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
5021 E. 28th Ave., 720-398-8085, bistrobarbes.com
Worldliness blooms inside Jon Robbins’ petite Park Hill bistro. His cooking is rooted in French technique, but details such as Moroccan chermoula sauce on a fish entrée and baharat, a Middle Eastern spice blend, tossed with potatoes will quickly transport you to places such as North Africa, Spain, and the Mediterranean. This sensibility comes from Robbins’ globe-trotting: Bistro Barbès is named for the multicultural Parisian neighborhood where he once lived. White walls, National Geographic–style photographs, and an intimate space packed with neighborhood diners complete the urbane experience.
OPENED: April 2014
ORDER THIS: Moroccan potatoes; any of Robbins’ soups; braised short ribs; quince tarte Tatin with foie gras ice cream
DON’T MISS: Framed photos by Andy Katz; Boulevardier cocktail; coffee service with warmed, frothed milk
ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT: There are unexplained delays in service