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The Best 45 Dishes to Eat in Denver Right Now

We spent months brunching, lunching, and indulging in elaborate multicourse dinner feasts to bring you this guide to the most delectable meals in the Mile High City.

5280 October 2021

5280 October 2021


A Megadrought Is Hurting Colorado Farmers

Southwestern Colorado’s Mancos Valley had long been thought of as an agricultural promised land, seemingly resistant to the ravages of climate change. There had been dry years, of course. But, along with acres and acres of crops, the blissful notion of relative immunity perished in 2021.

Everything You Need To Know About Keeping Houseplants Alive In Colorado

Last year, homebound Denverites bought a houseplant (or eight) to inject some green into their quarantine— even though many of us can’t seem to keep anything with roots alive. Luckily, Colorado experts have a bouquet of wisdom to share.


To Geotag or Not to Geotag, That Is the Question

Anti-geotagging champions believe their campaign protects fragile ecosystems; however, critics say they’re playing a game of keep-away with our public lands. Who’s right?

Choosing to Spend Life’s Final Act in Colorado’s High Mountains

Slowing down to enjoy life’s final act from a house by the side of the road in rural Grand County.

From the Editor

Portrait of Lindsey B King

Happy Meals

A letter from the editor of 5280.


Eriko Tsogo and Her Family Bring Mongolia to Meow Wolf

The team of artists built ‘Mongovoo Temple,’ an encapsulation of Mongolian culture and religion, in Meow Wolf’s new permanent Denver exhibit.

How Denver Anglers Got Hooked on Carp

This month, the city hosts the 15th annual Carp Slam fly fishing tournament, and its success highlights how local anglers have put one of America’s most scorned gamefish on the national map.

A Boulder Company Is Leading the Next Technology Revolution

ColdQuanta is ready to take the next step in quantum computing.

5 Weekend Trips Through Colorado’s Wine-Making Regions

We created five itineraries to help you savor the final dregs of harvest season in the Centennial State.

Meet the Emerging Musicians Defining Denver’s Sound

Nikki Swarn, general manager of 104.7 The Drop, tunes us in to three can’t-miss Mile High artists—plus, a list of local bangers to add to your playlists ASAP.

Denver Public Schools’ Lunch Programs Are Going Gourmet

A breakdown of the costs and benefits behind Denver Public Schools’ switch to scratch-made meals.

Eat and Drink

Shareable Plates Are the Draw At Ash’Kara in Boulder

At Ash’Kara’s new outpost, chef-owner Daniel Asher’s menu both sparks memories and helps diners make new ones.

Why Poulette Bakeshop’s Gorgeous Gâteau Macaron Is a Stellar Spend

The seasonally changing, special-order stunner takes bakers Carolyn Nugent and Alen Ramos 48 hours to make.

The Untold Story of Women in Craft Brewing

This past spring’s reckoning over discrimination and harassment in the craft brewing industry brought newfound attention to females working in the scene—but Colorado women want you to know they’ve been here since the very beginning.


Behind the Scenes of Working at a Haunted House

Scare actors face workplace hazards you’ve only seen in your nightmares.

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