The Foreseeable future of Denver Dining

These 9 places opened within just the previous year—and we just can’t get ample of them.


Daughter Thai Kitchen area & Bar

Opened: Oct 2019

Daughter Thai’s Ounjit Hardacre, Dueanphen Rungru-eang, and Orrapan Bottaisong. Picture by Sarah Boyum

At Daughter Thai, design and style and material are what’s for evening meal. Less than the discerning eye of chef-proprietor Ounjit Hardacre, the vibe at the Platte Avenue spot is energetic and hip, and even the normal Thai foods menu suspects sport taste upgrades and deal with-lifts. (You can credit history Hardacre’s upbringing in Western Thailand’s Kanchanaburi province for the former and her kitchen area tenure at upscale spots in San Francisco for the latter.) Be expecting intelligent twists—and beautiful presentation—on all the things from massaman curry (with Colorado lamb and lychee) to pla larb (a salad laced with new mint, chiles, lime, and roasted rice, which Hardacre elevates with fried frog legs). It all meshes wonderfully with Daughter Thai’s urbane cocktail application, generating this LoHi day-night gem so substantially far more than your common takeout joint.

Dimestore Delibar

Opened: December 2019

Dimestore Delibar’s “dimeroll” focaccia sandwiches. Photograph by Sarah Boyum

Chef Tim Dotson (previously of the Family members Jones Spirit Home) and companion Chris Fuentes (a Tacos Tequila Whiskey vet) may perhaps not have forecast the pandemic, but their deli/convenience store/bar/cafe was unquestionably very well-stocked for it. Offering anything from Tylenol and hand sanitizer to residence-healed pastrami and dried rice noodles, Dotson and Fuentes have created a model that works—and then some. The great extras occur in when you consider that Dimestore is also a gorgeous comprehensive-assistance cafe and bar that includes $11 craft cocktails by bar manager Mas Morrison, Dotson’s genius dimerolls (stuffed, rolled focaccia sandwiches) and refined modest plates (check out the spicy fried rooster nuggets with slaw, blue cheese mousse, and warm honey served in a Little Male waffle cone). Toss in the large, social-distancing-welcoming rooftop patio, and it’s a new concept whose time has clearly arrived.

Misfit SnackBar

Opened: December 2019

Misfit Snackbar’s tempura broccoli. Photograph by Sarah Boyum

Chef Bo Porytko has a knack for novelty, a talent that lets him to riff on pub classics—burgers, popcorn, fried fare—through his own quirky lens. The result? Playful, edible artwork showcased from a 120-square-foot kitchen inside of the Intermediary cocktail bar on East Colfax Avenue. Show A: Fried whole clusters of Worcestershire-marinated enoki mushrooms, Porytko’s acquire on the bloomin’ onion, and a BLT crafted from tomato aspic, braised bacon, and pickled lettuce. If you’re looking for what’s funky and fun in Denver appropriate now, Misfit is it.

Restaurant Olivia

Opened: January 2020

Tortellini at Restaurant Olivia. Image by Joni Schrantz

Late last yr, 3 Mizuna vets—chef Ty Leon, barman Austin Carson, and hospitality ace Heather Morrison—transformed Cafe Marmotte on South Downing Street into a charming however contemporary trattoria impressed by Morrison’s eponymous (and equally charming) 10-year-aged daughter, who loves Leon’s wonderful handmade pastas practically as a great deal as we do. His modern day Italian offerings operate the gamut from get-and-bake lasagna spouse and children foods to dine-in and takeout tasting menus, all intended to go with Carson’s wild grape French 75s or fig old fashioneds. With Morrison running the flooring, Olivia is the complete package—a community location in which each and every food feels like a celebration.

Area for Milly

Opened: February 2020

Room for Milly. Photograph by Sarah Boyum

It’s a tragic little bit of irony to open up a cocktail bar based on a incredible flapper-era traveler just weeks prior to a no-much more-trips, no-a lot more-bars pandemic struck. It surely rocked Space for Milly’s planet, specified how small the lovely Platte Road place is and how most of it is taken up by a extensive bar. But coronavirus could not end the excellent minds behind this transportive new beverages-and-smaller-plates spot. Place for Milly does everything properly: Zoom cocktail classes luxe items shaded patio brunches and happy several hours and some of the ideal sips, treats, and decor in Denver.

