For the fifth year in a row, food editor Amanda Faison released the list of 25 Best Restaurants in Denver in the October issue of 5280 Magazine. The magazine hits the stands today.
The city's dining landscape has changed significantly in the last 12 months and the choices Faison made reflect those changes. There are 10 new restaurants on the list, although two of them —Barolo Grill and Tables —are not here for the first time.
If there is one thing that is clear is that the quaint, from-the-heart neighborhood bistros are quickly getting recognized and being celebrated: The Plimoth ranks at number 7, Bistro Barbes at 14, and To The Wind at 15.
Denver follows in the path of more casual dining that the rest of the country has seen recently. Among the other additions to the list are Work & Class, a hotspot in RiNo, andBasta, now a staple in Boulder.
Also new to the list, and quickly shooting to number 2, is Acorn, the wood-fired restaurant located in the Source owned by chef Steve Redzikowski and bartender Bryan Dayton. The duo's sister restaurant in Boulder, Oak at Fourteenth, maintained its ranking from last year.
Who is number 1? For the fifth year in a row, Frasca Food and Wine. "A decade in, Frasca has never been better," says Faison.
A celebration of the best restaurants in the Mile High City named 5280 Dines will take place on September 28 starting at 6 p.m. The block party that will have multiple chefs cooking is open to the public. A limited number of tickets is still available here.