Sometimes, all there is to hold onto is a quick, tasty hot dog: no BS, no craft aspirations, nothing fancy whatsoever. That is what Stump Dog does, and for only a few bucks, the modicum of sanity that a fine-ground, cured, smoked, all-beef sausage offers can make its soothing presence felt.

You’ve never heard someone talk about pizza as enthusiastically as Slice 420 co-owner Christian Patriarca. But he and his wife Stefany are equally passionate about the mission behind their business, inspired by their daughter Sofia’s special needs, which brought them all to town as “medical …

Dine & Dash takeover: This week, in tandem with our summer guide, we venture to Denver’s graffiti mural-rich River North Art District (RiNo). We sample a classic, a newbie and a one-of-its-kind in Colorado. This is just a snapshot from a very happening area with options aplenty.

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Altitude Hospitality Group has more dining concepts and brands than we care to shake a stick at, but given the high bar they tend to set, we’re not complaining. Garden of the Gods Market & Café, for instance, has expanded into the former Coquette’s Bistro at 616 S. Tejon St.

White Pie launched a new brunch menu a couple weekends ago, and we got a sampling on week two with co-owner/chef Kris Wallenta and team. Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays starting at 10 a.m. 

Locals most likely know Mike Morea, also known as Taco, from his time working the kitchen at King’s Chef Diner. But during the pandemic, he and wife Lindsey decided to start up a food truck. When we stop by, Lindsey says they hope to become known best for their green chile, which is made wit…

Newly opened Thai Taste replaces Panbers Asian Bistro, and owner Krystina Pascua formerly had a stake in Lanna Thai off North Union Boulevard she says. She grew up in eastern Thailand but also lived in Bangkok, and like many Thai restaurateurs, she insists her cuisine is authentic.

Pub Dog (pubdogcolorado.com) pioneered the dog park/bar concept locally four years ago on Bott Avenue. The spot’s still barking strong, with weekly breed-specific meetups, trivia nights and more. But it will soon see some competition — if a 15-mile distance away can be considered that — in t…

This is Mici’s sixth location and the first outside Denver’s metro area. Co-founder Jeff Miceli says the menu is based on what he and his two siblings grew up eating. It’s family-operated to the point that his dad flew in to refine and scale up sauce recipes as Mici’s grew.

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At my first Araucana Bespoke Cocktails sampling a couple months ago inside The Carter Payne, owner/bartender Anastacio GarciaLiley described his ethos to me in familiar culinary terms, utilizing the farm-friendly phrase “nose to tail.” It’s fine-dining chefs’ way of saying they utilize every…

In our April 28 Indy, we highlighted spots inside Castle Rock’s Ecclesia Market, but there’s one more I wished to call out. Those familiar with the relative restraint Brit bites take regarding spices won’t be disappointed by Brit Stop Cafe. We get a blackberry latte, which sips smooth, nutty…

Five-year-old Red Gravy just expanded its offerings via Blue at Red Gravy (23 S. Tejon St., facebook.com/blueatredgravy), a live-music-driven cocktail lounge in the restaurant’s back area (in what was formerly banquet space; rear-entry after hours). It will be open from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., Thu…

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The COVID-19 pandemic sunk a lot of small businesses and local institutions, but when JJ Grueter’s punk dive, the Triple Nickel, and Gentle Fritz’s beloved weirdo hangout, Zodiac Venue/Bar, both closed, it hurt many a heart, and thousands of Springs residents cried Robert Smith tears. Howeve…

4 of Hart’s (named for four co-owner siblings) opened in September, 2020 as a sister outlet to 1129 Spirits & Eatery, located just across the Pueblo Riverwalk. I favorably reviewed 1129 in fall 2019, noting smart, local-spirit cocktails and conscientious grass-fed beef burgers. 4 of Hart…

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I love that Birdcall opened directly across the street from a Chick-fil-A in northeast Colorado Springs. It’s a “cluck you” throwing down of the gauntlet: We’re coming for your market share, even if just in this one neighborhood, for now. (Oh, and our food tastes better.)