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Colt & Gray is an exercise in how far someone can push a neighborhood restaurant without going completely over the edge. Since it opened just below LoHi in August 2009, the bar has been an ideal spot for hanging out, cruising for a perfectly executed cocktail, carefully selected wine or craft beer, and eating your way through one of the best and most interesting happy-hour menus in town. The menu for the cramped, elegant, very well-staffed dining room is well thought out, too, with a number of dishes featuring parts of an animal that some people would consider scraps, including award-winning bone marrow. But the basic meat offerings, including the burger, are just as noteworthy. Colt & Gray does brunch right, too, with woody and rich French-press coffee served alongside beautifully poached eggs.
I'm a big fan of cocktails and have been drinking them longer than some of my coworkers have been alive. But for many people who have never had a real cocktail, ordering one for the first time can be ... More »
I was back in Denver for three weeks last month, during which I ate what was basically one continuous meal interspersed with brief lulls that occurred when I had to switch venues or go to sleep (which... More »
It's been a year and a half since Colt & Gray owner Nelson Perkins first announced he was expanding his restaurant into the space next door and would also build a brand-new cocktail bar, charcuterie k... More »
What will be the big culinary trends in 2013? As we prepare for a new year in gastronomy, we posed that question to dozens of people in the local food business, everyone from chefs and pastry magici... More »
Waffling about the perfect cocktail is hardly sexy, but indecision is often the result when you're confronted with a menu full of clever names and obscure ingredients. You know what you want, but nothing looks quite right. Not to worry: The bartenders at Colt & Gray have you covered. Not only is their bar stocked with every spirit known, but they also have an array of house-made bitters and other mixers at their disposal -- and they know the exact flavor profile of every liquid behind... More »
Colt & Gray has a clever drink list, a catalogue of classics, twists on classics, private jokes and new inventions, every one of which is testament to the talent of the bar staff, who have some of the deepest spirits knowledge in town. But the way to really experience what this bar can do is to plop down and order a bartender's choice. After sussing out what you like about a drink -- whether that's a flavor profile or a particular liquor -- a bartender will present you with a... More »
Colt & Gray is a temple of offal, and the menu features parts of an animal that some people would consider scraps: sweetbreads, crispy trotters, liver pâtés...and bone marrow. Rather than serve a cross-section of bone, the kitchen slices the specimen lengthwise and roasts it until caramelized, velvety, collagen-y marrow is clinging tenderly to the hole in the middle. That hot, butter-like center gets scraped out with a long metal spoon and spread on griddled bread, seasoned... More »
Kevin Burke's knowledge of everything behind the bar runs deep, and when he pours a patron a drink, it often comes with a side of vineyard history, a nugget of information about why he used one type of tequila over another, or a taste of something rare on tap that the drinker might otherwise have missed. His understanding of alcoholic beverages is broad, extending to beer, wine and spirits alike. But while his ability to educate about any of those is humbling, his strongest skill may be the... More »
Last year, when owner/chef Nelson Perkins revealed plans to open Colt & Gray, he swore up and down that, if nothing else, his kitchen would put forth Denver's best burger. In a city that lives and dies by its beef, those were fighting words. And when that city is suddenly enjoying a windfall of burger joints -- with more in the pipeline -- that kind of declaration holds as much water as a leaky thimble. But you know what? Perkins was the wrong guy to doubt, because his burger... More »
At brunch at Colt & Gray, the lovely restaurant that made its long-awaited debut on Platte Street last August, the French-press coffee is woody and rich and strong. It has to be, in order to prepare you for the duck confit hash, served with the most beautifully poached eggs you've ever seen, the streams of yolk brighter than a yellow cab. Or for the heavenly, egg-crowned croque madame coupled with an unexpectedly vibrant tomato soup; if you're a heathen, you dunk the former into the... More »
I really enjoy the atmosphere there and it is walking distance from my house. The food is divine and I had a wonderful Valentine's Day date there this year. Other than when my thoughtful boyfriend asking me "dude, do you want the sparkling or still bottle water." Ahhh...true love. Thier brunch kiwi bellinis are fabulous too!
Only went to this place because of all the hype around Westword awarding it the best burger in town. All the other food did look great, but the burger was really just average. I feel like the person reviewing this place is an amatuer burger eater in Denver and hasn't been to My Brothers Bar or CityGrille.
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