Eater unveils another Denver heat map detailing where to eat right now

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Lori Midson
Where to eat right now: Linger had one of Denver's hottest recent restaurant openings.
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.

The result?

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]).

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 For instance, the "crazy talented chef" Arik Markus, who opened Row 14, has been replaced by former Tag sous chef Jensen Cummings, a rising star.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.



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6 comments
Galapagos_eyelids
Galapagos_eyelids

Linger? Just where I want to eat. A place that's ugly and reminds me of death...

nd
nd

I find these kind of useful since I travel all over the country.  When I find out what city I'm going to be in I like to reference Eater's heat maps for a quick idea of where to grab a decent meal.

Alan Bucknam
Alan Bucknam

I stand by my comments from the first iteration of this "heat map" back in March: Not much of a heat map. More of a “numbers on a map” map.

And yes, the map STILL only has NINE RESTAURANTS on it. 

So, it isn't really a heat map, and it isn't really that useful, what with limiting the restaurants on the map to some arbitrary number of nine. Someone at Eater has a really good PR team to bedazzle Westword into publishing this "heat map" crap twice in a row. For the love of god, Westword, if you come around in the fall to tell us there's another one of these things I'm going to question your taste.

Aceranchero
Aceranchero

Poor infographic: Dots on a map hardly represent a heat index. To have equal weighting for a truck-and-mortar sausage joint on east Colfax as for the blistering presence of Linger does not represent anything other than relative location. Ace knows plenty of folks who could make a map like this since and dance. Maybe start with a Google for Mr. Edward Tufte?

GFTW
GFTW

LOL, *NINE* restaurants still! Eater looks like a sister site of WW, so they're spamming it here. Or maybe all the smoke from the MMJ reviewer is clouding up WW HQ.

Mantonat
Mantonat

I didn't get this either. I was expecting something with shaded tones of red, orange, and yellow like a weather map, powered by data, not opinion. And if it's frozen in time, it doesn't really matter how up-to-the-minute it was - it's still just a snapshot. Seems like it's just a fancy way (and not very fancy at that) of saying "here are a few popular spots."

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