Stoic & Genuine Opens in Denver’s Historic Union Station: No Ocean, No Worries

Denver’s famous Union Station has gotten a much-needed renovation, and, along with stunning stores and a swank new hotel, some of the city’s best restaurateurs are setting up shop in the station, including Beth Gruitch and business partner and James Beard Award winner Jennifer Jasinski. The pair, who also operate Bistro Vendome, Euclid Hall, and Rioja, have opened Stoic & Genuine, a multi-coastal seafood and oyster house. Featuring fresh seafood that is flown in daily, as well as oysters harvested exclusively for the eatery, an amazing wine and craft beer program, an array of grower’s Champagne, and a unique granita bar, Stoic & Genuine is named for Jasinki’s husband Max (stoic) and executive chef Jorel Pierce (genuine), and they aim to deliver food and hospitality that reflects those principles.

The selection of granitas are meant to complement both seafood dishes, such as oysters, and a number of cocktails. Gruitch revealed that the concept for the granita offerings came about at Jasinki’s wedding a couple of years ago. She says, “We’ve taken it one step further, by presenting both savory and sweet options. The flavors are incredibly intense — plus, it keeps your drink cold so its perfect.” Her current favorites include the Sherry Amontillado (“Sherry and oysters are a perfect match!”) and the strawberry Champagne granita. “We simply top it with more bubbles,” she notes, “and it’s a really nice alternative to a mimosa or a Bellini.”

In a nod to Denver’s sporty, health-conscious foodies, Stoic & Genuine‘s menu is a real reflection of how Gruitch and Jasinski like to eat. Gruitch says, “I love the simplicity of it. It’s refreshing and all the flavors are there. Jen’s cooking is really light, yet there’s a ton of flavor there.”

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OpenTable Reviews Reveal Top 100 Scenic View Restaurants — with Exclusive Slideshow!

At the height of summer vacation season, we are pleased to announce the 2013 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Scenic View Restaurants in the United States. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 15,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The list of winners spans 29 states and includes Canlis in Seattle, Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck in Dallas, and Top of the Hub in Boston.  The picturesque state of California makes a strong showing with 22 honorees. Washington follows with seven top scenic restaurants, trailed by Maryland, Nevada, and New York, with six winners each. Oregon restaurants claim five spots on the list, and Massachusetts and North Carolina have each earned four spots apiece. Missouri, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania all boast three winners. Alaska, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin each have two winning restaurants. Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota, New Mexico, and Utah are also represented. Eateries specializing in American fare, including Californian and Pacific Northwest regional, proved particularly popular, as did seafood restaurants.

 

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Dining Poll: What’s Dad’s Favorite Cuisine When Dining Out?

Sunday is Father’s Day! Dining out for dad’s special day has always been a popular tradition in our family, possibly because my father is not the greatest griller (Ed. note: My dad readily admits this.). Also, he loves a great steak, and it’s really tough for even the best home griller to source and cook one as as well as the pros. So, we’ll be tucking into some quality meat with all the fixings at one of his favorite steakhouses this Sunday. What type of restaurant is your dad’s favorite? Weigh in on today’s dining poll!


What Restaurants Get Right; Mislabeled Fish; Perks of Dining Alone; Reservations About Mobile Phones; Top Chef Spoilers; What to Eat During a Zombie Attack

If you give a zombie a cookie, he's going to ask for a glass of milk. When you give him the milk, he'll probably ask to drink your blood instead. So, to be safe, don't offer zombies any food or drink, no matter how cute they are.

Dining and restaurant news…

* From the ‘Good News’ files. Here are 10 things that restaurants do right. [NorthJersey.com]

* Butter or Parkay? A law in Dairyland prevents restaurants from serving margarine instead of butter. For the record, I’m pretty sure butter is better. [Star Tribune]

* You say escolar, I say albacore. The fish you’re eating may not be the fish you ordered. [Boston.com]

* Don’t mess with Top Chef Texas. Leave it to the folks at Buddy TV, who have rounded up some spoilers. [BuddyTV.com]

* In case of zombie attack. Chefs share pantry preparation tips and menu ideas for when if the dead rise. [Culture Map Houston]

* You make the call. Should restaurants ban cell phones? [Orange County Register]

* Spinning for your supper. Salt Lake City restaurants are hiring DJs to mix mad beats while you eat. [Salt Lake Tribune]

* Sooner or later, we all eat alone. Here’s some thoughts on solo dining. [Business World Online]

* If everyone thought like The Smiths, factory farming would end. On account of shame! [The Atlantic]

* Do looks matter? A writer wonders how much a restaurant’s design influences your enjoyment of a meal. [The Guardian]

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