25 Best Restaurants 2014

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.

October 2014

—Photography by Carmel Zucker

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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