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Assistant Food Editor

Ethan Pan

Assistant Food Editor

Ethan Pan is 5280’s assistant food editor. A former editorial intern, he now writes and edits for the print magazine and Ethan is a born-and-raised Pennsylvania native and attended Brown University, majoring in cognitive science and food writing. When he’s not eating or drinking, he enjoys singing and playing guitar, buying books he’ll never read, and exploring his new city.

Articles By Ethan Pan

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.

In the Fold: The Labor Issues Behind House-Made Dumplings

Plus, three stuffed pastas to order in Denver (yes, they’re dumplings, too).

Meet Emily Thompson, the Wolf Tailor’s Pastry Chef

The French Laundry alum dishes on her coveted birthday cake (a favorite at the restaurant) and her passion for producing high-end desserts and confections.

Trout Almondine and steak frites at Chez Maggy. Photo by Marc Fiorito of Gamma Nine Photography

10 of Denver’s Best French Restaurants

Bon appétit, friends.

The Oversimplified Guide to: Picking Palisade Peaches

Rachel Crites from Palisade Peach Shack explains how to make harvest season from July through September just, well, peachy.

Plate of dumplings with dipping sauce and scallions.

In the Fold: Introducing 5280’s New Dumpling Column and 3 Dumplings to Try Now

There’s a burgeoning dumpling scene in Denver, and we’re helping you find the best of the best.

18 New Restaurants and Bars Heating Up the Denver Dining Scene, Summer 2023

From two dumpling restaurants to a cheerful breakfast joint, here’s what’s new and noteworthy in the Front Range right now.

3 Denver Bakeries Serving Up Crazy Croissant Creations

Local pastry chefs are taking lamination—the process of folding butter into dough to produce flaky layers—to new heights.

Beautiful Denver skyscraper at night, Denver, Colorado, USA. Downtown Denver Colorado at night.

The Good—and the Bad—of the Michelin Guide Coming to Colorado

Michelin stars are among the most esteemed of culinary awards. Here’s what’ll happen when Michelin’s guide to Colorado restaurants is released later this year.

What to Order at Fritay Haitian Cuisine, Denver’s Only Spot for Haitian Food

The Haitian food truck specializes in fare like marinad fritters and griot, golden brown pieces of fried marinated lamb.

Stock photo of artificial intelligence passes a green apple to a girl.

An Unexclusive Interview with ChatGPT on Denver’s Food Scene

AI-based ChatGPT has received plenty of recent media attention, but how much does it really know about local food culture?

A plate of chicken, small metal bowls with various curries, and naan at best Indian restaurant.

18 of the Best Indian Restaurants in Denver

We’ve rounded up our favorite Front Range restaurants serving South Asian specialties, from biryani in Denver to idli in Boulder.

Love This, Eat That: What to Order at Indian Restaurants Besides Tikka Masala

We spoke with Charles Mani of Urban Village Grill to give Denverites the best recommendations for exploring Indian cuisine based on their established favorites.

How Tofu Story in Aurora Makes Its Acclaimed In-House Tofu

Tofu Story is the only Denver metro area restaurant with a housemade tofu program and sells its soft, firm, and black tofu directly to customers.

A metal plate of doused fries on a metal table.

The 10 Best French Fries in Denver and Beyond

We picked our favorite joint for every category of french fries out there, from the straight-cuts to the waffles to the fully loaded.

The 983 Big Cheesy at Cherry Cricket.

The Best Burgers in Denver and Beyond

Check out our updated list of favorite restaurants serving crave-worthy renditions of the bun-and-protein combo, including 15 new additions.

A spread at best Chinese restaurant Meet and Eat Bistro in Denver.

20 of Denver’s Best Chinese Restaurants

The Denver metro area is rife with excellent Chinese restaurants slinging noodle soups, roast duck, and other regional specialties. Here are the best we found.

Wellness Sushi Brings Plant-Based Japanese Food to Denver

Here’s what to order at Wellness Sushi, Denver’s only plant-based Japanese sushi joint.

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