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Ceci n’est pas un review of Ocean Prime (thanks, Oceanaire!)

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

A few weeks ago, on a dreary, chill Sunday afternoon, I met my pal Beth—now departed on an awesome road-trip project, 12 Cities 1 Year—at the downstairs bar of Ocean Prime for happy hour, which, far from bubbling, was so dark & quiet it felt like a dive despite the glitz. That isn’t necessarily a […]

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Oceanaire at Happy Hour: Now Even Fishier!

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

As I’ve said, Oceanaire is the only national franchise I’ll be caught dead in. But I prefer to be alive, sucking down oysters at the bar. Problem is, lots of other people prefer to be alive & sucking down oysters there too; the downtown Denver branch is usually mobbed after work. Now that it’s offering […]

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The Exception That Proves the Rule: Oceanaire

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

Like all serious eaters, I avoid most chains on principle. Even the high-end ones, the ones that actually have kitchens instead of just freezers full of factory-made product & bank after bank of deep fryers to thaw it all in, share that ethos of consistency, i.e. sameness, i.e. predictability, that goes against everything I love […]

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The Salad Series: The Oceanaire’s bay shrimp & crab chopped salad with Green Goddess

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

Hey, I like the feel of an Art Deco–era supper club in Miami Beach as much as the next guy snapping his fingers in pinstripes and wingtips. Ergo I swing by the bar at The Oceanaire now & again, a chain whose links seem to obtain their high polish from sentient beings, not lobotomized corporate […]

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An Oddly Charming Detour to The Weber

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

I’ve said many times that Oceanaire is the only chain restaurant in town I cotton to, but that’s not quite true; I’ll sheepishly confess I don’t mind North, the Cherry Creek link in an Arizona-based franchise that manages to help meet Denver’s sore need for mid-priced modern Italian cuisine. I minded it a bit on […]

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Crosstown Culinary Crazy Quilt: sweet recent eats (& 1 clunker) from all over the map

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

So much busy. It’s high time I take stock of all I’ve shoved down my gullet in recent weeks. Come NBA playoffs season, there are few places I’d rather be than Rackhouse Pub (for a full review click here), which has the screen coverage of a sports bar but the thoughtfully designed & prepared menu—not to […]

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Ocean Prime: Pearls amid beefs

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Yes, I still have some beefs with this Ohio-based seafood franchise, beyond the fact that it’s an Ohio-based seafood franchise—at the price point of its urban-coastal superiors. But after a recent, somewhat reluctant excursion to its swank downstairs lounge, I have to admit it has its good points. Bar service, for instance. Although markup, especially […]

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Ambria After the Fall

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

The post-opening buzz surrounding Ambria was still echoing across town when news of its star chef’s ouster broke. With everybody feeling bad for everybody, I headed there accompanied by pals Mo & A in hopes of a Cinderella story starring the ex-Oceanaire sous chef who’s picking up where Jeremy Kittelson left off; after all, I’m rather […]

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Rogue Ale & Fresh Oyster Fest at The Cheeky Monk, 4/13, 3pm-onward

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Speaking of oysters, much ink has lately been spilled over their affinity with beer. What better time to eschew the bubbly in favor of testing that theory than Colorado Beer Week? Next Wednesday, the good folks of Oregon’s Rogue Ales will hit The Cheeky Monk to pair 4 of their finest—Double Dead Guy, Chatoe OREgasmic, Chipotle […]

Ballad of the Bar Bite April 2010: LoHi SteakBar, Churchill Bar, McCormick’s

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Before departing for Chile for 8 glorious days (just scroll down for a peek), I did a whole heap of crosstown grubbing that warrants a word or 2 before I leave Denver yet again for a week in Boston; after all, this is Denveater, not Elsewhereater. *** Given the superfine 1st impression it had made, […]

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