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June 26, 2009 Cherry Creek News & Central Denver Dispatch Page 13

Dining Detective: The


Bridgewater Grill service
stutters, but with a smile
Two weeks ago I met a woman who a makeover was the
coordinates marketing for
businesses all across the Bridgewater menu.
country. Among her cli- Grill Although there are
ents is the Golden Hotel, a few tweaks, it is
which in turn means and 800 11th St basically the same
their newly remodeled type of food but
restaurant, the Bridgewater Grill. When with slightly higher prices.
I revealed my alter ego food critic perso- Onion Soup ($5.99) was a great way
na, I was invited to make a clandestine to start this cool, raining evening. And
visit. “It’s all about comfort food,” I was it was absolutely delicious. The bad
told, “Lobster Mac n’ Cheese, Meatloaf, news is that I had actually ordered the
a great new patio … you should really mushroom/broccoli soup ($3.99) and
check it out.” And so I did. As the say- delivered the Onion soup by mistake.
ing goes … be careful what you ask for, Still, as far as mistakes go, this was
you just might get it! something I could live with.
I had been to the former Grill many We chose our entrees from among
years ago and agree that a change was some of the new menu additions. I
definitely in order. While there wasn’t opted for the Lobster Mac n’ Cheese
anything wrong with the former Grill, ($14.99). This was somewhat disap- Painting
there wasn’t anything right either. It pointing. The flavors were not strong Interior
Exterior
was too stuffy and reserved to be com- and it was under seasoned. If not for the
Residential
fortable, and even though the food was change in texture, I would have not dis- Commercial
good, it was never very busy. At one cerned the lobster meat from the pasta.
point they did redo the menu to feature On a technical note, the dish needed
Standards
steaks and hearty sandwiches, but they to sit longer before it was served. It Trained professionals
really needed to reevaluate their assets arrived at the table in a loose, milky Pressure washing
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look. the lack of flavor will prohibit me from Extras
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remember it later when they are won-
dering where they can get a bite to eat.
no, in the world of reviews “fine” isn’t
what you are looking for.
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This alone should prove to be a very The desserts, none of which are concrete this All Tile
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Part two of this renovation has site. One thing I appreciated was that Summer! Work
moved the dining room to the northeast you could order single or double por-
or Freshen your home with Fencing
corner of the hotel, adjacent to the patio tions ($3.99/$7.99). Two of us ordered
and sharing the admirable view. This dessert and we were pleased with the new Tile! Free
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tainly wasn’t perfectly executed. we learned that we were billed for
Needs
The renovation of the Grill is part
of an overall Hotel makeover. The first
the “double” servings. Therefore, here
is a very concrete piece of advice: if Sidewalks
Pachelli's
thing I noticed is that there is this odd you do get dessert at the Bridgewater Patios Flatwork
dichotomy of details. The restrooms, Grill, clarify the portion size with your
for instance, feature an absolutely gor- server. And order the Mud Pie. That
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furnishings range from pedestrian to poor girl started with her hair neatly
low end. When my group found that pulled back, but between the wobbly
our table was too wobbly, we moved furniture, the wrong orders, the very
ourselves to another. Within a few min- slow bar service, and even the busboy
utes we noticed another family was bringing us salads as we were finishing
seated there, yet as soon as their drinks our desserts, she wasn’t having a good
arrived they, too, asked to move. At this night. The saving grace, though, was
point we noted the manager come over, that she was so very gracious and apol-
pull the table from the wall, and twist ogetic about everything. She wasn’t
the top around several more times until making excuses, just making it “right.”
it was stable. Hmmm … amusing yet And this, I think, was the very best fea-
inauspicious! ture of the new Bridgewater Grill.***
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It’s simply a matter of


interpretation
President Obama again stands poised judge,” and understand that it is a deroga-
to make history with the appointment of tory term, but cannot explain what it means.
Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme There are two primary ways that a judge
Court vacancy left by Justice David Souter. can be activist: 1) not following the text of
Since Justice Souter’s announcement that he Constitution; and, 2) not following prec-
would retire, the new voice of the Republican edent (earlier case law). During the upcom-
Party, Rush Limbaugh, and the “old” voices ing confirmation hearings, there will be
(Rove, Gingrich, and Cheney), began their many questions posed to Judge Sotomayor
plan of attack for any nominee selected by about how she interprets the Constitution,
President Obama. Mr. Limbaugh has since and whether she is an activist judge. Just
declared Judge Sotomayor as a “racist” as a how the Constitution should be interpreted
way of elevating the conversation about the basically breaks into two camps. The first is
qualifications of a nominee to sit as a Justice that the Constitution is a living, breathing to what the words meant at the time they due process of law; nor deny to any person
on the United States Supreme Court. Mr. document that was written to last hundreds were written. Justice Scalia interprets the within its jurisdiction the equal protection of
Limbaugh, uneducated in Constitutional of years, adapt to the changing times, and Constitution in a way that is strict, that is, if the laws.”
law, or any other aspect of the law— except still provide stability in the law. The second a right is not specifically stated, then such a Herein lies the dilemma. What is Liberty?
his arrest connected with his illegal use of is the “strict constructionist” approach sup- right does not exist. Liberty has been defined as “a right or immu-
pain killers, fraud, and deception of doctors ported by the most conservative member of Here’s how these different approaches nity to engage in certain actions without con-
to support his drug habit— spews insults the Supreme Court, Justice Scalia. Under play out in cases before judges. The Fourth trol or interference.” It has also been defined
and old, worn, rhetoric about how our legal this doctrine, judges and justices should not Amendment to the Constitution states that as “the right and power to act, believe, or
system is suppose to work and the role of read any meaning into words that are in the “The right of the people to be secure in their express oneself in a manner of one’s own
judges and Justices in that system. Constitution, that the judge must apply the persons, houses, papers, and effects, against choosing.” When the Supreme Court ruled
Most have heard the term “activist text only as it is written, and give deference unreasonable searches and seizures, shall on Roe v. Wade, in 1973, the Court ruled
not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, that privacy, a woman’s right to privacy in
but upon probable cause, supported by Oath her own body is a part of liberty cannot be
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them to my friends and family meaning must change over time.
FREE EStImatES Viewing the Constitution as a living,
Privacy is a part of liberty. Would we be
all the time.” liberated if the government could tell us how
—Karen Stein breathing documents allows for the law to we can treat our body, tell us we can’t be fat,
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emphasis on historic these helicopter searches without a warrant that government--created by us--working for
details. as being unreasonable. us--does not have the authority to tell us
The drafters certainly did not anticipate whether to get a tattoo or not.
Equipped with the the internet or email. So, because the words But in the context of abortion and a wom-
knowledge and “internet” or “email” are not in the Fourth an’s right to privacy, it is the Republicans
experience to both Amendment, under the strict constructionist who seek to impose their extreme, right
design and build approach, it could be argued that the gov- wing, zealous religious beliefs upon all of
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and other new forms of technology. Again, great opportunity for Republicans to further
common sense would tell us that “writing” is alienate woman and Hispanics, and prove
a term that is subject to interpretation and can to the American people that they are a party
be construed to include the way that millions of old, white men bent on imposing one set
of Americans write today. religious beliefs on all of us. They lost the
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