Farm-to-Table Restaurants: Denver, Boulder, and Beyond

April 3, 2013

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Colorado offers a diverse and abundant array of local meats, vegetables, fruits, wines, and beers. Many restaurants take advantage of these home-grown flavors by committing their menus to locally-sourced food.

Denver and Boulder are well-known for having numerous farm-to-table eateries, but many other restaurants outside of these areas employ the same theme. Here is a quick list of places serving up local food in Denver, Boulder, and beyond.

Boulder and Denver: The Kitchen

At The Kitchen, they believe that gathering around the table and sharing food is what connects us as family, friends, and community. They also believe in sourcing local and sustainable products to serve to their patrons. Their farm-to-table menu offers tasty items such as tomato soup, hand-rolled gnocchi, cassoulet, and pan-seared scallops.

Price: Lunch entrees from $7-19 per plate, dinner entrees from $18-42 per plate

Denver: The Squeaky Bean

The Squeaky Bean offers a seasonal menu with food from their “bean acre.” They grow squash, tomatoes, peas, beets, collard greens, herbs, and edible flowers. The food goes straight from the ground to your plate in dishes like seafood salad, chorizo and brussel sprouts, and risotto.

Price: Dinner entrees from $12-28 per plate 

Durango: The Cosmopolitan

The Cosmopolitan offers a seasonal menu with ingredients from several local famers. They even list the farms that provide their ingredients on their Web site. They also have a fine selection of local wine, beer, and spirits.  Their eclectic menu includes sushi, pizzas, salads, burgers, and steaks.

Price: Dinner entrees from $10-41 per plate.

Golden: Bridgewater Grill

Located in the The Golden Hotel, Bridgewater Grill focuses on offering “Colorado Proud” food to their diners.  They are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and also have a patio which offers a great view of Clear Creek and the Rocky Mountains.

Price: Lunch entrees from $8-10 per plate and dinner entrees from $9-28 per plate.

Greenwood Village: Sazza

Sazza is a neighborhood restaurant offering all natural pizza and salads.  They source their food from local growers and suppliers and all their ingredients are certified organic. Even their plates, utensils, and napkins are compostable and made from renewable resources.

Price: Salads from $4-12 and pizzas from $6-13.

Palisade: Caroline’s

Caroline’s is located inside the Colorado Wine Country Inn and features classic and nouvelle French cuisine. They use Colorado products whenever possible including Palisade’s vast selection of local fruits and vegetables. They also have a trained sommelier on staff to help pair your dish with the perfect local wine.

Price: Dinner entrees from $26-52 per plate

Steamboat Springs: Sweet Pea Restaurant and Market

At Sweet Pea Restaurant and Market, you can shop for local, organic groceries and also enjoy a meal prepared with organic foods from local farms. You can savor locally raised beef, handmade gnocchi, Colorado-fresh salads, and wash it all down with a local wine or microbrew.

Price: Lunch and dinner entrees from $10-23 per plate.

Colorado Springs: The Local (Food Truck)

The Local is a food truck offering local food around the city of Colorado Springs. They collaborate with local farmers, ranchers, and specialty food purveyors to bring natural and seasonal food to your office or special event.  The Local offers sandwiches, soups, and snacks (like sour cream and onion kale chips), but their menu and location changes often so follow them on twitter or Facebook for more information.

Price: Snacks and soup from $3-5 and sandwiches starting at $6.

Westminster: Early Bird Restaurant

Early Bird Restaurant offers breakfast, brunch, and lunch 7 days a week. Everything on their menu is fresh, seasonal, and made from scratch. You won’t find any artificial egg substitutes here! They support local, organic farming and strive to offer the most nutritious ingredients to their customers.

Price: Breakfast/Brunch/Lunch entrees from $8-12 per plate.

Do you have a favorite farm-to-table restaurant? Tell us about it in the comments section.

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