From humble bagels to farm-to-table dishes, the local dining scene has never been so exciting. Here, 10 spots to try now.
—Photography by Aaron Colussi; Compilation by Anieca Ayler
Work & Class
2500 Larimer St., #101, 303-292-0700, workandclassdenver.com
The restaurant everyone’s talking about these days is Work & Class, where executive chef and co-owner Dana Rodriguez’s Latin-influenced American eats are bold and unapologetically casual. At this 51-seat spot on the edge of RiNo, dishes such as roasted goat and braised short ribs arrive on tin plates, servers are relaxed but smart, and the modular shipping container space is packed each night with hip, satisfied diners. No matter when you go, expect a wait—but rather than being an inconvenience, the no-reservations policy adds to the spontaneity of the place.
OPENED: January 2014
ORDER THIS: Lamb posole; cochinita pibil (red-chile braised pork); chickpea croquettes
DON’T MISS: The chef’s counter; Work & Class’ variation on the old fashioned
ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT: The dining room is noisy; desserts are lack-luster