Since 1987, Buffalo Bill's has been whisking boxes of hot wings to the doors of Denver. Before delivery, the wings are tossed in one of 15 sauces, which range from mild and sweet to absolutely fiery, depending on if the customer wants to decimate piles of napkins. Pleasant lemon-herb and sweet-and-sour sauces share space with three types of barbecue sauce and seven different levels of hot sauce. Buffalo Bill's also delivers Pudge Bros. pizza, custom-made or in specialty variations.
Sonoda's 550 Broadway's public-facing prep area showcases chefs' chopping skills as they stuff sushi specialty rolls with creative ingredients such as jalapeño masago. For fully cooked fare, piping-hot tempuras and teriyakis nestle onto rectangular plates draped in more elegant garnishes than the Cabbage Patch Kids at prom. Amber track lighting snakes between upside-down parasols suspended overhead, and exposed-brick walls imbue the establishment with an atmosphere of industrial chic. A full bar selection soothes diners' thirsts, and full stomachs' calls for back up carry on the breeze from an outdoor patio.
At iFish Japanese Grill & Sushi Bar, brother-sister duo Louis and Kuo Eing Ming strive to modernize the sushi roll while maintaining strict culinary traditions. More than two dozen rolls ? with names such as Heart Attack and Peyton Manning ? offer flavorful bites with invented ingredients such as roasted coconut, tempura shrimp, spicy yellowtail, sriracha sauce, and homemade aioli. Hot dishes from the kitchen include sesame chicken and Korean short ribs with a side of kimchi.
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
Inspired by the Hawaiian term hapa, which describes a harmonious blend of Asian and American cultures, the chefs at Hapa Sushi Grill & Sake Bar strive to balance dynamic flavors with every dish. They follow traditional Japanese techniques but incorporate influences from American, Hawaiian, and Japanese cuisine to fill their lunch and dinner menus with original combinations. Kalua pork peking wraps fold around Hawaiian-style pulled pork and the Poke Don coats fresh ahi tuna or salmon in a house poke sauce and sesame seeds. Sushi rolls range from basic california and shrimp tempura rolls to original creations, such as the XXX Roll, a core of tempura asparagus wrapped in hamachi and jalapeños, seared with olive oil, drizzled with ponzu, and played by Vin Diesel.
When to Go: For a more casual, slightly less expensive meal, swing by for happy hour (2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday–Saturday), when select appetizers, wines, and cocktails are served at a discount.
In the Press
Inside Tip: Do not ask for ketchup. Beyond the fact that it's a faux pas at upscale restaurants, Chef Lon Symensma just can't stand the stuff. As he told an interviewer for Westworld, one of his first apartments was next door to a Heinz factory, which permeated the air with the smell of tomatoes and vinegar. This experience left the chef with a strong aversion to the popular condiment.
Cholon: literally translates to "big market," and it's also the name of the largest Chinese market in Saigon, Vietnam.
Pandan: a fragrant, almost-floral herb used in Southeast Asian cooking. At ChoLon, Chef Symensma tosses it into his Singapore-style chicken and rice.
While You're in the Neighborhood
Before: Whet your appetite with a trip to EVOO Marketplace (1338 15th Street), where you can sample gourmet olive oils and balsamic vinegars.
After: Sip a nightcap at Mario's Double Daugher's Salotto (1632 Market Street), a dimly lit lounge with a Grimm's fairy tale kind of feel.