By Chef Paul C. Reilly
What most people don't know about Denver is: foodwise, we're a sleeping giant.
When you visit, I suggest you try: Colorado lamb, because they're serving it in Parisian bistros so why not try it at its source?
Locally-made souvenir to take home: Leopold Brothers' Three Pins Alpine Herbal Liqueur. It's the beverage equivalent of sitting by a fire in the mountains on a freezing winter night.
My Restaurant | Beast + Bottle
Beast + Bottle is: the restaurant I've always dreamed of.
The food I'm doing here is: farm-focused food.
I'd recommend you try: our prix fixe menu because it really shows off what we do best from a food and service side.
719 E 17th Avenue, Denver, CO 80203
T: 303.623.3223 | beastandbottle.com
My Denver Guide
COFFEE | Kaladi Brothers
They have a brilliant, robust house roast.
730 East Evans Avenue, Denver, CO 80210
T: 720.570.2166 | www.kaladicoffee.com
BREAKFAST | Devil's Food Bakery & Cookery
I like the classic Eggs Benedict and the fried trout and eggs. I'm a savory breakfast guy and the eggs are always cooked spot on.
Old South Gaylord Street Shops, 1020 S Gaylord Street, Denver, CO 80209
T: 303.733.7448 | www.devilsfooddenver.com
FARMERS MARKET | Boulder County Farmers Market
It's held on Wednesday night and Saturdays. They really showcase the local bounty.
Wednesday from 4pm - 8pm (May - October)
Saturday from 8am - 2pm (April - November)
13th Street, Boulder, CO 80302
T: 303.910.2236 | www.bcfm.org
BAKERY | Babette's
Bakery-wise, check out Babette's at The Source. Steve's bread can run alongside the best in this country and Europe.
The Source: 3350 Brighton Boulevard, Denver, CO 80216
T: 720.443.1135 | www.babettesbakery.com
ORGANIC | Vert Kitchen
I love the sandwiches with their homemade salads.
704 South Pearl Street, Denver, CO 80209
T: 303.997.5941 | www.vertkitchen.com
MEXICAN | El Taco de Mexico
For a quick lunch, I like to come here. Try the smothered Chile Relleno burrito.
714 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204
T: 303.623.3926 | eltacodemexicodenver.com
ITALIAN | Il Posto
If I have time I come here and order the tagliere, wine, and risotto.
2011 E 17th Avenue, Denver, CO 80206
T: 303.394.0100 | www.ilpostodenver.com
HOT DOGS | Steve's Snappin' Dogs
I absolutely love hot dogs, so this is my guilty pleasure. A Chicago dog, fried green beans and a lemonade and I'm good to go.
3525 E Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80206
T: 303.333.7627 | www.stevessnappindogs.com
HAPPY HOUR COCKTAILS
Panzano | Old Major | Vesta Dipping Grill
Fun happy hours are abound at Panzano, Old Major, and Vesta Dipping Grill. Great food at great prices. Give a high five to Kari and Scotty behind the bar at Vesta for me. They have great charcuterie at all these spots too and to me that's the perfect pre-dinner taste.
Panzano | 909 17th Street, Hotel Monaco Denver, Denver, CO 80202 | T: 303.296.3525 | www.panzano-denver.com
Old Major | 3316 Tejon Street, Denver, CO 80211 | T: 720.420.0622 | oldmajordenver.com | BOOK A TABLE
Vesta Dipping Grill | 1822 Blake Street, Denver, CO 80202 | T: 303.296.1970 | www.vestagrill.com | BOOK A TABLE
NEW AMERICAN | Fruition
I love Fruition for dinner. It has been my wife and my go to almost since it's been open.
1313 East 6th Avenue, Denver, CO 80218
T: 303.831.1962 | fruitionrestaurant.com
SOUTHWEST | Potager
They've been doing farm-to-table since long before it was cool. It feels like stepping into Chez Panisse.
1109 Ogden Street, Denver, CO 80218
T: 303.832.5788 | www.potagerrestaurant.com
ITALIAN | Frasca Food & Wine
The gold standard for dinner on the front range is Frasca in Boulder. You don't need to fly to the coasts to get Michelin-quality service and food, just drive up Highway 36 to Boulder and come here.
1738 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302
T: 303.442.6966 | www.frascafoodandwine.com
ASIAN FUSION | Bones
For ramen and bao.
701 Grant Street, Denver, CO 80203
T: 303.860.2929 | www.bonesdenver.com
ITALIAN | Cart-Driver
For pizza and oysters.
2500 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80205
T: 303.292.3553 | cart-driver.com
Chef Paul C. Reilly
Paul is the executive chef and co-owner of Beast + Bottle in Denver, CO. He serves rustic American craft cuisine built around fresh ingredients available in Colorado and the neighboring states. With an in-house butchery, they are able to use whole animals.
The cocktail list features house-made bitters and juices and seasonal ingredients. The beer menu highlights some of the state’s best breweries.
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