These days, you can’t drive a mile in Denver without hitting a new restaurant, whether it’s a beer-centric joint or a polished take on French cuisine... Read More
These days, you can’t drive a mile in Denver without hitting a new restaurant, whether it’s a beer-centric joint or a polished take on French cuisine from industry veterans. Gone are the days when the city was an innovative-cuisine wasteland; Denver chefs have stepped up their game. While there are still quirks to work out—service can be slow, it’s true—this former cow town has come into its own as a veritable food destination.
Light-years away from the uptight, white-tablecloth restaurants of other urban centers, Denver’s upscale-casual scene is like no other. The focus is all on the food at local favorites like Acorn, where oak-fired meats, top-notch ingredients, and a serious cocktail menu guarantee a meal to remember. Asian fusion is having a moment, with Portland-based chef Gregory Gourdet’s brand-new Departure revitalizing the dining scene in the Cherry Creek neighborhood and Denver’s own Tommy Lee turning heads at what some say is the best restaurant in town: Hop Alley. Chefs are also making waves with creative seafood dishes, from an enticing grilled-octopus appetizer at Bar Dough to a top-notch omakase dinner at newcomer Sushi Ronin.