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The Hottest Restaurants in Denver Right Now, May 2015

Where to dine in Denver this month.

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More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater have one question: Where should I eat right now? Restaurant obsessives want to know what's new, what's hot, which favorite chef just launched a sophomore effort.

And while the Eater 38 is a crucial resource covering old standbys and neighborhood essentials across the city, it is not a chronicle of the 'it' places of the moment. Thus, we offer the Eater Heatmap, which will change on a regular basis to always highlight where the foodie crowds are flocking to at the moment.

IN: Cho77, Ophelia's Electric Soap Box

OUT: School House Kitchen & Libations, Wurstküche

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The wood-fired modern American cooking and the elevated craft cocktail program at Acorn gained the restaurant many accolades. Acorn was named among Bon Appetit's best 50 new restaurants in the country and 5280 Magazine ranked the RiNo eatery #2 among the top 25 restaurants in Denver. When you go, don't miss the killer housemate spaghetti with lobster reduction, blue crab, and osetra caviar.

Mercantile Dining & Provision

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Casual and laid-back by day and fine dining by night, the new venture from chef Alex Seidel from Fruition has quickly attracted an audience. Come early in the day for breakfast pastry and a cup of Commonwealth Coffee, at lunch for a giant Banh Mi sandwich, or in the evening for any of the great pasta dishes.

Stoic & Genuine

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With a stunning interior and a creative seafood menu, this venture from chef Jennifer Jasinski and partner Beth Gruitch is a winner. Don't miss the lobster roll, the broccoli salad, and the granitas.

Work & Class

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A square meal, a stiff drink, a fair price is the motto at the RiNo restaurant Work & Class. With an extensive rotisserie-based menu, the restaurant features comfort food, peppered at times with Mexican influences brought by chef/owner Dana Rodriguez. Accolades for the busy spot include being ranked 20 among Denver's 25 best restaurants by 5280 Magazine.

Cart Driver

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The menu is small and smart, the space intimate and vibrant, and the pizzas may be the best in Denver. Go in with an open mind and enjoy the Cart Driver pie, fresh oysters, and the vanilla soft serve, maybe with a shot of Underberg. Bonus: lunch service is now offered.

RiNo Yacht Club

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This addition to the Source brings energy to the common area space with creative cocktails crafted by bartender Mclain Hedges, a curated eclectic wine list, and some seriously geeky beers.

Blackbelly Market

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Chef Hosea Rosenberg, winner of Bravo's Top Chef Season 5, took his time opening his own restaurant but the wait paid off. The space is warm, the cocktails are lovely, and the food is superb. Try the lamb shank and don's miss the green chili.

Biju's Little Curry Shop

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Small, modern, and on point with flavors and textures, the new curry shop located in the hot RiNo neighborhood is the place to be at lunch and for a casual dinner.
Slowly but surely, Lena became a fixture of Denver's dining with a seriously bustling dining room. Don't miss the tacos!

Nocturne

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The new music venue, bar, and restaurant in RiNo is already attracting big crowds. Look for a sharp wine program and great bites from the kitchen like the apricot ginger-glazed lamb belly.

Ophelia's Electric Soapbox

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Set in the Ballpark neighborhood behind the unassuming door of a former brothel, this new venue from restaurateur Justin Cucci is sexy, smooth, and irresistible. Global bites, great decor, and well-curated live music make this new spot a winner.
Noodles and great dim sum bites inspired by travels through Southeast Asia is what this hot spot is about. Chef Lon Symensma created an eatery where the casual environment makes guests feel at home and the elevated food keeps them coming back.

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Acorn

The wood-fired modern American cooking and the elevated craft cocktail program at Acorn gained the restaurant many accolades. Acorn was named among Bon Appetit's best 50 new restaurants in the country and 5280 Magazine ranked the RiNo eatery #2 among the top 25 restaurants in Denver. When you go, don't miss the killer housemate spaghetti with lobster reduction, blue crab, and osetra caviar.

Mercantile Dining & Provision

Casual and laid-back by day and fine dining by night, the new venture from chef Alex Seidel from Fruition has quickly attracted an audience. Come early in the day for breakfast pastry and a cup of Commonwealth Coffee, at lunch for a giant Banh Mi sandwich, or in the evening for any of the great pasta dishes.

Stoic & Genuine

With a stunning interior and a creative seafood menu, this venture from chef Jennifer Jasinski and partner Beth Gruitch is a winner. Don't miss the lobster roll, the broccoli salad, and the granitas.

Work & Class

A square meal, a stiff drink, a fair price is the motto at the RiNo restaurant Work & Class. With an extensive rotisserie-based menu, the restaurant features comfort food, peppered at times with Mexican influences brought by chef/owner Dana Rodriguez. Accolades for the busy spot include being ranked 20 among Denver's 25 best restaurants by 5280 Magazine.

Cart Driver

The menu is small and smart, the space intimate and vibrant, and the pizzas may be the best in Denver. Go in with an open mind and enjoy the Cart Driver pie, fresh oysters, and the vanilla soft serve, maybe with a shot of Underberg. Bonus: lunch service is now offered.

RiNo Yacht Club

This addition to the Source brings energy to the common area space with creative cocktails crafted by bartender Mclain Hedges, a curated eclectic wine list, and some seriously geeky beers.

Blackbelly Market

Chef Hosea Rosenberg, winner of Bravo's Top Chef Season 5, took his time opening his own restaurant but the wait paid off. The space is warm, the cocktails are lovely, and the food is superb. Try the lamb shank and don's miss the green chili.

Biju's Little Curry Shop

Small, modern, and on point with flavors and textures, the new curry shop located in the hot RiNo neighborhood is the place to be at lunch and for a casual dinner.

Leña

Slowly but surely, Lena became a fixture of Denver's dining with a seriously bustling dining room. Don't miss the tacos!

Nocturne

The new music venue, bar, and restaurant in RiNo is already attracting big crowds. Look for a sharp wine program and great bites from the kitchen like the apricot ginger-glazed lamb belly.

Ophelia's Electric Soapbox

Set in the Ballpark neighborhood behind the unassuming door of a former brothel, this new venue from restaurateur Justin Cucci is sexy, smooth, and irresistible. Global bites, great decor, and well-curated live music make this new spot a winner.

CHO77

Noodles and great dim sum bites inspired by travels through Southeast Asia is what this hot spot is about. Chef Lon Symensma created an eatery where the casual environment makes guests feel at home and the elevated food keeps them coming back.

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