Rioja, a spicy tuna poke bowl sultry set-dressed Spanish- and Mediterranean-inspired stunner that cemented the stardom of Jennifer Jasinski, a James Beard Foundation award-winner for Best Chef Southwest.
Denver for more than a decade, and while the majority of his restaurants focus on Pan-Asian cuisine, Guard and Grace bucks bok choy for beefcrimson slabs of flesh sac de voyage à dos à roulettes elite served in testosterone-restrained surrounds offset by a beautifully appointed bar and lounge, a chefs counter that peers.Chef-owner Frank Bonanno received a hero's welcome from the culinary cognoscenti when he graced Denver with Mizuna, a charming French- restaurant fueled by passion, luxurious ingredients and polished flavors.No matter which dish you order, theres a wonderful bottle of wine to pair with it; the cocktails are bewitching, too.River north ART district (rino) The River North Art District (RiNo) is arguably the citys most dynamic neighborhood, thanks in large part to urban developers Mickey and Kyle Zeppelin, a father-and-son team who, in 2013, opened The Source, an epicenter for food pilgrims, the cocktail.Reservations arent accepted (your best bet is to arrive within 30 minutes of the opening tick but your patience is rewarded with dazzling dishes that zigzag from pork belly bao and salmon crudo paired with a tamarind ponzu to duck ramen and chilled noodles mingling.Denver, food Guide by Neighborhood, start your, denver food tour with a leisurely brunch at the Low Country Kitchen.Or, for those with less carnivorous taste, there are plenty of vegetarian and vegan options to choose from.Dont miss the bouillabaisse, steak frites or mussels and, for a sweet finale, the chocolate bouchons.The bar supplies inventive cocktails, among the best of which is the la Puebla sour concocted with mezcal, chile liqueur, lemon, aquafaba (chickpea brine) and toasted cinnamon.The metropolitan space, complete with a community table, small bar and bustling patio, fills up on the early side and doesnt stop humming with conversation until the lights go dark.Its a built-for-sharing document that meanders through Asia and South Asia (Thai fried rice, pork belly bao and Korean barbecue tacos Africa and the Middle East (lamb kabobs and falafel lettuce wraps the Caribbean (Jamaican jerk-seasoned prawns and America.A timeless, art-deco design scheme, reminiscent of a railcar, yields polished metal accents and mirrors that mimic the scenery from the window seats of a train, while the open kitchen is aromatic with the scent of smoldering ash from the wood-stoked grill.Football fanatics (and those who crave slabs of steer) congregate at Elway's, a wildly successful bastion of beef from current Denver Broncos general manager and former quarterback John Elway.Comfort of the Latin-American variety is the calling card of Work Class, a refreshingly free-spirited restaurant from James Beard Foundation best chef nominee Dana Rodriguez, whose soulful cooking more than lives up to its ballyhooed billing.
Uncle, chef-owner Tommy Lees Asian noodle bar was a smash hit from the day it opened, and the lines out the door begin promptly at.m.even on a weekday.Against an industrial-hip backdrop of sociable lounges, an open kitchen, garage-door windows and a gold-and-black color palette, Guard and his kitchen crew discharge a culinary canon of small plates.Swing by Social Fare, inside the JW Marriott, for bagels and lox, omelets, breakfast pizzas, Benedicts and bottomless mimosas.Troy Guards flagship restaurant, TAG, dabbles in innovative Asian-leaning dishes, which are often flecked with memorable little touches: a dusting of black lava salt on his burrata and edible flowers on his herb-punctuated risotto with apricots, lardo and chanterelle mushrooms.Ask locals about the restaurants pièce de résistance, and youll get a unified answer: the herb-laced beef-tallow candle, the fat of which pools on the plate, resulting in a seductive puddle that adds a glorious luster to the slices of crusty bread that are served.Downtown, chef Troy Guard has been blazing culinary trails.
Highland AND lohi In the hip Highland and LoHi neighborhoods, you'll find restaurants like Sushi Ronin, a highbrow head-turner that turns sushi on its skull.
And if youre craving a more low-key, pub food experience, look no farther than the sports bars and Irish pubs.