The 25 Best Restaurants in Denver 2018

By Denise Mickelsen | October 2018 

A tapas and low-ice cocktail feast at El Five (Photograph by Matt Nager)

Whatever it is that sends you out to eat—a special occasion, convenience after a long day, curiosity about dishes you’ll never cook at home—the electric Front Range dining scene is delivering more deliciousness, character, and hospitality than ever before. Here’s a taste of the top spots.

​The Ultimate Guide to Colorado Distilleries 2018

By Denise Mickelsen & Callie Sumlin | February 2018

Courtesy of New Belgium Brewing

Colorado is home to nearly 100 distilleries that are, in true Western style, pushing the boundaries of what it means to craft local liquor. Here’s your 2018 guide to Centennial State hooch. Cheers!

​Meet the Makers Taking Advantage of the Colorado Cottage Foods Act

By Denise Mickelsen & Callie Sumlin | December 2018 

Photograph by Paul Miller

Thanks to the Colorado Cottage Foods Act, a piece of legislation passed in 2012, Centennial State residents can sell baked goods, pickles, and more straight from their kitchens to their neighbors—and you.

​Denver’s Best Burgers

By Denise Mickelsen & Callie Sumlin | May 2018 

Cochino Tacos brunch menu items and the Poblano Queso burger. Cochino Tacos serves classic and creative tacos in a colorfully renovated former gas station in Englewood, Co. and features a full bar and covered patio. Photo by Marc Piscotty / © 2017

Meat-loving Denver has more tasty burger options than we can count, from hulking steak-house-style stackers to classic thin-patty versions. Our food editors ate through scores of them to find our 25 favorites in the Mile High City. We hope you’re hungry.

​The Hottest Places to Brunch in Denver​ ​Right Now

By Denise Mickelsen & Callie Sumlin | June 14, 2018

The BIndery
The Bindery’s carrot waffle. Photo by Lucy Beaugard

In the past year, it seems like every restaurant in Denver has begun serving brunch. But which spots sport the absolute best fried chicken, Bennys, and morning cocktails? We were all too happy to spend our weekends eating and drinking our way through the Mile High City’s lineup to compile this list of noteworthy brunch destinations.

​Local Restaurants Are Grappling With a Different Type of Wage Gap

By Amanda M. Faison | October 23, 2018 

Annette Restaurant
Annette Restaurant in Stanley Marketplace. Photo by Jonny Marlow

Finding and retaining kitchen talent is harder than ever in the Mile High City. Here’s how local restaurateurs are tackling the problem.

The 2018 Food Lover’s Guide to Colorado

By Denise Mickelsen & Callie Sumlin | July 2018 

Chef-farmer Eric Skokan at Black Cat Farm. Photo by Con Poulos/courtesy of Eric Skokan

Here are the local farmers, ranchers, chefs, artisans, and do-gooders making an impact on how—and what—we eat.

How One Food Editor Learned to Embrace Meal Kits

By Callie Sumlin | April 2018 

Courtesy of Josie Portillo

I probably don’t need to tell you that I am a Very Annoying Food Person. You know the type: the friend standing on her chair to capture the perfect overhead shot of her artisanal wood-fired pizza; the co-worker who delivers eye-roll-inducing lectures on the (fascinating?) differences between natural and Dutch-process cocoa powder. As a food editor, being a Very Annoying Food Person comes with my job. But even the culinary obsessed need convenience sometimes.

​Denver’s Best Patio Happy Hours

By Jay Bouchard & Shane Monaghan | June 28, 2018 

The sunset as seen from the rooftop patio at Historian’s Ale House. Photo by Jay Bouchard.

If there are two things we know about summer drinking in Denver, it’s that most people like to do it on the cheap and, when possible, on a patio. Here are five places to imbibe at a fair price with a killer view.

​Meet Cezary Grosfeld, aka Colorado’s Pierogi King

By Kaelyn Lynch | April 24, 2018 

Pierogies Factory
Pierogies Factory owner Cezary Grosfeld / Kaelyn Lynch

Pierogies Factory owner Cezary Grosfeld wants to turn his local business into a national empire. In addition to its food truck and brick-and-mortar location, Denverites can sample Grosfeld’s fare at 15 different restaurants in the metro area, including Boulder’s Bohemian Biergarten and Aurora’s Cedar Creek Pub, as well as at the South Pearl Street Farmers’ Market, and at home via delivery service from Amazon Fresh.

Honorable Mentions

Many new restaurants and bars came to the Denver scene this year—here, our coverage of some of the Mile High City’s most popular newcomers:

Jerilyn Forsythe
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Jerilyn Forsythe is a freelance writer and editor, and 5280's former digital associate editor. Follow her on Instagram or Twitter @jlforsyt.