—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...
—Illustration by Eric Palma
I’d be lying if I claimed that hobnobbing in the hottest dining destinations isn’t an occasional perk, but I didn’t get into food writing 15 years ago for the glamour. On the contrary, my heart was set on, well, hearts—and brains and feet, and all the other nasty bits I might encounter at the...
Torchy's Tacos and the must-order queso
When Austin-based Torchy’s Tacos roared into the Mile High City, it brought a Texas-size reputation with it. I was eager to try these self-described “damn good” tacos for myself—but of course, by the time my boyfriend and I made our way to the Broadway eatery, the rest of Denver was already...
—Photography by Aaron Colussi
THE DRAW: A convivial, modern atmosphere; a wide range of inventive Italian dishes; an enlightened wine list
THE DRAWBACK: At times, the pasta is overcooked and needs more attention.
DON’T MISS: Chicken in lemon sauce, tricolore salad, spiedini, grilled octopus...
Abejas shines when chef Nicholas Ames keeps it simple, such as with this porchetta sandwich.
—All photography by Carmel Zucker
THE DRAW: Good cocktails from friendly bartenders, a pleasant room, and ambitious cooking
THE DRAWBACK: Overly festooned plates and food combinations that don’t always work
DON’T MISS: Brunch-time potato pancakes, lunchtime sandwiches, dinnertime steaks,...
The crew (from left): Michael Reif, Blake Nelson, Jae Humphrey, and Shane Grundtner
—All photography by Jon Rose
Outside Curtis Park Delicatessen, a man steps past a dozen people in line and through the doorway. He looks up at the menu, which is obscured by an unfortunate but familiar banner: “Sold out! The addicts ate them all.” He frowns, and then leaves. “We try for that not to happen,” owner...
—Photo by Sarah Boyum
Home values aren’t the only prices spiking in Denver these days. If you’ve been out to dinner or to a bar recently, you’ve probably noticed entrée-priced cocktails headlining drink menus. Do these concoctions warrant the price tag? In a word, sometimes. For one drink worth your hard-earned...
Stueben's milk flight is appropriate for all ages.
—Photography by Sarah Boyum
FLIGHT: Dry-Cured Ham
At Guard and Grace
The prosciutto flight at Troy Guard’s chic, modern steak house, Guard and Grace, offers an illuminating look at the nuances of different dry-cured hams. For $16, you’ll receive a platter piled with Castelvetrano olives, grissini, and American,...