The Historic Ute Inn
204 W. Midland Ave., Woodland Park, 687-1465, uteinn.com
Woody P's oldest bar, located at number 204 on U.S. Hwy. 24, launched in 1942. If there's any significance to that numerology, I know it not, nor whether it'd help you win a prize at one of the many weekly contests built into the lively bar's nightly programming.
On the saloon side, separated by a wall from the "family-friendly" restaurant side, $3.75 pints of New Belgium Brewing's excellent Shift Pale Lager make a great bar-grub pairing. Crispy, rough-skinned, bottomless fries (as in as much as you want), bought frozen but given a peppery zing in-house via Montreal steak seasoning, accompany sandwiches like the fulfilling buffalo burger ($11.25 with bleu cheese). Half a pound of farm-raised Chinese Pangasius catfish filets co-starring on the crunchy, serviceable fish & chips plate ($7.75) are served sans vinegar but with a sweet-pickle-dominant tartar sauce — squeeze of lemon a benefit. — Matthew Schniper
Mayo's O'Taste & See
3219 S. Academy Blvd., 390-6848
While the name sounds like an Irish condiment store, it actually refers to two things: the Thai proprietress Mayo, as she prefers to be known, and Psalm 34:8, which reads "O taste and see that the Lord is good." It's a crazy-diverse menu in there, too, full of barbecue, Southeast Asian, Korean and soul-food recipes acquired through years as Mayo traveled the world with her military husband.
And it's a calm, relaxing dining room done up in sherbet oranges and greens where we took in the fried pork chop ($6.99) and pad ga pow ($7.99). The former's a huge, oil-rich slice in delicious seasoned breading — easily giving chicken a run for its money — with sides of cornbread, thick mashed potatoes in a peppery blond gravy, and layers of al dente collard greens. The latter does a spicy-sweet stir-fry dance with grilled chicken, sweet yellow onions and a fried egg over rice. — Bryce Crawford
Uinta Brewing Co.
1722 S. Fremont Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah, uintabrewing.com
I recently became a big fan of Uinta's superb Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin from the brewery's Crooked Line of 750 ml, barrel-aged beers. There's also a respectable Classic Line, and this excerpt from the six-brew Organic Line: Baba Black Lager (around $8.50/six pack). Socially conscious Uinta's been 100-percent wind-fed since 2001, added solar in 2011, and designed proprietary "compass bottles" with embossed cardinal directions as part of a tribute to its titular mountain range.
Earthy elements are central to Baba's surprisingly light (for a solid black beer), 4-percent-ABV body. Dark, heavily toasted malts dominate the somewhat one-note flavor, which, depending on the shape of the tasting glass, finished with varying bitterness and smokiness in both aroma and aftertaste. As a German-style schwarzbier, it's a little breadier than a stout or porter, but overall not near as memorable as Oak Jacked. — Matthew Schniper
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