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
Stoic & Genuine
Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop St., 303-640-3474, stoicandgenuine.com
At Stoic & Genuine, the veteran team of Jennifer Jasinski, Beth Gruitch, and Jorel Pierce has crafted a seafood house that would feel right at home on either coast. Start with a glass of bubbly at the bar, then move to the food. The lunch and dinner menus are identical, which means the whole selection of fresh catch—which balances tradition (crab legs with drawn butter) with creativity (flash-seared scallops with delicate lemon-grass panna cotta and Thai curry)—is available in LoDo whenever you get the craving.
OPENED: July 2014
ORDER THIS: Oysters; crudo; crispy whole haddock with Fresno chiles; octopus; broccoli salad
DON’T MISS: The granitas, both in cocktails and as oyster accompaniments; seats at the raw bar
ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT: Service can be distracted and, at times, lacking in knowledge