Out of the ashes ...
... a new restaurant venture rises.
The Home Plate Grill at Benny's (517 W. Colorado Ave.) has replaced Flamethrowers Nuevo Mex Grill inside Benny's bar. Owner/chef Greg Dodge, formerly of the Colorado Springs Fish Market and the Sunbird, among other local posts, opened in mid-January, just weeks after Flamethrowers' exit.
In addition to Banana's Fried Pickles (yup, those are tempura-fried pickles served by a woman named Banana), Dodge's menu features bar staples like chicken tenders and jalapeo poppers among apps; enchiladas, burritos, a Philly cheese steak and a barbecue sandwich among entres; and, of course, half a dozen styles of burgers.
"I make the best burger you've ever had," says Dodge, who also makes his own green chili and almost everything in-house, from scratch.
Home Plate is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and until 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Breakfast hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call 634-9309 for more.
Like the band Tool? Great!
Like wine? Ah, who cares?
Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan will be at Whole Foods (7400 E. Hampden Ave., Denver) from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Feb. 26 and 27 to sign bottles of his Arizona Stronghold Vineyards wine with ASV co-owner Eric Glomski. (Yeah, I'd understand if you skipped his autograph.) Keenan's willing to wield his cult-star status to sell his wine, so you shouldn't feel too much like a dope for buying a bottle just to get his siggy (and to earn permanent bragging rights at your Metal-Mullets Anonymous meetings). Call 303/488-2000 for more.
Ted's Montana Grill (1685 Briargate Pkwy.), the eco-conscious chain co-founded by media mogul/environmentalist Ted Turner, recently announced new "real deal" lunch and dinner menus. Each features three courses ($12-$13 lunch, $15-$16 dinner) with choice of entres such as cheeseburgers, salmon and bison meatloaf. Visit tedsmontanagrill.com for more.
Pot, Petite and Pickle
The Melting Pot (30-A E. Pikes Peak Ave.) is hosting 1980s Night on Feb. 23. Dress up for costume prizes; three courses (cheese, entre, dessert) will run you just $27 plus tax/tip. Call 385-0300 for reservations.
La Petite Maison (1015 W. Colorado Ave.) is hosting a Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday dinner Feb. 24. Three courses (including gumbo, touffee and crpes Suzette) cost $30 plus tax/tip. Call 632-4887 for more.
The Spicy Pickle (1466 W. Garden of the Gods Road) recently closed.