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Ask a Chef: Oak and Acorn’s Steve Redzikowski

Ask A Chef is an ongoing series in which 5280 poses a single question to a local culinary luminary.

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Chef Steve Redzikowski, who’s spent time in the kitchens of Le Cirque, Jean-Georges, and Frasca Food and Wine, is no stranger to working long hours. After all, he splits his days between Oak at Fourteenth and Acorn, the two restaurants he co-owns with bar wiz Bryan Dayton. Running two restaurants—one in Boulder and one in Denver—and feeding the mobs that descended when Acorn landed on Bon Appétit’s Best New Restaurants of 2014 list, can stretch a chef to his limits. But Redzikowski is up for the challenge, so long as he gets to eat what he wants when he’s off the clock.

(Read more stories from our Ask a Chef series)

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5280: Where do you eat out in Boulder or Denver?

SR: I don’t like fancy at all. I am the most anti-fancy. Any chance to get back to New York I will. That’s where I really love to eat. That place just really kicks my butt and inspires me to do better.

I’d say around here I really like going to Uncle. Tommy [Lee] does a great job over there. It’s a nice streamlined concept and I think he does everything really well. I really, really like Rosenberg’s. I think that place is terrific. This town has needed something like that forever. Coming from New York…I consider a killer bagel place like that food culture. I think that place is top one or two of my favorites to go to.

Callie Sumlin, Associate Food Editor

Callie Sumlin creates stories for 5280's Eat & Drink section, manages the dining guide, and oversees 5280.com's digital food-related coverage and weekly e-newsletter, Table Talk.

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