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Updating The Eater Heatmap, September 2014

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It has been a summer 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 September Heatmap is all about - this dining and drinking moment in time.

IN: Cooper Lounge, PMG Wine Bar

OUT: Table Top, Ste. Ellie

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

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

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. The Cooper Lounge

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1701 Wynkoop Street
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 460-3738
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Set on the mezzanine level of Union Station overlooking the Great Hall, this sleek and comfortable lounge is almost hidden from sight. The cocktails are thoughtful, the wine list intriguing, and the seafood cart (provided by Stoic & Genuine) irresistible.

3. 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.

4. 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 gained the restaurant many accolades. Recently named among Bon Appetit's best 50 new restaurants in the country, the RiNo eatery still draws large crowds for both lunch and dinner.

5. 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.

6. 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.

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. 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. Crowd pleasers are the egg salad sandwich and the Frankie.
1035 Pearl St, Fl 4
Boulder, CO 80302
(800) 384-7760
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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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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.

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. The Cooper Lounge

1701 Wynkoop Street, Denver, CO 80202
Set on the mezzanine level of Union Station overlooking the Great Hall, this sleek and comfortable lounge is almost hidden from sight. The cocktails are thoughtful, the wine list intriguing, and the seafood cart (provided by Stoic & Genuine) irresistible.
1701 Wynkoop Street
Denver, CO 80202

3. 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

4. Acorn

3350 Brighton Boulevard, Denver, CO 80216
The wood-fired modern American cooking and the elevated craft cocktail program at Acorn gained the restaurant many accolades. Recently named among Bon Appetit's best 50 new restaurants in the country, the RiNo eatery still draws large crowds for both lunch and dinner.
3350 Brighton Boulevard
Denver, CO 80216

5. 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

6. 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

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. 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. Crowd pleasers are the egg salad sandwich and the Frankie.
3609 W. 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211

9. PMG

1035 Pearl St, Fl 4, 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.
1035 Pearl St, Fl 4
Boulder, CO 80302

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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

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