Arvada's cleverly themed School House Kitchen was recently reviewed by William Porter of The Denver Post and awarded high marks for overall atmosphere, food, drink options, and service. Porter was clearly wowed by the educational aesthetic and schoolhouse theme throughout the dining experience. He praised School House for the extensive whiskey selection and crafty cocktails as well as for the interpretation on cafeteria and diner classics such as the sloppy joe and chicken and waffle skewers. Porter dings the Arvada restaurant for the half-assed chicken fried steak dish, making it one of the only low points of his dining experience.
Gretchen Kurtz of Westword reviewed Roaming Buffalo Bar-B-Que this week and was clearly impressed. Kurtz applauds owners Coy and Rachel Webb for their take on "Colorado craft barbecue." With menu items like bison short ribs and pulled lamb shoulder alongside more traditional barbecue offerings of brisket and pork, it seems that the Webbs may be carving out a Colorado barbecue niche after all. Kurtz awards praise for Roaming Buffalo's sauces, sandwiches, and all of the smoked meats, but declares the brisket as the standout. Her complaints are minimal- the small barbecue joint runs out of smoked meats on a busy day and does not have a liquor license.