Have yourself a casual date night at Annette

If you still haven’t been to check out Stanley Marketplace yet, here’s a good reason to get a move on.

Annette at Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St.
Annette at Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St.
Annette at Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)

If you still haven’t been to check out Stanley Marketplace yet, here’s a good reason to get a move on.

Caroline Glover, former sous chef at Acorn in Denver and The Spotted Pig in New York, has taken on her first gig as executive chef inside her own restaurant, Annette.

The restaurant — named for the aunt who taught Glover “how to have an opinion — started serving “scratch-to-table,” wood-fired fare on the front side of Stanley Marketplace (right next to Yellowbelly Chicken) last week.

Outside Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St.
Outside Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)
You should definitely make a reservation.
Inside Annette at Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St.
Inside Annette. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)

This was the room at 9 p.m. It’s not a very big space, and in its first week of business, evenings were all but booked-up a day in advance.

First, a toast.
Annette at Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St.
Annette at Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)

I had a really great glass of cabernet sauvignon that I might need to start ordering by the case and my date had this scarily easy to drink cognac concoction, the Creole Contentment.

Now order a whole bunch of things.

They’re small plates designed for sharing, so start modestly and know you can always get more if you’re still hungry.

Neither of us was very hungry, so we kept it to three things:

The spiced lentils and burrata.

Spiced lentils and burrata at Annette at Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St.
(Ashley Dean/Denverite)

The french fries.

French fries at Annette at Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St.
(Ashley Dean/Denverite)

And, my favorite, the potato, sunchoke and raclette au gratin. I’d go back for this one alone.

Potato, sunchoke and raclette au gratin at Annette at Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St.
(Ashley Dean/Denverite)

Had I been hungrier, I probably would have gone for the half roasted chicken. Had I been hungrier and feeling a little adventurous, I would have gone for the grilled beef tongue.

And if, for once, I had bothered to pace myself and leave room for desert, I would have ordered the pecan pie. (Pecan pie is the best pie. Don’t @ me.)

Take a look at the menu for yourself. You can make reservations online or call 720-710-9975.

Ashley Dean

Author: Ashley Dean

Ashley Dean covers dining and nightlife, and other odds and ends. She previously covered music and did some copy editing for the Denver Post, the Colorado Daily and the Daily Camera. She's from New York, likes her bourbon straight and has strong opinions about Kanye West. She can be reached at adean@denverite.com, 303-502-2804 or @AshleyDean.