OpenTable, the popular online restaurant reservation service, recently revealed its coveted list of the 100 restaurants in the United States that are most "Fit for Foodies." And the roster, which is based on more than five million restaurant reviews submitted by OpenTable diners for more than 15,000 restaurants in all fifty states and the District of Columbia, trumpets four Colorado restaurants, three of which are in Denver and all less than a year old.
"Many OpenTable diners consider themselves to be foodies - they are informed, adventurous and, above all, appreciate unique dining experiences," says the verbiage on OpenTable's website, adding that only guests who have a "seated" reservation are allowed to vote, meaning that unlike a lot of other social media sites, which give free rein to anyone with a keyboard to comment -- and review -- their dining experiences, even if it's only to write, "Oh. My. God. It sucked!!!! My water glass remained empty for more than a minute, so I left," OpenTable reviewers must honor their reservations before submitting feedback.
The majority of restaurants that made the list are in California, which locked in nineteen shout-outs, while New York generated five slots, and Philadelphia, a whopping nine. And Denver? Three restaurants made the cut, as did one restaurant in Glenwood Springs.
The four that were ballyhooed were:
Old Major, the LoHi restaurant whose kitchen is overseen by Justin Brunson.
Beast + Bottle, Paul Reilly's restaurant in Uptown.
Squeaky Bean, the kitchen of which was originally bossed by Max MacKissock (he's now at Williams & Graham) and is now commanded by Theo Adley.
The Pullman, Mark Fisher's terrific restaurant in Glenwood Springs.
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Lucky for you, all of those restaurants have availability tonight, although if you want to eat at Old Major, plan on a late night, because according to OpenTable, there's nothing available before 9 p.m. My vote goes to Beast + Bottle, where I recently had one of my best dinners of the year.