Argyll's orange, olive, and mint salad.
There was a time, several years ago, when the word "gastropub " was on everyone's lips. In Denver, the trend of elevated pub cuisine resulted in Jonesy's Eat Bar , Colt & Gray , and the late-Argyll in Cherry Creek North. While Jonesy's and Colt & Gray are still local favorites, Argyll closed in 2011 with owner Robert Thompson promising the eatery would be back. On Monday, a refined version, now called Argyll Whisky Beer , opened in Uptown.
Argyll is just what this somewhat haphazard corner of Downing and 17th Avenue needs: A neighborhood place that's casual enough to function as a lunch, dinner, or brunch spot but is polished enough to sit in for date night or a business meeting. With chef John Broening (best known for his time at Duo  and Spuntino ) at the helm, the menu feels lighter than before, more French, and more in tune with the seasons. Ryan Conklin  (Euclid Hall  and Old Major ) and Kamuran Mataraci (Ste. Ellie ) head up the bar program, which boasts a deep beer selection and an impressive 200 whiskies.
On the menu you'll find pub staples like the Scotch egg, a mini English breakfast (which is worth ordering just to see the classic dish in miniature), and a lamb burger, but don't overlook the simple-sounding orange, olive, mint salad (pictured). The bright, citrusy combination is heightened by a touch of spice, and it’s an anchor dish for any meal. Likewise, don't miss the heavenly potted shrimp, the richness of which is cut by a topping of green olive pesto.
Argyll has been open just five days. I've been once, and I can't wait to go back—again and again. And based on conversations with others who have dined at Argyll, the feeling is mutal.
1035 E. 17th Ave., 303-847-0850
—Photo by Rachel Nobrega