonderland–style memoir dripping with passion and faux nostalgia. At one point, he recalled a desire to tackle a waiter who had walked by with a plate of cabbage rolls, so that he could "grab the golabki with [his] teeth and drink the tomato-mushroom gravy straight from the tureen." Later in the meal, he and his wife felt so connected to the food, they almost felt Polish themselves: "If our mothers had been Polish … this would've been what we ate growing up, " Jason said, "This tastes like home cooking in the best possible way, tastes of time and care and experience and love."
Love is probably the key word here: it's not surprising that Jason and his wife were so enamored with their meal, considering Cracovia is a labor of love for husband-wife team Lester and Marie Rodzen. They named the restaurant after a Krakow hotel where they honeymooned more than a quarter-century ago, and they pour this affection for their home country into each of the from-scratch Polish dishes they create. The aforementioned golabki—cabbage rolls stuffed with pork and rice—is one of the Rodzens' signature dishes, as are the homemade kielbasa and pierogi stuffed with meat, cabbage, cheese, or blueberries, all purchased at local farmers markets. In the spirit of its romantic inspiration, Cracovia is a perfect date-night restaurant—every Friday and Saturday night, live singers croon as couples make their way to the dining room's dance floor or three-legged racing area.
• For $10, you get $20 worth of Asian cuisine during lunch from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. • For $20, you get $40 worth of Asian cuisine during dinner from 3 p.m. until 11 p.m. Diners who redeem their Groupon Thursday, Friday, or Saturday after 8:30 p.m. receive complimentary edamame and sake.
Aromatic herbs weasel their way into almost every dish at Real Thai, where chefs add a liberal sprinkling of chilies, basil, lemongrass, galangal, and lime leaf to create their signature dishes. These can take the form of entrees such as green curry that's infused with coconut milk or drunken noodles that are free of inhibition. However, not every dish is built upon a foundation of noodles or rice. They also whip up specialties such as eggplant stuffed with ground chicken and shrimp and drizzled in eel sauce.
Doctor of Chiropractic Jared Gruhl's vast knowledge of the human body stems from his endless quest to learn more about it. After graduating from Northwestern Health Sciences University, he taught master's level anatomy, physiology, and microbiology classes and trained in advanced subjects such as functional blood chemistry. Furthermore, he received certifications for yoga, rehabilitative nutrition, and cellular detoxification, and he studied nutrition at the ICA's Council on Wellness Science. Nowadays, at Ananda Wellness Solutions, Dr. Gruhl ties everything together by offering nutrition, massage, and chiropractic services in one place.
When pressed for his motivations behind HBurgerCo, managing partner Pete Pflum told a reporter from Dining Out, "It's my favorite meal from childhood," before adding that the burger is "accepted as a meal unto itself—especially when you're using the best meat, baked goods, and fixings." Housed in a sleek but familiar space designed by Robin Smith Designs, the head chef conjures inventive burgers, while soda jerks also harness the combined power of local spirits and liquid nitrogen to craft inventive cocktails and milk shakes. Patties hand-formed from locally-sourced Angus beef, lamb, turkey, veggies, and buffalo arrive at tables crowned with eclectic toppings including fried eggs and asian slaw, complimented by a create-your-own-salad menu. Draft brews pour into glasses cooled with liquid nitrogen, which prevents libations from getting warm and snowmen from getting bartending gigs.
Described by chef/owner Troy Guard as ‰ÛÏcontinental social food,‰Û� the cuisine at Tag combines the flavors of Asia, Latin America and Guard‰Ûªs native Hawaii for an experience that is meant to be enjoyed with friends. Dishes are easily shareable, and run the gamut from charred ahi taco sushi to goat enchilada to duck two ways with pan-seared duck and duck confit spring rolls. Guests willing to put their faith in the chef will be pleasantly rewarded with Guard‰Ûªs ever-changing omakase menu. Watch the team at work in the open kitchen from a seat at the chef‰Ûªs counter, or sink into one of the oversized red booths as you await your meal. Tag‰Ûªs Larimer Square location makes it an ideal starting point for your night; however, with its lively atmosphere and seasonally inspired cocktails, you might find it hard to leave. Note: We believe correct name is TAG, so we would change that in title and copy