Mountain Flavored Mexican.....


10600 Westminster Blvd., Westminster, CO 80020

(303) 410-5813 

This same-name sibling of the original Kachina Southwestern Grill—a staple in the Westminster suburb—anchors the new Maven Hotel on Denver’s Dairy Block, a mixed-use development in Lower Downtown (LoDo) that’s poised to become a flourishing culinary destination.

The Denver outpost, which also lays claim to a separate cocktail lounge called Poka Lola Social Club (the swanky, retro-romantic ambience calls for your cocktail-hour finest), is atmospheric with a large neon-hued wall-length mural of a woman parading feathered earrings and sunglasses reflecting a dessert sunset.

The main dining room, a mix of adobo accents, marble tables and orange and turquoise banquettes that pay homage to the colors rooted in the Southwest, is the perfect foil for the food, a creative (but not overreaching) cannon of tamales, empanadas, chicken, beef and seafood dishes, New Mexican posole and green chile and the restaurant’s signature Navajo tacos.

Italian, Sicilian and Mediterranean


2601 Larimer St., Denver, CO 80205

(303) 394-0100 

On the fevered stretch that’s Upper Larimer Street resides Il Posto, a sparkling new Italian restaurant in the River North Art District (RiNo) from Milan-born chef-owner Andrea Frizzi, who previously built a loyal following in Uptown with the original Il Posto. The 2.0 version—all glitz, glamor and swagger—turns out a daily-changing menu of up-to-the-moment pastas that defer to seasonal ingredients; skilled risottos mingling with everything from squash and sage to pancetta and corn; beautifully finessed fish dishes; and smoked Muscovy duck accompanied by all manner of vegetables, including fava beans, chanterelle mushrooms and parsley root. Ask locals about the restaurant’s pièce de résistance, and you’ll get a unified answer: the herb-laced beef-tallow candle, the fat of which pools on the plate, resulting in a seductive puddle that adds a glorious luster to the slices of crusty bread that are served alongside. From start to finish, Frizzi unleashes wonderfully nuanced food, the kind that pairs remarkably well with a bottle of Barolo or Brunello from the show-stopping wine wall.


Farm Food doesn't get any better!


1900 Chestnut Pl., Denver, CO 80202 

 behind Denver Union Station in a new urbanized neighborhood development, the Pig & the Sprout is the grown-up sibling of the Berkshire, restaurateur Andy Ganick’s pork-centric spot in Stapleton. But while the Pig & the Sprout is much livelier, larger, more polished and significantly boozier than its brethren, the common denominator remains the same: going whole hog via a hearty menu that encompasses pork cheek tacos, pork schnitzel, pork chops, pork gumbo and pork rolls. Still, there’s more than that to the playful roster than just pig. Tuck into the carrot hummus with pepitas and “funyun” chips, burgers in every guise, a French dip that eschews roast beef for soft tofu and smoked brisket paired with collard greens and parsnip puree. The bi-level space also boasts an indoor-outdoor bar and mezzanine-level lounge for imbibing a build-your-own mule, a craft beer from an impressively deep list or a glass of wine.  


Great Downtown Action!


1550 Market St., Denver, CO 80202

(720) 597-8010 

STK Denver artfully blends the modern steakhouse and a chic lounge into one, offering a dynamic fine dining experience with the superior quality of a traditional steakhouse. As one of the newest additions to the LoDo neighborhood of Denver, STK Denver distinguishes itself with a vibrant mix of stylish dining and lounge spaces, paired with a signature menu and world-class service


More food


1959 16th Street, Denver, CO 80202

(303) 446-8671  


The first Denver spin-off from the team behind Public School on Tap, a California-headquartered collection of gastropubs, Public School 303 (or simply PS303), perched on the 16th Street Mall, seeks to educate aspiring culinary scholars in the art of food and beer— sans the sterile cafeteria-style vibe. Behind the gleaming white subway-tiled bar are two-dozen craft brews, along with a syllabus of wines and cocktails, including a cranberry sour with lemon, cranberry, rye and bitters. The menu, a globetrotting scroll that ranges from innovative pizzas cooked on a hot stone to a bison burger with whiskey sauce and peppered bacon, is even better during “Recess”—a twice-a-day happy hour—when shared plates like the bacon-cheddar tots and ahi tuna poke are discounted, as are beers and cocktails. There’s weekend brunch, too, which trumpets $10 bottomless mimosas, beermosas, micheladas and bloody Marys with the purchase of any entrée


1801 Wewatta St., Denver, CO 80202

(303) 623-0979 

Located in downtown Denver’s Union Station neighborhood, Hearth & Dram is a rustic American restaurant and modern saloon featuring wood-fire cooking and more than 300 whiskeys from around the world. Through everything that we do, we tell the rich story and history of Denver — from the gold rush days to the golden age of the railroad.

Stone Lotus

Stone Lotus is the culmination of years of work 
and a passion for preparing and sharing food.

Founded in June 2016, Head Chef Dan Riordan has designed a menu featuring traditional and some not-so-traditional items. Sandwiches are featured prominently alongside a selection of quesadillas, salads, and rotating specials.