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Jax Fish House and Masterpiece Kitchen Get the Thumbs Up

Restaurateurs strike gold with locations in Glendale and in Lowry

Masterpiece Kitchen
Masterpiece Kitchen
Adam Larkey

Jax Glendale's contagious energy and serious attitude towards making seafood impressed Denver Life in a recent review. The non-urban outpost of the popular multi-location restaurant was praised for its sustainably sourced oysters, which reviewer Lori Midson claimed are "best in all their naked glory." The revamped lobster roll, topped with celery aioli and bacon, and seafood chowder offer tasty and unique takes on New England classics. Chef Matt Lewis made a splash with his octopus cavatelli cooked in a tomato brodo with red wine and bone marrow, which Midson dubbed a "freakishly good octopus creation." Despite occasional lapses in service at the busy restaurant, the vibrancy of the atmosphere and food keeps Jax Fish House on the favorite list.

Masterpiece Kitchen, chef Justin Brunson's new Lowry venture, gained praise from the Denver Post in an opening review. The new American bar and grill combines elements from Brunson's previous restaurants with the simple pleasures of a neighborhood hotspot. Critic Bill Porter praises the menu that's "built for comfort," stacked with hearty dishes like the trio of meatballs and Double Double burger. The steak frites were the real winner of the night with "deep beef flavor" and topped heaps of Hatch green chile, grilled scallions, red pepper, and lime butter. The McDonald's style fries - and Porter means that "in the best possible way" - were also standouts. When partnered with a clean and carefully crafted selection of wines, beer, and cocktails and large, outdoor patio, Masterpiece Kitchen is set to a hot spot.

Jax Fish House Glendale

650 S Colorado Blvd, Glendale, CO 80246 (303) 756-6449 Visit Website

Masterpiece Kitchen

, Denver, CO (720) 324-8873