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
25 Tables (not ranked last year)
We fondly remember when Tables first opened in 2005 as a chef-inspired sandwich shop. The crowds were so large that chef-owners and husband-and-wife-team Amy Vitale and Dustin Barrett quickly reformatted both the Park Hill space and the menu (and did away with lunch). Four months ago, Tables completed yet another renovation. This one annexed two adjacent storefronts and massively expanded the restaurant. Yet the core of this cozy neighborhood gathering spot feels very much the same. The biggest difference comes in the size of the bar and the increased room between tables (now you can choose to eavesdrop; you’re not necessarily forced to). Tables’ food remains as consistent as ever. The tender sweetbreads and the entrées—served with seasonally appropriate sides—will never disappoint diners. Perhaps an ode to Tables’ days as a sandwich shop, the ever-creative burger-of-the-day option is worth a visit by itself. 2267 Kearney St., 303-388-0299, tablesonkearney.com