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
15 To the Wind Bistro (new to the list)
In other cities, there are dozens of restaurants where patrons stand in line for their dinners—State Bird Provisions in San Francisco is one; Pok Pok in Portland, Oregon, is another. To the Wind, we predict, will become that restaurant in Denver. The space is tiny—just 19 seats, four of which are at the bar—and owners Royce Oliveira and Leanne Adamson don’t take reservations. But those are not drawbacks. To the Wind gently encourages you to slow down by doing away with the schedule. Carve out a little extra time for the evening (put your name on the wait list and grab a drink nearby), and then show up after the restaurant alerts you via cell phone that your table is ready. Chef Oliveira’s French-influenced, New American fare is equally spontaneous and casual, with favorite dishes rotating in and out on an almost daily basis. If ever you see the short-lived chicken and dumplings listed on the menu, try the Southern classic, which Oliveira remakes with the addition of steamed mussels. 3333 E. Colfax Ave., 303-316-3333, tothewindbistro.com