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
1606 Conestoga St., #3, Boulder, 303-247-1000, blackbelly.com
In the six years since Hosea Rosenberg won Bravo’s Top Chef, the Boulder chef has further honed his culinary skills by running a food truck and launching a catering company. And now, finally, he has a restaurant to call his own. His skill in Blackbelly’s kitchen matches his dedication to making sure Colorado ingredients receive the spotlight. (Rosenberg also co-owns Blackbelly Farm in Boulder County, where he grows some produce and raises sheep, ducks, chickens, and pigs for the restaurant.) The much-anticipated eatery has been jammed since the day it opened as diners flock for bold dishes in a long-overlooked section of east Boulder.
OPENED: November 2014
ORDER THIS: Rotisserie chicken with garlic fries; squash soup; pan-roasted steelhead trout; duck breast
DON’T MISS: The market where you can buy meat, sandwiches, and various sundries
ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT: A busy kitchen means dishes can arrive underseasoned