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Updating The Eater Heatmap, August 2014

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The last month may have been a record setting one for restaurant openings. More restaurants opened than there are days in July and many of them took off immediately. 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 August Heatmap is all about - this dining and drinking moment in time.

IN: Stoic & Genuine, Rosenberg's Bagels & Delicatessen, Table Top, Glaze by Sasa, Cart Driver

OUT: Sassafras American Eatery, Bistro Barbès, Lower 48, the Bitter Bar, the Post Brewing Co.

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


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

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

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. Rosenberg's Bagels & Delicatessan

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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.

2. 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 new venture from chef Jennifer Jasinski and partner Beth Gruitch is a winner. Don't miss the lobster roll, the broccoli salad, and the granitas.

3. 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.

4. Salt & Grinder

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3609 W. 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211
The Highland went crazy for restaurateur Frank Bonanno's new sandwich shop as soon as it opened. Early crowd pleasers are the egg salad sandwich and the Frankie.

5. 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.

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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. Table Top

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2230 Oneida Street
Denver, CO 80207
This new and unassuming Park Hill restaurant is packed for dinner Tuesday through Sunday. With a simple decor and neighborhood feel, Table Top draws guests with approachable yet interesting dishes, a large beer selection, and creative cocktails. Don't miss the crispy pork spare ribs.

10. 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.

11. 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. Beware that the eatery is on vacation until July 9.

12. 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.

1. Rosenberg's Bagels & Delicatessan

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

2. Stoic & Genuine

1701 Wynkoop Street, Denver, CO 80202
With a stunning interior and a creative seafood menu, this new 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

3. 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

4. Salt & Grinder

3609 W. 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211
The Highland went crazy for restaurateur Frank Bonanno's new sandwich shop as soon as it opened. Early crowd pleasers are the egg salad sandwich and the Frankie.
3609 W. 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211

5. 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

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.
2500 Larimer Street
Denver, CO 80205

7. 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

8. 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

9. Table Top

2230 Oneida Street, Denver, CO 80207
This new and unassuming Park Hill restaurant is packed for dinner Tuesday through Sunday. With a simple decor and neighborhood feel, Table Top draws guests with approachable yet interesting dishes, a large beer selection, and creative cocktails. Don't miss the crispy pork spare ribs.
2230 Oneida Street
Denver, CO 80207

10. 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

11. 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. Beware that the eatery is on vacation until July 9.
3333 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80206

12. 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

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