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Smokin’ Yards BBQ

Phone:
303-284-3349

Smokin' Yards has been serving up delicious barbecue in Idaho Springs since 2008, and now its finally brought its smoker to Denver. Dig into classics like smoked ribs and brisket, or get out of your barbecue comfort zone and try the catfish.

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Hop Alley

Phone:
720-379-8340

From Tommy Lee of Uncle, this neighborhood hangout serves dishes rooted in Chinese tradition with a touch of Lee’s distinctive flair. Try the steamed eggplant, the chilled tofu, or the garlic shrimp noodles.

Brass Tacks

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This welcoming neighborhood bar and eatery offers sandwiches, bar snacks, and shareable family meals alongside beer, wine, and custom cocktails.

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Frasca Food and Wine

Phone:
303-442-6966

Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson and master sommelier Bobby Stuckey’s fine-dining mecca has racked up scores of accolades over the years (including nods from the James Beard Foundation). The elegant Friulano cuisine always wows.

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Bar Dough

Phone:
720-668-8506

Tuck into wood-fired pizzas and comforting pastas from chef-owner Max Mackissock and executive chef-owner Carrie Baird at this casual gathering spot.

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El Five

Phone:
303-524-9193

Justin Cucci's fifth Edible Beats concept boasts panoramic views, creative tapas, and Spanish-style gin-tonics. Order the cauliflower yufka.

Meatball Eatery & Libations

Phone:
720-420-0254

This speakeasy-influenced eatery (attached to Zig Zig Smokin’ Burger) promises diners 12,376 different ways to get their meatball fix. Try the meatball-centric charcuterie board, which comes with creamy mozzarella cheese, seared olives, and garlic bread.

Woodie Fisher Kitchen & Bar

Phone:
720-643-1909

In the building that once housed one of Denver's first firehouses, executive chef Franco Ruiz churns out highly-seasonal flatbreads, salads, and more. Try the Alamosa striped bass with romesco sauce.

Cafe Aion

Phone:
303-993-8131

This tucked away bistro is styled after a European tapas bar. Enjoy a menu of small plates filled with local, seasonal ingredients. Try the season's latest house-cured chorizo.

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Black Cat Farm Table Bistro

Phone:
303-444-5500

Diners can be assured that the produce, dairy, and meats served in the cozy dining room are sourced from executive chef Eric Skokan's Boulder County farm.

Cherish Spirits Lounge

Phone:
303-243-7474

Intricate cocktails (mixed table-side) made with over 50 spirits from around the world anchor this high-end watering hole. Pair your libation with fresh carpaccio drizzled in yuzu aioli or another shareable plate

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Señor Bear

Phone:
720-572-5997

This charming LoHi spot draws from the vibrant cuisines of Latin America. Expect upscale plates such as albacore tuna ceviche and excellent tropical cocktails.

Ace Eat Serve

Phone:
303-800-7705

This Uptown restaurant and ping-pong hall features Asian-inspired cuisine and 11 ping-pong tables. Try the crazy sichuan shrimp wontons

J’s Noodles Star Thai 2

Phone:
303-922-5495

This traditional Thai spot has developed a cult following over the years. The tom yum soup (spicy lemon soup), drunken noodles and pad thai are the regulars' picks. Warning: Hot means hot.

Denver Milk Market

Phone:
303-792-8242

Bonanno Concepts’ 16-venue collection of bars and restaurants features everything from fresh pasta to poke bowls to charcuterie. Don’t miss the the signature fried chicken sandwiches at Lou’s Hot and Naked.

Maine Shack

Phone:
303-997-2118

New Englanders and seafood fans, rejoice: This fast-casual spot is slinging lobster rolls, fried whole-belly clams, chowder, roast beef sandwiches and more. Save room for a dark chocolate whoopie pie or blueberry buckle.

Kassai Sushi

Phone:
303-320-0833

Japanese food and fresh sushi. The house fave is tempura. Stop in for the daily $1.50 sushi special from 4:30-10 p.m.

Beckon

Phone:
303-749-0020

Chef Duncan Holmes and the team behind next door's Call bring an elevated, intimate dining experience to Larimer Street. The Scandinavian-influenced menu changes seasonally, and wine pairings are available.

