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Associate Food Editor

Ethan Pan

Associate Food Editor

A former editorial intern, Ethan is 5280‘s associate food editor. He writes and edits for the print magazine and, while also contributing to DEI and social media efforts. The Pennsylvania native studied cognitive science at Brown University and created an independent major in food writing, which he admits is a bit on the nose. When he’s not slavering over precisely folded dumplings, he enjoys writing piddly tunes on the guitar and familiarizing himself with the city’s cleanest bar bathrooms.

Articles By Ethan Pan

Owner Sara Hamid at Sawa Restaurant

17 New Restaurants and Bars in Denver, Spring 2024

Four bars, two sandwich destinations, and a pizzeria are among the best new restaurants and bars in Denver this season.

Restoration's vineyards during sunset.

9 Must-Visit Wineries to Add to Your Palisade Itinerary

There’s never been a better time to plan a Grand Valley sipping tour.

A table full of Korean barbecue at best Korean restaurant Seoul K-BBQ\.

The 10 Best Korean Restaurants in Denver and Aurora

Kimchi kings and queens, gather close to hear our picks for the best spots in Colorado for Korean fried chicken, barbecue, noodles, and more.

14 of the best green chilis in Denver lined up in three rows.

We Blind Tasted 14 Denver Green Chiles. Here Are the Best

There’s no dish more emblematic of Colorado. Whether you’re smothering a burrito or scorching your tongue and eating it plain, here are the best green chiles in Denver.

Spread of dishes at Dio Mio

What’s New at Dio Mio 2.0

The Italian restaurant in RiNo closed earlier this year for an interior and menu makeover.

Spread of dishes at Kawa Ni

3 Japanese Izakayas in Metro Denver for Enjoying Sushi, Skewers, and Sake

Izakaya concepts are hot in Denver. Here’s where to experience the trend.

A customer picks up a bunch of radishes at Boulder Farmers Market.

Everything You Need to Know About Denver-Area Farmers’ Markets in 2024

Our farmers’ market guide covers more than 20 Front Range markets so you know exactly where to head for summer produce and more.

A samosa in a hand.

In the Fold: Chef Dave Hadley’s $5 Samosa Is Worth Every Penny

Hadley’s Samosa Shop business sells 2,000 of these fried South Asian dumplings every week inside Honor Farm.

Help Join the Fight to Restore Queer Spaces in Colorado Springs

Following the Club Q shooting and the ICONS fire, Colorado Springs was left with no gay bars in the city. ICONS owners are trying to fix that.

Top Chef contestant Manny Barella sitting in a chair.

Why You Should Root for Manny Barella on Top Chef

As a lifelong fan of the cooking competition, I have never been so excited for a cheftestant. Here’s why you should be, too.

food on woven table

Denver’s Best African Food

From Ethiopian to Ghanaian to South African, we’ve got nearly every culinary corner of the continent covered.

The Best Places to Brunch in Denver

Whether you’re craving waffles, omelets, or chilaquiles, here’s everything you need to know about brunching well in the Mile High City.

The 10 Best Breakfast Bakeries in Denver

We love pancakes and scrambles, but these bakeshops prove that pastries make for a prime morning meal.

Three stouts in a box with a box of chocolates.

5 Colorado Beers To Search for This Stout Month

Local stouts reign supreme during February’s celebration of inky ales. Look for these indulgent options.

Condiments at Sonny's Mediterranean in Highlands

Sonny’s Mediterranean Is a Highland Gem for Greek and Levantine Cuisine

Dress up one of the counter-service spot’s pita sandwiches with an assortment of refined sauces and spreads.

An overhead photo of four peoples' hands each grabbing a slice of a pizza pie from Redeemer Pizza.

Where to Find Denver’s Best Pizza

Whether you are a thin-crust fanatic or a Detroit-style devotee, here is where to grab a pie or slice right now.

Tapioca dumplings on a banana leaf in a takeout container.

In the Fold: Meet the Lao Chef Making Killer Tapioca Dumplings Out of a Lakewood Ghost Kitchen

You can pick up chef Tina Pow’s sakoo yat sai at her catering business, Ah Nang’s Kitchen, or make them at home yourself with her recipe.

Peter Ho standing in a dining room.

How Chef Peter Ho is Bringing Global Flair to Oak at Fourteenth

The Korean native sounds off on what inspires him about Colorado’s dining scene, as well as his favorite things to cook both in and out of the professional kitchen.

Denver’s Best Restaurant Openings and Saddest Closings in 2023, According to 5280 Staffers and Contributors

The local dining scene continues to evolve. We’re honoring some of our favorite new spots from this year, as well as the ones we’ve lost along the way.

Porchetta's al pastor sandwich

Porchetta House Takes the Italian Pork Sandwich for a Global Spin

The City Park West eatery roasts three versions of porchetta for its creative menu.

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