The gist: The latest (greatest?) concept from Chef Ludo Lefebvre, Chez Maggy is a traditional French brasserie at the base of the Thompson Denver. In a way that blends Lefebvre’s French roots with the flavors and ingredients of the mountain West, the restaurant also pays homage to Lefebvre’s mother-in-law, Margaret (“Maggy”), who lived in Denver.
The food: Upscale, French-as-French-gets starters, shareables, and mains with Colorado flair. Think: julienne carrot salad; foie gras tartine on country toast; escargots in divine garlic butter; trout almandine; duck confit; and Colorado lamb chops over a dandelion puree. The wine list is varied and unsurprisingly well-paired with the food, but the cocktails are equally impressive. And you already know not to miss dessert.
How to book: See Resy for reservations
Coming up on its first birthday, Chez Maggy is still drawing buzz and selling out reservations as if it’s still its very first week. Its refined menu spanning brunch to dinner unsurprisingly corroborates Chef Ludo Lefebvre’s reputation, and is where you’ll find French classics like onion soup gratinée and duck confit, plus dishes like BBQ eggplant and Colorado lamb chops that are equally fork-fight-worthy. But the sleek interior simultaneously gives modern and straightforward with a few charming details that pay homage to everything we love about romantic French bistros. It’s easy to fall in love (again or for the first time) here, either with your person or with the fancy butter, cheese, and wine.