Denver’s Union Station: A thriving neighborhood’s beating heart
Seidel’s do-it-all market
Ultreia James Beard Award winner Jennifer Jasinski already had a seafood spot at the terminal when she added this suave celebration of the Iberian Peninsula. “Big old cured hams, all the little snacks, cheeses of course, not to mention plenty of surprising Spanish and Portuguese wines, turned out to be just the thing Union Station—and Denver—needed.”
Mercantile Dining & Provisions Alex Seidel, who had made his name years ago with Fruition, a groundbreaking farm-to-table spot, finally won his own Beard Award when he opened this sprawling venture. It “does absolutely everything,” combining a high-end market, a coffee bar, a cocktail area, and a place to sit for an actual meal—and somehow Seidel makes it work.
Tavernetta Currently, Union Station’s “most talked-about” restaurant stands just outside the terminal—but at the end of the airport train’s platform. The brainchild of Bobby Stuckey and Lachlan Mackinnon-Peterson, who created Boulder’s Frasca Food and Wine, Tavernetta has an “exceptionally modern” feel, “positioned somewhere between rather elegant and come-as-you-are.” Try it for a light lunch (perhaps a housemade pasta or branzino with celery root and mushrooms), or just settle in at happy hour for a $6 Negroni. ■