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
18 Stoic & Genuine (new to the list)
If Stoic & Genuine had opened earlier than July 9 (and had a bit more time to work out understandable service snafus), it likely would have climbed higher on this list. The slender, maritime-themed space features dune fencing and antiqued mirrors, and the vibe inside the restaurant is nothing short of exhilarating. A portion of that energy comes from being part of the reimagined Union Station, but the rest comes squarely from the kitchen, where executive chef Jennifer Jasinski and chef de cuisine Jorel Pierce work their magic. Order the ever-changing crudos, like the scallop with peaches and basil consommé, the impeccable oysters, the fried clams, or the beet-cured salmon sandwich. Or order it all. Stoic & Genuine is the latest restaurant to prove to skeptics around the country that seafood in landlocked Denver can be—and is—both pristine and innovative. 1701 Wynkoop St., 303-640-3474, stoicandgenuine.com