Restaurants

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 American in Denver

Acorn

The oak-fired oven and grill are the shining stars of this superb restaurant, where small plates of innovative and shareable eats make up meals. The menu changes seasonally but dishes like crispy fried pickles, oak-…
Top Choice Food Hall in Denver

Denver Central Market

Set in a repurposed warehouse, this gourmet marketplace wows with its style and breadth of options. Eat a bowl of handmade pasta or an artisanal sandwich; consider a wood-fired pizza or street tacos. Or just grab a …
Top Choice Modern American in Denver

Rioja

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 Food Truck in Denver

Civic Center Eats

When the weather gets warm, head to Civic Center Park for lunch. There, a huge number of food trucks – everything from BBQ and pizza to sushi and Indian – roll into the park and serve up hearty meals. Tables are set…
Top Choice American in Denver

SAME Café

This nonprofit cafe was founded by two former food-bank workers who wanted to provide organic and locally sourced meals for people struggling to make ends meet. The healthy and innovative fare changes daily (think t…
Top Choice Chinese in Denver

Hop Alley

Hop Alley was a slur used for Denver’s hardscrabble Chinatown in the 1880s, until a race riot and anti-Chinese legislation scattered the community. The moniker was reclaimed for this small bustling restaurant locate…
Top Choice Vegetarian in Denver

City O’ City

This popular vegan/vegetarian restaurant mixes retro decor with an innovative spin on greens, grains and seitan. The menu has a wide offering of items like kimchi pancakes, pumpkin curry pasta and fried cauliflower …
Top Choice Ice Cream in Denver

Little Man Ice Cream

It's impossible to miss the 28ft-high dairy jug. From its window, cones of handcrafted ice cream – including several vegan options – are doled out from morning till night. Flavors change daily but expect everything …
Top Choice New Mexican in Denver

Tamales by La Casita

La Casita serves up the best tamales in Denver, hands down. Two types are on deck: red chile and pork, and green chile and cheese (the latter is vegetarian and gluten-free). Order plain or make a plate of it with si…