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
To The Wind Bistro
3333 E. Colfax Ave., 303-316-3333, tothewindbistro.com
In a year’s time, husband and wife Royce Oliveira and Leanne Adamson’s 20-seat (that includes four places at the bar) bistro on East Colfax Avenue has become one of the city’s most coveted dinner spots. That’s because Oliveira, who previously worked at Mizuna and Axios Estiatorio, cooks with soul, and the limited number of seats means he can do it freely and spontaneously. The beer selection is equally impressive: Picks like the difficult-to-find El Bizarrón (a collaboration brew from Chicago’s 5 Rabbit Cerveceria and Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, Florida) often land on the list. To The Wind is a place for diners who crave the unpredictability of an ever-changing menu combined with the warmth of an intimate dinner party.
OPENED: March 2014
ORDER THIS: Chicken and dumplings; escargot empanadas; savory waffles
DON’T MISS: Focused whiskey (for sipping, not for cocktails) and beer lists; seats at the bar
ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT: The lack of reservations can be frustrating for those on a schedule