Any person People today

Opened: September 2019

Someone Men and women proprietors Sam and Tricia Maher. Photograph by Sarah Boyum

Tricia and Sam Maher’s vegan, no-squander-impressed, Miami retro Overland restaurant blows away all expectations. Hard-main omnivores won’t miss a matter when introduced with chef Art Burnayev’s magically creamy almond skordalia, umami-bomb mushroom toast, and hearty semolina pastas. Of program, his vegetable plates are the genuine stars, each and every as lively and layered as the future. Oenophiles can romp by means of the pure wine list, and even those of us not cozy with eating in have cause to go, for Any individual Persons has turned its foyer coffee bar into a current market where by you can decide up vino veggies from Oxford Gardens dips and pickles and dried noodles and spices, tiffins, and T-shirts.

Sunday Vinyl

Opened: December 2019

Sommelier Clara Klein at Sunday Vinyl. Photograph by Joni Schrantz

It arrives as a surprise to no a single that Frasca Hospitality Group’s newest baby—a European-style wine bar at the rear of Union Station that spins only vinyl—is the coolest child in city. The lengthy, narrow house (and train-monitor-facet patio) is exquisite and attended to by greatest-of-the-finest restaurant and wine execs dressed in their finest kicks. There’s a large-reduced issue coming out of the kitchen, with juicy pork burgers, beef-unwanted fat fries, and deviled eggs residing on the identical menu as lobster hand pies and steelhead trout with smoked onions and pole beans. And, oh, the wine! Permit sommelier Clara Klein steer you through the Aged Entire world satisfies New Environment checklist and make a recommendation or two she’s obtained a tale for each and every pour, which you will be equipped to evidently listen to her deliver mainly because the beautiful acoustics at Sunday Vinyl could possibly be its most beloved factor of all.


Opened: July 2019

Crab bao, celery salad, and sake at Uncle. Photo by Sarah Boyum

The only way Tommy Lee could have improved on his authentic LoHi ramen store would have been to broaden it. Enter: Uncle’s second area in the Speer neighborhood. Not only are there additional seats (these days, on a enormous tented patio), but Lee additional more eats, much too, by using tsukemen and mazemen ramen apps like celery salad and kimchi-butter-dressed fried potatoes and Thai-design curry. Go on Tuesday or Wednesday for the 15-course yakitori tasting menu, courtesy of chef Sean May, in the course of which grilled hen-bits-on-a-adhere get their rightful owing.

Yuan Wonton

Opened: August 2019

Yuan Wonton Chili Wonton Popup at Bar Dough
Chile wontons. Courtesy of Yuan Wonton

Chef-proprietor Penelope Wong is a carb whisperer—and Denverites will observe the Mile Significant City native’s meals truck any where for a flavor of her incredible wontons, dumplings, buns, rice dishes, and hand-pulled noodles. With her husband and partner, Robert Jenks, Wong parks at breweries and regional functions throughout the metropolis, normally steaming and pan-frying up to 1,700 dumplings in a night. She realized to fold all all those fantastic pleats from her Chinese grandmother and now places her expertise to use generating xiao very long bao stuffed with 6-hour bone broth and chive-studded pork crispy-bottomed, emerald-hued vegan Sichuan eggplant pot stickers sesame noodles and her silky, signature shrimp-and-pork wontons in chile oil. So, follow the leader (and the effectively-deserved hoopla) to Instagram (@yuanwonton) and get prepared to pay out for your food items the minute on the web pre-orders open—Yuan Wonton constantly sells out.

Denise Mickelsen, Foods Editor

Denise Mickelsen oversees all of 5280’s food stuff-similar protection, and feels damn fortunate to do so. Abide by her on Instagram @DeniseMickelsen.

Patricia Kaowthumrong, Assistant Meals Editor

Patricia joined the 5280 employees in July 2019 and is thrilled to be producing about Colorado’s prosperous culinary scene. Follow her meals reporting adventures on Instagram @whatispattyeating.