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Hop Alley Lives Up to Reputation of Sister Spot Uncle

This is what eaters are saying online about the popular RiNo spot

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The Creativity News: Innovative takes on Chinese cuisine, including favorites like the steamed eggplant, fill this diverse menu. As the Denver Post shares, "The kitchen might not be engaged in full-blown envelope pushing, but creativity abounds." Creative dishes like the duck gizzards establish a pattern to dining at Hop Alley: "Pick up chopsticks, eat, swoon." [Denver Post]

The Trendy Vibes News: The busy atmosphere makes an impression on many online reviewers. A clean design and open kitchen foster a modern and hip vibe that keeps eaters coming back. As one reviewer raves, Hop Alley is "[a]bsolutely a stunning restaurant with even more stunning food and drink! I can't even tell you my faves because not one thing has disappointed me." [Yelp]

The Spice News: Restaurant-goers appreciate Tommy Lee's no-holds-barred approach to spice and heat. One Yelp reviewer warns others of the intense experience they're about to enjoy: "So much spice, you'll need a few extra napkins to blow your nose and wipe the tears out of your eyes. All in the best possible ways." [Yelp]

The Old School NewsWestword was impressed by the restaurant's contemporary takes on classic Chinese fare. Named after Denver's Chinatown in the 1870s, Hop Alley upholds its namesake's history, showcasing traditional dishes amplified by "modern twist[s]" [Westword]

The Culture News303 Magazine continues the thread of 3500 Larimer Street's rich history. Denver's Chinatown was destroyed by a race riot in 1880. Now Hop Alley's exploration of regional Chinese cuisine illuminates the complex interactions between Coloradan and Chinese culture: "Hop Alley has rich ties to Asian culture in Denver, beyond the name alone." [303 Magazine]

The Hype News: While the restaurant strives for a refined yet contemporary atmosphere, diners are split on its modern approach to dining. One reviewer claimed the music was "loud enough to inspire ear plugs," while another raved that the ambiance was perfect for grabbing a drink at the bar. [Yelp]

The Service News: The online community appreciates the Hop Alley team's thoughtful service. A group of late-arriving diners complimented the quality of the service despite the hour: "Not only was everything delivered with a sense of urgency to our hungry bellies, but it was beautiful and amazingly yummy." [Facebook]

The Duck News: The Denver dining community praises the Beijing Duck Rolls with Five-spice and crispy duck skin as an "achievement." Flavorful dishes uphold the standards and expectations of Hop Alley's established sister restaurant, Uncle. As one Facebook reviewer raved, "I love the Denver food scene. When someone asks me where to go in Denver, I send them to Uncle. I'm the unofficial ambassador! Now, I have their sister spot, Hop Alley, to recommend." [Facebook]

The Good Service News: Yelpers generally praise the hospitality and attentiveness of the staff. While the restaurant is still busy every day of the week, strong flavors and great cocktails keep customers happy. As one Yelper phrased it, Hop Alley is "DELICIOUS. I almost don't want to give a good review so that Hop Alley doesn't become too busy and popular." [Yelp]

Hop Alley

3500 Larimer Street, , CO 80205 (720) 379-8340 Visit Website