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
17 Lower48 Kitchen (new to the list)
Our favorite way to dine at Lower48 Kitchen is to sit at the chef’s counter and order from the “Each” menu—executive chef and co-owner Alex Figura’s answer to one- to two-bite plates. Order enough and these ever-changing tastes can add up to a light meal (and, at $2 to $5 apiece, can be a noncommittal way of exploring different flavors). A recent favorite—crispy chicken skin with leg confit, ranch, and hot sauce—illustrates what the restaurant is all about: a fresh look at the regional foods from the lower 48 states. Round out any meal with Figura’s always-outstanding salads and vegetable-focused dishes—and wine from the extensive list. 2020 Lawrence St., Unit A, 303-942-0262, lower48kitchen.com