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Hottest Restaurants in Denver Right Now, July 2015

Where to eat in Denver right now.

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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: Moxie Bread Co., Milk & Honey

OUT: RiNo Yacht Club, Work & Class

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Acorn

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3350 Brighton Blvd
Denver, CO 80216
(720) 542-3721
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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 carrot and ricotta ravioli with black garlic, chili-almond jam, baby carrots, and aged gouda.

2. Mercantile Dining & Provision

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1701 Wynkoop Street
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 460-3733
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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.

3. Stoic & Genuine

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1701 Wynkoop Street
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 640-3474
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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 whole crispy haddock, the broccoli salad, and the granitas.

4. Cart Driver

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2500 Larimer Street
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 292-3553
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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 and late night brings in a lively industry crowd.

5. Blackbelly Market

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1606 Conestoga Street
Boulder, CO 80301
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. Bonus: Not one but two patios are now open.

6. Leña

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24 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203
(720) 550-7267
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Slowly but surely, Lena became a fixture of Denver's dining with a seriously bustling dining room. Grab a seat at the bar or get a table with friends, but whatever you do, don't miss the tacos

7. Ophelia's Electric Soapbox

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1215 20th Street
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 993-8023
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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.

8. CHO77

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42 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
(720) 638-8179
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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. Come early (opens at 4 p.m.) to avoid the crowds.

9. Osaka Ramen

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2611 Walnut Street
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 955-7938
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The long awaited ramen shop from chef Jeff Osaka opened in May and Denverites cannot get enough. Try the tonkotsu and don't miss the kara age chicken for either lunch or dinner.

10. Union Lodge No. 1

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1543 Champa Street
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 389-0447
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The new American bar from the Arvada Tavern team, Mike Huggins and Lenka Juchelkova, has become a quick favorite in Downtown Denver. Turn of the century cocktails served in a cozy and inviting environment are the highlight.

11. milk & honey

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Larimer Square, 1414 Larimer Street
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 997-7590
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After significant delays, this Larimer Square bar and restaurant opened its doors with a sexy space and fun menu.

12. Moxie Bread Co.

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641 Main Street
Louisville, CO 80027
(720) 456-8461
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There are at least three kinds of Kouign Amann offered here daily and that alone is worth the drive to Louisville. This new bakery serves breakfast and lunch and a weekly Wednesday evening pizza dinner.

1. Acorn

3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80216
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 carrot and ricotta ravioli with black garlic, chili-almond jam, baby carrots, and aged gouda.
3350 Brighton Blvd
Denver, CO 80216

2. Mercantile Dining & Provision

1701 Wynkoop Street, Denver, CO 80202
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.
1701 Wynkoop Street
Denver, CO 80202

3. Stoic & Genuine

1701 Wynkoop Street, Denver, CO 80202
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 whole crispy haddock, the broccoli salad, and the granitas.
1701 Wynkoop Street
Denver, CO 80202

4. Cart Driver

2500 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80205
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 and late night brings in a lively industry crowd.
2500 Larimer Street
Denver, CO 80205

5. Blackbelly Market

1606 Conestoga Street, Boulder, CO 80301
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. Bonus: Not one but two patios are now open.
1606 Conestoga Street
Boulder, CO 80301

6. Leña

24 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
Slowly but surely, Lena became a fixture of Denver's dining with a seriously bustling dining room. Grab a seat at the bar or get a table with friends, but whatever you do, don't miss the tacos
24 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203

7. Ophelia's Electric Soapbox

1215 20th Street, Denver, CO 80202
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.
1215 20th Street
Denver, CO 80202

8. CHO77

42 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209
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. Come early (opens at 4 p.m.) to avoid the crowds.
42 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80209

9. Osaka Ramen

2611 Walnut Street, Denver, CO 80205
The long awaited ramen shop from chef Jeff Osaka opened in May and Denverites cannot get enough. Try the tonkotsu and don't miss the kara age chicken for either lunch or dinner.
2611 Walnut Street
Denver, CO 80205

10. Union Lodge No. 1

1543 Champa Street, Denver, CO 80202
The new American bar from the Arvada Tavern team, Mike Huggins and Lenka Juchelkova, has become a quick favorite in Downtown Denver. Turn of the century cocktails served in a cozy and inviting environment are the highlight.
1543 Champa Street
Denver, CO 80202

11. milk & honey

Larimer Square, 1414 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80202
After significant delays, this Larimer Square bar and restaurant opened its doors with a sexy space and fun menu.
Larimer Square, 1414 Larimer Street
Denver, CO 80202

12. Moxie Bread Co.

641 Main Street, Louisville, CO 80027
There are at least three kinds of Kouign Amann offered here daily and that alone is worth the drive to Louisville. This new bakery serves breakfast and lunch and a weekly Wednesday evening pizza dinner.
641 Main Street
Louisville, CO 80027

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