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15 Excellent Things To Eat In Denver Right Now

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15 Excellent Things To Eat In Denver Right Now

Tired of your current restaurant routine? Need a refresher on Denver's best eats? Bored at work and looking to procrastinate by planning dinner tonight?

We're here to serve, with our current favorite things to eat in Denver. This rundown includes some of what you're used to, and some of what you're not - all of which we'll keep updating on a regular basis. We do this mostly for you, but also for the semi-legitimate excuse of gorging ourselves across the city every month - aka "doing research." Here's your November 2016 update.

The eats

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8.0
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What to Eat: Ronnie's Favorite

After suffering a tragic fire, Rosenberg's was forced to shut down and wander the pop-up restaurant desert indefinitely. But the roadshow was never as good as the real thing. Now, after months of reciting a "let my bagels go" chant over and over to ourselves, the Rose is back, better than ever, and Ronnie's Favorite is still the play. Your choice of Bagel (we recommend the Everything) with dill cream cheese, cucumber, Scottish smoked salmon, and whitefish salad. A twist on the classic cream cheese and lox, and we love it.

Photo: TASHA FITTS
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Spuntino

LoHi
2639 W 32nd Ave
8.3
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What to Eat: Bigoli Pasta

Spuntino rolls out a new menu with every season change, which basically means pasta Christmas four times a year. Most recently, the Bigoli pasta has turned out to be our favorite gift of 2016. Fresh, homemade pasta, big mushroom flavors and some pine nut crunch for texture. Merry pasta to all, and to all a good night.

Photo: Spuntino
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Lao Wang Noodle House

Federal
945 S Federal Blvd

What to Eat: Soup Dumplings, Potstickers, Noodles

The reliably grouchy staff make Wang's a little intimidating for first timers, but fear not. The food here is 100 percent worth it. Handmade potstickers, soup dumplings, and a beef noodle soup that'll cure any and all cold weather chills.

4

Tokio

LoDo
2907 Huron St

What to Eat: Tonkotsu Ramen

The Tonkotsu is a simple bowl of ramen available at pretty much any ramen shop worth its salt. But Tokio's has a bonkers broth that really sets it apart. It's much lighter than you might be used to, and props up the heavier pork and noodle flavors really well. This bowl has a way of tricking you into thinking you aren't full regardless of how much you eat. And if there was ever something worth being able to eat all day, it's this.

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7.5
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What to Eat: Spicy Fried Chicken

Good fried chicken is a precious thing, and the spicy version at Lou's is probably the most valuable breaded bird parts we have in Denver. Perfectly crisp outside, tender juicy inside. The fiery after-effects of each bite hurt, but in a really good way.

Photo: TOBIN VOGGESSER
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Add a little excitement to your dining experience by setting it on fire - literally. This simple but excellent cheese is flambéed (AKA torched) and served with warm puffy pita bread for dipping. Don't forget to join in on the custom "OPA!" cheer when they drop it off.

7

The Crawling Crab

Federal
763 S Federal Blvd

What to Eat: King & Snow Crab

Your order will arrive in a bucket, ready to be dumped on your table Louisiana-style with sausage and potatoes to boot. Get your hands dirty, and probably get some cajun fries, too. The Crab also has a ton of TVs, making it a really nice under-the-radar spot to catch a good meal and a game.

8

Roo Bar

LoDo
3480 Park Ave W
7.1
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What To Eat: Wings

Calling this place unassuming would be an understatement, but after sampling their wings (with "crack sauce"), we're putting Roo Bar high atop our best wings in Denver list. The space is hidden away and kind of tricky to find under the I-25 & I-70 interchange, but this is a scavenger hunt worth playing.

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7.5
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What To Eat: Aye Conyo

Bulking up the standard Cubano with pepperoni, sliced turkey, peppers and a tangy key lime mayo might sound like a bit much to Cuban sandwich purists, but trust us - it works when they do it at Buchi. Add a double cortadito to your order to counteract your need for an immediate nap afterwards.

10

Hop Alley

River North
3500 Larimer St.
7.5
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What To Eat: Bone Marrow Fried Rice

Exactly as advertised - fatty, rich and buttery. Really good. Our only complaint is that it doesn't come with a saucy pork topper, but that’s a small complaint.

Photo: TOBIN VOGGESSER
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What To Eat: Coconut Crème Brûlée Vegan Ice Cream

Ignore the fact that the dessert is vegan - this ice cream is out of control. Ridiculously creamy and rich, and the crunchy caramel chunks will make you bow to whatever vegan god made this scoop possible.

12

Coperta

Uptown
Coperta, 400 E 20th Ave.

What to Eat: Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe

Fall is almost here. Which means you officially have an excuse to double down on pasta (not that you needed it). Every pasta at Coperta is made from scratch, and all are worth ordering. But the simplicity of the Pepe let's the freshness of the noodles shine most. Ask for extra pepper.

Photo: COPERTA
13

Vert Kitchen

University
704 S Pearl St

What to Eat: Croque Madame

Greens are healthy, even if they're topped with a fried ham & cheese sandwich and eggs. Vert Kitchen has the best version of the Croque in town.

Photo: TASHA FITTS
14

Vital Root

Highlands
3915 Tennyson St

What to Eat: Banh Mi

We used to scream blasphemy at the vegetarian version of our favorite Vietnamese pork sandwich, but Vital Roots' showing does not disappoint. A ton of fresh flavors and textures (sweet, tang, spice, crunch, etc.), and a healthy portion that is definitely worth a trip to Berkeley.

15

Sushi Den

University
1487 S Pearl St

What to Eat: Salmon Tartar w/ American Caviar Handroll

Handrolls are not designed to share. Good thing, because this bad boy will make you all kinds of greedy.

Photo: TOBIN VOGGESSER
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