2267 Kearney St., Denver
Enter this enchanting, funky restaurant in the Park Hill area and get ready for a wonderful dining experience. The space has been redone and is much bigger. A great bar, huge kitchen, and several dining spaces start the scene. Terrific barn doors separate a private dining room or space for private parties. Other artsy doors, high chrome ceilings, and mismatched, but interesting tables give Tables a creative look. Amy Vitale and her husband, Dustin Barrett, bring delightful meals to diners searching for a special neighborhood spot to spend the evening. Start with appetizers of tuna tartare, crispy sweetbreads, lump crab cakes, a variety of salads, and soup of the day. Main courses include trout, halibut, and amazing scallops. Grilled New York steak and a marvelous grilled pork chop with green chile and cornbread are worth the trip. Half chicken, always on the menu, changes seasonally, and an exciting vegetarian option is on the list of great meals. Imaginative desserts make the perfect ending. This spot is definitely a favorite in Denver, for good reason. Amy and Dustin wow the fans making Tables your favorite neighborhood restaurant no matter where you live.
D Bar Denver
494 E. 19th Ave., Denver
D Bar is back, and Keegan and Lisa are home again. The new spot is spacious, fun, and delightful. Enter and find the same ocean blue and brown color scheme, big windows, and lots of dining space, as this location is a real restaurant with a great bar, an open kitchen to watch the chefs, and a back kitchen as well. The look is contemporary and stunning. The takeout area is special, with coffee and homemade breakfast rolls along with the other pastries available mornings. D Bar has food for every meal and taste. Start with crispy Brussels, fries, D Bar dates, crispy pork wings, and duck nachos. Soups are terrific, and salads special. Entrees start with grilled tahini salmon salad, pizza salad sandwich, mac and cheese, veggies, shrimp and grits, scallops, and steak and fries. The chicken dishes are the best with buttermilk fried chicken between bacon and maple sugar waffles, and crispy half chicken with Frank’s red hot and maple glaze. The awesome dessert list includes chocolate cake and shake, crème brulee, lava cake, tarts, pies, cookies, and anything sweet and heavenly. Keegan and Lisa make everyone at home with their caring, and the food, both the savory and sweet, brings awesome choices in this terrific spot. D Bar is back, and Denver is thrilled.
2233 Larimer St., Denver
Butcher’s Bistro brings great food, fun, ambience, and affordable prices to LoDo in the Ballpark area. Enter and see a case of great sausage, meats, chicken, and more for sale for home cooks. Move on to the focal bar with beautiful wood and comfortable seating, or take a seat at one of the banquettes covered with great fabric. Wall décor is fun, as it accents the theme of all sorts of meats and poultry. All meats are butchered on premise, and the menu changes accordingly. Start with smoked deviled eggs, flash-baked oyster, oyster shooter, or short rib crostini. Share a sausage sampler, spinach croquettes, or chicken liver pate, pork terrine, and house ham. The Butcher Block shows off the real talent of the chef: Dry aged teres major, flat iron steak, crisp smoked chicken, braised beef shank, duck confit, pork chop, burger, and a cut du jour. Lunch is super with some amazing sandwiches. The staff is extraordinary, prices affordable, and you feel like family. Butcher’s Bistro is a great choice for dining in LoDo.
2907 Huron St., Denver
Located in the newly developing area of Prospect, chef/owner Miki Hashimoto has created a unique and exciting concept. Start with décor, designed to resemble a typical Japanese house; intimate and warm with fabulous decor. High ceilings, a magnificent community table made of ash wood, comfortable seating, and a focal exciting sushi bar that uses the same wood set the scene for diners. The open kitchen and watching the chefs make for a great night. A loft for private dining includes a sake bar. Lighting, color, and every detail are awesome. Miki brings new ideas to the menu, starting with the binco-tan, high heat charcoal grill, resulting in delicious skewers of chicken, asparagus wrapped in bacon, pork, squid, and more. Small plates range from shishito peppers, edamame, gyoza, tataki, divine potstickers, and mushrooms. One of the features is Ramen, where Japanese noodle bowls with pork, chicken, vegetables, and tofu are terrific. Sushi shines as rolls of many favorites and specialties are as beautiful to see as they are perfect to taste. The sake, wine, beer, and drink list is excellent, and knowledgeable servers add to the experience. Tokio is a great addition to the dining scene.
Spruce Tap House
2401 Blake St., Denver
Spruce Tap House is a perfect spot for fun and food near Coors Field and a visit to the RiNo area. It’s a sports bar with 20 beers on tap, a great focal bar, and dining spaces broken up with small areas for the lessening of noise. TVs are throughout but do not overpower. The menu features lots of barbecue. Start with yummy mac and cheese, chicken wings, rib tips, and pickled things, all done in-house. The tomato soup is awesome, and salads and sandwiches delight diners. Smoked meats come with two sides and include chicken leg quarter, pulled pork, divine bison ribs, and spare ribs. The meats are not smothered in sauce as you pick your favorite—bourbon BBQ, Alabama white, spicy mustard, and verde. The coleslaw, mustard potato salad, collard greens, baked beans, and mountain fries complement the food. With good food, super service, and affordable prices, Spruce Tap House is a great choice for the neighborhood, and perfect before a game.
8325 Park Meadows Center Dr., Lone Tree
Set in a freestanding building in Park Meadows complex, this spot brings in the crowd. The restaurant is Mediterranean in feel with an open kitchen, great bar area, private wine and dining rooms, high ceilings, booths done in colorful fabric, and nicely spaced tables. The menu features a standard menu and seasonal additions. The big thing here—nothing has more than 495 calories. Start with flatbreads, cider-glazed grilled chicken skewers, hummus, edamame, stuffed mushrooms, and tuna tartare. There are small salads along with entrée sizes topped with protein. Next come tacos and lettuce wraps, as well as sandwich choices from banh mi to a burger. Entrée options include half chicken, turkey skewer, steak, scallops, trout, salmon, and branzino, along with pastas and vegetarian items. Desserts bring a blue ribbon production with every favorite combo done in small bites. Remember life is short, eat dessert first. It’s big, fun, and delicious, and a great addition to Park Meadows.
Stout Street Local
1400 Stout St., Denver
Stout Street Social is a fun spot and an option for downtown dining, especially if you are attending the DCPA or convention center. In the Embassy Suite hotel, the space is huge and great looking. The focal bar takes up a good part of the restaurant and features a raw bar with oysters and many other options, and sushi is prepared here for those in the mood. The dining space is divided so it seems less cavernous with lots of soft colors, booths, tables, and high tops. Thai calamari, black-eyed pea hummus, crispy Brussels sprouts, and smoked chicken wings are some appetizers. Nachos, fish tacos, salads, and soups come next. Entrees range from burgers to smoked prime rib and grilled half chicken. The wine list is super, and cocktails and beer complement the food. Service is nice, and prices are reasonable. It’s a fun option for dining in Downtown by the theater district.
BIO: Pat Miller, AKA The Gabby Gourmet, hosts The Gabby Gourmet Restaurant Show on KHOW, AM 630 on the dial, every Saturday afternoon from 1-3pm. On air for over 35 years, Pat also writes the very popular Gabby Gourmet Restaurant Guide. The 28th edition, Gabby Gourmet Restaurant Guide 2014, is available throughout the Denver area. Visit www.gabbygourmet.com for more information.
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