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Señor Bear

720-572-5997
The latest from the team behind Bar Dough, this spot draws from the vibrant cuisines of Latin and South America. Expect upscale plates such as hamachi tiradito and a hoja santa tostada with shrimp escabeche.

Atelier by Radex

720-379-5556
Longtime chef and restaurateur Radek Cerny serves traditional French and Mediterranean fare in a cozy spot. Try classics such as the lobster ravioli or duck carpaccio.

Tupelo Honey Southern Kitchen & Bar

720-274-0650
This Asheville, North Carolina import serves a wide-ranging menu of cheeky Southern fare. Nosh on re-imagined versions of down-home dishes such as the signature honey-dusted fried chicken, venison with foie gras dirty rice, and cured heritage pork belly with grapefruit marmalade.

Cattivella

303-645-3779
Former Panzano chef Elise Wiggins offers rustic, wood-fired Italian fare from a sprawling chef’s counter. Go for grilled oysters, seasonal pizzas, and house-aged steaks.

El Five

303-333-3256
Justin Cucci's fifth Edible Beats concept boasts panoramic views of the city and mountains, both creative and traditional tapas, and Spanish-style gin and tonics. Start with the matzo ball soup dumplings and green gazpacho, then order a platter of paella to share.

Low Country Kitchen

720-512-4168
Low Country Kitchen brings the flavors of the South to LoHi. This Steamboat-born restaurant is known for its fried chicken, bourbon cocktails, and down-home plates like Mississippi catfish.

Brodo Italian Scratch Kitchen

303-953-1121
Enjoy Italian comfort food from the founders of the Wooden Table. Choose from a collection of pastas such as the house-made tortellini with herb goat cheese, or try the mussels cooked in garlic and white wine.

The Bronze Empire

720-550-7871
This comfortable restaurant specializes in Chinese hot pot, an Asian fondue that features an aromatic, bubbling broth for cooking fresh ingredients right at your table. Dip everything from ramen noodles to steak into the savory cooking liquid.

Briar Common Brewery and Eatery

720-512-3894
You'll find both classic and experimental beer styles here—all of which are designed for pairing with the diverse menu of shared plates and entrées. Try the pork belly platter, which is served with bibb lettuce, pickles, and assorted jams.

Five Points Pizza Denver

720-771-9626
Located within the Temple Bakery collective, this spot serves 12 tasty varieties of thin-crust pies, all named after characters in Quentin Tarantino's film Reservoir Dogs. Try the Mr. Purple, made with eggplant and peppers.

Williams & Graham

303-997-8886
Disguised as a book store, Sean Kenyon's Denver speakeasy is one of the city's best cocktail destinations. Sip a seasonal cocktail such as the "Caught in the Rain (coconut-infused Bols Genever, pineapple juice, orange flower water, egg white) and nosh on small plates such as roasted bone marrow with bacon jam.

Que Bueno Suerte

720-642-7322
The menu at this vibrant restaurant offers familiar items like tacos and fajitas as well as upscale, regionally inspired Mexican fare. Try the pulpo a la parrilla (grilled citrus-garlic octopus with huitlacoche-butter sauce) or the achiote roasted pheasant.

Fish N Beer

303-248-3497
Kevin Morrison (founder of Tacos Tequila Whiskey) and chef Aniedra Nichols offer approachable, fresh seafood and a hearty beer list at this casual oysterette. Try the Spanish octopus, grilled oysters, or wood fire grilled whole bass.

Big Mac & Little Lu’s

303-404-2722
Big Mac & Little Lu's brings the Florida beaches to the Centennial state with carefully sourced seafood and thoughtfully paired beverages. Try the almond-crusted hogfish with a crab-mustard sauce, Caribbean rice, and vegetables, or select one of four po' boy sandwiches. To start your meal, you can never go wrong with smoked fish croquettes.

Avelina

720-904-6711
This upscale LoDo restaurant offers a sleek atmosphere and beautifully composed plates with worldly flavors. Sample everything from Peruvian shrimp to striped bass sashimi to roasted vegetable tagine.

Departure Restaurant

720-772-5020
Located inside the Halcyon Hotel, this Portland import serves stunning coastal Asian fare in a modern, sleek space. Celebrity chef Gregory Gourdet balances flavor, texture, and spice in dishes like crispy whole sea bass with green mango.

Coperta

720-749-4666
Warm up with comforting Italian fare at this restaurant, which celebrates the cuisine of Rome and Southern Italy. Sit at the mozzarella bar and top the house-made cheese with your choice of garnishes like olives, peppers, pesto, and marmalade.

There Denver

720-500-3254
Order one of the jam-based cocktails, then indulge in a variety of eclectic small plates like tostadas, steamed buns, and lettuce wraps. You'll want to try everything at this quirky Telluride-born eatery.

Dae Gee (Speer)

720-542-3164
Enjoy bold and authentic Korean flavors at this Broadway eatery. Order the spicy pork bulgogi or try the bibimbap—a stone pot filled with steamed rice, vegetables, a sunny-side up egg, and your choice of protein. Multiple locations.

Tstreet Roadhouse

303-936-5179
Stop in for breakfast, lunch, and then again for dinner. This gathering spot offers a variety of eats—from fresh oysters to the more simplistic Roadhouse Burger, a Colorado-raised beef patty topped with melted Gruyére cheese and caramelized onions on a brioche bun.

The Preservery

303-298-6821
This family-owned restaurant, bakery, marketplace and bar offers seasonal finds, from snacks to soups and sandwiches to pastries. Order a market board with daily cheese and salami selections and sit back and take in the live tunes on the patio.

Fooducopia

303-722-7838
Most of the ingredients in these American dishes are locally sourced from small producers. Go for breakfast and order the wild mushroom omelet, made with fresh eggs picked up from a farm about five miles down the road. For dinner, try the High Point Farm bison filet with herb-whipped Colorado organic potatoes.

Grind Kitchen & Watering Hole

720-749-4158
This rustic watering hole offers an eclectic menu and a full bar. Stick with classic American eats such as fried chicken or a double cheeseburger, or switch things up with the pork belly banh mi and potstickers.

Aloy Modern Thai

303-397-9497
This Ballpark spot is bringing in fresh, local ingredients to create modern Thai dishes. Stick with small plates like the tartare tuna or the smoked Verlasso salmon, which is served in a jar with Asian pear, yuca chips, and orange aïoli.

Via Perla

720-669-0100
Although related to Brasserie Ten Ten and the Mediterranean Restaurant, Via Perla is its own breed. Chef Kelly Kingsford has traveled through Italy and brings authentic regional Italian dishes back to Boulder.
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Sushi Ronin

303-955-0741
Sushi Ronin's casual and comfortable vibe complements the traditional, omakase-style Japanese cuisine. For the full experience, opt for chef Corey Baker's seven-course tasting menu.