Best New Restaurants 2009

They are all hip, refined places to see—and be seen. But, most of all, the food is excellent. This winter, escape to one (or more) of Denver’s most fabulous new eateries for a meal that’s guaranteed to please your palate.

December 2009

Colt & Gray

1553 Platte St.

Dinner at Colt & Gray in Riverfront comes with a sense of decorum rarely found in Denver. The architectural space, divided into a smart bar and an elegant dining room, deftly juxtaposes pub and white-tablecloth styles of dining: Five bucks at the bar buys snacks like blue cheese-dusted gourgères or crispy pig trotters, while the dining room serves dishes like crisp-skinned roasted trout with guanciale and herb-crusted rack of lamb with glazed lamb belly. Both sides of the menu exude confidence and technique—something that comes from chef-owner Nelson Perkins' experience cooking at renowned Blue Hill and Public in the Big Apple. (That's not to mention his chef de cuisine's time at the Spotted Pig in NYC or his sous chef's turn at the Kitchen.) Even playful moments—lobster bangers and mash or bacon-cashew caramel corn—underscore the depth of talent in the kitchen. The space furthers the experience with decor that conveys rustic farmhouse style and urban sophistication. With poise, excitement, and comfort all rolled into one, Colt & Gray is the new face of Denver dining.

Hot Seat
The plush banquette along the west wall allows for the best people-watching, not to mention views of the striking, steel-framed windows.

Don't Miss
Blue cheese-dusted gourgères; herb-crusted rack of lamb with glazed lamb belly, Brussels sprouts, and mascarpone polenta; lobster bangers and mash; roasted trout with guanciale, sweet corn, farro, preserved lemon, and roasted fennel

Did You Know?
In addition to being an adept mixologist, bar manager Kevin Burke is a classically trained ballet dancer.