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
24 Broadway, 720-550-7267, lenadenver.com
Chef Toby Prout’s impressive Latin and South American dishes have almost single-handedly reinvigorated the somewhat tired trend of small plates. Order an array of items—tangy ceviche, flaky empanadas, oak-grilled meats, house-made sausages—for the table and start sharing. The whitewashed two-story space is jammed on the weekends, and the pressed-tin ceiling means it gets loud. But the feel is communal and accessible, and Leña’s tango-inducing cuisine brings something entirely new to Baker.
OPENED: January 2014
ORDER THIS: Chilaquiles; yuca bread; “mixto” board with chorizo, bison, blood sausages, short rib, rib-eye, potatoes, grilled tomato, and chimichurri
DON’T MISS: A table near the energetic bar; mezcal hibiscus old fashioned
ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT: Wine list is thin; servers are occasionally uninformed; desserts are uninspired