Rioja chef-owner Jennifer Jasinski took top honors for best chef in the Southwest at the 2013 James Beard awards in New York. It's easy to see why when you visit the sleek Larimer Square spot, with a menu brimming with creativity and unexpected flavors. The Mediterranean serves as a culinary launching point, but the food often veers through other culinary traditions en route to the finish line. You might get tempura-fried green tomatoes, or cucumber carpaccio with feta mousse, or Peking duck with caramelized eggplant and a delectable orange-olive puree. Jasinski changes the menu on a regular basis, but you can count on tantalizing tastes and impeccable service.
- Frommer's Staff