Playing tour guide this year? Take your guests to a few of Denver's most iconic spots—and then show them how to eat like a local.
—Stoic & Genuine dining room. —Photo by Aaron Colussi
Every Denverite has played tour guide at one time or another. How can you go from good host to great? This year, take your guests to a few of the city’s most iconic spots—and then show them how to eat like a local.
Fruition Restaurant's seasonal lamb dish
If Your Guests Want To See: Denver Botanic Gardens
Take Them To: Fruition Restaurant
Create the perfect date for your visitors with a late-afternoon stroll through the York Street gardens’ succulents and sculptures (an exhibit of masterworks by Henry Moore, Isamu Noguchi, and others) followed by dinner at Fruition. If available, try the seasonal lamb dish and the savory cheese dessert. As with many dishes, chef and proprietor Alex Seidel pulls in ingredients from his Douglas County farm and creamery. 1313 E. Sixth Ave., 303-831-1962, fruitionrestaurant.com 
The Golden Moon Speakeasy bar
If Your Guests Want To See: Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
Take Them To: Golden Moon Speakeasy
The country’s coolest natural amphitheater is a can’t-miss site. Explore the venue and surrounding park, making sure to point out-of-towners to the on-site museum for a history of Red Rocks performances. Quench your thirst at Golden Moon Speakeasy with cocktails crafted from house-made spirits like mint-forward gin and delicate crème de violette.
1111 Miner’s Alley, Golden, 720-638-1155, goldenmoonspeak.com 
If Your Guests Want To See: Union Station and the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
Take Them To: Stoic & Genuine
Take your crew to see reclaimed installations from local artist Laura Shill at the MCA Denver, then walk to LoDo’s pièce de résistance, Union Station. Grab some Instagram-worthy shots of the terminal’s great hall and emblematic neon sign before hitting Stoic & Genuine. The flown-in-daily seafood and signature granitas (try them on the oysters or in a cocktail) will make your guests forget they’re landlocked.1701 Wynkoop St., 303-3747, stoicandgenuine.com 
The 'Tijuana' at Über Sausage
If Your Guests Want To See: The Denver Zoo and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Take Them To: The Über Sausage
Have visitors in tow who are dying to see the lion cubs or DMNS’ robot exhibit? After a visit, treat them to a hearty sausage lunch perfect for guests young and old. Kids will dig the mac-and-cheese-stuffed dog while mom and dad enjoy grown-up options like the Tijuana with pico de gallo and queso—and the fridge full of Colorado beers. 2730 E. Colfax Ave., 303-862-7894, theubersausage.com 
City O' City's kimchi stew
If Your Guests Want To See: The Capitol, the Denver Art Museum, or the United States Mint
Take Them To: City O’ City
Just about everything in Civic Center will be on your visitors’ must-see lists. Impress them with your art prowess at the DAM by guiding them through the Samurai exhibit, a comprehensive look at the life and culture of the ultimate Japanese warrior. Let your guests snap a pic at the 5,280-foot marker on the Capitol steps, and then take them to lunch at City O’ City. Hearty vegetarian eats like kimchi stew and olive tapenade pizza will satisfy their travel-wearied souls, and you’ll get major “cool Coloradan” cred for picking a vegetarian eatery that sources much of its food locally. 206 E. 13th Ave., 303-831-6443, cityocitydenver.com 
—Photography by Sarah Boyum