A Broadway bistro

Miss Saigon Bistro (6620-B Delmonico Drive, 598-6888) actually has nothing to do with the highly popular Broadway musical. But it did open on that showiest of holidays, Valentine's Day.

Manager Kwon Nguyen says his father Phu is in charge of the kitchen, and that his uncle is principal investor. Kwon says Phu has worked as a Vietnamese and Chinese chef in Vietnam, California, Las Vegas and Colorado Springs for more than 20 years total, and finally decided he wanted a restaurant of his own.

Beyond authentic Vietnamese standards such as bun and pho, look for a variety of seafood dishes and a Chinese section of the menu.

V-Bar: Booze meets ink

The mysterious V-Bar (19 E. Kiowa St., myspace.com/vbar) changed ownership two months ago, and with Westside Tattoo proprietor Brian Moore's purchase has come an overhauled martini and cocktail menu, plus an array of weekly drink specials.

"I'm a certified chef," says Moore. "My background was in restaurants before tattoos — I'm really just into business. I've been going there for years ... and I looked at the place as a diamond in the rough. It's a really neat bar."

The Modbo's Brett Andrus will curate the space with monthly art shows.

Local gobbles

Heritage Belle Farms (Calhan, heritagebellefarms.com) founder Katie Rosing will provide a unique turkey CSA called the Gobbler Program this season. After offering her first vegetable CSA last year, Rosing says, she noticed a saturation in the area, and wanted to do something different this year.

So, if you want to plan ahead for a local, pasture-raised Thanksgiving bird, place a $10 or $15 deposit on either a Mammoth Broad-Breasted Bronze or Heritage Breed turkey by May 1. (At pickup, they'll cost $4.25 per pound.)

Rosing says she'll still grow some produce for sale. Down the road, she's contemplating an aquaponic system in her newly built greenhouse.

Curry Leaf, unwrapped

Be confounded no longer as to how owner Lana Hillstrom makes such vibrant Sri Lankan dishes at the Curry Leaf Restaurant (26 S. Wahsatch Ave., curryleafrestaurant.com): She'll show you at once-a-month cooking classes, the first of which should happen in late April. Hillstrom says each $50 class will run from 3 to 4 p.m. on a Saturday, and will focus on a different dish and style of Sri Lankan cuisine.

Call to reserve a spot, or just drop in (so you can also try new daily specials like mango curry and pineapple pork).


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