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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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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.

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 whole crispy haddock, the broccoli salad, and the granitas.

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 and late night brings in a lively industry crowd.

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. Bonus: Not one but two patios are now open.
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

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. Come early (opens at 4 p.m.) to avoid the crowds.

Osaka Ramen

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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.

Union Lodge No. 1

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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.

milk & honey

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

Moxie Bread Co.

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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.

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 carrot and ricotta ravioli with black garlic, chili-almond jam, baby carrots, and aged gouda.

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 whole crispy haddock, the broccoli salad, and the granitas.

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 and late night brings in a lively industry crowd.

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. Bonus: Not one but two patios are now open.

Leña

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

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. Come early (opens at 4 p.m.) to avoid the crowds.

Osaka Ramen

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.

Union Lodge No. 1

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.

milk & honey

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

Moxie Bread Co.

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.

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