Denver’s food scene is booming and it can be hard to keep up. That’s why 303 is here to keep you up to date with all the best culinary happenings. Here’s what you should be checking out for the week of July 14th-July 19th:


 Union Station Restaurants are Now Open

Stoic & Genuine, union station restaurants

Photo by Marc Piscotty

What: Stoic & Genuine is the first of the new Union Station restaurants to open in the newly designed space.

Where: Union Station at 17th & Wynkoop

Phone: 303.640.FISH (3474)

Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11am-10pm, Friday & Saturday 11am-11pm.

The Low Down: The fourth restaurant from the James Beard Award-Winning team behind Rioja, Bistro Vendôme & Euclid Hall, Stoic & Genuine is a multi-coastal seafood, oyster house and granita bar serving impeccably fresh, sustainable, and creative seafood preparations. The menu includes both classic favorites like Lobster Rolls (19.50) and Crab Louie (16.50) as well as unique seafood preparations including Bang’s Island Mussels Billi Bi (14.50) and the Beet and Ginger Cured Salmon Sandwich (14.50).


KitchenUnionStation-3What: The Kitchen Next Door opens this week in Union Station

Where: The south wing of Denver’s newly redesigned Union Station at 17th & Wynkoop

Phone: 303.623.3127

Hours: 7 days a week, 11am-close (typically 9-10pm)

The Low Down:  The latest addition to The Kitchen’s growing list of Front Range locations officially opened to the public yesterday, July 14, 2014, in Union Station. Serving fresh, locally-sourced cuisine in a more casual setting than the original Kitchen on the 16th Street Mall, The Kitchen Next Door’s aim is to bring together the community through food.  Popular items include the Next Door Beet Burger (7.95) and the addictive Crispy Garlic Smashers (6.95).





Bonus Opening: Cart-Driver


Photo by Adam Ripplinger

What:  Cart-Driver now open in RiNo

Where: 2500 Larimer Street

Phone: 303-292-3553

Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 5pm-11pm, Friday & Saturday 5pm-12am, Sunday 5pm-11pm: 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm. Closed Mondays.

The Low Down:  This week also marked the opening of Cart-Driver, the new sister restaurant to Boulder’s Basta from owners Kelly Whitaker and Andrew Birkholzthat. Inspired by the Carrettiera, or Cart-Driver, of Southern Italian folklore, this restaurant will serve simple and satisfying cuisine that features wood-fired pizzas (12-15) and an oysters bar (market price).


Culinary Event

The Big Wonderful Photo By Camille Breslin-29(1)

Photo by Camille Breslin

What: TheBigWonderful, Denver’s newest market and food incubator

Where: Sustainability Park at 27th and Lawrence

When: Every Saturday all year long from 10am-dusk. 11am-10pm on Final Fridays

The Cost: FREE

The Lowdown: TheBigWonderful is like walking into a working food science lab disguised as a farmer’s market. Area chefs, cooks, brewers, farmers, entrepreneurs, or anyone with something delicious to share can participate and share something new. Your favorite restaurant might be there testing out a new dish, or you might get a taste of the next big thing in on tap. The event kicked off last week with booths from some local favorites like  Aiko pops, the Ba-Nom-a-Nom food truck, and Elevation Organic Ketchup.



Deal of the Week

La Biblioteca

Photo Courtesy of La Biblioteca


What:  Wasabi Wednesdays at La Biblioteca

Where: 1610 Little Raven Street #200

Phone:  720.904.0965

The Low Down:  La Biblioteca, Denver’s first tequila library, is now offering sushi rolls for half off on Wednesdays after 4pm.  That means you can try choices like the Crispy Shrimp & Tuna Roll or the spicy Volcano Roll for less than $7.