If Saint John's Broncos were as great as his steaks—and this year, maybe they will be—we'd have a Super Bowl parade every February. Multiple locations.
News that Del Frisco's is introducing a Cherry Creek location—the slightly more casual Del Frisco's Grille (expected to open next year)—had us immediately pining for the restaurant's porterhouse. Why? Because Del Frisco's rightfully believes the quality of the meat should speak for itself. So it purchases from the top two percent of Prime beef and then seasons the cuts with just salt and pepper. Share the steak and save room for a slice of lemon cake. Bonus: Step out of the restaurant's dark interior and enjoy your meal on the recently opened stone patio.
When the Kitchen Denver opened a few months ago, we beelined over to check out the substantially larger 200-seat outpost of the Boulder favorite. Immediately, the Kitchen wowed us—and has continued to do so—with its steak frites. The key is in the quality of the meat, which comes from a variety of producers; the simplicity of the preparation; and that divine maître d’hôtel (seasoned) butter, which makes an already decadent treat that much more delicious. 1530 16th St., 303-623-3127, thekitchencommunity.com
1881 Curtis St., 303-312-3107; 2500 E. First Ave., 303-399-5353; 174 E. Gore Creek Drive, Vail, 970-754-7818; elways.com
8100 E. Orchard Road, Greenwood Village, 303-796-0100, www.delfriscos.com
1450 Larimer St., 303-539-2500, www.thecapitalgrille.com
The reliably tasty cuts at this institution and social hub, both downtown and in Cherry Creek, are still making Denverites swoon as much as ol’ number seven once did. 1881 Curtis St., 303-312-3107; 2500 E. First Ave., 303-399-5353; www.elways.com
In a town known for its love of all things beef, we are pleasantly surprised that one of the city’s newest high-end eateries is giving the good ol’ boys a run for their money. In just a few short months, the Four Seasons’ flagship restaurant (see page 169 for a review) has established itself as one of Denver’s wining and dining hot spots, thanks largely to its exquisitely prepared, Colorado-raised steaks.