What You'll Get
Protesting against tire factories dumping tires into lakes is challenging with a mouthful of food. Simultaneously satisfy your conscience and your palate with today’s Groupon: $15 for $30 worth of local, organic cuisine at Shazz Cafe and Bar in northwestern Denver.
Sourcing all its dishes to local suppliers, Shazz is a true “farm-to-table” restaurant. Most ingredients come from organic, sustainable farms in nearby areas—Shazz follows the “rule of 1,000,” which decrees that no ingredient may travel more than 1,000 miles before finding itself on a customer’s plate. This makes Shazz’s carbon footprint infant sized and ensures that everything served is supremely fresh. The restaurant also chooses ingredients according to season and makes everything from scratch. The result is simple yet elegant cuisine that highlights the quality of the ingredients. At Shazz, substance takes a starring role—no heavy sauces or elaborate presentations to obscure the simple pleasure of top-quality meats, cheeses, vegetables, and fruits.
Shazz's menu garners a healthy portion of organicness. Try one of the favorite small-plate options, the braised oxtail ($9), served with Asiago grits and flavored simply but with excellent precision by sage. The main course offerings include some excellent pastas, all handmade using local flour. The fresh spinach fettucini pasta comes with heritage chicken breast, flavored with garlic, baby heirloom tomato, pine nuts, and Parmesan reggiano ($9 small portion, $18 large). Or beef up with some top-quality beef: the grilled flatiron steak ($24) highlights a prime cut of meat with an uncomplicated preparation of sunchokes, rapini, and truffled leeks. Shazz caters to meat avoiders as well, with supremely fresh vegetarian dishes like the vegetarian cassoulet ($17), or grilled tempeh ($17). You can end on a sweet note with a warm apple crostata or a chocolate basil tartlet ($8 each).
- I thought I knew a lot about Shazz before I stepped through the door, with every expectation of terrible things being done to helpless ingredients, of vintage '80s plates of food stacked and doodled with squeeze-bottle sauces, of soft jazz on the radio and expressionist art on the walls and pamphlets about the Swami Vivekananda by the door. As it turns out, I was right about the jazz and the art, but that was about it. Because the food at Shazz is wonderful, and in the end, that's all that matters. – Jason Sheehan, Denver Westword
- Exceptions notwithstanding, Shazz has the food down pat. And it's the food that matters most. If this were a food review rather than a dining review, Shazz would earn an unqualified endorsement. – Tucker Shaw, Denver Post
- I hesitate to use the word "fabulous" because there is such a silly connotation to it, but that's what Shazz is. The food is amazing, the ever-changing menu inspired, the service impeccible [sic] and the wine list outstanding. – LKH, Urbanspoon
- The more I think about how they've crafted their recipes to focus in on the wholesome goodness of one or two key ingredients, the more impressed I am with this place. – David M., Yelp
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Aug 10, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, 1 per table. Not valid with other offers, happy hour specials, for alcohol, or Sunday brunch. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid during Denver Restaurant Week (2/20–3/5). Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.