Hop Alley

3500 Larimer St.
Denver, Colorado 80205
720-379-8340
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  • Monday through Saturday 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Reservations for parties of six to eight only.
  • Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Takeout
  • Reservations Accepted
No new restaurant captured the zeitgeist of Denver's dining scene quite like Hop Alley when it opened in December 2015 as the second eatery from Tommy Lee, whose noodle bar Uncle was no less of a hit when it debuted in 2012. How did Lee repeat the success of his first go-around? With a slate of rare, regional Chinese dishes — many borrowed from his childhood visits to Hong Kong — tied to tradition by wood-fire cooking and amplified by the funky flavors of vegetables fermented and pickled in-house. The name Hop Alley honors Denver's original Chinatown, but the cuisine wanders far from standard Chinese-American fare, with cumin-tinged lamb sandwiches called rou jia mo from Shaanxi province; tongue-buzzing spices from Sichuan; and alternating cooling and warming elements to keep the palate stimulated — from jiggly chilled tofu to earthy char-siu pork belly with braised mustard greens. The eatery's instant success is proof that Denver diners are ready to be challenged, titillated and rewarded with a whole new world of gustatory experience.

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