If the owner's sommelier status doesn't assure you that Black Pearl Restaurant is serious about its wine, then its multiple Awards of Excellence from Wine Spectator will remove any lingering doubt. But for some, the wine list?impressive though it may be?is secondary to chef Justin Hall's menu of new American cuisine. Denver Westword mooned over its "eye-rollingly sultry duck p?t?" and bestowed Black Pearl with a Best Charcuterie Plate in Denver award in 2014. Eater praised the smoked blue-cheese souffl? as a sumptuous dish worthy of both vegetarians and meat-eaters. The weekend brunch menu keeps up the high bar set by the rest of the week with bottomless mimosas, espresso-custard French toast, and a duck-confit hash skillet.
Executive chef Justin Hall talked to us about developing a menu that both expresses his culinary style and preserves what regulars have come to love about Black Pearl.
On conscientious sourcing: ?We use nothing but locally sourced produce. Our mushrooms come from a company called Hunt & Gather?they?re all hand-foraged, straight from the source. We work with Mcdonald Family Farm, a well-known meat provider, to bring in our whole animals.?
On his current favorite dish: "Right now I'm excited about the burrata caprese salad [with house-made burrata, heirloom tomato, basil pesto, olives, arugula, and grilled ciabatta]. It?s combining a traditional Italian-style burrata with elements of the caprese salad, giving it a new twist.?
On charcuterie: ?One of the highlights of our restaurant is our charcuterie program... Everything is done in-house. We were recently recognized for Best of Denver for our charcuterie.?
Every pizza at Kaos is freshly prepared in true Neapolitan-style, gently coaxed into the wood-fired oven using soft compliments and pheromone trails before being fire-baked to crispy perfection. Using fresh ingredients (including organic and local foods), the circular-centric menu offers pizzas in 10", 13", and 16" diameters, with gluten- free crusts available in 13" pies (add $2). Sate on standard flavor combinations or perform magic tricks to lure more exotic pizzas into your stomach such as the garden, packed with an olive oil and garlic base, mozzarella, provolone, tomatoes, arugula, fresh egg, and shaved parmesan ($10–$16), or the sopressata salami ($15–$20), built for carnivore cowboys with pesto, potato, mozzarella, provolone, and farm-fresh egg. Kaos also offers salads to leaf-loving souls ($6–$10), homemade lasagna ($11.50) and other pastas, savory paninis ($7.50), and succulent desserts.
Whether it's the first feature the public sees or one that only shows in a bikini, Sohayla of Duet A Salon can make it look stunning. Her full-body waxing leaves skin smooth no matter the area, and her finess with special-occasion makeup highlights the best features of brides, guests of honor, and undercover FBI agents attending prom.
In the words of Japanese arts scholar Okakura Kakuzo, “Strangely enough humanity has so far met in a teacup.” Today's side deal invites you and your humanity for an afternoon tea in a tearoom at Seven Cups Denver Tea House. For $25, you'll get a tea tasting for six, a $55 value. Spend some quality time focusing deeply on your qi and forgetting about your problematic investment in that land-ski company.
On an otherwise quiet corner of Chicago's Ukranian Village neighborhood, a crowd of 20-somethings spills out onto the sidewalk to smoke and mingle. Like its hipster devotees, The Empty Bottle seems to never sleep. The club keeps late hours and hosts bands or DJs nearly every night, from local showcases to celebrated dance parties such as the Windy City Soul Club. Even in the coldest months, the overfill spills out onto the sidewalk, where crowds huddle together for warmth beneath a black awning that reads “MUSIC/FRIENDLY/DANCING.” Inside, past the pool table and pinball machine, is a doublewide space and a small stage lit by multi-colored lights. Decorated with years of musical and barfly ephemera, the bar sits beneath a tilted chalkboard that displays the daily drink specials and beer offerings. The club prides itself on cheap drinks and cheap admission prices—all the better for checking out local acts you may never have heard before. Don’t try to take advantage of the staff’s friendliness, however, lest they decide to show you how the severed door of a CPD car came to hang above the exit.
Herman's Hideaway has lured music lovers with an action-packed slate of performers for more than 25 years. Before the show, guests can chat up a bartender over a draft beer or vodka tonic. Instead of hosting an all-polka lineup, Herman's Hideaway dabbles in many musical genres, welcoming rock bands, jazz combos, and reggae collectives from nearby neighborhoods and far-flung nation-states. On August 22, MC Frontalot will use song to explain how nerdcore hip-hop emerged from a bizarre accident involving an apple, a candy factory, and an optometrist's office. Local math-metal quartet Seris will launch a tour from Herman's stage on August 27, and 13-piece funk band Funkiphino will spawn a dance party with soulful rhythms and come-hither nostril flares on September 9.