What a difference a year makes. Denver’s restaurant scene is in the midst of a big transformation—you won’t want to miss a single bite.
—Photography by Carmel Zucker
13 Bistro Barbès (new to the list)
Tucked away in North Park Hill, the tiny Bistro Barbès feels like a best-kept secret only you and a choice few know about. This is a realm chef Jon Robbins is comfortable in. Though he came up through Mizuna’s kitchen, for years he ran Gypsy Kitchen, a pop-up supper club. Robbins’ cooking pays tribute to his years in the multicultural Parisian neighborhood of Barbès. His dishes—French in foundation—sing with the sultry spices of North Africa, Morocco, and Spain. The flavors are delicate and nuanced, which make an evening at the bistro full of excitement and adventure. 5021 E. 28th Ave., 720-398-8085, bistrobarbes.com