Broadway Market

Phone:
720-390-7132

This sprawling marketplace is home to nine food concepts, a central bar, a self-serve beer wall, and two retail options. Drop in to peruse offerings from Biju’s Little Curry Shop, Royal Rooster, Glazed & Confused Donuts, Pizzeria Coperta, Mother Tongue, and many more.

Joy Sushi Asian Bistro

Phone:
303-792-3772

A casual and affordable all-you-can eat Japanese restaurant, offering an extensive menu including sushi, tempura, and sashimi.

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Blackbelly

Phone:
303-247-1000

Chef Hosea Rosenberg's meaty menu focuses on charcuterie, small plates, and daily butcher specials. Try the crispy pig ears with red pepper jelly. Check out the butcher shop and grab-and-go market, Blackbelly Butcher, located next door.

Cart-Driver

Phone:
303-292-3553

Inspired by Italy's roadside cafes, Cart-Driver slings oysters, wood-fired pizzas, and Prosecco on tap. Finish with the house-made Panna cotta.

Cherry Creek Grill

Phone:
303-322-3524

Specialties include spit-roasted chicken, grilled fish, ribs, and wood-roasted steaks.

Cherry Cricket

Phone:
303-322-7666

This popular neighborhood hangout offers excellent green chile and great burgers. Also try the Ballpark location.

Carbon Cafe & Bar

Phone:
720-428-8565

This fun, quirky cafe (the sister restaurant to Habit Doughnut Dispensary, which is located next door) offers CBD-infused cold brew and bitters along with an eclectic menu of eats. Try the Wu Tang Tots. Also try the Five Points location.

Kaos Pizzeria

Phone:
303-733-5267

A wood-fired oven, gourmet ingredients, and wine to-go make a perfect pizzeria for dine-in or delivery. If the weather's nice, eat outside in the spacious garden area.

Fontana Sushi

Phone:
303-778-8818

Friendly sushi joint serving rolls, noodle bowls, tempura, and curry.

Bastien’s Restaurant

Phone:
303-322-0363

Enjoy hearty, homestyle cooking at this local favorite, which has been family-owned for over 80 years. Come for the signature sugar-rubbed steaks.

Courier Market Bar Kitchen

Phone:
303-603-4171

Located in the Grand Hyatt Denver, this eatery boasts a daily breakfast buffet as well as a full-service bar and a market with chef-made grab-and-go options. Try the apple flatbread topped with carnitas, white cheddar, onion, and fennel jam.

The Capital Grille

Phone:
303-539-2500

This Larimer Square destination serves dry-aged steaks, north Atlantic lobster, and fresh seafood.

Beast & Bottle

Phone:
303-623-3223

The "farm to fork" mantra permeates a menu featuring everything from local lamb to bigeye tuna crudo.

Beatrice & Woodsley

Phone:
303-777-3505

Inspired by the love story of a winemaker's daughter and a lumberjack, the space is designed to resemble a cabin in the woods. Small-plate dishes offer a modern, eclectic mix of regional American cuisine.

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Annette

Phone:
720-710-9975

Acorn’s former sous chef, Caroline Glover, brings a warm dining experience to Stanley Marketplace with Annette. Enjoy a family-style menu featuring seasonal salads, toasts, and wood-grilled fare.

Boney’s Smokehouse BBQ

Phone:
303-825-9900

Hickory smoke lures diners to this temple of Southern-style slow-cooked meats. Order the generous sampler platter (and share with a friend) so you can taste it all.

Mehak India’s Aroma

Phone:
(720) 638-9350

There's not a buffet in sight at this upscale Indian restaurant, where everything from chicken korma to lamb vindaloo is on the menu.

Carmine’s on Penn

Phone:
303-777-6443

This family-style Italian restaurant serves huge platters of hearty food on a year-round patio.

Café Marmotte

Phone:
303-999-0395

This modern-yet-cozy spot in the heart of Washington Park transports diners to the heart of Paris with traditional French bistro fare. Try the signature coq au vin.

Shake Shack

Phone:
720-543-8609

Colorado's first Shake Shack serves the chain’s signature smash burgers, concretes, and crinkle fries. Check out the Denver exclusive Green Chile CheddarShack burger.

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