Full fat, heavy cream, herbaceous, saucy, meaty, and flavor-filled. These are the words of true food romance, and of French cuisine. Since the 18th Century, France has been synonymous with fine food, thanks to staples from crunchy baguette to comforting beef bourguignon. And since the 1960s, thanks to Julia Child, American cooks have brought the best of the French canon home.
These days, at home in Denver, other cultures’ cuisines are more widely represented than that of the French, especially following a series of closures including Bistro Provencal, Le Grand Bistro and Oyster Bar, Cafe Monet, Amass, and more.
Look in the right places, however, and quaint bakeries, all-day brasseries, and soul-warming bistros serving everything from croissants to coq au vin freckle the Front Range. Some are more sophisticated than others, some are dedicated entirely to French fare, while others highlight only a few signature dishes. Organized from west to east, these 15 eateries are worth a spot on any Francophile’s list.Read More