A Peek Through The 9th Door

By Ruth Tobias  |  December 26, 2013

Though it overlooks a heavily trafficked stretch of Lincoln Street, the new Golden Triangle offshoot of The 9th Door actually feels more like some subterranean tapas bar in Spain to us than does Bill Kennedy and partners' nightclubby LoDo original, its arrangement of vintage flamenco posters, wrought-iron lanterns and candlelit circular booths somehow warmer and more rustic. Upon stopping by one evening last week to find a packed house, however, we discovered that the repertoire of small plates both cold and hot (designed by executive chef Kevin Marquet) is virtually identical, as is the beverage list. Which means the sangria and Tempranillo keep flowing, there’s jamón and queso at every turn and happy hour nibbles go for a song from 4:30 to 6:30 PM (only one of 11 is over $4). Tapas on the regular menu, like those pictured, top out at $13.

925 Lincoln St.; 303-832-7027

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    Lightly breaded, pan-fried artichoke hearts with lemon-thyme aioli (left) and pa amb tomaquet (right), or bread rubbed with olive oil, garlic and tomato, accompanied by serrano ham and Manchego cheese

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    Seared scallops over an earthy-sweet truffled mushroom compote

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    Medium-rare beef filet in a parsleyed Cabrales blue-cheese sauce and red-wine reduction alongside fried potatoes

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    Lemon-and-rosemary flan, a house specialty