Food ties humanity together. It connects us to the flavors of different countries and the traditions of different people groups, all while giving us the nutrition and energy that we need to thrive. But as we have evolved into the highly intelligent beings that we are today, we have become less and less connected to the food that we eat, to the point where we cannot even tell what food has been produced with genetic modifications from those that have been grown organically.
Farm-to-table style restaurants seek to break down the walls between the production of food and the consumption of it by giving consumers a healthy knowledge of the origins of their meals and giving the chefs at the restaurants the first pick when it comes to the sourcing of ingredients.
Whether you're new to the farm-to-table concept or have been an advocate since the idea's conception, here are 15 mighty independent restaurants that you won't want to miss out on in Denver.
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Mercantile Dining & Provision
1701 Wynkoop St., Denver, CO 80202
Mercantile is an original in the farm-to-table movement that is worth trying out.
Humboldt Farm Fish Wine
1700 Humboldt St., Denver, CO 80218
Humboldt features great dining options, as well as happy hour deals.
1600 W. 33rd Ave., Denver, CO 80211
Root Down offers vegan and vegetarian cuisine that will delight.
The Kitchen Denver
1530 16th St., Denver, CO 80202
The Kitchen has some of the freshest takes on food that you'll find in Denver.
3350 Brighton Blvd., Denver, CO 80216
Acorn's farm-to-table menu is constantly rotating, ensuring that you'll never tire of what they have to offer.
1313 E. Sixth Ave., Denver, CO 80218
Fruition may be pricey, but you'll be grateful that you sacrificed for their fine dining.
Urban Farmer Denver
1659 Wazee St., Denver, CO 80202
Urban Farmer is a steakhouse first and foremost, but they also have plenty of non-beef options that will please your entire group.
Beast + Bottle
719 E. 17th Ave., Denver, CO 80203
Beast + Bottle always has a fresh idea to plate up.
True Food Kitchen
2800 E. Second Ave., Denver, CO 80206
You'll love the taste and presentation that is prioritized in each and every dish.
GRIND Kitchen + Watering Hole
300 Fillmore St., Denver, CO 80206
GRIND's Southern flare paired with farm-to-table practices will make you feel right at home.
2413 W. 32nd Ave., Denver, CO 80211
Duo is famous for their food. If you truly want a treat, don't miss out on their brunch.
Olive & Finch
1552 E. 17th Ave., Denver, CO 80218
Olive & Finch is the perfect spot for a sandwich or a flaky pastry.
2267 Kearney St., Denver, CO 80207
Tables' name does little to exhibit how delicious and unique its dishes are -- you have to try it yourself.
1109 Ogden St., Denver, CO 80218
Potager was one of the first restaurants in the farm-to-table movement and they clearly had a good idea going.
3163 Larimer St., Denver, CO 80205
The Populist is a popular option any time of the day for any diner.