MUST-DO RESTAURANTS IN DENVER (PART 1)
Believe it or not, the Denver food and cocktail scene has spots that would hold their own against restaurants and bars on both coasts.
- •AcornEvery small plate is meticulous, but not fussy, and each bite from this farm-to-table delight is flawless. The cocktail program is stellar. Located at The Source, whiz is worth a visit in its own right. Stop by RiNo Yacht Club for cocktails, first. The sister restaurant in Boulder, Oak on 15th, is equally stunning.
- •Z Cuisine à CôtéAKA My second home. French/inspired, quirky, beautiful. Best French onion soup I've ever had. The menu changes depending on what can be sourced from nearby. Sit at the bar and order a SazerEric (yep...named after me!)
- •Old MajorChef Justin Brunson knows his meats and fish. I don't eat pork, so 86% of the menu is off-limits for me, but that doesn't mean I leave hungry. Beautiful duck and lamb, crazy delicious sides, and a happy hour featuring killer cocktails.
- •FruitionAn old favorite. A special occasion. A true Denver beauty.
- •UncleNamed one of the best ramen restaurants in the nation! Sublime flavors, yummy sides. Sit at the counter.
- •Sarto'sModern take on old school Italian food. I can't believe how fucking good everything is here. Gorgeous decor, flawless service. Order a negroni.
- •Beatrice & WoodsleyOne of the most beautiful restaurants I've ever seen. It's like walking into an old cabin that's been slowly reclaimed by an aspen grove. The food is stellar.
- •Williams & GrahamNamed one of the best bars in the world! It manages to be a brilliantly realized speakeasy without ending up twee. Some of the best cocktails I've ever had by the most talented, friendly bartenders. Two blocks from my house. Yay, me!
- •Colt & Gray / Ste EllieColt & Gray is a kick-ass restaurant with tasty small plates and ridiculous desserts. Downstairs is the Ste Ellie, with affordable dishes and a brilliant assortment of Old Fashioneds.
- •Work and ClassJust. So. Good. Order your meat by the 1/4 pound increment (don't miss the goat or the beef short rub), and don't forget to go nuts on the sides.
- •The PopulistOne of the anchors in the next hot neighborhood in Denver (RiNo). The duck trio makes me cry a little.
- •Mercantile Dining & ProvisionsIn the gorgeous, newly renovated Union Station. I totally different meal every time. Don't skip dessert - some of the best pastry chefs in Denver have been influential here.
- •ChoLon BistroSoutheast Asian brilliance by Chef Lon. The French onion soup dumplings will change your life.
- •The PlymothTiny. Intimate. Stellar.
- •BrazenMy favorite new restaurant in Denver until the canned the chef (my pal and a true savant). Cozy comfort food, crazy awesome sea bass, and cook-at-your-table s'mores. I'm sure it's still brilliant. But I can't go back in principle.
- •Central BistroChef Matty Selby is the shit. And they have a wall o' whiskey goodness that'll satisfy the true aficionado.