After countless lunches and dinners, tens of thousands of calories, and hours of careful deliberation and debate, our fourth annual ranking of the Denver area’s best restaurants is complete. Dig in for a comprehensive, of-the-moment snapshot of the local dining scene.
10 Old Major (new to the list)
Luckily for Denver diners, the seafood charcuterie that once graced the menu at Wild Catch lives on at Old Major, chef-owner Justin Brunson’s new venture. This might seem a strange dish to call out on a menu that leans on pork (indeed, Brunson named the restaurant after the pig in Animal Farm), but the assortment of shrimp, mussels, and whitefish demonstrates Brunson’s deft hand with more delicate ingredients. Order that and the Nose-to-Tail (an all-pork dish featuring an array of house-butchered cuts, such as pig ears, confit ribs, pork loin, belly, and ham) to sample the breadth of the menu. The in-the-now vibe is as much a reason to visit Old Major as the food—especially the bar, which is separate from the dining room. Designed to look like an urban barn (with deep red walls, high, joisted ceilings, and tractor filters as light fixtures), the highlight of the restaurant remains the gleaming $250,000 kitchen. 3316 Tejon St., 720-420-0622, oldmajordenver.com