Bittersweet Olav Peterson Jason Brown Bittersweet


500 E. Alameda Ave. (Pennsylvania St.)
Denver, CO 80209
Chef-owner Olav Peterson's farm-to-table restaurant is a lovely city escape.
Openings: Dinner Tues.-Sat.


Bittersweet, Denver, CO

Bittersweet Restaurant Review:

About the restaurant: It may reside on a wretchedly busy intersection --- and you may be bitter that you didn’t snag a space in the tiny parking lot --- but once you’ve stepped inside chef-owner Olav Peterson’s sanctuary of neighborhood warmth, everything turns to sweetness, beginning with the beautifully curated wine list that’s stamped with eclectic boutique bottlings, many of which you won't find elsewhere.

Food & Drinks: Peterson’s equally inventive menu --- house-baked breads, charcuterie and artisan desserts --- also benefits from the bounty blooming in the chef’s onsite garden, a lush outdoor oasis of herbs and vegetables, including chard, red and green tomatoes, squash blossoms and eggplant. To wit: a king crab salad mingling with watercress, Sea Island red peas, charred onions and saffron aïoli, or the pork chop, paired with asparagus purée, breakfast radishes and fennel jam. For a sweet ending, finish with lemongrass semifreddo or the cherry tart festooned with toasted sunflower seeds and plated with buttermilk ice cream.

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