1. Root Down
What is it? With a lively nod to midcentury-mod design, this always-buzzing Lower Highland (LoHi) hotspot occupies a refurbished auto garage and serves health-inspired takes on classics, like scrambled tofu paneer and zucchini bread French toast.
Why go: This place is feel-good fun on a plate. With two gardens on-site, you know the colorful veggies on your plate are fresh, and the bottomless blood-orange mimosas are on-point. Simply put, it’s essential food in an essential neighborhood. Tip: Flying into DIA? Visit Root Down’s airport outpost in Terminal C for the best travel food ever.
Price range: Expensive