Colorado is known as an outdoor destination, but over the past few years, it has quickly become one of the top dining destinations in the country. And you don’t even have to drive up to Denver or Boulder to find award-winning chefs and restauranteurs anymore. (Or good coffee!) The culinary scene is thriving around BackCountry and Highlands Ranch, so put on your nicest duds, pile the family (or your date) into the car, and check out all of these fantastic dining establishments.
Indulge Wine Bar
This charming, elegant bistro has the ambiance of a European café, a really nice wine selection, and the best patio view of mountain sunsets. Open for lunch and dinner, the seasonal menu is varied, offering a selection of every taste and size. This venue is perfect for business lunches, date-night, or getting together with friends.
Old Blinking Light
Whether you’re looking for a relaxing lunch, a family-friendly dinner, or a night out to enjoy excellent margaritas, this stone-accented restaurant is an ideal choice. Named one of America’s 10 Best New Chefs by Food & Wine Magazine, Chef Joseph Wrede has introduced a fresh new taste to the Highlands Ranch community. Influenced by Taos, New Mexico, the menu offers a wide range of fresh flavors and superb dishes.
Not too far away in Greenwood Village is an elegant dining space that features authentic, award-winning Italian cuisine as well as an extensive dessert menu. On the menu you’ll find wood-fired pizzas, fresh pastas made in-house daily, rotisserie meats, and their award-winning crostini di polenta. Open for lunch and dinner every day, this space is perfect for large parties, private dining groups, and special events.
Cuba Cuba Sandwicheria
Come enjoy authentic Cuban sandwiches on fresh Cuban bread, as well as plantains and empanadas. Then pair them with popular cocktails like Mojitos, caipirinhas, sangrias, and piña coladas. This eatery is a fun, lively place to gather with friends, celebrate a birthday, and enjoy Cuban culture.
Where else are you going to find a Texas-Hawaiian fusion fast-casual restaurant? This onolicious (Hawaiian term for “delicious”) Hawaiian BBQ cuisine comes with a Texas twist. Inside, you’ll find a large, family-friendly space, generous portions of food, and Hawaiian music. And don’t be surprised to see Spam on the menu – it’s a very popular food item in Hawaii!