September 24, 2022


Cooking is a hobby

Denver’s Best New Dining establishments in 2020

Vegan plates at Any person Individuals. Picture by Sarah Boyum

These nine places opened within just the past year—and we simply cannot get more than enough of them.


Daughter Thai Kitchen area & Bar

Opened: Oct 2019

Daughter Thai’s Ounjit Hardacre, Dueanphen Rungru-eang, and Orrapan Bottaisong. Photograph by Sarah Boyum

At Daughter Thai, model and compound are what’s for meal. Less than the discerning eye of chef-proprietor Ounjit Hardacre, the vibe at the Platte Road place is energetic and hip, and even the normal Thai food items menu suspects activity taste upgrades and encounter-lifts. (You can credit score Hardacre’s upbringing in Western Thailand’s Kanchanaburi province for the former and her kitchen area tenure at upscale spots in San Francisco for the latter.) Expect intelligent twists—and attractive presentation—on all the things from massaman curry (with Colorado lamb and lychee) to pla larb (a salad laced with fresh new mint, chiles, lime, and roasted rice, which Hardacre elevates with fried frog legs). It all meshes beautifully with Daughter Thai’s urbane cocktail system, building this LoHi date-evening gem so substantially far more than your common takeout joint.

Dimestore Delibar

Opened: December 2019

Dimestore Delibar’s “dimeroll” focaccia sandwiches. Photograph by Sarah Boyum

Chef Tim Dotson (previously of the Relatives Jones Spirit Home) and lover Chris Fuentes (a Tacos Tequila Whiskey vet) may well not have forecast the pandemic, but their deli/comfort keep/bar/restaurant was surely effectively-stocked for it. Promoting almost everything from Tylenol and hand sanitizer to dwelling-healed pastrami and dried rice noodles, Dotson and Fuentes have produced a product that works—and then some. The fantastic extras come in when you take into consideration that Dimestore is also a wonderful complete-services restaurant and bar featuring $11 craft cocktails by bar supervisor Mas Morrison, Dotson’s genius dimerolls (stuffed, rolled focaccia sandwiches) and refined small plates (try out the spicy fried rooster nuggets with slaw, blue cheese mousse, and sizzling honey served in a Very little Person waffle cone). Throw in the substantial, social-distancing-welcoming rooftop patio, and it is a new concept whose time has evidently arrived.

Misfit SnackBar

Opened: December 2019

Misfit Snackbar’s tempura broccoli. Picture by Sarah Boyum

Chef Bo Porytko has a knack for novelty, a talent that allows him to riff on pub classics—burgers, popcorn, fried fare—through his personal quirky lens. The outcome? Playful, edible artwork showcased from a 120-square-foot kitchen area inside the Intermediary cocktail bar on East Colfax Avenue. Show A: Fried complete clusters of Worcestershire-marinated enoki mushrooms, Porytko’s take on the bloomin’ onion, and a BLT crafted from tomato aspic, braised bacon, and pickled lettuce. If you’re wanting for what is funky and enjoyment in Denver right now, Misfit is it.

Cafe Olivia

Opened: January 2020

Tortellini at Restaurant Olivia. Photo by Joni Schrantz

Late past 12 months, three Mizuna vets—chef Ty Leon, barman Austin Carson, and hospitality ace Heather Morrison—transformed Cafe Marmotte on South Downing Road into a charming still modern day trattoria encouraged by Morrison’s eponymous (and similarly charming) 10-year-aged daughter, who loves Leon’s wonderful handmade pastas just about as substantially as we do. His fashionable Italian offerings operate the gamut from get-and-bake lasagna spouse and children foods to dine-in and takeout tasting menus, all made to go with Carson’s wild grape French 75s or fig aged fashioneds. With Morrison managing the floor, Olivia is the entire package—a community spot where by each individual food feels like a celebration.

Space for Milly

Opened: February 2020

Area for Milly. Photograph by Sarah Boyum

It’s a tragic little bit of irony to open up a cocktail bar based on a fabulous flapper-period traveler just weeks ahead of a no-additional-excursions, no-extra-bars pandemic struck. It unquestionably rocked Room for Milly’s globe, offered how very small the magnificent Platte Avenue house is and how most of it is taken up by a extended bar. But coronavirus couldn’t prevent the amazing minds driving this transportive new drinks-and-little-plates place. Area for Milly does every little thing effectively: Zoom cocktail lessons luxe goods shaded patio brunches and happy hours and some of the finest sips, treats, and decor in Denver.

