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City Guide

The Mile High City's dining landscape is a pulsating, on-fire culinary climate that's surging with a surplus of restaurants—and mind-altering meals. From Jennifer Jasinski, who won the 2013 James Beard Foundation's Best Chef Southwest award, to Frank Bonanno, a chef and restaurateur whose prolific culinary empire keeps growing by the minute, an extraordinarily accomplished pool of kitchen magicians are shaping the way that Denverites eat, pulling from the state's bounty and diversity for inspiration. Whether it's a booth at Beast + Bottle, a bar stool at Hop Alley or a seat overlooking the chef's counter at Acorn, there's no shortage of brilliance in the kitchen or on the plate. More than anything else, Denver is a city driven by chefs with strong sensibilities, unwavering intensity and a perfectionist's touch.

ICONIC DISHES

Special Burrito with Green Chile

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El Taco de Mexico
LOCAL EXPERT

Justin Brunson

Executive chef and owner of Old Major

"There's so much amazing synergy in Denver among chefs—and nothing about our food scene is ego-driven. It's fueled by passion, chefs who are really committed to their craft and a genuine love of really great food and ingredients."

Local Expert

Elise Wiggins

Executive chef of Panzano

During football season, I go to Mexico City Lounge for fried tacos before a game. Those tacos haunt me. They are so good and naughty, and, besides, they help to stave off a hangover the day after. But I'll let you in on my secret: Taqueria Patzcuaro is one of my favorite places to eat good Mexican food and watch the Broncos on the big screen. Its carnitas are the best.

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