Originally published in August 2017 by Andrew Knowlton & Julia Kramer.

The 50 Finalists Are…

An Izakaya meets Texas barbecue mash-up, a chicken Parm-slinging sandwich shop, a new-school Jewish deli, a sushi joint inspired by Latin American flavors, a formal brasserie resurrecting the classics, and 45 more restaurants that blew us away this year. Check back August 15 when we announce the Hot 10 winners.

Denver Central Market

Top-notch vendors who peddle grain bowls, cortados, and so much more.

GO HERE: when no one can make a decision. The sweet tooth can snag an ice cream sandwich at High Point Creamery, and the health nut can sip her charcoal lemonade at Green Seed, all while you hit your dozen Kumamoto oysters with some mignonette at Silva’s Fish Market. No matter what shot you shoot, it’s a good one.

ORDER THE: uh…where to start? (1) Ceviche at Silva’s, which changes based on availability. (2) Salty, soul-reviving egg-and-country-ham breakfast sandwich at Culture. (3) Something local from Curio’s taps, like a bready saison from Ratio Beerworks.

THE VIBE IS: cool. Super cool, actually. DCM is smack in the middle of RiNo (River North), Denver’s artsy-industrial neighborhood. You’ll be Instagramming from the dark wood tables next to young chefs, punk rockers, brewers, and start-up geniuses that run nearby businesses.

GETTING IN: is pretty easy. It’s a giant food hall, after all. DCM—which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner—opens each morning at 8, but you can sneak in at 7 to grab fresh pastries at Izzio.

THE TAKEAWAY: is literally takeaway. In the style of OG food halls (like Philly’s Reading Terminal Market), DCM also functions as a grocer.