August 10, 2022


Cooking is a hobby

The Greatest Takeout in Denver 2020

Meats, cheeses, and much more from Goed Zuur. Photo by Joni Schrantz

To-go is right here to continue to be, so why not purchase from people who do it greatest?


Very best Every thing

Annette | Aurora
Kolaches. Biscuits. Epic burgers and fried chicken. Ice cream and hand-cranked sausages and berry hand pies despatched in hand-woven picnic baskets. Caroline Glover and her tiny but mighty group at Annette in Stanley Marketplace threw every little thing they had at the previous various months, cooking any mouth watering point they could to maintain consumers coming back for takeout or patio dining. Glover and associate-partner Nelson Harvey were eloquent, way too, penning arguments for federal cafe aid and sharing uncooked feelings on social media, all though donating meals and time to charitable results in, tests Annette’s team for COVID-19 each individual two weeks, and, properly, working like mad to securely provide us that which comforts us most.

Greatest Sushi Deal with

Sushi Den | Platt Park
What is it about staying stuck in the dwelling that would make landlocked Coloradans hanker for sushi so badly? Crave not: Denver’s primary sushi masters, Toshi and Yasu Kizaki, are right here to help. They’ll resolve you up correct with Sushi Den’s immaculate nigiri and maki, presented as a vibrant array of piscine jewels, every piece and roll very carefully nestled into takeout containers. (Add an buy of their sleeper hit a few-day broth-to-bowl ramen, too. You will not regret it.)

Finest Method

Do the job & Course | RiNo
Considering that early in the pandemic, Dana Rodriguez and Tony Macaig’s informal Latin-Southern location has delivered—not pretty much, but undoubtedly when it will come to flavors, textures, and packaging. Do the job & Course nails the cooking—from cornmeal-fried catfish to the lover-fave tempura broccoli Significant Assault salad to lemon-butter grilled chicken—and does a bang-up career of storing its to-go orders without the need of the foods struggling one particular little bit. All will arrive at your household table as it really should: fish flaky, fried broccoli hot and crispy, clean greens lively, and rooster plump and juicy. Rodriguez and her crew are professionals, and it exhibits.

Ideal Food Package

At Property With | Boulder & Denver
Whoever claimed that the pandemic has no upsides does not but know the satisfaction of cooking an upscale supper from a Frasca Hospitality Group meal kit (commencing at $90 for two), which normally arrives with a bottle of wine. It is a very little like bringing the chefs, sommeliers, and producers who operate with Frasca Foodstuff and Wine, Tavernetta, and Sunday Vinyl into the kitchen with you. The experience involves the exclusive touches you’d anticipate from these types of lauded eating places: varying themes, from the Italian Riviera to Korean barbecue stage-by-action penned recommendations with equipment prerequisites, ingredient details, and an accompanying movie wine tasting notes and a movie discussion and meals ready so thoughtfully, even a residence cook dinner can flip out a Frasca-deserving food with relieve.

Very best Cheesy, Buttery, Beery Goodness

Goed Zuur | 5 Points
The initially taproom in the planet devoted to sour and wild beers, Goed Zuur also transpires to be one particular of the most underrated restaurants in Denver. Not a sour fan? That is Ok there are fashionable wines and Bierstadt lagers in addition to extraordinary sours from Westbound & Down, Casey Blending & Brewing, and extra. Skeptical of ramen on a taproom menu? Get it in any case chef and co-owner Anthony Lopiccolo takes advantage of charcuterie scraps from his opulent meat boards to make the prosperous broth. However hungry? Really don’t overlook the flight of 6 artisanal butters with house-baked baguette or the gooey raclette-potato “lasagna” that will put you into a dairy-carb coma in the most delightful way.

Most effective Particular Event

Beckon | RiNo

Food from Beckon
Colorado-grown asparagus and turnips from Beckon. Photo courtesy of Paper Laundry

Large-conclude, 18-seat, chefs’-counter, tasting-menu-only Beckon has pivoted to takeout with grace and talent, which is how the team behind that cafe does anything. Fifty dollars for each man or woman is an virtually criminally minimal selling price to pay out for five programs of chef Duncan Holmes’ seasonal, domestically sourced cooking the first class by itself arrives with as lots of as 3 treats! This summer, tender fried squash blossoms stuffed with prosperous blue corn polenta miraculously manufactured it throughout city with no reduction in delicate crispness, and brief ribs had been so tender, they yielded to a fork even at space temperature. Stylish branded stickers indicating each individual training course adorned the compostable to-go bins, and notations on component provenance were being as thoughtful as this new iteration of Beckon.

Ideal Specials

Hop Alley | RiNo

Wonton Soup
Hop Alley’s wonton soup. Photo courtesy of Hop Alley

As if ordering takeout from Tommy Lee and Geoff Cox’s roster of present day, regional Chinese classics is not exciting enough—scallion pancake-wrapped duck rolls and mapo rice cakes and Sichuan-model fried hen with whole dried crimson chiles say it all—their rotating each day specials will have you examining back again normally to see what other tasty dishes you can rating. When the likes of sticky koji chicken wings with plum warm sauce, tender har gow (steamed shrimp dumplings), and Taiwan-design shaved ice desserts are calling, you’d far better pick up. (See what we did there?)

Denise Mickelsen, Meals Editor

Denise Mickelsen oversees all of 5280’s foodstuff-relevant coverage, and feels damn blessed to do so. Comply with her on Instagram @DeniseMickelsen.

Patricia Kaowthumrong, Assistant Foodstuff Editor

Patricia joined the 5280 staff in July 2019 and is thrilled to be creating about Colorado’s prosperous culinary scene. Abide by her meals reporting adventures on Instagram @whatispattyeating.