Where We’re Eating Now: New Restaurants

    Five new eateries to sample all around town, with fare ranging from throwback soda shop to sports bar to upscale gastropub.

    sanwiches from Atmosphere Gastropub, new restaurants
    Atmosphere Gastropub. Photo by Meagan Thomas.

    Looking to mix things up for a meal out? Here’s a handful of newly opened restaurants we’ve been sampling. You’ll find options all over town, with fare ranging from throwback soda shop to sports bar to upscale gastropub. There’s something sure to please any palate.

    Atmosphere Gastropub

    New to the Interquest area, Atmosphere is the latest project by the owners of the north-side Back East Bar & Grill. The menu includes upscale pub fare, such as duck poutine and a lobster roll. Chef Steven Bailey recommends the tuna tartare, his favorite menu item and one of the most popular. Finish with orange drop doughnuts.
    1327 Interquest Pkwy., facebook.com/atmospheregastropub

    The Bench

    The owners of the Odyssey Gastropub opened a new sports bar downtown to drink a brew and watch your favorite team. The menu boasts sandwiches and other bar fare, including fun sides like sweet potato fries and mac and cheese. For a spicy take on a classic, order the spicy chicken and pickles sandwich, made with sriracha buttermilk fried chicken, and don’t forget a basket of cheese curds for the table to share.
    424 S. Nevada Ave., facebook.com/thebenchcs

    JP Fizzy’s

    Get a taste of Wisconsin at this retro soda shop. The menu features burgers, sandwiches, hot dogs and ice cream. The crispy onion rings are a fan favorite, along with the boozy milkshakes. Want something different? Order the spam and cheese sandwich. Or you can get a classic hot dog and give it your own original twist at the toppings station.
    
808 W. Garden of the Gods Rd., jpfizzys.com

    Single Barrel Burgers & Brews

    The Cow Pub & Grill is no longer, but in its place is a burger bar with more than 30 whiskeys and 24 beer taps. The Whiskey BBQ bacon burger is covered in cheddar, bacon jam and onion straws, and requires a knife and fork to eat. For a less messy meal, try the blistered shishito peppers or half-shell oysters.
    5885 Stetson Hills Blvd., singlebarrelcolorado.com

    burger from Single Barrel Burgers, new restaurants
    The Whiskey BBQ bacon burger from Single Barrel Burgers & Brews. Photo by Meagan Thomas.

    The Wobbly Olive

    The Westside location of this east-side staple is open for lunch and dinner this week. The menu will match the east location. You can look forward to lobster ravioli, which has full chunks of lobster, and a caprese salad that co-owner Inez Fitzgerald has dubbed one of her favorite menu items.
    
2611 W. Colorado Ave., wobblyolive.com

    Smørbrød

    This Scandinavian eatery, located at Lincoln Center next door to Goat Patch Brewing, is the most recent restaurant by Chef Jay Gust, and features smørbrøds, which are open-faced sandwiches on rugbrod rye bread. Smørbrød sources its bread from neighboring bakery Nightingale Bread, and the menu features 20 Nordic inspired smørbrød sandwiches. Order the Lilehammer, with roast beef and a beet remoulade, or the Oslo, topped with smoked salmon, cucumber and dill. Get the Kladdkaka, a gooey chocolate cake, for dessert, and a glass of locally-produced mead to wash it down.
    2727 N. Cascade Ave., smorbrod.com

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