Gastropub- defined as a pub that serves high quality food with furnishings that are simple. This food is usually Modern European, with a dash of spiced-up traditional British. The prices, though moderate for the type of dishes being served, are higher than what you might expect for a typical pub. Now translate that to the laid back town of Denver and you have an exciting new category of restaurant.
The first gastropub in the U.S., the Spotted Pig, is located in the West Village in NYC. If you ever have a chance to eat there, do, it’s phenomenal. The chef de cuisine at Colt & Gray, Brad Rowell, spent a year cooking at the Pig and brought that expertise to Denver. His adeptness for ingredients shines through with a thoroughly unique menu offering: Roasted Marrow Bones, Scallop Carpaccio, Crispy Pig Trotter and the Colt & Gray burger- straight from New York.
One problem, where exactly is the restaurant?
If you are unable to locate this sleek new establishment (hint: it’s right at the 16th St. pedestrian bridge) on Platte Street you’re not alone. We drove up and down Platte for a while before parking and walking around. There is no signage (as of this review) denoting where the pub is, but a trendy outdoor patio begins to clue you in. The reward for the mystery lies inside the front doors.
Once inside you have the choice of sitting in the bar area which feels like a European ski chalet, complete with floor to ceiling fireplace; or the intimate, contemporary dining room. Either location will help to define the type of evening you’d like to have. Want a burger and a beer? Saddle up to the counter and have the bartender make you feel at home. Looking for something special? Tuck yourself into one of the small tables and indulge in the Lobster Bangers and Mash or the Barbequed Duck Breast accompanied by an outstanding wine list.
Prices ranged across the board, so don’t be intimidated by the white tablecloths. Bar snacks are all $5; cheese and charcuterie plates vary by number of items, 1/$5, 3/$14, 5/$22 or all 11/$45. Appetizers and small plates from $7-$16, dinner entrées from $18-$29 and decadent desserts are all $7.
Although there are numerous dining choices to be had, this new gastropub has set itself apart. knowledgeable staff, an original wine list, a glossy setting and the best burger in Highlands.
Colt & Gray: 1553 Platte Street #120, Denver, CO. 303-477-1447
Dinner: Monday-Sunday 5-close
Brunch: Saturday-Sunday 10-2pm
Lunch: Monday-Friday 11-2 pm