Top Choice Modern American in Denver

Root Down

In a converted gas station, chef Justin Cucci has undertaken one of the city’s most ambitious culinary concepts, marrying sustainable ‘field-to-fork’ practices, high-concept culinary fusions and a low-impact, energy…
Top Choice Modern American in Vail

The Tenth

And you thought ski lodge fare had to be tasteless frozen burgers and microwaved nachos. No longer: the Tenth ratchets up Vail's ski-in, ski-out dining several notches, with a smorgasbord of gourmet alpine cuisine. …
Top Choice Breakfast in Mancos

Absolute Baking & Cafe

The screen door is always swinging open at this town hot spot with giant breakfasts. Try the green chili on eggs – it’s made from scratch, as are the organic breads and pastries. Lunch includes salads, big sandwiche…
Top Choice Tex-Mex in Leadville

Burrito Bus

You'll find one of two burrito buses parked in the lot adjacent to Stop 'n Save, and across from Safeway, on the north side of town. In the mornings it's the breakfast bus. But you must come back for lunch.
Top Choice Modern American in Grand Junction

626 on Rood

Elegant and inventive, this is contemporary American at its best, like whole plates of stunning heirloom tomatoes in season, house-made mozzarella and lobster mac and cheese. Artful mains change with the seasons and…
Top Choice Modern American in Boulder


While farm-to-table is ubiquitous in Boulder, this is one spot that delivers and surpasses expectations. The sweet pea ravioli with lemon beurre blanc and shaved radishes is a feverish delight. But Salt also knows m…
Top Choice Modern American in Boulder

Oak at Fourteenth

Zesty and innovative, locally owned Oak manufactures top-notch cocktails and tasty small plates for stylish diners. Standouts include the smoky grilled eggplant in romanesco sauce and cucumber sashimi drizzled with …
Top Choice Modern American in Denver


This is one of Denver’s most innovative restaurants. Smart, busy and upscale, yet relaxed and casual – just like Colorado – Rioja features modern cuisine inspired by Italian and Spanish traditions and powered by mod…
Top Choice American in Gunnison

Garlic Mike's

This place, just north of Gunnison on the road to Crested Butte, is generally regarded as the town's best place to eat. And for rural Colorado, it's a pretty darn authentic taste of Italy. Mike Busse, chef and resta…
Top Choice Southern US in Vail


It may be hidden in West Vail, but man is this fried chicken good. Although we could tout the healthy side of things (non GMO, free-range, veggie-fed birds), it's the dynamite gluten-free batter that earns this plac…