Arriving in conjunction with Denver Restaurant Week, Pat Miller, aka The Gabby Gourmet, has released a new mobile app to complement the latest — and 25th Anniversary Edition — of Gabby Gourmet Restaurant Guide 2011. A comprehensive resource to Colorado’s food and restaurant culture, Gabby Gourmet Restaurant Guide is penned by Miller, the doyenne of the Denver dining scene. She hosts a successful radio program, makes regular appearances on television, and writes about restaurants for numerous publications, in addition to raising money for charity. We talked to her about Denver Restaurant Week and her new app.
What made you decide to release a mobile app for your guide?
Well, the Gabby Gourmet Restaurant Guide is in its 25th year, and Hero Design Studio decided I should do an app. They’ve been working on it for a year, and everyone in town is having a ball talking about it. It’s literally my guide on the go! My favorite thing so far is the ‘Places Near Me’ feature. It locates you and tells you what’s close by along with price points and ratings. It’s great for when you’re out on the town. The reservations are powered by OpenTable, in fact!
We’re so pleased to be able to support it! And it’s here at the same time as Denver Restaurant Week. I was actually just shocked to learn that even though it’s just seven years young, Denver Restaurant Week (or, rather, weeks!) is the biggest in the country!
It is! It’s the biggest restaurant week in the country and it’s great. The restaurants are mobbed. The people are super. And, yes, it’s weeks, too, whether you approve or not. In fact, there are restaurants who’d like to do restaurant year! The demand to dine out is so great that even those that don’t participate do well!
What’s the level of the dishes the restaurants are putting out?
The restaurants are doing great dinners! They’re are really into it. Kevin Taylor has a menu of six or seven fabulous choices for each course. Strings is doing four courses, and they’re really going out with shrimp and salmon and steak and lamb. And, this makes it so you really do want to go back to the restaurants time and again.
What do you want Denver diners to know about these wonderful weeks?
I’m bothered by the person who will make reservations during Denver Restaurant Week and then won’t return again for another year. I encourage diners to go back to the restaurants they like, and also to over-tip your waiters. And, don’t double or triple book.
Well, if they reserve with OpenTable, it’s not possible to double-book! And, speaking of things you’d like people to know, what do you want diners from other parts of the U.S. — and the world, really — to know about Denver and its dining scene?
We’re not just steakhouses! We have a lot more than that! You could go to a different restaurant every night of the year. We don’t have the California climate, but we have wonderful farmers markets and chefs who are making their own cheese and growing their own food. Fruition has a farm now and, in fact, one of the prizes we’re giving away at the Give Paws 2011 benefit is a wine pairing dinner at the farm! Overall, though, in Denver, among the chefs, it’s really not about competition. It’s about community!
I know there aren’t any restaurants that are new to you, but are there restaurants that are new (or new-ish) to Denver Restaurant Week?
If you’re a Denver diner or plan to visit Denver in the next few weeks, make your Denver Restaurant Week reservations now! And, download the Gabby Gourmet Guide mobile app to make sure you never miss a great meal when you’re on the go.