Hop Alley

3500 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80205
720-379-8340
Critics' Pick
Best Of
Hop Alley +

Danielle Lirette

Details

  • Vegetarian Friendly, Takeout
  • Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Metered Parking
  • Reservations Accepted, Online Reservations Available
Building on the success of his ramen joint, Uncle, Tommy Lee set up shop in RiNo to give Denver Hop Alley, an exhilarating take on Chinese food. Named for Denver’s historic Chinatown, which dried up when Chinese laborers were run out of town at the turn of the twentieth century, the restaurant’s gritty-chic aesthetic is infused with a hip-hop vibe. Lee looked to his Cantonese roots for inspiration, but the menu at Hop Alley pulls from across the Chinese diaspora, from Beijing duck (packed here into an egg roll) to a take on Sichuan’s famous la zi ji (a mouth-numbing spicy fried chicken) to Singaporean char kway teow, a dish of fried rice cakes, clams and sausage. As for us, we never miss the Shanghai-style garlic shrimp noodles, the salt-and-pepper soft-shell crab, or the suan ni pork chop. Or the cider list, which is under-sung and excellent. The menu changes frequently, so if you don't see one of our favorites, take your pick of anything bold, vibrant and new.

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