Two eating places in Colorado land in one of the best eating places of the New York Instances 2021

At a time of unprecedented hospitality battles, it can be difficult, if not entirely incidental, to identify the “best restaurants”.

But the New York Times attempted Tuesday on a national “restaurant list” for 2021 – a year when many restaurants closed before the immediate effects of the pandemic and many others faced crippling staffing shortages, the one larger Underline billing with the entire work system.

The Times’ 50 restaurant list is designed to guide diners as they explore restaurants after 19 months of closings and restrictions, it said. Including American classics and newcomers alike, the list represents the “rich mosaic” of gastronomy across the country and shows the places that editors and dispatchers are most excited about.

Two restaurants in Colorado, very different in style and approach, made it.

Josie Küster, The Denver Post

A crudo at the end of summer at Frasca Food and Wine in Boulder. According to The New York Times, Frasca was named one of the 50 Most Exciting Restaurants in America in 2021. (Josie Küster, The Denver Post)

In Boulder, Frasca food and wine has been perfecting his culinary game for 17 years and what counts in the restaurant world is forever. This is especially true given the awards Frasca has received along the way.

In the last 19 months of the pandemic, Frasca’s ownership has shifted gears to take on a leadership role in the national independent restaurant community, fighting for state laws and aid to small businesses. But beyond this new job, the owners, sommeliers and chefs here have also stayed true to their original mission of transferring a small Italian regional cuisine from Fruili-Venezia Giulia to an even smaller town in Colorado.

According to The Times, “On a recent summer tasting menu, a crudi misti with cucumber and buttermilk (pictured) was elegantly balanced in flavor and freshness, while a carefully crafted cjalson pasta was filled with a silky mix of beetroot and smoked ricotta. The Rockies are a long way from Trieste, but the flavors here make the trip wonderful. ”

And in Denver Comal Heritage Food Incubator is about to celebrate its fifth year in business (with a Friday night party) when it receives that nod from the New York Times. The restaurant serves a higher purpose than just serving international food at Five Points. It is a training ground for immigrant and refugee entrepreneurs from Denver’s Globeville and Elyria Swansea communities, helping workers learn the skills to eventually start their own food businesses.

During the pandemic, the team also electroplated and prepared soups for families and neighborhood customers, and delivered meals for the larger Denver Metro Emergency Food Network.

Meanwhile, Comal still prepares an exceptional selection of international dishes on a day-to-day basis, representing his diverse team at all times, and serves lunchtime dishes throughout the week in a sunny dining room with communal seating.

“Syrian, Ethiopian, Salvadoran and Mexican food has all emerged,” writes The Times of the Incubator’s lunch menu, which changes daily. “But the hope is always that you will get the food in another restaurant at some point. So far, at least seven women have started their own business. ”

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