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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

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.

Best new restaurant and bar Sips with a Z with neon lights

14 New Restaurants and Bars Heating Up the Denver Dining Scene, Winter 2023

Three LoHi restaurants, two cocktail lounges, and a Chilean food truck are among the best new restaurants and bars in Denver this season.

Where to Find Denver’s Best Italian Food

Pasta, pizza, and parm, oh my! These are our 25 favorite Italian restaurants in (and around) the Mile High City.

The 10 Best Colorado Gifts for Weed Smokers

From artisanal pipes to CBD bath bombs, these cannabis-centric gifts smoke the competition.

Aerial shot of various Thanksgiving dishes.

6 Ways to Ensure Your Thanksgiving Meal Is Anything but Boring

Make this year’s Thanksgiving one to remember with the help of these local foodie establishments.

Best soup dumplings in Denver in two baskets with two other plates of dumplings

In the Fold: Where to Find the Best Soup Dumplings in Denver

Fast-casual spot Chopstickers’ xiaolongbao are a step above the competition.

More HIV-Positive Denverites Are Using Vivent Health’s Food Pantry Than Ever Before—Here’s Why.

The nonprofit provides clients with produce, dry goods, and more as part of their multipronged treatment approach.

9 of the Best Ethiopian Restaurants in Denver, Aurora, and Beyond

Order some honey wine and get your hands on the most delicious Ethiopian eats in the metro area.

white bowl on wood. orange sauce

The 25 Best Restaurants in Denver 2023

This year’s winners represent the local dining scene more comprehensively than ever. How well do you know the flavors of the Front Range?

Yuan Wonton's large soup dumpling in Chile oil in a blue bowl.

In the Fold: Your Guide to (Almost) Every Yuan Wonton Dumpling

Yuan Wonton’s genius is in its mix of Chinese tradition and experimentation. Here’s what to know before you go.

Michelin Green Star winners pose with the Michelin Man.

Why Michelin Green Stars Set Colorado Restaurants Apart from the Rest of the U.S.

The Centennial State’s challenging climate doesn’t make obtaining the sustainability-focused award easy. But on Tuesday, we earned four.

Fox and the Hen is a Hot Spot for Morning Munchies

The LoHi eatery serves playful, early day eats from chefs Carrie Baird and Michael Fox.

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