As is the tradition, Eater asked a group of journalists, bloggers, and friends of the site to weigh in on the year in food. Here, they share their go-to Denver restaurants of 2017.
Linnea Covington, freelance writer, Westword
El Five has proved a winner time and time again.
Gigi Sukin, editor, CoBiz
City, O’ City, Denver Central Market, Vert, North Italia, Coperta, Birdcall
Alexandra Palmerton, food and booze editor, 303
Urban Farmer — if I wasn't eating there, I was recommending it. I'm a big fan of anything chef Chris Starkus does.
Andra Zeppelin, former editor, Eater Denver
Acorn, Annette, Potager, El Taco de Mexico, Hop Alley
Brittany Werges, managing editor, 303
Corner Ramen was one of my favorite standbys this year. It’s casual, near my house, and they do really great ramen at a decent price. For a fancier meal, 12 at Madison, El Five, and Departure have become reliable go-tos. All three have great service, an awesome vibe, and delicious food every time.
Ruth Tobias, writer, Zagat Denver
Given the insane pace of openings this year (and the need to eat steamed vegetables in between them), what counts as a "standby" for me is a place I've been to more than, say, two or three times in a year. Definitely Rebel: Dan Lasiy and Bo Porytko's wacky, freewheeling menu is never not right up my alley. And Spuntino, where Elliot Strathmann runs one of the city's coolest wine programs, and Cindhura Reddy's pastas are bomb. And Mizu Izakaya—I'm obsessed with the cream pork kimchi.
Laura Shunk, freelance writer, Westword
Señor Bear, Il Posto (the business lunch is a killer deal), Annette. Sunflower down in Littleton for Chinese food. La Loma is always going to be on this list for me. For lunch, I'm on a fairly steady rotation among Vital Root, Sushi-Rama, and Ohana.
Callie Sumlin, associate food editor, 5280
Hop Alley, Blue Pan, Coperta, Pho 95, La Potranca, Frozen Matter, Villagran, Mercantile, My Brother’s Bar, Ohana Island Kitchen, and breakfast burritos from Chickee’s Lil Kitchen.
Denise Mickelsen, food editor, 5280
With so many new spots opening every week and countless established restaurants that I’ve yet to try, there’s not enough time (or stomach space) for me to eat at any one place on the regular. But the restaurants I recommended to friends most this year include Annette, Dio Mio, Hop Alley, Blue Pan Pizzeria, Departure Restaurant & Lounge, ChoLon, and Basta. (That said, my husband and I were forced to establish a three-times-a-week limit for visits to Sweet Cooie’s; our son would go every day if we let him.)
Rebecca Treon, freelance writer, Denver Post
Cochino, Post Oak Hall, Ship's Tavern, Park Burger
Ashley Dean, culture reporter, Denverite
For brunch: Black Eye Coffee Capitol Hill (RIP) and Max's Wine Dive. For happy-hour dinner friends: Las Margs. In fact, I'm there so often that the owner said he'd have to put me on the schedule. For dinner: Trattoria Stella (the one on Colfax). I've been going there for years because they have good-priced pasta dishes that go beyond the basics. I never get tired of the truffle asparagus spaghetti. For delivery: I order an embarrassing amount of delivery and it's almost always from Spicy Basil (red curry or drunken noodles) and Sexy Pizza (plain pie or a vera salad with garlic knots).