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The Early Word on Tom's Urban 24 in LoDo

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Hipster diner meet junk food pleasuredome Tom's Urban 24 opened nearly four months ago, bringing the 24-hour fantasies of Smashburger founder Tom Ryan to the former Samba Room space in LoDo. Initial reviews of the restaurant were frenzied, much like an eight-year-old peaking on a sugar high. But when the hype subsided, locals were still drawn to Ryan's ambitious around-the-clock concept. Here's the early word on Tom's Urban 24.

The Good News: 5280 enjoys the new restaurant: "I dined there on a recent Saturday night, and while it's too soon to formally review the barely week-old joint, I can say that it's off to an encouraging start. The servers were warm, professional, and well informed, a major asset for a menu that's like Steuben's on steroids. [5280]

The Great News: Blog Love Living in Colorado shares her experience: "We also shared a LODO Burrito. We ordered the Barbacoa Burrito–slow-roasted Barbacoa beef, Mexican rice, cheddar and Monterey jack cheese, topped with queso fresco, sour cream, pico de gallo-$12.50. We ordered ours Christmas style in honor of our recent trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico! It was so good! The meat inside was shredded and cooked perfectly. This looks like a lot of food but we successfully polished it all off! Thank goodness we walked Washington Park before our eating endeavours." [LLIC]

The Taco News: The Denver Post offers tops for improvement: "I enjoyed a mix-and-match plate of soft corn tacos ($10), opting for a trio of pork carnitas, barbacoa and adobo chicken. The chicken was a bit dry and would have been better off shredded instead of cubed, but an avocado salsa gave it a boost." [Denver Post]

The Sweet News: Blog Denveater adores the sugary confections: "Admirable as that may be, it pales in comparison to the use of that most massive of mass-produced foodstuffs, boxed cereal, as a squealingly delightful topping for warm, fresh, stickily glazed doughnuts whose airy-crumbed texture & lightly buttery savor was utterly dreamy. Flavors will change daily, but I adored the Cap'n Crunch embedded into white icing (ditto Froot Loops); the chipotle-chocolate—rich but not too sweet, the heat filtering through subtly toward the finish; & the maple-bacon, which, yes, even I appreciated for its 2-toned lusciousness. Unresponsive sweet tooth, melted." [Denveater]

The Bad News: One Yelper says the place has some kinks: "I'll come back and review Tom's Urban again after they've had a chance to work through their "new kid on the block" issues, but in the meantime, I was pretty disappointed today.?Lunch took literally over an hour to arrive after ordering, and it was clear that most dishes had been sitting under a heat lamp. Cold fries? Wilted spinach? Lukewarm food? The Denver food scene deserves better." [Yelp]

The Kid News: Blog Mile High Mamas approves of the child-friendly offerings: "Whenever I go to a new restaurant, I always survey the landscape to see if it's kid-friendly. Though Tom's Urban 24 isn't specifically geared toward kids (they do not have a kid menu), they have plenty of child-friendly, affordable items including the mix 'n match tacos, baked mac 'n cheese, sandwiches and burritos. I'm dying to take my kids back for breakfast to try the pumpkin spice pancakes and one of their signature items: homemade pop tarts." [MHM]

The Overwhelming News: On Yelp, a reviewer finds the ingredients confusing: "The breakfast burrito married the incongruent concepts of being both extremely large and extremely awful. The menu listed about a dozen ingredients for this burrito and after consuming about half of it, I envied the stomach clearing tactics of a bulimic model." [Yelp]

The Smooth News: Blog The Urban Brain evaluates the service: "Tom of Tom's Urban 24 is none other than the owner of Smash Burger so we knew the burgers must be amazing. We saw many folks flow in and out and eat huge plates of food. The servings at Tom's Urban 24 are not small? so if you are in that 2 am after the bars close group you will be happily fed and nourished. The food was great.. and keep in mind we were there days after they opened. As far as I could tell Tom's Urban 24 had been up and running for months." [TUB]
— Ashley Mason

· All Tom's Urban 24 Coverage [EDen]
· Tom's Urban 24 [Official Website]
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Tom's Urban 24

1460 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80202 720 214 0516 Visit Website