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Updating The Eater Heatmap, April 2014

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And just like that, it is April. Warm spring days alternate with snowy winter ones but Denver's ever-growing food scene stays hot no matter what. Restaurants continue to open each week giving the Mile High City 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 April Heatmap is all about - this dining and drinking moment in time.

IN: Gozo, Atticus, the Roosevelt, Huckleberry Roasters

OUT: Beast + Bottle, Former Future Brewing Company, Uncle, Voodoo Doughnut

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


04/04/13: Added: Beast + Bottle, Pinche Tacos Highlands

05/02/13: Added: Bohemian Biergarten, Uber Sausage LoHi

06/06/13: Added: Pizzeria Locale Denver, Izakaya Den

07/11/13: Added: Drakes Haus, Jax Fish House Glendale

08/01/13: Added: Le Grand Bistro and Oyster Bar, Harman's Eat & Drink

09/05/13: Added: Comida, Root Down DIA

10/03/13: Added: Acorn at The Source, Colt & Gray

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

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Acorn

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3350 Brighton Boulevard
Denver, CO 80216
(720) 542-3721
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The wood-fired modern American cooking and the elevated craft cocktail program at Acorn have made a splash in Denver since the restaurant's opening in September. Today, the restaurant also started serving lunch.

2. Lower 48

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2020 Lawrence St Unit A
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 942-0262
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In a Ballpark location that can accommodate 98 guests Mario Nocifera and his partner, Alex Figura, are serving an eclectic mix of items ranging from chickpea fries to a braised brisket. Fermented, pickled, or smoked are descriptions you'll find in nearly every dish.

3. Work & Class

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2500 Larimer Street
Denver, CO 80205
Denver, CO, USA
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A square meal, a stiff drink, a fair price is the motto at the new 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.

4. 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.

5. Ste. Ellie

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1553 Platte St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 547-7356
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The bar and eatery, sister to the three year old Colt & Gray restaurant, finally opened in a sexy space with crafted cocktails and an edited food menu that is served until 1:30 a.m.

6. Gozo

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32 S Broadway
Denver, CO
(720) 638-1462
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This South Broadway restaurant is as casual as it is refined. A well-edited wood-fired-centric menu is served in a rustic chic setting. Don't miss the shaved Brussels sprouts and definitely sample the pizzas.

7. Atticus

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1125 E Evans Ave
Denver, CO 80210
(720) 459-8273
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Little sister to Table 6, this DU area restaurant serves comfort food along with an expertly curated wine and cocktail list. Among the highlights: the Mussels and Frites and Spaetzle of the season.

8. Williams & Graham

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3160 Tejon St
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 997-8886
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Williams & Graham, Sean Kenyon's LoHi speakeasy joint hidden behind a bookshelf, is one of the harder places to get a table these days. Between Kenyon's cocktails and food from former Squeaky Bean chef Max MacKissock, this remains the hottest place to go for drinks and food.

9. OAK at fourteenth

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1400 Pearl St.
Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 444-3622
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Between the spectacular bar and cocktail program that Bryan Dayton is leading, complete with ice carved on premises and house-bottled sodas, and the daring dishes fired by chef Steven Redzikowski in the wood-fired oven, Oak at Fourteenth remains the hot spot in Boulder.

10. Roosevelt

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1512 Larimer St Unit R29
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 840-6156
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This craft cocktail bar attracts spirits geeks and industry types during the week and the regular LoDo crowds on the weekends. No matter what day you visit, the drinks are always top notch.

11. Huckleberry Roasters

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2500 Larimer St #103
Denver, CO 80205
(720) 381-2504
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Much more than a coffee shop, the RiNo outpost of this coffee shop is a community gathering place. A cozy room, great coffee drinks, and an all-day toast and jam program featuring Babette's bread makes this a new hot spot.

12. Curtis Club

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2100 Curtis St
Denver, CO 80205
(720) 420-9898
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A former sports club is now a sleek, contemporary building with a unique wooden design that reappears throughout the inside of the new gastropub. On 5280 Magazine's top new restaurant list, this place is hot!

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1. Acorn

3350 Brighton Boulevard, Denver, CO 80216
The wood-fired modern American cooking and the elevated craft cocktail program at Acorn have made a splash in Denver since the restaurant's opening in September. Today, the restaurant also started serving lunch.
3350 Brighton Boulevard
Denver, CO 80216

2. Lower 48

2020 Lawrence St Unit A, Denver, CO 80205
In a Ballpark location that can accommodate 98 guests Mario Nocifera and his partner, Alex Figura, are serving an eclectic mix of items ranging from chickpea fries to a braised brisket. Fermented, pickled, or smoked are descriptions you'll find in nearly every dish.
2020 Lawrence St Unit A
Denver, CO 80205

3. Work & Class

2500 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80205
A square meal, a stiff drink, a fair price is the motto at the new 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.
2500 Larimer Street
Denver, CO 80205

4. 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

5. Ste. Ellie

1553 Platte St, Denver, CO 80202
The bar and eatery, sister to the three year old Colt & Gray restaurant, finally opened in a sexy space with crafted cocktails and an edited food menu that is served until 1:30 a.m.
1553 Platte St
Denver, CO 80202

6. Gozo

32 S Broadway, Denver, CO
This South Broadway restaurant is as casual as it is refined. A well-edited wood-fired-centric menu is served in a rustic chic setting. Don't miss the shaved Brussels sprouts and definitely sample the pizzas.
32 S Broadway
Denver, CO

7. Atticus

1125 E Evans Ave, Denver, CO 80210
Little sister to Table 6, this DU area restaurant serves comfort food along with an expertly curated wine and cocktail list. Among the highlights: the Mussels and Frites and Spaetzle of the season.
1125 E Evans Ave
Denver, CO 80210

8. Williams & Graham

3160 Tejon St, Denver, CO 80211
Williams & Graham, Sean Kenyon's LoHi speakeasy joint hidden behind a bookshelf, is one of the harder places to get a table these days. Between Kenyon's cocktails and food from former Squeaky Bean chef Max MacKissock, this remains the hottest place to go for drinks and food.
3160 Tejon St
Denver, CO 80211

9. OAK at fourteenth

1400 Pearl St., Boulder, CO 80302
Between the spectacular bar and cocktail program that Bryan Dayton is leading, complete with ice carved on premises and house-bottled sodas, and the daring dishes fired by chef Steven Redzikowski in the wood-fired oven, Oak at Fourteenth remains the hot spot in Boulder.
1400 Pearl St.
Boulder, CO 80302

10. Roosevelt

1512 Larimer St Unit R29, Denver, CO 80202
This craft cocktail bar attracts spirits geeks and industry types during the week and the regular LoDo crowds on the weekends. No matter what day you visit, the drinks are always top notch.
1512 Larimer St Unit R29
Denver, CO 80202

11. Huckleberry Roasters

2500 Larimer St #103, Denver, CO 80205
Much more than a coffee shop, the RiNo outpost of this coffee shop is a community gathering place. A cozy room, great coffee drinks, and an all-day toast and jam program featuring Babette's bread makes this a new hot spot.
2500 Larimer St #103
Denver, CO 80205

12. Curtis Club

2100 Curtis St, Denver, CO 80205
A former sports club is now a sleek, contemporary building with a unique wooden design that reappears throughout the inside of the new gastropub. On 5280 Magazine's top new restaurant list, this place is hot!
2100 Curtis St
Denver, CO 80205

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