Ten Best Tiny Restaurants in Denver
Mark Manger If Gaia's dining room is full, try the patio.
1551 South Pearl Street
Eating breakfast or lunch at Gaia is like dropping in on an old friend; the neighborhood cottage-turned-restaurant has maintained much of the charm and decor of a vintage bungalow common in the Platt Park neighborhood. The morning menu offers crepes large and thin enough to be used as window coverings and supplemented with garden-fresh (really -- just take a peep out back) herbs and greens. Dinner's still a warm and charming affair, whether you sit inside or on the spacious wrap-around patio with a great view of Old South Pearl.
6) Bistro Barbes
Bistro Barbes feels bigger when the garage door is open.
5021 East 28th Avenue
Bistro Barbes opened in April this year in a restaurant-starved Park Hill neighborhood. Owner and chef Jon Robbins offers an ambitious and frequently shifting menu of dishes touched by North African, Spanish and Middle-Eastern cuisines. The atmosphere is neighborhood-comfortable and when the weather is nice, the garage doors open the place up. Previous tiny eateries Satchel's (now the cavernous, 55-seat Satchel's on 6th) and Parry's also once occupied this shoebox of a space.
DiFranco's started out as a deli, then added seats.
955 Lincoln Street
When it comes to Italian cuisine, simplicity, craftsmanship and unassailable ingredients are what count -- and DiFranco's, an unassuming, low-key joint in the Golden Triangle that Ryan DiFranco opened in 2012 as an Italian deli, then expanded into a (tiny) restaurant, embraces all of those attributes. But fair warning: If you're heading over for some heavenly homemade pasta, DiFranco's has only two tables, a community counter and a few spots on the patio.
4) Z Cuisine
On the outside of Z Cuisine, looking in.
25 seats (40 in À Côté Bar a Absinthe)
While Z Cuisine and its sister bar, À Côté, operate under the same ownership and kitchen, the main bistro stands on its own as one of Denver's smallest -- and tastiest -- restaurants. Come early for a table, since Z doesn't take reservations, or have a seat at the bar next door and enjoy a few sips of the green fairy while you wait for a dinner table. The menu leans toward traditional French preparations --think crusty bowls of onion soup and cheesy gratins -- but changes regularly. A chalkboard lists daily specials -- but the place is small enough that you can listen in as your neighbors get the rundown from their server.
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