Chef Jennifer Jasinski's Favorite Denver Restaurants

The celebrity chef reveals her local haunts
August 16, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

With four of Denver's greatest hits — Rioja, Bistro Vendôme, Euclid Hall and Stoic & Genuine — under her belt and another, Ultreia, on the way, Jennifer Jasinski is one of Denver's most enduringly influential chefs. Here's where the powerhouse dines on her (rare) days off.

Acorn
Bar · River North Art District · $$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.5

“Get ready to share – and be wowed” by – “astounding” New American small plates with “huge flavors” “that light up your mouth” at this RiNo sibling of Boulder’s acclaimed OAK at fourteenth; though the somewhat “noisy” setting in “popular” “warehouse” -turned-marketplace The Source is “hipster heaven” , you’ll “never feel slighted” by either the “dynamic, attentive servers” or the “master mixologists” at the bar.
New Saigon Restaurant
Vietnamese · Athmar Park · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.5 · Service 3.9

"Take your tongue on a trip to Vietnam" at this decades-old Athmar Park "favorite" where the "million" "reasonably priced" menu selections – including "fresh" , "excellent pho" – pack "irresistible" , "layered" flavors; the "no-nonsense" digs are definitely "not for fancy folk" , but the loyal "crowds" "only judge it" by "what counts."
Beast + Bottle
New American · Uptown · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.3

"Great for brunch" but "even better for date night" , this "cute" Uptown "gem" is "warm and cozy" with a "locally sourced" New American menu that's "cool" and "imaginative" , paired with "wines and cocktails that are out of this world" ; though not inexpensive, it's "fine dining" that delivers "consistently good value" , bolstered by a "knowledgeable" , "personable" crew.
Bar Dough
Italian · LoHi · $$

This LoHi Italian haunt from chef-owner Max MacKissock (ex The Squeaky Bean) boasts creative pizzas fired in a showpiece, hand-tiled imported oven, plus handcrafted pastas, small plates and entrees. Lined with a tufted burgundy banquette, the long and narrow space features an open kitchen and a marble-topped bar turning out clever cocktails, housemade sodas and an all-Italian wine list, all of which can also be sipped on the roomy patio.