As is the tradition, Eater asked a group of journalists, bloggers, and friends of the site to weigh in on the year in food. Here, they share their top restaurant newcomers for 2017.
Linnea Covington, freelance writer, Westword
El Five is definitely on that list! But I also love Urban Farmer's whole program. Another favorite is Señor Bear, just as long as I only have one of those delicious frozen margaritas.
Gigi Sukin, editor, CoBiz
Señor Bear, Tavernetta, The Bindery, Annette
Alexandra Palmerton, food and booze editor, 303
This could be a laundry list, honestly. There were so many great openings this year, but I was probably most excited to see Tupelo Honey open. I'm from the South, and Tupelo Honey has a huge, cult-like following there. It's been fun to watch a concept I loved back home carve its own path west of the Mississippi.
Andra Zeppelin, former editor, Eater Denver
Annette and Tavernetta are crushing it!
Brittany Werges, managing editor, 303
Unlike years past, a lot of the top newcomers came from out of state, with Urban Farmer and Tupelo Honey being great additions. But overall Tavernetta, El Five, and Citizen Rail were among my personal favorites.
Laura Shunk, freelance writer, Westword
Señor Bear, Concourse, Annette
Callie Sumlin, associate food editor, 5280
Annette, Señor Bear, El Five, Bamboo Sushi, Ultreia, and I’m loving Emmerson’s desserts.
Denise Mickelsen, food editor, 5280
There were so many excellent additions to the scene this year! Stand-outs include Annette, White Pie, Bamboo Sushi, Bar Helix (so much more than a bar!), The Bindery, Ultreia, Santo, Izakaya Ronin, El Five, Concourse, Cattivella, Emmerson, Tavernetta, and Señor Bear.
Rebecca Treon, freelance writer, Denver Post
Cattivella, Urban Farmer, Wayward, Señor Bear, and Departure.
Ashley Dean, culture reporter, Denverite
Tavernetta, Wayward, Annette, and El Five were my favorites. (And I stupidly forgot El Five when I published my year-end list. Sorry, El Five.)