If you’re new (ish) to Denver/Boulder and you love food, check this out.
Having lived here for over 44 years and having been married to a chef for more than 25 of those years, I’d like to think I know a little about the local restaurant scene.
Frankly, these days, we are blessed with so many new buildings and hotels and so many restaurants are “changing hands”, I don’t attempt to try to keep up with or get caught up in all the details. But I dine out very often and here’s a short list of my 3-favorite new dinner – oriented establishments of 2017.
First, I have to go with El Five. Yes, this urban, cosmopolitan vibe restaurant/bar is flat out exciting. The room feels more big-city like, the bar is always alive, the views – well just go! Oh right, the food. Check out the paella options and varieties of fresh veggie-forward, healthy offerings. No, it’s not cheap.
Second, I love, love, love Concourse (near Stapleton). The room is also sophisticated, but in a chic and comfy - all at once - way. The menu provides something for everyone. I sampled fresh trout, a lamb shoulder and a sweet potato salad that all hit the bullseye. Plus, truly great service makes it a must stop for me.
Third, in the DTC, you must try Surena. It’s not easy to find for newbies, but I know you all use GPS or Lyft anyway. They served me and my date so much hip-quality food for the money it was almost embarrassing. Not one, but two, huge salmon fillets char-grilled perfectly for like 22 bucks (with veggies, rice, etc.). It’s a well decorated, quiet dining room with a Mideastern theme, ownership and charm.
You know what I like most about these choices. There all very different, in menu and location. Denver’s restaurant scene offers it all – growth, diversity and quality choices. Go for it. You’ve been working hard enough.
And feel free to add your choices comments, etc.
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