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
9 Colt & Gray (last year 16)
Last year, when Colt & Gray was in the midst of both a revamp and the opening of Ste. Ellie, its downstairs cocktail lounge, the restaurant sometimes felt off. Today, after those changes, Colt & Gray is the best it has ever been. The polished dining room feels less constrained than before, and executive chef and owner Nelson Perkins’ food is robust with flavor and technique. With the addition of Ste. Ellie, diners can have two distinct experiences without leaving the LoHi building that houses both establishments. Arrive early for drinks in the gorgeous, sexy lounge (enter through the door on Platte Street) before gliding up the stairs to dinner. 1553 Platte St., No. 120,