Restaurant Reviews

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The 7th Annual WomenCook! Dining for a Difference
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COME ONE, COME ALL, to a tasting of the finest food your tum-tums will ever get an opportunity to receive. If you haven’t been before, you’d best hope it’s not too late to buy a seat, or better yet a table.

Welcome Back Legislators — Part II

“A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.” — Gloria Steinem

HERE’S PART II of my favorites in the area near the capitol or a short shuttle ride away.

Welcome Back Legislators — Part I

“Some people like to eat octopus. Liberals mostly.” — Russell Baker

THIS IS THE NINETEENTH ANNUAL “Welcome Back, Y’all” column, with muh recommendations for scarfin’ grub within walking distance, or not more than a short ride from the state capitol. All are open for lunch ‘ceptin where noted otherwise.

Things going on in Foodville

“I’ll bet what motivated the British to colonize so much of the world is that they were just looking for a decent meal.” — Martha Harrison


“I would like to find a stew that will give me heartburn immediately,
instead of at three o’clock in the morning.” — John Barrymore

5260 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood

OPENING AT THE SITE OF THE FORMER Black-eyed Pea in Lakewood is the 66th stand-alone Chick-fil-A store slated to open this year. Nationally, there are, at this writing more than 1523 stores in 38 states. This will be the 920th stand-alone store. This will be the first stand-alone store in Lakewood. In addition, there are 336 mall stores (including Southwest Plaza), and 214 license locations (universities, colleges, airports, etc.). That’s a growth trend to scare some financial planner but not the folks at Chick-fil-A.

You speaka Italiano? You eatta Italiano?

TIME SURE DOES FLY WHEN YOU’RE HAVING FUN, and I can’t think of anything more fun than going to the seventh annual Italian Food and Wine Festival to be held at Belmar in Lakewood from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, September 11 and 12. This is a week earlier than prior years. Note that there is always lotsa free parking.

Where to eat if you ain’t into fair fare at the state fair

“Once, while travelling in the wilds of Afghanistan, some fool lost the corkscrew. We were forced to subsist for several days on food and water.” — W.C. Fields

Party 'til the cows come home

“Scientists tell us we are what we eat. Nuts must be more common in diets than we thought.” — Unknown

GET READY, ONE AND ALL, FOR THE 2010 COLORADO STATE FAIR! All you Denverites, Lakewoodonians, Arvadites, Wheat Ridgers, Golden Oldies, Evergreenies, Pagosanians, Fremontonians and all the rest of you Coloradans — even those from the Peoples Republic of Boulder — drive down/up/across to Pueblo and visit the funnest fair of ‘em all. I really do luv the state fair. In its 138th year, the state fair runs eleven days, from Friday, August 27 thru Monday, September 6 (Labor Day). G and I haven’t decided which of our six perfect grandchildren we’re taking this year, but rest assured we’ll be there, exhausted after about two hours. And staying about eight hours.

When it's bad, it's very, very bad

“There are only ten minutes in the life of a pear
when it is perfect to eat.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

14805 West 64th Ave., Arvada,

I WAS SO LOOKING FORWARD to a great meal, but G and I were frustrated at every turn.

Let's go traveling

“A converted cannibal is one who,
on Friday, eats only fisherman.” — Emily Lotney