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Food Editor

Patricia Kaowthumrong

Food Editor

Patricia joined the 5280 staff in July 2019 and is thrilled to be overseeing all of 5280 Magazine’s dining coverage. A Colorado native, she graduated in 2010 from the University of Colorado Boulder with degrees in journalism and psychology. Prior to joining the 5280 team, she wrote and edited travel marketing content for the Colorado Tourism Office and Wyoming Office of Tourism. In her spare time, Patricia enjoys cooking Thai and Chinese dishes with her mother and spending time with her husband, Gavin, and cocker spaniel, Teddy Roosevelt. Her other loves include anchovies, tequila, and fried chicken.

Articles By Patricia Kaowthumrong

Denver Is Getting Its Very First Asian Restaurant Week

Mile High Asian Food Week—which will take place February 22 to 26—was established by community members to promote and celebrate the city’s vibrant Asian food and beverage scene.

Where to Find Lucky Lunar New Year Eats in the Denver Metro Area

Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit—and eat your weight in good fortune—by ordering special dishes from these restaurants and shops.

A close-up photo of two hands passing a plate of red Santa Maria tri-tip steak from A5

11 of the Best Steak Houses in Denver

The National Western Stock Show runs from January 7–22, making this month an ideal time to celebrate Colorado’s Western roots by indulging in juicy tenderloins and strips at a steak restaurant in or around the Mile High City.

Point Easy Is the Neighborhood Joint of Your Dreams

The Whittier restaurant combines destination-dining fare with the relaxed ambiance of a welcoming watering hole.

Denver’s Best Restaurant Openings and Saddest Closings in 2022, According to 5280 Staffers and Contributors

As the year comes to a close, we celebrate some of the best restaurants, bars, and bakeries we’ve gained and remember the ones we lost.

What Makes the Tea Salad at Zin Zin’s Burmese Cuisine So Special?

Chef Zin Zin Htun’s rendition of the dish is a delicious introduction to the culture and cuisine of Myanmar.

32 of the Best Baked Goods in Denver to Eat Right Now

Bakeries in the Denver metro area are having a moment, thanks to Coloradan’s appetites for carb-loaded comfort and a pandemic-driven rise in storefront-free operations. We nibbled our way through the Mile High City to find the tastiest goodies. Go ahead and try them all—you deserve it.

A photo of the interior of Pirate Alley. Photo courtesy of Pirate Alley

15 New Restaurants and Bars Heating Up the Denver Dining Scene, Fall 2022

From a Costa Rican food stall to a vegan sushi restaurant, here’s what’s new and noteworthy in the Front Range dining scene right now.

11 Ways You Can Help Feed the Community This Thanksgiving

Inflation and the rising cost of living has exacerbated food insecurity in Colorado. Here’s how you can ensure bellies are full on November 24 and beyond.

How to Brew Loose-Leaf the Right Way, According to Ku Cha House of Tea

Ku Cha co-owner Rong Pan shares tips for crafting your own cup of tranquility.


17 of Denver’s Best Happy Hours

Whether you’re looking for cheap margs, $2 oysters, or bruschetta boards, we’ve got you covered.

servers walking to tables and customers sitting at the dimly lit bar at the Greenwich

The 25 Best Restaurants in Denver 2022

After a two-year hiatus, 5280’s list of the top places to eat, drink, and be delightfully satisfied along the Front Range returns. We’re thrilled to be back at the table. Won’t you join us?

A photo of seasonal pasta dishes at Coperta. Photo by Riane Menardi Morrison

14 Farm-to-Table Denver Restaurants Serving the Best Late-Summer Produce

From roasted poblano gnocchi to tempura-fried mushrooms, here’s where to sample the season’s bounty along the Front Range.

How Colorado Winemakers Are Adapting to Climate Change

The challenging weather has inspired some Grand Valley winemakers to use lesser-known varieties—but not everyone believes cold-hardy grapes are the future of Centennial State wine.

Where Our Food Editors Are Eating Right Now, September 2022

This month, we’re putting the spotlight on chefs who are bringing fresh flavors—from Thai street fare to fluffy Neapolitan-style pies to Latin and South American tapas—to the Denver metro area.

Where Our Food Editors Are Eating Right Now, August 2022

On the menu this month: Italian tapas, summer’s freshest veggie fritters, and french-fry-filled Cali burritos.

What Makes the Porklet’s Fried Cutlets and Volcano Fried Rice So Delicious?

Chef-owner Keonho Kim blends Japanese and Korean techniques and flavors to produce crave-worthy dishes at his cheerful, fast-casual restaurant in Aurora.

7 Must-Visit Wineries to Add to Your Palisade Itinerary

There’s never been a better time to plan a Grand Valley sipping tour.

How Frank Day Built a Food & Beverage Empire in Colorado

From founding the Old Chicago pizzeria chain to revitalizing the Hotel Boulderado, 90-year-old Frank Day has been operating restaurants for more than 50 years—and he isn’t slowing down just yet.

How to Eat Like A Mexico City–Born Chef in Denver

Zuri Resendiz, the chef behind the new Luchador food truck, shares his favorite Mexican restaurants in the Mile High City and tips on how to eat tacos like a pro.

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