OVER THE PAST few years, Denver’s dining scene has been transformed by a fresh infusion of chefs and restaurateurs from across the country. This new cohort joins industry peers such as Caroline Glover, who won the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef: Mountain in 2022 and who long ago planted roots in the Mile High City.
After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, Glover rose through the ranks in celebrated restaurants such as The Spotted Pig in New York City and Acorn in Denver. She spent time cooking and working on farms across Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Colorado, and this influence shows in her modern American restaurant, Annette, which she opened in 2016 in Aurora, just outside of Denver. Her dedication to quality food producers is admirable, and the warmth she brings to her space makes guests feel as if they’ve pulled up a seat at a friend’s dinner table. This guide is an extension of that same warmth, as Glover shares her most beloved industry spots for everything from a memorable morning bun to a coveted nightcap.
Coffee and Bakeries
Lula Rose General StoreAn oasis for morning coffee
Bakery FourSweet and savory goods
Poulette BakeshopA true gem just outside of Denver
Lunch, Dinner, and Bars
Stowaway KitchenA treasured lunch spot
Leven Deli Co.Exceptional picnic provisions
Urban BurmaRemarkable food hall-style Burmese
TavernettaBuzzy Italian with handmade pasta
Cart-Driver RiNoAn industry spot for oysters, pizza, and cocktails
Temaki DenAn unexpected hand-roll experience
Marigold LyonsA new classic outside of Denver
Yacht ClubElevated cocktails and excellent bar fare
Hailey Andresen Writer
Hailey Andresen is the guides editor at Departures. A New York–based writer and editor, she founded the digital lifestyle publication Household Mag and has spent more than a decade in the hospitality industry.