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Friends of Eater Pick 2014's Best Dining Neighborhood

As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of friends, industry types, and bloggers. We've already covered the restaurant standbys, best newcomers, and 2014 in one word. Now it's time for the best dining neighborhood.

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Brittany Werges, 303 Magazine food editor

I'd have to say RiNo still remained king this year. Between the restaurants at 2500 Larimer, the Source, Taxi and now Industry, it appears this neighborhood isn't going to slow down anytime soon.

Megan Barber, Curbed Ski editor

I think the biggest changes are happening in RiNo/Ballpark area

Andra Zeppelin, Eater Denver editor

RiNo all the way. I've lived in the area for seven and a half years and it has been tremendous to see the transformation. Watch out 2015: RiNo has more in store for you.

Katy Hume, Eater Denver contributor

RiNo and South Broadway.

Ruth Tobias, Eater Denver and Thrillist contributing writer

RiNo, Baker, Berkeley and Uptown are all in the running, of course, but since Uptown's my turf I'm going with that. The difference between 17th Avenue a year ago and today is pretty astounding.

Laura Saffioti, Eater Denver contributor

Toss up between Union Station and RiNo

Amanda Faison, 5280 Magazine food editor

The border of Ballpark and RiNo is blowing up. Although Amerigo blazed the trail in 2012, Los Chingones and Sugar Mill opened on the same corner of 25th and Larimer at the end of 2013. By mid 2014, Work & Class, Cart-Driver, and Huckleberry had all opened across the street. On 26th and Walnut, you've got Biju's Little Curry Shop, Jeff Osaka's pending ramen shop, Zephyr Brewing, and Park Burger. And then another couple blocks away at 26th and Larimer, you have Osaka's forthcoming Sushi Rama and The Market at the H. H. Tammen Building, a 12,000-square-foot food hall project. Over at 27th and Larimer there's Meadowlark Kitchen and American Bonded (the new project from Sean Kenyon). Needless to say, I can't wait to see what 2015 brings.

Maya Silver, Dining Out Magazine writer


Meaghan Mooney, KDVR Anchor and Reporter


Jess Hunter, Eater Denver contributor

RiNo. "We're opening in RiNo" is no longer an outlandish, risky phrase. Opening along Larimer seems to be the big hustle and bustle for opening restaurants and bars. Perhaps the hipster is becoming mainstream? Either way, I'm all for new, flourishing businesses opening in my neighborhood.

William Porter, Denver Post restaurant critic

There is growing competition for this title. I was pleased to see RiNo taking off, specifically the corner around Larimer and 25th streets. Lots of exciting stuff is happening there, including Work & Class, Sugarmill, Los Chingones and Cart Driver.

Adam Larkey, Eater Denver photographer

RiNo...has become RiYes. Biggest concentration of quality and diversity in the Denver food scene.

Carri Wilbanks, USA Today video producer and host

LoDo at Union Station.

Jeremy Kossler, founder of the Denver Burger Battle

RiNo - Los Chingones, Acorn, Work + Class, Sugarmill, Cart driver, Fuel, etc.

Penny Parker, Blacktie Colorado writer

Union Station.

Ashley Hughes, Eater Denver writer

RiNo definitely stole the show this year.

Grace Boyle, Eater Denver contributor

In Denver, I've seen some great restaurants pop up in Five Points. That area has greatly gentrified, and the restaurants that are pushing the envelope there are part of that.

Lori Midson, Zagat Denver editor

It's a battle between RiNo and Tennyson Street. Both are becoming bona fide dining hamlets that are really coming into their own and pulling their weight.