Denver Hilton Garden Inn gets former Fruition chef for Woodie Fisher restaurant

The most recent addition to Denver’s hopping hotel restaurant scene might be surprising: It’s located at the two-month-old Hilton Garden Inn by Union Station.

That’s right. I’ve tried it, and I’m recommending that you, too, go out to dinner at the Hilton Garden Inn tonight.

Woodie Fisher — named for one of Denver’s first firefighters — is inside the city’s longest-standing firehouse. Its food is seasonal, with plenty of fresh vegetables and Colorado meats, and its chef previously led the award-winning kitchen at Denver’s Fruition Restaurant.

(Photo by Brittni Bell, Provided by Woodie Fisher)

A lineup of cocktails from Woodie Fisher, a new restaurant located at the Hilton Garden Inn by Union Station.

“(The menu) is meant to be Ballpark-neighborhood approachable, but the (Fruition) technique is still there,” chef Franco Ruiz told The Denver Post this week. In addition to working alongside James Beard Award-winner Alex Seidel at Fruition over the past six years, he has also cooked in Spain and Mexico.

Though Woodie Fisher has been up and running alongside the hotel, Ruiz is just now debuting his first menus as head chef.

From the spring and summer dishes, you can try his smoked pork short rib with chicharron crumble and cheddar grits; flatbread with charred broccolini and chili flake; and roasted carrots with harissa, mint and smashed pea yogurt.