Being one of the top 32 anything in the nation may not have the ring of the top 10, but it’s still pretty impressive that Travel & Leisure included Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar in its list of the best seafood restaurants in the land. The 32 -restaurant list is wide-ranging indeed, from Le Berhardin, the Manhattan seafood temple captained by star chef Eric Ripert, toThe Clam Shack, which “operates out of a trailer” in Kennebunkport, Maine.
In its paragraph about Jax, T&L focused on the Denver Jax with a call-out for its “dozen oyster types, the $1.25 happy hour oysters $2 beers, and, as “an incubator for young chefs, including Top Chef winner Hosea Rosenberg, who makes a guest appearance from time to time.” Of course, we Colorado foodies know that Rosenberg was at the Boulder Jax when he rose to the top of Season 5. But no matter. Local foodies know that both locations have the same exemplary seafood and the same vibe. Both are part of David Query’s Big Red F Restaurant Group — as is Jax in Fort Collins, which T&L didn’t mention at all.