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
2500 Larimer St., #100, 303-292-3553, cart-driver.com
It might be tiny (just 640 square feet), but Cart-Driver is mighty. Indeed, Kelly Whitaker’s casual Basta offshoot is making a serious play in the Denver pizza market. Inspired by Italy’s horse-drawn “carrettieras,” the food is simple but exquisite: freshly shucked oysters, wood-fired pizza with minimal ingredient options, a couple of charcuterie offerings, and organic soft-serve. Eat standing up at the rail or nab one of the few seats. Either way, plan on soaking up the energy and urban vibe that permeate every square inch of this RiNo shipping container space.
OPENED: July 2014
ORDER THIS: The Cart-Driver pizza (sausage, Tuscan kale, mozzarella, red chile flakes); the clam pizza; oysters; seasonal bruschetta
DON’T MISS: Late-night menu; Prosecco on tap
ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT: Ordering is rushed and the bill adds up fast