Since the completion of the Highland Bridge in 2006, Denver’s Lower Highland, or LoHi, has seen an explosion of new bars, coffee shops, restaurants, galleries and independent stores. Here are the 10 must-try restaurants in the neighborhood.
Linger is the restaurant with the most interesting history on this list. The restaurant is owned by Justin Cucci, a noted Denver restaurateur and food critic. The menu is inspired by urban street food in the Americas, Asia, Italy and the Middle East. The restaurant is housed in the site of Denver’s historic Olinger Mortuary where the body of Buffalo Bill stayed for six months in 1917. The interior looks more traditional than macabre, with the flooring and tables made from old boxcars. There is vintage Italian wallpaper throughout and luxurious leather seating. It has also been named as one of America’s coolest rooftop bars.
Root Down offers food that is fresh, natural and local, with ingredients purchased with a field-to-fork mentality and dishes created to ignite diners’ senses. The globally influenced, seasonal menu provides a lot of choice, and the chefs aim to solve the ‘omnivore’s dilemma’ as they put it, by offering vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and allergy-specific alternatives. The chefs also put on special dinners on select nights, with recent examples including paleo and harvest menus. The interior is funky and colorful, but a real draw is that the restaurant has one of the best views in Denver.
Since opening in 2006, Sushi Sasa has cemented itself as the top Japanese restaurant in the neighborhood and has been voted the Best Sushi Restaurant by a number of local publications. The interior has a very relaxed feeling to it, with white being the prevailing color throughout. There are also light wooden furnishings and a cozy lounge downstairs. The menu bridges the gap between traditional and new-style Japanese cuisine and as with any good sushi restaurant, all of the ingredients are exceptionally fresh. The most popular menu items come from the raw bar, but there are also cooked offerings, noodles and bento boxes for lunch.
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