Uncle

2215 W. 32nd Ave.
Denver, CO 80211
303-433-3263
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  • Monday through Saturday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • $, $$
  • Vegetarian Friendly, Kid Friendly, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
  • Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Street Parking
  • Reservations Not Accepted
Uncle was Denver’s first modern entrant in the ramen-shop category, and what an entry it was: Owner Tommy Lee took a less traditional approach than the legendary Momofuku, creating intensely complex and tasty broths as a base for a nest of noodles and other delicious accoutrements. Purists should look to the chashu, the bowl most rooted in Japanese history: Fat and rich with collagen, the soup has nearly the consistency of over-easy egg yolk and leaves a sticky sheen on your lips. The spicy chicken broth pushes at the edges of the cuisine; the soup is refined and delicate, yet redolent with generous quantities of garlic and salt, giving it the rib-sticking richness characteristic of Japanese junk food. Supplement the ramen with at least one bun — we’re partial to the soft-shell crab — and don’t overlook the small bites, which are inventive and delicious. And be prepared to wait: Four years into this restaurant’s run, the crowds show no sign of abating.

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