Official Magazine of the Denver Bar Association

Top Restaurants in Denver: What’s Your Favorite?


Rice_small“I live in Wash Park and last summer was walking to the park to enjoy the day. I passed what I thought to be only a neighborhood grocery store, but noticed there were people sitting outdoors enjoying their breakfasts. I returned the next day to discover that the best breakfast in Denver is at Fooducopia. It’s located at 1939 E Kentucky Ave (the corner of Kentucky and S. Race). Their food is wonderfully fresh with locally sourced ingredients. I love their homemade jams. They’re also open for early dinner.”
 – Chief Justice Nancy Rice, Colorado Supreme Court

Gabriel_small“I couldn’t possibly pick a single favorite restaurant (way too many great ones in Denver), but I’ll give a shout out to Little Anita’s. Being married to a woman from Albuquerque has made me partial to New Mex-Mex food, and the fare at Little Anita’s is always superb, the atmosphere is homey, and the price is right. If you go, don’t miss the sopapillas. They are the real deal!”
 – Judge Richard Gabriel, Colorado Court of Appeals

DrakeAcorn is my pick for top restaurant in Denver. It is an eclectic contemporary space in the River North District. They specialize in small plates. The kale and apple salad and the lamb shawarma are two of my favorites. Additionally, the bartender is a true mixologist. Go for the unique drinks and stay for the food. Before Acorn opened, Potager was my top pick because it has a great, fresh farm to table menu and an excellent wine list.”
 – Janet Drake, Incoming DBA President

Mankamyer“My favorite restaurant is True Foods Kitchen in Cherry Creek. As a mindful eater, I appreciate that they have tons on vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free items that are all clearly labeled. I can order my vegan entrée without any fuss. The food is fresh, flavorful and filling. I have loved every single thing I’ve eaten there!”
 – Elisabeth Mankamyer, DBA YLD Chair

John-Vaught-Head-Shot-2ChoLon Bistro is my favorite restaurant in Denver. ChoLon is an ancient Chinese suburb of Saigon, now Ho Chi Minh City. ChoLon has a rich culture history and played a significant role in the Vietnam War, including serving as the locale where the CIA assassinated then-President Diem in 1963 as part of a governmental coup that changed the war. ChoLon Bistro brings together three culture cuisines that co-exist in Vietnam, even today—Chinese, Vietnamese and French. Lon, the owner and head chef, melds those cultural cuisines beautifully. While NOBU restaurant in Malibu, among other cities, gets credit for similar fabulous cuisine, none does it better than ChoLon Bistro on the Sixteenth Street Mall.”
 – John M. Vaught, DBA President

ByeRoot Down is—hands down—my favorite restaurant in Denver for both dinner and brunch. For dinner, Root Down offers a variety of creative yet filling meals that always incorporate a root vegetable of some sort (hence their name). They also have a great happy hour during the week on food and drinks. Their brunch menu caters to anyone looking for a sweet or savory option, plus you cannot beat the bottomless mimosas if you have nothing else to do the rest of the day!

In addition to the delicious food, Root Down is in the LoHi area and is walking distance from many other great Denver parks, restaurants, and sights. If the weather is nice, I recommend making a reservation for their patio, which overlooks the LoDo area, just across I-25.”
 – Becky Bye, Past Docket Chair

Patrick-Flaherty-1-14Benny’s Restaurant & Tequila Bar is the best (301 E. 17th Ave, Denver CO 80203). Good Mexican food is cheap, simple, and not from a chain. A little attitude from the wait staff helps too. Try a #12 sirloin or ask for the Justice Sotomayor special (she ate there).”
 – Patrick M. Flaherty, DBA Executive Director

McQuiston“Most of the restaurants my wife and I go to regularly are a far cry from fine dining, like BBQ joints, and some of the funky places in Highlands, like Tocabe, a Native American cafe. If you’re looking for something you wouldn’t encounter every day, great flavors, inexpensive, it’s worth a try. The slow-braised bison ribs ($13.95) are Flintstone-sized, and beyond delicious, finished with a wild berry sauce. But if we’re going ‘top restaurant,’ I’d have to say it’s Elway’s. We love it because it is a no-BS, straight-up American steak place.”
 – Doug McQuiston, Past Docket Chair

Larson“Two little kids ago my answer would have been different, but we like Rise n’ Shine for biscuits. It keeps me in touch with my mid-Atlantic roots, and also allows for dine-in with the opportunity for a quick getaway if someone in our family loses control of their emotions. The importance of this latter consideration cannot be overstated. The restaurant is currently moving locations, but we will find it wherever it ends up!”
 – Matt Larson, DBA Board of Trustees Second Vice President

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