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
Guard and Grace
1801 California St., 303-293-8500, guardandgrace.com
Put your steak-house preconceptions aside before you walk into Guard and Grace. Chef-owner Troy Guard’s ode to beef is progressive and unstuffy—two words not normally used to describe restaurants in this genre. Guard integrates his trademark playful, bright cooking into this masculine (and very Denver) discipline with aplomb: Starters include kampachi crudo punched up with lemon grass, mint, and peanuts; a side of foraged mushrooms is oak-roasted; and a flight of filet mignon comprises four ounces each of prime, Angus, and grass-fed beef. This elegant Central Business District destination smartly looks like the present and future of steak-house dining.
OPENED: March 2014
ORDER THIS: Oak-grilled carrots; wood-charred octopus with chorizo; steak flight
DON’T MISS: Raw bar; barrel-aged Manhattan; social hour menus
ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT: Service can feel rushed