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

Hutch & Spoon

3090 Larimer St.

Housed in the historic Charpiot building on north Larimer Street, Hutch & Spoon's narrow space and old-fashioned vibe—complete with miniature white tile, framed chalkboard menus and chef-owner Tracy Zimmer's charming spoon collection—practically begs you to slow down. Which is just what Zimmer wants, because what's important here are the homespun eats crafted to recall after-school snacks and weekends at grandma's house. Order from the breakfast menu (available all day) and find breakfast sandwiches like the buttery scrambled egg and feta tucked between toothsome whole wheat. Lunch means comfy sandwiches like meatloaf and melted cheddar, grilled cheese with house-made peach chutney, and chicken pesto on sourdough. The menu is small and simple, and usually punctuated by a homemade soda in seasonal flavors like watermelon-lemonade or cucumber. The idea here isn't to be overwhelmed by choices, but to be nurtured by them.

Hot Seat
The two-top across from the cash register (note the old-fashioned phone).

Don't Miss
Meatloaf and cheddar sandwich; eggplant caponata sandwich; egg and feta breakfast sandwich

Did You Know?
Zimmer got his start at Deluxe restaurant on South Broadway, where he was the head server for five years.