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
Mercantile Dining & Provision
Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop St., 720-460-3733, mercantiledenver.com
What makes Mercantile Dining & Provision so different from Fruition, chef-owner Alex Seidel’s first restaurant, is the market and cafe component. The Union Station space—1,800 square feet larger than his flagship—allows Seidel to expand beyond dinner. And there is much to love about the daytime offerings: The coffee station skillfully pours drinks, the made-each-morning croissants are hot from the oven, the charcuterie case is staffed by a knowledgeable crew, and the exquisite lunchtime sandwiches demand you pay attention to their craftsmanship. At dinner, the dining room morphs into a more formal, full-service restaurant with a huge menu laden with dishes that show Seidel’s evolution as a chef.
OPENED: September 2014
ORDER THIS: Ham and cheese croissant; Colorado quinoa salad; lamb shoulder; toasted farro carbonara
DON’T MISS: Breakfast and lunch menus; cheese selection; the bar
ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT: Service, at times, can feel unsure of itself
Mercantile's short rib with carrot pappardelle