1801 California St., Denver
Guard and Grace comes to downtown Denver with a big splash. The space is big and gorgeous, with a wall of 3,500 bottles of wine to impress diners. Owner and chef Troy Guard has created a steakhouse to appeal to all. The menu starts with sashimi, tartars, and flatbreads to die for. Lamb sausage, sliders, pork belly, gnocchi with lamb, and crab cakes are a few of the first course options. Salads include Caesar, wood roasted beets, and house. Rack of lamb, pork chop, oak grilled chicken, and even a grilled enchilada start the entrée list. Add divine fish selections and you will be thrilled. The steak is the star, of course. All are rubbed in a special rub and then oak grilled; the result is amazing. Guard and Grace is a steakhouse, but one with a unique personality that brings divine dining in a super setting.
658 S. Colorado Blvd., Glendale
In the popular Glendale complex of restaurants, the Kitchen Next Door is another choice for fun dining. The space is great looking; high ceilings, contemporary in design, fun lighting, a super focal bar, and high tops and seating throughout the large area. The all day/all night menu starts with bacon-wrapped dates, kale chips, calamari, hummus, and terrific chicken wings with a super tasty sauce. Enjoy sandwiches of marinated chicken, pulled pork, a burger, Cuban, salmon salad, and cheeseburger, all with a side of coleslaw. Plates range from fish and chips, veggie mushroom loaf, banger and mash, and beef meatballs to mussels and hangar steak. There’s a nice wine, cocktail, and beer list to complement the food. The Kitchen Next Door brings a casual, high- energy dining choice for fans of the City Set complex.
1500 Wynkoop St., Denver
The Squeaky Bean changes a bit with a new chef, menu, and cocktail list. Executive Chef Theo Adley is creative, and the food shows his take on many traditional dishes. Although still complicated, the food on the new menu is more approachable to the diner. Start with sweetbreads, octopus, chicken pate, or a Bangkok TV dinner. Other first courses include escarole, Brussels sprouts, beets, and cauliflower soup. Entrees of salmon and fried chicken are excellent, or go for bison short rib, ribeye, sturgeon, lamb shank, or meatball in a can. There are vegetarian options as well. The brownie and meringue lemon desserts are worth the trip. The wine list is excellent, and service is great. The new feel at Squeaky Bean is warm and welcoming; The Bean still remains on the upscale side of pricing, but the experience is lovely.
1522 E. 17th Ave., Denver
Mary Nguyen does it again with her latest spot, Olive & Finch. Start with a bright space with big windows and nice seating throughout. The focal point is the case of goodies as you enter, getting a glimpse of the open kitchen behind. Breakfast all day is always a treat and it happens here into the night. Green eggs and ham, eggs your way, yummy scrambles, French toast, along with gorgeous pastries in the case delight that craving. Sandwiches include house-roasted turkey, tongue, homemade corned beef, pastrami, ham, and chicken. The Reuben, Cubano, and Woody wood are more fun choices. Order the daily-changing soup with half a sandwich or one of the great salads for a super lunch. Quinoa, beets, turkey, bacon, Caesar, and blackboard specials offer many salad delights. Olive and Finch is a place to relax and enjoy all day and night. O&F has it all offering up an incredible selection of baked pastries, full coffee bar, freshly made juices, breakfast, lunch, dinner, cocktails, take-out, catering, picnic gift baskets, summertime farm-to-table dinners and a cool curbside service. The curbside service allows customers to call in their order, park in front in the O&F space and your meal is brought out to your car. What a great option when you’re on the run! For dinner, some dishes highly worth mentioning is the tartine with bourbon-glazed peaches, bleu cheese, candied almonds and arugula (gluten and vegan free), and the pappardelle pasta entree with black tiger shrimp, corn, roasted red peppers, basil in a lemon guerre blanc sauce. The H20 Melon cocktail included freshly squeezed watermelon & St. Germain topped with sparkling wine. O&F has also launched their summer farm-to-table dinners. These will occur the fourth Sunday of each month during the summer. This month, Olive & Finch is teaming up with Cure Organic Farm in Boulder. The cost is $35 per person for a four-course family style dinner. Reservations are recommended: 303-832-8663. Dinners will run through October. O&F uses organic & locally grown produce, all natural, sustainable meats & dairy when possible.
