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Updating The Eater Heatmap, November 2013

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Denver's dynamic food scene is bustling this season with new openings and a lot of renovations. More restaurants seem to open each week giving the Mile High City a wide range of options for dining from casual joints to ethic 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 November Heatmap is all about - this dining and drinking moment in time.

IN: Session Kitchen, Aviano Coffee

OUT: Harman's Eat + Drink, RootDown DIA

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


03/07/13: Added: Old Major, Cafe Max

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

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 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.

2. 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.

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. Colt & Gray

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1553 Platte St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 477-1447
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This Denver favorite just got a makeover: a renovation that includes 30 more seats and a private dining room. Folks are buzzing about Colt & Gray where owners are soon opening the bar Ste. Ellie and the butcher Viande downstairs.

5. Session Kitchen

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1518 S. Pearl Street
Denver, CO 80210
(720) 763-3387
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The new restaurant helmed by chef Scott Parker formerly of Table 6 is buzzing on Old South Pearl Street for its food and more. With a thoughtful cocktail list created by Michael Cerretani and a space filled with art, there are many reasons to visit and return.

6. Old Major

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3316 Tejon St
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 420-0622
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When chef Justin Brunson opened Old Major at the end of February, the expectations were high. The farmhouse cuisine focused restaurant has consistently impressed guests and continues to draws the dining crowds.

7. Comida

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Comida, the food truck-turned-cantina in Longmont, is now slinging tacos at The Source. The restaurant serves the now-familiar modern Mexican food influenced by Southern flavors in a large and airy space with a great patio.

8. 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.

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. The Populist

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3163 Larimer Street
Denver, CO 80205
The RiNo restaurant from Noah Price, owner of Crema Coffeehouse and chef Jonathan Power is nearly a year old and going strong. Try the cauliflower and pear soup and the curried chickpeas and don't overlook the small but smart wine list.

11. Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar

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1512 Curtis St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 534-1155
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This two-year old modern French bistro has gotten hot since chef John Broening took over the kitchen. The chef, who owns Spuntino and previously cooked at Duo and Olivea, revamped the menu and brought technique and tradition back into each and every new dish.

12. Aviano Coffee

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244 Detroit St
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 399-8347
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Newly remodeled and vastly improved in its interior space, Aviano is a cultish neighborhood spot that attracts coffee heads ready to enjoy specialty coffee drinks brewed exclusively with Intelligentia beans.

1. 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

2. 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

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. Colt & Gray

1553 Platte St, Denver, CO 80202
This Denver favorite just got a makeover: a renovation that includes 30 more seats and a private dining room. Folks are buzzing about Colt & Gray where owners are soon opening the bar Ste. Ellie and the butcher Viande downstairs.
1553 Platte St
Denver, CO 80202

5. Session Kitchen

1518 S. Pearl Street, Denver, CO 80210
The new restaurant helmed by chef Scott Parker formerly of Table 6 is buzzing on Old South Pearl Street for its food and more. With a thoughtful cocktail list created by Michael Cerretani and a space filled with art, there are many reasons to visit and return.
1518 S. Pearl Street
Denver, CO 80210

6. Old Major

3316 Tejon St, Denver, CO 80211
When chef Justin Brunson opened Old Major at the end of February, the expectations were high. The farmhouse cuisine focused restaurant has consistently impressed guests and continues to draws the dining crowds.
3316 Tejon St
Denver, CO 80211

7. Comida

3350 Brighton Blvd. Denver, CO 80216
Comida, the food truck-turned-cantina in Longmont, is now slinging tacos at The Source. The restaurant serves the now-familiar modern Mexican food influenced by Southern flavors in a large and airy space with a great patio.

8. 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

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. The Populist

3163 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80205
The RiNo restaurant from Noah Price, owner of Crema Coffeehouse and chef Jonathan Power is nearly a year old and going strong. Try the cauliflower and pear soup and the curried chickpeas and don't overlook the small but smart wine list.
3163 Larimer Street
Denver, CO 80205

11. Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar

1512 Curtis St., Denver, CO 80202
This two-year old modern French bistro has gotten hot since chef John Broening took over the kitchen. The chef, who owns Spuntino and previously cooked at Duo and Olivea, revamped the menu and brought technique and tradition back into each and every new dish.
1512 Curtis St.
Denver, CO 80202

12. Aviano Coffee

244 Detroit St, Denver, CO 80206
Newly remodeled and vastly improved in its interior space, Aviano is a cultish neighborhood spot that attracts coffee heads ready to enjoy specialty coffee drinks brewed exclusively with Intelligentia beans.
244 Detroit St
Denver, CO 80206

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