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Updating The Eater Heatmap, October 2014

What's new, what's hot, where do the crowds flock to? That is what the October Heatmap is all about - this dining and drinking moment in time.

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The last few months have been packed full with new restaurant openings and the wave is still strong. Denver's hottest restaurants bring a wide range of options for dining from casual joints to ethnic ones and special occasions ones. Often Eater gets this question: Where should I go for a drink right now? Where should I dine this week?

What's new, what's hot, where do the crowds flock to? That is what the October Heatmap is all about - this dining and drinking moment in time.

IN: The BSide, Mercantile Dining & Provision

OUT: Cooper Lounge, Salt & Grinder

Have any suggestions? Any vital omissions? Leave 'em in the comments or send 'em down the tipline.

11/07/13: Added: Aviano Coffee, Session Kitchen

12/05/13: Added: Sugarmill, Ste. Ellie

01/02/14: Added: Lower 48, Voodoo Doughnut

02/06/14: Added: the Bark Bar, Work & Class

03/06/14: Added: the Plimoth, the Curtis Club, Former Future Brewing Company

04/03/14: Added: Gozo, Atticus, the Roosevelt, Huckleberry Roasters

05/01/14: Added: The Kitchen Next Door, Guard & Grace, The Post Brewing Co.

06/05/14: Added: To The Wind, Bistro Barbès, the Bitter Bar

07/03/14: Added: Salt & Grinder, Argyll Whisky Beer, Sassafras American Eatery

08/07/14: Added: Stoic & Genuine, Rosenberg's Bagels & Delicatessen, Table Top, Glaze by Sasa, Cart Driver

09/04/14: Added: Cooper Lounge, PMG Wine Bar

Editorial disclosure

· The Cocktail Heatmap: Where to Drink Right Now [EDen]
· The 38 Essential Denver Restaurants, July '14 [EDen]

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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. In August, Acorn was named among Bon Appetit's best 50 new restaurants in the country and only days ago 5280 Magazine ranked the RiNo eatery #2 among the top 25 restaurants in Denver.

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 the great rabbit pappardelle.

3. Rosenberg's Bagels & Delicatessen

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725 E. 26th Avenue
Denver, CO 80205
(720) 440-9880
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Classic New York-style bagels, house-cured fish, specialty cream cheese spreads, and more is what this new eatery in Five Points brings. Open Tuesday through Saturday starting at 6 a.m., Rosenberg's is a great breakfast or lunch destination.

4. 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 lobster roll, the broccoli salad, and the granitas.

5. Work & Class

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2500 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 292-0700
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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. Latest accolades of the busy spot is being ranked 20 among Denver's 25 best restaurants by 5280 Magazine.

6. 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.

7. The Bside

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1336 E. 17th Avenue
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 474-4960
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This new eatery and bar in Uptown is bringing some of the best fried chicken and most amazing beer selection in the city. Expect your fried bird, which is gluten-free, to come served with two sides, a sauce, and a sweet ending on a nostalgic TV tray.

8. Argyll Whisky Beer, A Gastropub

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1035 E. 17th Avenue
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 847-0850
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This new gastropub opened its doors in Uptown with great reception. Cocktails are appealing and unique, the selection of whiskys impressive, and the food created by chef John Broening a great bet.

9. to the wind

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3333 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 316-3333
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Chef Royce Oliveira opened this quaint bistro in March and with it he created an oasis of Parisian dining on East Colfax. The space is small, the food deceptively simple, and the atmosphere irresistible.

10. pmg

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2018 10th Street
Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 786-8585
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The quaint wine bar and eatery that occupies what was briefly home to the Beehive has already attracted a great number of fans. Curated by owner Emily Gold, the wine list is thoughtful and the bites served by chef Salvatore Proia are well-paired.

11. The Plimoth

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2335 E 28th Ave
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 297-1215
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This eclectic yet approachable restaurant that opened in North City Park has quietly but swiftly acquired a loyal following. In a softy light dining room, chef Peter Ryan serves dishes grounded in classic French and Italian cuisine.

12. Glaze by Sasa

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1160 Madison Street
Denver, CO 80206
(720) 308-2420
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The partnership between Sushi Sasa and the Glaze Baumcake Shoppe is proving to be a great one in the Congress Park neighborhood. In a casual but modern setting, this Japanese-influenced eatery serves top quality sushi, approachable appetizers and entrees, and some of the city's best desserts.

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. In August, Acorn was named among Bon Appetit's best 50 new restaurants in the country and only days ago 5280 Magazine ranked the RiNo eatery #2 among the top 25 restaurants in Denver.
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 the great rabbit pappardelle.
1701 Wynkoop Street
Denver, CO 80202

3. Rosenberg's Bagels & Delicatessen

725 E. 26th Avenue, Denver, CO 80205
Classic New York-style bagels, house-cured fish, specialty cream cheese spreads, and more is what this new eatery in Five Points brings. Open Tuesday through Saturday starting at 6 a.m., Rosenberg's is a great breakfast or lunch destination.
725 E. 26th Avenue
Denver, CO 80205

4. 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 lobster roll, the broccoli salad, and the granitas.
1701 Wynkoop Street
Denver, CO 80202

5. Work & Class

2500 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205
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. Latest accolades of the busy spot is being ranked 20 among Denver's 25 best restaurants by 5280 Magazine.
2500 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205

6. 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.
2500 Larimer Street
Denver, CO 80205

7. The Bside

1336 E. 17th Avenue, Denver, CO 80218
This new eatery and bar in Uptown is bringing some of the best fried chicken and most amazing beer selection in the city. Expect your fried bird, which is gluten-free, to come served with two sides, a sauce, and a sweet ending on a nostalgic TV tray.
1336 E. 17th Avenue
Denver, CO 80218

8. Argyll Whisky Beer, A Gastropub

1035 E. 17th Avenue, Denver, CO 80218
This new gastropub opened its doors in Uptown with great reception. Cocktails are appealing and unique, the selection of whiskys impressive, and the food created by chef John Broening a great bet.
1035 E. 17th Avenue
Denver, CO 80218

9. to the wind

3333 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80206
Chef Royce Oliveira opened this quaint bistro in March and with it he created an oasis of Parisian dining on East Colfax. The space is small, the food deceptively simple, and the atmosphere irresistible.
3333 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80206

10. pmg

2018 10th Street, Boulder, CO 80302
The quaint wine bar and eatery that occupies what was briefly home to the Beehive has already attracted a great number of fans. Curated by owner Emily Gold, the wine list is thoughtful and the bites served by chef Salvatore Proia are well-paired.
2018 10th Street
Boulder, CO 80302

11. The Plimoth

2335 E 28th Ave, Denver, CO 80205
This eclectic yet approachable restaurant that opened in North City Park has quietly but swiftly acquired a loyal following. In a softy light dining room, chef Peter Ryan serves dishes grounded in classic French and Italian cuisine.
2335 E 28th Ave
Denver, CO 80205

12. Glaze by Sasa

1160 Madison Street, Denver, CO 80206
The partnership between Sushi Sasa and the Glaze Baumcake Shoppe is proving to be a great one in the Congress Park neighborhood. In a casual but modern setting, this Japanese-influenced eatery serves top quality sushi, approachable appetizers and entrees, and some of the city's best desserts.
1160 Madison Street
Denver, CO 80206

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