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Updating The Eater Heatmap, March 2014

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March may be Colorado's snowiest month but Denver's ever-growing food scene is hot and is only getting better. More restaurants seem 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 March Heatmap is all about - this dining and drinking moment in time.

IN: the Plimoth, the Curtis Club, Former Future Brewing Company

OUT: the Bark Bar, Colt & Gray, the Populist

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

1/02/14: Added: Lower 48, Voodoo Doughnut

2/06/14: Added: the Bark Bar, Work & Class

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

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. Uncle

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2215 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211
This Highlands Asian-fusion spot dishes out outstanding ramen dishes, noodles bowls, and a spectacular kimchi stew. In a modern decor with friendly service, Uncle is a great choice for a casual dinner packed with Momofuku-inspired flavors.

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. 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!

7. Beast + Bottle

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719 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 623-3223
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Beast + Bottle, one of the most anticipated openings of 2013, remains popular with the Denver dining crowds. The restaurant, owned by siblings Paul Reilly, the chef, and Aileen Reilly, the general manager, focuses on rustic, comforting American craft cuisine. Brunch is a treat at this Uptown spot.

8. 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.

9. Voodoo Doughnut Mile High

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1520 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80218
Few openings have taken Denver by storm as much as this one. While the Portland-based doughnut maker is still in soft-opening mode till January 15, the shop is open daily with irregular hours and the lines are still long.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. Former Future

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1290 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80210
(720) 441-4253
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Working with limited hours for the time being, this new brewery and tap room is all the rage on South Broadway. Beer geeks will find staples like the American IPA and funky new creations like the Salted Porter.

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. Uncle

2215 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211
This Highlands Asian-fusion spot dishes out outstanding ramen dishes, noodles bowls, and a spectacular kimchi stew. In a modern decor with friendly service, Uncle is a great choice for a casual dinner packed with Momofuku-inspired flavors.
2215 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211

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. 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

7. Beast + Bottle

719 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80203
Beast + Bottle, one of the most anticipated openings of 2013, remains popular with the Denver dining crowds. The restaurant, owned by siblings Paul Reilly, the chef, and Aileen Reilly, the general manager, focuses on rustic, comforting American craft cuisine. Brunch is a treat at this Uptown spot.
719 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203

8. 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

9. Voodoo Doughnut Mile High

1520 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80218
Few openings have taken Denver by storm as much as this one. While the Portland-based doughnut maker is still in soft-opening mode till January 15, the shop is open daily with irregular hours and the lines are still long.
1520 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80218

10. 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

11. 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

12. Former Future

1290 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80210
Working with limited hours for the time being, this new brewery and tap room is all the rage on South Broadway. Beer geeks will find staples like the American IPA and funky new creations like the Salted Porter.
1290 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80210

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