Brazen

4450 W. 38th Ave.
Denver, CO 80212
720-638-1242
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  • Vegetarian Friendly, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
  • Dinner, Brunch
  • Full bar
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Not Accepted
Owner Chris Sargent set out to create a neighborhood restaurant for northwest Denver, but Brazen quickly turned into a destination for the entire city. Whether you sit by the fire pit on the park-side patio or inside the loud and lively dining room, you'll appreciate Brazen's unpretentious, seasonally inspired small plates. Start with drinks and deviled eggs; then move on to heartier fare, perhaps oysters on the half-shell, braised meatballs or a juicy double-bone pork chop alongside apples, kale and thyme springs. For a menu that feels familiar with its preponderance of small plates, Brazen's emphasis on vegetables stands out, and while the selection changes with the seasons, you might find carrot-butternut squash soup with a dollop of spiced yogurt and golden-raisin purée; delicata squash overflowing with grains, pomegranate seeds, apple and herbs; or a shishito pepper salad with compressed watermelon and feta cheese. If you can, come early to nab one of the six seats at the chef's counter, where you'll find yourself treated like a VIP, with dishes delivered by the cooks themselves, tastes handed out like secrets, and an amuse-bouche, something the kitchen otherwise reserves for industry folks or friends.

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