The Denver restaurant scene is bursting with the kind of creativity that makes it an exciting culinary destination, along with the city’s many other attributes. From sandwiches to sushi and beyond, Denver dishes it out in style.
If you’re looking for a new taste treat, thrillist recommends these items:
French onion soup dumplings at Cholon, Union Station and Central Park: This dish was created by chef/owner Lon Symensma, who is known for blending Asian cuisine with French techniques. It looks like an ordinary dumpling, but offers the most amazing surprise: “a mouthful of rich, sherry-infused broth, sweet caramelized onions, and melted Gruyere cheese.” Yes, please.
The Franklin at Denver Biscuit Company, City Park, Aurora, Berkeley, Baker, and Colorado Springs: It’s all about the biscuit at this establishment, and the best biscuit dish of all-time, notes thrillist, is The Franklin, a “fresh-baked buttermilk biscuit, split and stacked high with buttermilk fried chicken, bacon, and Cheddar and smothered in housemade sausage or vegetarian mushroom gravy.” Note: heart stents are extra.
Lobster mac & cheese at Mizuna, Speer Blvd.: thrillist calls this “decadence on a plate.” That’s an understatement. This dish brings elbow mac noodles “bathed in a creamy beurre blanc and rich mascarpone cheese with tender poached lobster and a swipe of paprika-infused lobster oil.” As thrillist says: “indulgent perfection.”
Crispy tuna at Sushi Den, Platt Park: Sushi Den has been serving up fresh seafood to Mile High in-landers for nearly 40 years. Over that time, “their crispy tuna has earned iconic dish status thanks to decades of impeccable execution and the highest quality product,” notes thrillist. Don’t miss this dish of “crispy tempura sushi rice topped with spicy tuna avocado, jalapeno, tobiko, and sweet sauce.”