Media Reviews

2011

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Top of the Town Awards:

Best Street Vendor:  Steuben’s Food Truck

Westword

Best Blind Date Restaurant – “And because the place is always packed, it's a good spot for first-daters to meet at the chrome bar, cutting the tension with a few stiff, pre-Prohibition cocktails and maybe splitting an order of gravy fries. That bar is intimate enough to be conducive to conversation, and loud and busy enough to diminish the chance that anyone around suspects a blind date is in their midst.” (2011) Read More

Best Gravy Fries – “The retro diner already hustles some of the best hand-cut shoestring fries on the planet, but when they're blanketed with cheese and smothered with a husky, pepper-specked gravy, it's a quick trip to heaven punctuated by exclamation points.” (2011) Read More

Best Milk Flight for Kids – “The answer is the milk flight at Steuben's, which consists of a glass of chocolate milk, a glass of vanilla and a glass of strawberry. It's a creative treat so fun that adults can order it, too. Just watch out for the multi-colored milk mustache.” (2011) Read More

2010

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Top of the Town Awards:

Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant

Westword

Best Late-Night Menu – “There are so many reasons to heart Steuben's: the classic cocktail list that never feels old, even though most of the drinks were in vogue around the same time as shag carpet; the righteous soundtrack that begs for a dance floor (or at least a small corner dedicated to disco); tatted servers whose ink inspires you to get your own; nifty T-shirts that pimp pork; and a groovy menu that doesn't see darkness until the clock strikes eleven during the week and midnight on the weekends.” (2010) Read More

2009

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Top of the Town Awards:

Best Cocktails – Editors’ Choice

Best Bargain Bite – Editors’ Choice

2009 State Finalist:

Restaurant Neighbor Awards presented by the National Restaurant Association

2008

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Top of the Town Awards:

Best Diner – Readers’ Choice

Best Fried Chicken – Readers’ Choice

Best French Fries – Readers’ Choice

Westword

Best Green Chile Cheeseburger – “The green-chile cheeseburger at Steuben's is finally a commendable copy of the Owl original, from the soft bun to the shredded lettuce to the way the roughly chopped chiles melt into the cheese.” (2008) Read Me

Best Late-Night American Menu – “With a kitchen that serves until midnight on the weekends and eleven on school nights, Steuben's is your best bet for a real late-night dinner, whether you're looking for good, alcohol-absorbing grub, beating back a savage attack of the munchies or simply want a solid meal.” (2008) Read Me

2008 Winner:

National Philanthropy Day Award for Small Business in Colorado

2007

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Best Family Restaurant Parents Love

Best French Fries – Readers’ Choice

Best Comfort Food – Readers’ Choice

Westword

Best Taste of Someone Else’s Childhood – “The Steuben's menu serves as a magical gateway to everyone else's memories of such childhood favorites as lobster rolls, spaghetti with meatballs, gravy fries and cupcakes.” (2007) Read More

Gabby Gourmet

Steuben's Rocks - "What fun!! All those memories of comfort food and those dishes you remember come back to life in grand style at the new Steuben’s." (Aug, 2007)

CITY

STEUBEN'S OPENS IN DENVER After winning gushing accolades for their downtown dining den devoted to globetrotting dipping sauces, Vesta Dipping Grill executive chef Matt Selby and owners Josh and Jen Wolkon have added another notch to their belt with Steuben's, slated for a July debut in the uber-hip Uptown neighborhood. Housed in a converted auto-body garage with the bays still in tact, the comfortably stylish spot touts a regional American roster of familiar favorites - deviled eggs, crisp-skinned fried chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy, lobster rolls, Cuban sadwiches, and pencil-thin French fries served in wax paper. There's nothing particulaly groundbreaking on the menu, but the old-fashioned lineup trumpets the kind of nostalgic nirvana that never goes out of fashion, especially when you add curbside tackout service (now, that is novel), stainless steel accents strewn throughout the purposefully unpretentious dining room, and urbanized patio, and late-night hours. Meet you there. - Lori Midson (Jul, 2006)

Denver Post

“Steuben’s, at 523 E. 17th Ave., is poised to be the hottest new joint in town. You may think the $16 lobsetr roll is pricey, but with about a pound of lobster meat bathed in mayo, it’s the biggest bargain on the menu.” Bill Husted (Jun, 2006)

