Denver's ten best new restaurants of 2012
7) Central Bistro & Bar
This past summer, Isiah Salazar opened his place on the edge of LoHi -- with a great view of the city -- as a neighborhood restaurant. But Central Bar & Bistro is redefining what a neighborhood restaurant can be, serving creative cuisine and cocktails that draw diners from all over the city.
6) True Food Kitchen
This past October, Fox Restaurant Concepts opened aTrue Food Kitchen in Cherry Creek North. The funky nature-themed decor is the perfect backdrop for True Food Kitchen's health-conscious, globally inspired cuisine.
5) Taita Peruvian Cuisine & Bar
Brothers Pepe and Gianfranco Aparicio had dreamed of owning a restaurant in an old, beautiful building since they were kids. This past August, their dream became a reality when they opened Taita Peruvian Cuisine & Bar in Capitol Hill. The menu focuses on Peruvian delicacies, but the atmosphere is both cozy and upscale.
4) The Universal
For breakfast and lunch with a Southern flair, head to The Universal, which Steven Sharp and Kourtnie Ray Harris opened this past summer in northwest Denver. The space is sleek and contemporary, but still feels cozy. And whether you're craving sweet or savory, The Universal has what you need to get your day started right.
2449 Larimer St., Denver, CO