The Most Overlooked Mediterranean Paradise in Europe
1. Biju's Little Curry Shop1441 26th St, Denver
2. Blackbelly Market1606 Conestoga St, Boulder
3. Block & Larder4000 Tennyson St, Denver
4. Butcher's Bistro2233 Larimer St , Denver
5. Dae Gee827 Colorado Blvd, Denver
6. D Bar Desserts494 E 19th St, Denver
7. Hasu Asian Bistro & Sushi250 Steele St, Denver
8. Lo Stella Ristorante1135 Bannock St, Denver
9. Sarto's2900 W 25th Ave, Denver
10. Tengu3053 Brighton Blvd, Denver
Biju's Little Curry Shop is a dhaba-style, fast-casual Indian joint in RiNo with a heat index that will induce sweat in even the highest of tolerant tongues. The menu is packed with southern Indian-style ingredients and curries, with flavors equally as vibrant as the turquoise-yellow-fuscia-colored space in which it lives. According to Guy Fieri, standouts include biryani with beef and vindaloo (extra hot) chicken. Cool off with a frosty beer, you're going to need it.
After his Top Chef victory in 2009, Hosea Rosenberg could have run off to join the celebrity-chef circus. Instead, he generously spread the roots he’d already put down in Boulder by launching Blackbelly Farm, Blackbelly Catering, and Blackbelly Market - the intimate, mod-rustic restaurant and butcher shop. Charcuterie is kind of Rosenberg’s jam, so a sampler’s a no-brainer, but don’t stop there. Don’t stop, in fact, until you’ve had meat at least three different ways (say, duck rillettes, raw beef, and smoked lamb), along with some delectable apple brioche pudding, you know, for balance.
The Forgy brothers know what’s up, and they’ve got all the fundamentals down cold. Hit-makers range from the pink-tinged, bone-in pork chop to the pressure-fried chicken in spicy honey glaze to an over-the-top, pork rib-enriched burger, punctuated by inventive sides like coffee-salted steak fries or deep-dish pizza panzanella. And, as you’d imagine from the owners of Freshcraft, the bar has all its craft-beer and cocktail ducks in a row.
This butchery-themed eatery gets the meat-party started with snacks like beef-heart crostini and short rib-stuffed potato skins, then seals the deal with tricked-out cheesesteaks for lunch, thoughtfully executed dinner entrées, and the option to choose your own cut from the retail case. Vegetarian tidbits like the spinach croquettes are just as great as the menu's meat options, and the steak offered here is some of the best in Denver. We highly recommend stopping here for lunch or dinner.
This Korean BBQ joint rocks just as hard as its Westminster sibling (harder, in fact, because it’s got a full bar). Marinated meat’s only half the story anyway — the rest is a sizzling, bubbling, thrilling saga starring textbook zucchini pancakes, bibimbap, sinus-clearing stews, and the best dubu kimchi in town, bar none.
D Bar is a unique Colorado establishment serving up exquisitely unique treats and refreshing libations.
You could hit this slick basement-level lair just to fill up on sesame chicken and salmon rolls. But you’d get zero stars for bravery, and you deserve better. Hasu happens to be run by the family behind the former East Asia Garden. At Hasu, they’ve expanded their selection to offer colorful clay pots bobbing with spicy chunks of fish or eggplant and gingko nuts, succulent "mashed garlic white meat" (spoiler alert — it’s fatty pork), and still other discoveries like "the chicken braise a mushroom".
Don’t go to this Italian spot asking for fettuccine alfredo or spaghetti & meatballs. First of all, the answer’s no, and second, even if it were yes, you’d be doing yourself a grave disservice not to sample the Ligurian specialties of owner Alessandro Polo (who hails from Portofino, where his family has been in the restaurant business for generations). We’re talking exquisite focaccia al formaggio, luscious trenette al pesto or pansoti in salsa di noci (ravioli in walnut sauce), and all the sparkling seafood you’d expect from a coastal region.
An instant destination complete with a cicchetti bar and a quick-stop deli, Sarto’s emanates both sophistication and soul in spades: think house-made Piedmontese pastas, oven-fired pizzettes, and tender proteins. The pan-Italian wine list rules, too. A private chef's table is available to reserve for tastings, but the friendly vibe of the crowd at large will probably attract you to the main dining room.
Though this industrial-chic, bi-level hideaway in the Industry complex specializes in ramen, the kitchen’s at its best in, well, nearly every other department, from the crisp-tender gyoza, to the deeply savory, richly marinated yakitori. Get some sake and get cozy — if you do this right, you’re in for a long night.