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High Country

A mountainlike experience that’s close to home.

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Sitting fountainside on the large stone patio at West 29th Restaurant & Bar in Wheat Ridge on a warm summer evening, I could have sworn I was at a mountain bistro. The restaurant’s cozy wooden decor, subtle lighting, and indoor fireplace furthered the high-country feel. That familiar vibe extended to the seasonal menu, which highlights chef Christopher Sanchez’s talent of crafting American foods with French and European accents. Perhaps the best expression of his skill is the perfectly flaky Rocky Mountain trout served with rustic pesto, lentils, and Swiss chard. Order the dish on the lush patio and you’ll be hard-pressed to remember you’re in the city. 5560 W. 29th Ave., Wheat Ridge, 303-233-3377, west29th.com

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