“Steuben’s, at 523 E. 17th Ave., opened this week and is already packing in the crowds. This is thanks to a great, moderately priced menu offering familiar favorites and updated classics in a hip, yet casual environment reflecting classic Amierican cafes with a blend of 1960’s and 70’s modernism.” Michael Behrenhausen (Jun, 2006)

“Denver’s Best new burger served on Denver’s hippest new patio” Tucker Shaw (Jun, 2006)

Denver Post Pop Music Critic - By Ricardo Baca "...This particular raspberry-flavored adaptation at the new Steuben's nearly knocked me over. It's the kind of cocktail that easily could be downed in a couple of indulgent gulps. Instead, I found myself taking small sips, willing the modest glass to last forever. (It took me 30 well-savored minutes to get to the slurpy bottom.) ...my friend Kyle and I had dinner on the side patio - a ridiculously good macaroni & cheese and a delish Maine lobster roll..." (Jul, 2006) Read Entire Article

"And for the latest in retro cool, hipsters are flocking to Steuben's, Denver's new mid-century modern restaurant , where bohemians imbibe root beer floats, milkshakes and egg creams." (Sep, 2006) Read Entire Article

Westword

“And finally, Josh Wolkon and Matt Selby of Vesta Dipping Grill fame got their new baby Steuben’s up and running earlier this week at 523 East 17th Avenue. Scouts who attended the final test dinners over the weekend report that the months of tastings and travel and menu negotiations have paid off. For this second place, Selby and Wolkon have drawn from America’s regional classics – everything from hot dogs to lobster rolls, from grape Nehi to veal Oscar – and brought them together on a single menu that reads like our culinary heritage, with the building blocs of what it means to eat like an American, presented regardless of border or accent. And I, for one, can’t wait to get a table.” Jason Sheehan (Jun, 2006)

DRINK OF THE WEEK: SCORPION BOWL "When my mom was a little girl growing up in Boston, her young, widowed mother would go to Steuben's on dates. It was a draw across Massachusetts, where everyone went to dance and hear the hot big bands play. Turns out this Steuben's is named after the original, which was opened in 1945 by Josh Wolkon's great-uncles, Max and Joe. Wolkon also owns Vesta Dipping Grill, and he's transformed the former Dan's Auto Garage into a fun, hip diner complete with cool retro lighting, a bar made of simulated wood with a dark pleather edge and matching pleather bar chairs, and two great patios..." (Dec, 1969) Read Entire Article

Rocky Mountain News

"MORE FOODIE FODDER: Steuben's, from the talented team who brought you Vesta Dipping Grill, has comfort-food fiends buzzing about the fried chicken, ribs, mac and cheese and chocolate-chip cookies made to order. This is food mom only dreamed of making. The spectacular design by local design group Semple Brown includes two oupoor patios, comfy indoor seating, a knockout bar and a way-cool grab-and-go area." (Jul, 2006)

"Lehndorff: It's simple: Steuben's elevates comfort food" (Sep, 2006) Read Entire Article

"TOP OF THE ROCKIES: TOP COMFORT FOOD Why it's tops: The Vesta Dipping Grill has a bona fide hit on its hands with this new eatery based on a simple premise: famous, familiar regional American dishes prepared properly using high-quality ingredients. We can’t get enough of the habañero honey-fried corn on the cob, crispy fried chicken with real mashers and gravy, and butterscotch pudding. The awesome, authentic New England lobster roll is worth every cent of its $16 price tag." (Sep, 2006) Read Entire Article

"PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS: New Bar, New Restaurant, Oupoor Dining, Fried Chicken, Diner, Philly Steak Sandwich" (Sep, 2006) Read Entire Article

