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Restaurant Spotlights -

The Connection periodically features a restaurant that the editorial staff feels good about recommending to our readers in our “Spotlight on Food” section.  Sometimes the places are fancy, other times they are strictly jeans and flip-flop kinds of places.  Sometimes they are independently owned and other times they are part of a chain.  Usually they are close to home, but we might recommend a bit longer drive if we think it is worth the time it takes to get there.  The unifying factor is that they are always places that we enjoy and hope you will too.

Choosing a restaurant is a serendipitous process.  Sometimes a member of the staff has enjoyed a place and suggests we write about it.  Other times, a reader will mention a place to us and we will give it a try.  Occasionally, something pops up in a Facebook feed or other social media, and that piques our interest enough to give it a shot.  Or, a resident in the community may own the restaurant and we want to support our own.

Once a location has been selected, our food editor goes to the restaurant, unannounced, to dine.  If the food or the experience is not a pleasant experience, that is the end of it; you will not read about it here.   If everything goes well, however, we take copious notes and sometimes even photos of the meal.  As a follow up later, we contact the restaurant and speak with the owner or executive chef to get their take on what makes their establishment a good place to eat.

And while a write-up in our restaurant spotlight is often really good publicity for a restaurant, it is not advertising.  A restaurant cannot pay to be featured, and there is no charge to the restaurant once they have been selected.  (Restaurants do sometimes elect to advertise with us after seeing the response they get from our readers based on being featured here, so thanks for being such a responsive audience!)

We hope you enjoy the selections we have featured.  Please contact the Editor if you have feedback or suggestions for future spotlights!



August 1, 2011

B&B Cafe

October 1, 2015

Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar

March 1, 2017

Black + Haus Tavern

April 29, 2021

Blue Sushi Sake Grill

August 1, 2017

Bonnie Brae Ice Cream

July 31, 2014

Buckhorn Exchange

November 1, 2017

Bud’s Bar

August 1, 2010

Café Monet

September 1, 2012

Carmines Pizza & Pasta

October 1, 2013

Castle Cafe

September 1, 2013

Celebrate the seasons at Seasons 52

April 1, 2015

Chinook Tavern

February 1, 2013

Clock Tower Grill

March 1, 2016

Cookies & Crèma

March 1, 2015

Cranelli’s Italian Restaurant

October 1, 2016

Cuba Cuba

September 1, 2015

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

August 29, 2014

Diego’s Mexican Food & Tequila Bar

June 1, 2013

Eddie V’s

December 1, 2020

English Tealeaves

December 1, 2016

Farmhouse at Breckenridge Brewery

September 1, 2016

Firehouse Subs

November 1, 2012

Gabriel’s Restaurant & Tuscan Bar

April 1, 2011

GraceFull Cafe

October 1, 2017

Hapa Sushi Grill and Saki Bar

August 1, 2010

Heidi’s Brooklyn Deli

July 1, 2013

Honey B’s Macarons

July 1, 2016

Honnibrook Craft Meadery

November 4, 2020

Ivy at the Glenn

April 1, 2013


October 1, 2011

Kilwins Original Recipe Ice Cream – Parker

April 1, 2021

Kurosawa Japanese Dining

April 1, 2014

La Baguette de Normande

May 1, 2017

La Loma a Mexican Kitchen

January 1, 2021

Las Brisas

September 1, 2011

Las Fajitas

April 2, 2016

LongHorn Steakhouse Steak Done Right

April 1, 2017

Lowry Beer Garden

July 1, 2012

Maddie’s Beirgarten

September 1, 2017


February 1, 2015

Merle’s of Littleton

July 1, 2013

Mesquite Grill

January 1, 2014


January 1, 2014

NoNo’s Café

April 2, 2016

O’Brien’s Cafe

March 1, 2021

Old Blinking Light

November 1, 2015

Orange Leaf

December 1, 2012


January 1, 2017

Park Place

April 1, 2010

Parker Garage

June 1, 2021


July 1, 2017

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille

October 1, 2014


January 1, 2016

Pino’s Italian Kitchen & Bar

June 20, 2016

Rockyard American Grill and Brewing Company

June 1, 2013

Rose’s Bella Cucina

May 1, 2015

Slattery’s Irish Pub

March 1, 2012

St. Bon’s Cafe

May 1, 2013

Steak ‘n Shake

March 1, 2012

The Donut House

July 1, 2015

The Fort

February 1, 2011

The Melting Pot

February 1, 2021

The Old West BBQ

November 1, 2010

The Olde Towne Tavern

July 1, 2011

The Rock Wood Fired Pizza and Spirits

January 1, 2013

The Tilted Kilt

November 1, 2013

The Wooden Table

May 1, 2012

Toast Fine Food & Coffee

August 1, 2016

Trestles Coastal Cuisine

July 1, 2021

Venice Ristorante & Wine Bar

February 1, 2017

Via Baci

December 1, 2013


January 1, 2015

Vines Wine Bar and Tapas

February 1, 2012

Wide Open Saloon

November 4, 2020

Yard House

August 1, 2012

Yazoo Barbeque Company

August 1, 2013