Readers: Two new restaurants raise the bar -- TAG|Raw Bar and Tao Tao Noodle Bar

The counter at TAG|Raw Bar is ready for you.
The counter at TAG|Raw Bar is ready for you.

Two very new, very different restaurants are winning raves. The first? Troy Guard's TAG|Raw Bar, which opened yesterday in the newly remodeled Walkway at Larimer Square -- a few months behind schedule, but definitely worth the wait.

Here's one assessment of the debut lunch:

it was sooooooooo good. felt super urban without being too "mod" and all the dishes displayed what troy does best.....put a few great things on a plate and let the craft do the talking.

AND...so nice to have a great lunch and not walk out feeling "full." this food is energizing, fun, beautiful and fresh.

props!

Across town, the folks behind Chopsticks are trying yet again, with Tao Tao Noodle Bar now open at 10400 East Sixth Avenue -- in the former home of Chef's Noodle House. This is the third spot for David Lee, who lost his place in Greenwood Viillage to the tax man and is running Tao Tao with his wife, May Sung.

Fletch offers this assessment of his first meal at Tao Tao:

Had breakfast here on Sunday, t'was awesome. The bao was delicious and the beef noodles were exactly like I remembered them when I lived in Taiwan. Very nice folks too, I hope they remember to pay Uncle Sam this time around

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