It’s no secret that the burgeoning food scene in the Mile High City is growing by leaps and bounds, and it’s hard to stay abreast of the newest and brightest stars, as well as older, lesser known neighborhood staples that are mentioned with a mere whisper. Try your taste buds at these under the radar restaurants in Denver – both old and new, traditional and trendy – offering creative cuisine to please even the most sophisticated palate. ‘Tis the season to eat, drink, and be satisfied!
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Word is spreading like wildfire about Latigo, one of the newest additions to the Mile High food sphere, located in the Ballpark neighborhood across from Coors Field. This family owned joint prides itself on modern Mexican cuisine "crafted with love." They've got Ceviche, Nachos Chorizo, Tortas, Molcajetes, and more at 2229 Blake Street.
2. Hong Kong Cafe
Modern twists on classic dishes is what you'll find at Hong Kong Cafe in Southeast Denver. From Steamed Dumplings and Wonton Soup to Twice Cooked Pork and Szechuan Style Boiled Beef, Hong Kong Cafe will satisfy your every Asian desire. Find them at 10890 E. Dartmouth Avenue.
3. Tycoon Ramen & Sushi
Cap Hill's Tycoon Ramen & Sushi is the perfect spot to hunker down this winter with a piping hot bowl of ramen and a bottle of warm sake. They're located at 338 E. Colfax and open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
4. Corner Ramen
Another brand spanking new, unassuming hot spot in Denver is Corner Ramen, just north of City Park at 1629 Bruce Randolph Avenue. Of course they've got remarkable ramen, but they're also dishing out delicious Pork Belly Buns, Bacon Wrapped Mochi, Wagyu Ramen Burgers, and more!
5. Chow Urban Grill
Next time you're headed to a show at the Bluebird, stop by Chow Urban Grill at 3570 E. Colfax for food, fun, and plenty of libations. Hop in for happy hour with brews and burgers at the bar or cozy up by their outdoor fire pits with a hot toddy. No matter what, you'll walk away satisfied.
After a smashing success with their Uptown restaurant Beast + Bottle, Chef Paul C. Reilly and his sister and co-owner Aileen Reilly, have opened another phenomenally cozy haunt at 400 E. 20th Avenue in Curtis Park. Coperta, which loosely translates to "blanket" in Italian is aptly named for the warm, creamy scratch-made pasta dishes that could be described as a sweater for your insides. They offer lunch Monday through Friday, and dinner nightly, with valet parking Friday and Saturday starting at 5 p.m.
7. The Crimson Room
One of both Denver's and Larimer Square's best kept secrets is the intimate Crimson Room, tucked away behind a glossy red door at 1403 Larimer Street. They offer small plates, high-quality craft cocktails, delectable desserts, and live entertainment nightly, Tuesday through Saturday.
8. African Grill and Bar
African Grill and Bar in Green Valley Ranch is serving up uniquely traditional African dishes like nothing you've ever tasted. Try your hand at stews, seafood, soups, and more at this family owned joint, open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at 18601 Green Valley Ranch Boulevard.
9. Lo Stella Ristorante
Warm up with mouthwatering traditional homemade pasta dishes at Lo Stella, and I promise you'll be back for more - and more. Dine on Pappardelle al Pesto, Pizza Prosciutto, Chicken Milanese, and other authentic Italian dishes at Lo Stella's cozy digs at 1135 Bannock Street in the Golden Triangle.
10. Chowder Room
Indulge in the bounty of the sea at the Chowder Room in West Wash Park, and you'll never want to return to shore. Get your fill of plateau de fruits de mer, New England style chowder, fried seafood sandwiches, platters, and more at their unassuming spot at 560 S. Broadway.
11. Suvipa Thai Food
With its modest, slightly sketchy storefront on South Federal, Suvipa Thai Food epitomizes the concept of under the radar. They'll wow you with traditional dishes like Pad Thai, Tom Kha, and Shrimp Fried Rice, and their flaky house-made pastry puffs filled with curry or taro are not to be missed. Suvipa is located at 1015 S. Federal Boulevard.
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