25. Uncle

New to the list

When Uncle opened in LoHi a little more than three years ago, it rode the first wave of the ramen revolution. That trend has exploded, and Denver has seen a bevy of new ramen-yas since then. Despite the ever-growing competition, Tommy Lee’s Momofuku-inspired eatery has established itself as a sure-footed staple that playfully mixes ingenuity and tradition. Seasonal ingredients showcase Uncle’s fun side: Fried green tomatoes star in steamed buns, and Rocky Ford cantaloupe makes an appearance in an heirloom tomato poke. But the real reason for braving the long line for a table is the ramen itself. The rich, layered broths are silky and flavorful, and the noodles have the perfect chew and bounce. Go early or late to minimize the wait. 2215 W. 32nd Ave., 303-433-3263, uncleramen.com

Order this: kimchi ramen

(Read 5280’s review of Uncle from the July 2013 issue.)