Denver's Union Station | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Denver's Union Station | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

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.

Photograph courtesy of Beast + Bottle

Photograph courtesy of Beast + Bottle

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

MORNING

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


SHOPPING

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

Babette's at The Source | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Babette's at The Source | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

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


LUNCH

Photograph courtesy of Vert Kitchen

Photograph courtesy of Vert Kitchen

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


SNACK

Photograph courtesy of Steve's Snappin' Dogs

Photograph courtesy of Steve's Snappin' Dogs

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

Margarita | Photograph courtesy of Panzano

Margarita | Photograph courtesy of Panzano

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


DINNER

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

Photograph courtesy of Fruition

Photograph courtesy of Fruition

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

Photograph courtesy of Frasca Food & WIne

Photograph courtesy of Frasca Food & WIne

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


LATE NIGHT

Photograph courtesy of Bones

Photograph courtesy of Bones

ASIAN FUSION | Bones

For ramen and bao.

701 Grant Street, Denver, CO 80203
T: 303.860.2929 | www.bonesdenver.com
 

Photograph courtesy of Cart-Driver

Photograph courtesy of Cart-Driver

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.

719 E 17th Avenue, Denver, CO 80203
T: 303.623.3223 | beastandbottle.com
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