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12 at Madison

With a menu offering 18 small plates meant for sharing (plus one large format plate meant to feed two to four people), Jeff Osaka's new iteration of his celebrated restaurant is ideal for dining with a group. Don't miss the crisp salads, such as the radicchio with anchovy dressing, or the veal sweetbreads with crunchy toast.

Dio Mio

One thing you can count on at Alex Figura and Spencer White's new fast-casual Italian eatery: pasta. Try approachable takes on traditional plates such as cacio e pepe, stuffed pappardelle, and cavatelli. 

Mizu Izakaya

This contemporary Japanese restaurant offers an impressive bar and a hip atmosphere. Try items from the binchotan (charcoal grill) or the raw bar, or just order a warm bowl of ramen.

Clyde

Bring a group and sample shared plates and tapas, including smoked hummus served with taro chips and tomato salad, lamb and port meatballs with sundried tomato butter, and red trout rillettes. Charcuterie options include both housemade and imported cheeses and meats. 

Mile High Hamburger Mary's

Whether you're hanging out for a Bronco's game or enjoying a night out with the family, this perfectly quirky spot is ideal. Don't miss the Power Hour salad with quinoa, arugula, and a lemon preserve vinaigrette or the Hula Girl burger with house-made pineapple chutney. 

Public School 303 Restaurant & Bar

Offering traditional American fare, this restaurant brings the school-house theme into every aspect of the experience. Head over during recess (happy hour) to enjoy reduced prices on brews and tipples, as well as small bites including chorizo mac and cheese, crispy buffalo cauliflower, and PB&J burger bites. 

Carboy Winery

With wine offerings including Sauvignon Blanc, rosé, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon and shared plates such as charcuterie and salmon crudo, this winery (which is connected to the Littleton location of Angelo's Taverna) is the perfect happy hour spot.

Denver Central Market

This RiNo marketplace features 11 vendors with dining options ranging from ceviche to ice cream. Take your pick from Crema Bodega, Culture Meat & Cheese, Curio, Green Seed, High Point Creamery, Izzio Artisan Bakery, Silva's Fish Market, SK Provisions, Temper Chocolates, Vero Italian, and the Local Butcher. 

The Goods

Whether you're a vegetarian or a full-fledged carnivore, the Goods has something for you. The wood-fired fare includes everything from burgers to vegetarian lasagna to braised short ribs. 

El Coqui D' Aquí

If you're in the mood for traditional Puerto Rican fare, look no further than El Coqui D' Aquí. Try the mofongo: mashed green plantains stuffed with pork skin and garlic oil and served with either fried or roasted pork, steak, or shrimp.

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