5280 Top of the Town Best Dessert (Editor's Choice) - LeRoux

“Most everything about this seven-month-old, European-inspired restaurant in LoDo feels romantic, from the sparkling crystal chandeliers to the deep, dark booths to the exquisite desserts. Led by chef-owner Lon Symensma, there’s a beautiful sensibility to the sweets menu, which transforms classics such as baked Alaska and Paris-Brest into modern marvels by tweaking their elements until the dishes feel altogether new. The Paris-Brest in particular will linger in your thoughts for weeks thanks to its craveable union of a traditional crisp choux pastry ring, a delicate pistachio crème mousseline (a riff on the typical praline cream), and a wholly au courant salty caramel sauce. While you might be tempted to clink forks with your date over one of these luxurious confections, trust us: You’re going to want your own.”

5280 Top of the Town Best Dessert (Editor’s Choice) – LeRoux

Where our Food Editors Are Eating Right Now, June 2019

Formerly a full-service, dinner-only spot on South Broadway, Cho77’s downtown iteration operates under a fast-casual counter-service model during the day; sit down dining is on the menu at night.

Where our Food Editors Are Eating Right Now, June 2019

This Is the Must-Order Dish at LeRoux

“Chef Lon Symensma has a knack for creating iconic dishes (see: the addictive fusion dumplings filled with French onion soup at his eight-year-old modern Asian restaurant, ChoLon). And just four months after opening his polished, European-inspired bistro, LeRoux, next door to ChoLon on the 16th Street Mall, it looks like Symensma’s wagyu beef tartare is poised to be another signature. It’s impossible to miss the appetizer as it’s whisked to diners in the candle- and chandelier-lit space.”

This Is the Must-Order Dish at LeRoux

A Comprehensive List of the Women Leading the Front Range Culinary Scene

From running restaurant kitchens to brewing Coloradans’ favorite craft beers, women are leading in all facets of the Front Range’s exciting dining scene—and driving its success. In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, we hope this list will make it easy for you to find and support female-owned and -operated establishments from Aurora to Boulder and beyond.

ChoLon Restaurant Concepts (ChoLon, Cho77, LeRoux): Dani Craig, general manager; Becca Henry, ChoLon chef de cuisine; Ashley Adams, ChoLon lead bartender

A Comprehensive List of the Women Leading the Front Range Culinary Scene

10 Must-Book Tables at Denver's Top Restaurants

“Chandeliers and candlelit table define LeRoux’s elegant space. Even the bar gets candles as evening arrives. Several seating areas provide intimacy for a romantic occasion or simply a dinner at which conversing is not made impossible by the cacophony experienced at so many restaurants today. It feels a bit old school in that regard, a return to what fine dining used to be, yet it’s also casual and contemporary. Dishes are prepared meticulously, a perfect melding of complex and delicate flavors in an exquisite presentation. The chicken liver mousse might be the best in Denver, and if you want a show-stopper, go for the Wagyu beef tartare presented with a flourish of smoke. The saffrony bouillabaisse piled with mussels, scallops and octopus surprises with a tweak of peppery heat, and for those who love ChoLon’s soup dumplings, LeRoux’s French Onion short ribs provide a delicious reunion.”

10 Must-Book Tables at Denver’s Top Restaurants

Best Seat in the House: The Coolest Restaurant and Bar Bathrooms in Denver

The shared bathrooms inside the newly opened LeRoux and Cho77 were anything but afterthoughts. Covered with blue, hand-cut Italian tile and floral wallpaper and accented with copper details, the two unisex restrooms, by local design firm Semple Brown, are sure to be popping up on Instagram feeds all over town.

Best Seat in the House: The Coolest Restaurant and Bar Bathrooms in Denver

What Will the Year of the Pig Bring for Denver's Chinese Restaurants?

At ChoLon, chef/owner Lon Symensma has been serving handmade French onion soup dumplings, a European embellishment on the Shanghai specialty, since the restaurant opened in 2010. And just last week, he added two other variations on xiao long bao at the newly reopened Cho77.

What Will the Year of the Pig Bring for Denver’s Chinese Restaurants?

Cho77 is LoDo's Newest Dumpling House

If you work or live in downtown Denver, you already know that when the craving for dumplings or noodle bowls or other Asian fare strikes, there are only a few non-chain dining options within walking distance. That status quo ended last week, when Cho77, chef Lon Symensma’s casual southeast Asian street food concept (formerly located on South Broadway), re-opened in its new home on the 16th Street Mall near Blake Street.

Cho77 is LoDo’s Newest Dumpling House

Cho77's Southeast Asian Street Food Moves Into New LoDo Digs

Cho77, the popular Asian street food restaurant that started on South Broadway, is poised to open the doors of its new LoDo location on Monday, January 28, 2019.

Chef Lon Symensma made the choice to move his casual concept to the SugarCube Building at 1555 Blake Street to put the restaurant in closer proximity to its sisters ChoLonand LeRoux — the latest of Denver’s new French options just opened last month. Back on South Broadway, the space that housed Cho77 is now occupied by another of Symensma’s eateries, BorraCho Tacos, which serves street tacos and more Mexican fare and cocktails.

Cho77’s Southeast Asian Street Food Moves Into New LoDo Digs

Lon Symensma’s LeRoux is an Escape off 16th Street

Times are changing on 16th Street, where, by the end of the year, a pair of decades-old neighborhood restaurants had closed and a pan-European destination opened up, looking more Parisian jewel box than Denver’s downtown Mall.

Lon Symensma’s LeRoux is an Escape off 16th Street