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
23 Potager (last year 6)
Few Denver waitstaffs work as seamlessly as the one at Potager. Servers are informed, gracious, and justifiably proud of the restaurant in which they work. That pride comes from more than just executive chef and co-owner Teri Rippeto’s food. Instead, it’s an all-out philosophy that permeates the Potager experience. Dine here to taste the height of the season; depending on the time of year, that can mean corn, tomatoes, and peaches or root vegetables, such as radishes and beets. But because seasonality is king here, there are evenings when the menu’s dishes feel a bit repetitive—sometimes a glass of wine and an appetizer work better than piecing together a three-course meal. Our favorite spot in the restaurant is the corner table by the floor-to-ceiling windows (and in the summer, an open door)—a perch that allows diners a generous view of one of the loveliest dining rooms in town. 1109 Ogden St., 303-832-5788, potagerrestaurant.com