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The space isn't perfect; Rippeto tells stories of launching the restaurant with not a cent of working capital, and few changes seem to have been made in the intervening years. Holes pockmark the plaster. Walls could use another coat of paint. The food isn't perfect, either. One night, a chocolate cake came out as burned as toast; on another, an over-smoked pork chop was paired with creamed spinach so runny and pale, it wouldn't convince anyone to eat their vegetables.

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Potager

1109 Ogden St.
Denver, CO 80218

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Central Denver

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Potager
White-bean soup $6.50
Goat-cheese soufflé $12
Spinach hummus $12
Arugula salad $10
Peekytoe crab cake $15
Thin-crust pizza $15.50
Monkfish $29
Smoked pork chop $28
Chocolate pudding $7.95
1109 Ogden Street
303-832-5788
Hours: 5:30-10 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday

But Potager is comfortable in its own skin, and isn't that a more reasonable goal than perfection? In life, as well as in the garden, kitchen or office, things happen. Tomatoes get worms. Phones ring with life-changing news. And if a cook leaves the cake in the oven a moment too long, what's the worst that can happen? A smiling server replaces it with a silky chocolate pudding — and life hums on.

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Denver Dave
Denver Dave topcommenter

Well, Gretchen is willing to be much more forgiving than I am at these prices.  We have eaten there many, many times over the years wanting to support an independent business in our neighborhood but honestly we've been disappointed on virtually every occasion.  No reservations - pricy small portions - limited menu (often out of offerings even early in service) - food has been uneven at best.  Pass.  But, you can't argue with success - they must be doing something right - just not for me.

lucymcfad
lucymcfad

Potager is for sure one of Denver"s great restaurants. Other's have tried to imitate and don't come close to it's excellence and yet casual elegance.

 
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