Denver

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.