Quick, what are the hottest restaurants that have opened in Denver since the last time Eater did a heat map of our fair city, chronicling where to eat right this very second?
That was the question Eater wanted to know before the national food blog amassed a list of spots for a second Denver heat map, asking for the most buzzed-about restaurants that have opened their doors since the end of March. So we put together our thoughts on what Denver diners are talking about most, cheating a little and including a couple of pre-March openings that didn't make the last heat map.
According to Eater,
The map features three new openings helmed by crazy talented chefs (Linger, Bittersweet, and Row 14), a sausage parlor that might prove a viable alternative to Biker Jim's (Uber Sausage), expansions from respected local brands (among them the new location of Marczyk's Fine Foods), and finally, a pair of establishments worth making the trip to Boulder for (Frasca Caffè and the Kitchen [Next Door]).
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Though most have been on the grid for just a couple of months, even these buzzed-about restaurants have had changes. For instance, the "crazy talented chef" Arik Markus, who opened Row 14, has been replaced by former Tag sous chef Jensen Cummings, a rising star. Satchel's on 6th has also experienced a chef change, with former Iron Chef challenger Kurt Boucher stepping up to run the range.
Boucher's predecessor, Jared Brant, is headed to soon-to-open Wild Catch, which, along with the imminent Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar, would probably make this map, too, if it had been created next month instead.
Did we miss a big one? Check out the map and let us know below.