111 E. Evans Ave., Denver
Atticus opens on Downing and Evans replacing a long-ago bar, Fagan’s. Now the group that includes Table 6, Boone’s Tavern, and Handlebar Tavern has brought the concept of “tavern to table” to the new restaurant. The place looks great. It’s masculine but fun in design with hanger doors from the old Stapleton, a bar from the old airport as well, big windows, brick walls, and a fireplace in the corner. The name, Atticus, comes from To Kill a Mockingbird. The menu is designed by Chef Robert Alfaro with a hearty masculine twist. Start with the charcuterie plate, French onion soup, mussels and frites, smoked trout, wild boar chili, and spaetzle. Entrees bring house-smoked salmon, cioppino, hangar steak, a delicious quail with sweet potato mash, smoked short ribs, and coffee and coriander crusted lamb loin. The room is welcoming, especially that seat by the fireplace! It’s fun with a great ambience.
3760 Tejon St., Denver
Gaetano’s, an oldie in Denver for over four decades, brings a new owner, Ron Robinson to the space. The décor is super with photos on the wall of the infamous Smaldone’s, and some of the good guys too. The menu is traditional Italian fare updated for today’s dining. Start with risotto croquettes, white bean and garlic crostini, meatballs, or fonduta. The minestrone soup is the best, just the way you want it in that family Italian restaurant. Other first courses that tempt include scampi picatta, fritto misto, mussels, risotto, and antipasto misto. Great pastas include vongole, alfredo, pescatore, carbonara, and Bolognese. Ravioli and gnocchi add to the fun. Entrees of lasagna, parmigiana, fish, scallopini Marsala, a pork chop, and steak make decisions difficult. Live entertainment on select nights make for a special treat. Gaetano’s is just plain Italian fun and a must on your dining list in this very hot neighborhood.
2637 W. 26th Ave., Denver
Sassafras is the breakfast destination the north side of Denver had been longing for since brunch became the not-miss meal of the day. You’ll feel at home with the friendly staff and authentic Southern charm, including beach attire-themed salt and pepper shakers, adorable cloth napkins, and thick wood-paneled floor. Once seated, start with the house-made biscuits and three flavors of gravy. The piglets and pancakes are a spicy spin on the breakfast tradition, while the eggs Sardou has fried oysters you won’t want to miss. Another winner is the Benedict with fried green tomatoes, arugula, tomatoes, and hollandaise, and grits, and cornbread too. The New Orleans Style BBQ shrimp and grits is served with plump, flavorful shrimp, and the Southern Sunrise grits spices it up with zesty green chili. Don’t miss the homemade jams, pickled green chilies and peppers, all unique in flavor. Sassafras will make you feel at home as you enjoy some southern hospitality.
1610 Little Raven St, Denver, CO 80202
Zengo's newest Test Kitchen series beginning early July with the Brazil to China theme - this combination brings an array of flavors. Every few months, Chef Sandoval and Zengo’s chefs research and develop new recipes featuring the cuisine and spirits of one Latin and one Asian country. The result is a menu of specialty small plates and cocktails that showcase the flavors and techniques from each region. The featured new dishes are marked with a special “TK” symbol on the menu, noting that they are exclusive and available for a limited time.The new cocktail featured, is the Monte Alegre and one of the many dishes - the Sea Scallops & Char Sui Port Belly.
1600 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80218
P17 has rolled out their new summer brunch menu. A few favorites from the brunch menu include: the goat cheese & ricotta tomato tart, the bistro benedict is the simple combination of P17’s house-glazed ham, fresh arugula and traditional béarnaise sauce accompanied by home fries & green salad, this is a fresh menu standout. The country french sandwich brings together the delightful house-made pork terrine and caramelized onions topped with frisee, pickled vegetables & mustard aioli on a crusty baguette and house frites, the grilled gruyere cheese sandwich with golden-brown brioche crust and french onion soup. P17 is bringing back the bottomless Mimosa, also available in a carafe for the whole table. They also feature a nine house-crafted cocktails (try the summery City Park, combining citroen vodka with cucumber water, lemongrass and citrus). Many dishes are available gluten-free and vegetarian.
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