6 New Places to Try in Denver This Week
The onslaught of midsummer newcomers continues this week with an emphasis on easygoing, everyday homes away from home. Of course, we’ll be exploring many of them in greater detail in the days and weeks to come, so check back here often for follow-up reports.
With “The Fresh Revolution” as its slogan, Bubu opens at 11 AM on Thursday as the latest in Troy Guard’s ever-growing restaurant empire, this one occupying the subterranean Larimer Square space that formerly housed TAG Raw Bar; the quick-casual operation specializes in custom bowls built on local vegetables, grains, proteins and other toppings, washed down with juices from the Pressery. Prior to the launch, you’ll find “crossing guards” stationed at the entrance to hand out gift cards for freebies (10:45 AM-1:15 PM and 4:45-6:45 PM). 1423 Larimer St.; 303-996-2685
On Thursday, longtime Zengo chef Clint Wangsnes opens his dream project in Park Hill — an airy, modern eatery with quick-casual service but globally influenced gourmet-style grub. Think peachwood-smoked pork chops with whipped potatoes and spicy rapini; chicken pastrami, Swiss and slaw on grilled marble rye; and butterscotch-miso glazed salmon on mixed greens in wonton-ginger vinaigrette. 4990 E. Colfax Ave.; 720-550-7665
Park Burger founder Jean-Philippe Failyau has staked out new territory both geographical and culinary with this Wash Park pizzeria and tavern. The menu, of course, is centered on pies: eight in all, from the namesake signature with white sauce, gorgonzola, pancetta and walnuts to the Wash Park with ricotta, zucchini and chili flakes on a roasted garlic base. The kitchen also turns out several housemade pastas (including rigatoni Bolognese, pictured top), salads and appetizers like sausage-stuffed olives and steamed mussels. As the name suggests, craft beer is central to the bar program, with large-format finds rounding out the local favorites: Dry Dock Apricot Blonde on the one hand, Jolly Pumpkin Madrugada Obscura on the other. But there’s also a good-sized wine list emphasizing West Coast and Italian pours — and a great patio to enjoy them on. 1001 S. Gaylord St.; 720-459-8736
The third branch of Next Door, itself an offshoot of The Kitchen’s ever-growing franchise, opens today in the Union Station redevelopment at 11 AM (pictured above). If you’ve been to the Boulder original or its Glendale outpost, you know exactly what to expect; if not, here’s a primer on the gastropub — beet burgers, kale chips, craft beers, kegged cocktails and all. 1701 Wynkoop St.; 303-623-3127
Meanwhile, everybody’s favorite retro-themed daytime franchise for wacky pancakes, myriad Benedicts and killer breakfast cocktails makes its Union Station debut (pictured above) bright and early on Wednesday. 1701 Wynkoop St.; 303-825-3536
As Cafe Society reported last week, Park Hill may have yet another neighborhood gem in this just-opened contemporary spot. Chef Brady Marcotte, a Steven Redzikowski protégé, is turning out the likes of grilled cauliflower “popcorn” with curried almonds and smoked garlic oil; smoked pork loin with red beans and apple jam; and olive oil cake with roasted nectarines and sour-cream sorbet in a warm yet low-key dining room whose craft bar puts the spotlight on an eclectic selection of beers. We’re digging the format of the list, categorized by style, much like a wine list. 2230 Oneida St.; 720-542-9035