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Konjo Ethiopian Food's veggie combo. Photograph by Joni Schrantz

The Future of Denver Dining

Front Range culinary creatives will never allow the local restaurant scene to fade into fast-food, corporate homogeneity. COVID-19 be damned, here are 68 of the countless delicious ways that Colorado chefs, entrepreneurs, and good neighbors are nourishing us all.

Every October for the past decade, 5280 has published a list of metro Denver and Boulder’s 25 best restaurants. But not in 2020. How could we, when our independent restaurant industry is being pummeled by the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic? Instead, we chose to celebrate the pop-ups, takeout, and new spots that are feeding us now—and hopefully, for years to come—as well as share inspiration from some of the most resourceful and creative entrepreneurs on the Front Range.


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