5280 Magazine

NEW: STEUBEN'S IS RETRO-FABULOUS It's only been open a month but Steuben's, the hip Uptown restaurant by Josh Wolkon and chef Matt Selby of Vesta Dipping Grill, already has a lot of buzz. Wolkon concepted the spot after his uncles' vanguard Boston restaurant (also named Steuben's), which hosted swing and jazz bands, including The Rat Pack. In Denver, the blast-from-the-past space with chrome and dusty blue accents sets the tone for the American regional classic cuisine—think Maine lobster rolls with huge chunks of lobster meat, fried corn on the cob slathered in butter, the city's best wedge salad doused in thick blue cheese dressing, and creamy homemade butterscotch pudding topped with vanilla wafers. The experience is diner-esque in the best of ways—inexpensive, fun, and real. Favorite dish: sizzling garlic shrimp appetizer. Favorite detail: Order takeout from the supercool grab-and-go section designed to look like an old-fashioned diner. 523 E. 17th Ave., 303-830-1001, www.steubens.com. (Jul, 2006)

Neighborhood Life

"You never know what you'll find when you step inside a restaurant during its first 24 hours of operation, but my observtions at Steuben's, 523 E. 17th, just one day after opening make this new entry into the area dining scene look like a winner right out of the gate. Perhaps that's because Josh Wolkon, the owner of the highly successful Vesta Dipping Grill in LoDo, is at the helm here. I expected an effort to attract the trendy crowd, but Steuben's is all down-home and feels more like family." (Jul, 2006)

New York Times

"For home-style cooking with a high-end twist, head to Steuben’s (523 East 17th Avenue, 303-830-1001), which opened in June in the newly fashionable Uptown neighborhood. Like its eclectic décor, which mixes modern lighting with steel beams, the menu alternates between classic Continental dishes like trout amandine ($15) and heartier ones like barbecued brisket ($14)." (Sep, 2006) Read Entire Article

Metromode Magazine

"Imagine all the goodness of mom's cooking stuffed into your uncle's auto mechanic shop, renovated to fit a hip and trendy Uptown neighborhood location> That's Steuben's in a nutshell.......The food is enjoyable, the place is warm and calming, he people are very friendly. Steuben's earns the recommendation of everyone who has visited." Four Stars (Sep, 2006)

Avid Golfer

THAT 70's PLACE: "I'll confess my addictions to deviled eggs, skinny French fries, cheeseburgers and cheese steak sandwiches, which is why i can't stay away from Steuben's, the marvelously retro new restaurant in Uptown that unabashedly-and unapologetically-celebrates familiar American regional fare. The nostalgically hip feeding ground, overseen by Josh and Jen Wolkon (Vesta Dipping Grill) and chef Matt Selby has been packed since it opened in June, with neighborhood swells, media types, families and everyone else hankering for old-fashioned bliss. It's part pop culture, part your parent's '70s basement, replete with blue Formica tables, wood paneling, Linoleum floors, chrome chairs and vanilla-and-chocolate-hued booths. Every night parades a different special, including meatloaf, prime rib and pan-roasted lobster. And if the sight of house-made chocoate pudding or cup cakes oozing with icing doesn't set your mouth salivating, the bread pudding and late-night kitchen hours will." (Sep, 2006)

Bon Appetit

Top Tables - Denver and Boulder Imagine a classic New Jersey diner crossed with a Los Angeles mechanic’s garage, and you get the idea and look behind Steuben’s, a hipster favorite in Denver’s trendy uptown district. Tattoos seem to be a prerequisite for waiters who run back and forth between the crowded patio and the kitschy, mid-century brown-and-powder-blue dining room. The food isn’t groundbreaking, but what chefs Matt Selby and Brandon Biederman do-regional comfort foods-they do well. Lobster rolls, habanero-honey fried corn, meatball subs, macaroni and cheese, and Chicago dogs all hit the spot. Daily specials ( a la blue plate) include Buffalo rib-eye steak on Monday, prime rib on Thursday, and carne adobada on Sunday. Above all else, this place is fun, which comes as no surprise, considering owners Josh and Jen Wolkon and executive chef Selby are also the team behind the popular Vesta Dipping Grill. (523 East 17th Avenue, Denver; 303-830-1001; steubens.com) (Nov, 2006)

2006 Mayor'S Design Award

Category:: Wicked little details Why it's cool:: Steuben's design team and Owner:s Josh and Jen Wolkon converted a 1930s auto garage to a classic neighborhood cafe that feels like a community icon rather than a new addition. Interior elements exude a mod vibe. (Nov, 2006)

Dave Flomberg, The Rocky Mountain News

“Possibly the best Fried Chicken in Town” (Nov, 2006)