The Kitchen Next Door opened in Glendale just one month ago. Already, my husband and I have been a collective five times. Given Denver's vibrant dining scene, those repeat visits speak loudly. We go for several reasons: There's the airy and inviting space, designed by Semple Brown, with an angular bar, massive windows, white subway tile, and spring green accents. And there's the menu: a cohesive selection of shared plates, sandwiches, salads, entrées (called plates), and sides. The Kitchen Next Door calls itself a community pub, and the menu is priced accordingly. With the exception of the "plates" (which run $12.95 to $16.95), there's nothing on the menu over $9.95.
I'm completely obsessed with the unassuming-sounding whole garden salad with quinoa, almonds, and a barrage of veggies. When I finally branched out and tried the beet burger (pictured), I found a new favorite. Same story when I tasted the wild sockeye salmon salad sandwich and the veggie antipasti (an appetizer sampler of hummus and pita, pickled beets, marinated beans, roasted cumin carrots that can easily be consumed as a meal on its own). Point being, with a welcoming vibe, a bustling crowd, and a can't-miss menu, you can't afford not to dine here.
658 S. Colorado Blvd., 303-757-0878