Anyone Individuals

Opened: September 2019

Any person People house owners Sam and Tricia Maher. Photo by Sarah Boyum

Tricia and Sam Maher’s vegan, no-waste-motivated, Miami retro Overland restaurant blows away all expectations. Challenging-core omnivores will not miss out on a point when presented with chef Artwork Burnayev’s magically creamy almond skordalia, umami-bomb mushroom toast, and hearty semolina pastas. Of system, his vegetable plates are the genuine stars, every single as vibrant and layered as the next. Oenophiles can romp via the all-natural wine list, and even people of us not relaxed with eating in have purpose to go, for Any individual Men and women has turned its foyer espresso bar into a industry exactly where you can pick up vino veggies from Oxford Gardens dips and pickles and dried noodles and spices, tiffins, and T-shirts.

Sunday Vinyl

Opened: December 2019

Sommelier Clara Klein at Sunday Vinyl. Photograph by Joni Schrantz

It will come as a surprise to no a single that Frasca Hospitality Group’s latest baby—a European-style wine bar behind Union Station that spins only vinyl—is the coolest child in town. The extensive, slim room (and educate-track-facet patio) is stylish and attended to by best-of-the-very best cafe and wine pros dressed in their best kicks. There’s a high-low factor coming out of the kitchen, with juicy pork burgers, beef-unwanted fat fries, and deviled eggs residing on the similar menu as lobster hand pies and steelhead trout with smoked onions and pole beans. And, oh, the wine! Permit sommelier Clara Klein steer you by way of the Aged Globe fulfills New World checklist and make a suggestion or two she’s acquired a story for each and every pour, which you will be in a position to obviously listen to her produce due to the fact the exquisite acoustics at Sunday Vinyl may be its most beloved facet of all.


Opened: July 2019

Crab bao, celery salad, and sake at Uncle. Photo by Sarah Boyum

The only way Tommy Lee could have enhanced upon his initial LoHi ramen store would have been to expand it. Enter: Uncle’s next area in the Speer neighborhood. Not only are there far more seats (these days, on a significant tented patio), but Lee included additional eats, also, by using tsukemen and mazemen ramen apps like celery salad and kimchi-butter-dressed fried potatoes and Thai-style curry. Go on Tuesday or Wednesday for the 15-class yakitori tasting menu, courtesy of chef Sean May, for the duration of which grilled hen-bits-on-a-adhere get their rightful due.

Yuan Wonton

Opened: August 2019

Yuan Wonton Chili Wonton Popup at Bar Dough
Chile wontons. Courtesy of Yuan Wonton

Chef-owner Penelope Wong is a carb whisperer—and Denverites will observe the Mile Superior City native’s food items truck anywhere for a style of her remarkable wontons, dumplings, buns, rice dishes, and hand-pulled noodles. With her partner and associate, Robert Jenks, Wong parks at breweries and local functions across the town, normally steaming and pan-frying up to 1,700 dumplings in a night. She learned to fold all all those great pleats from her Chinese grandmother and now puts her expertise to use building xiao long bao stuffed with 6-hour bone broth and chive-studded pork crispy-bottomed, emerald-hued vegan Sichuan eggplant pot stickers sesame noodles and her silky, signature shrimp-and-pork wontons in chile oil. So, comply with the leader (and the nicely-deserved hype) to Instagram (@yuanwonton) and get prepared to shell out for your foodstuff the minute on the net pre-orders open—Yuan Wonton constantly sells out.

Denise Mickelsen, Food stuff Editor

Denise Mickelsen oversees all of 5280’s meals-linked protection, and feels damn blessed to do so. Adhere to her on Instagram @DeniseMickelsen.

Patricia Kaowthumrong, Assistant Food stuff Editor

Patricia joined the 5280 staff in July 2019 and is thrilled to be writing about Colorado’s loaded culinary scene. Comply with her meals reporting adventures on Instagram @whatispattyeating.