Denver's ten best new restaurants of 2012
3) Pho Lee
While working at the original Pho 95 on South Federal Boulevard, Dung Anh Le learned all about what it takes to run a restaurant. In late 2012, Dung, along with his wife and mother-in-law, finally opened his own restaurant in Greenwood Village called Pho Lee. The menu includes several Thai dishes that are a superb addition to the traditional pho noodle bowls that are already bowling over suburban diners.
Uncle, which Tommy Lee opened in LoHi last fall, was a hit with neighbors even before it opened...and in response to their request, Lee added ramen to a menu that already included sliced tofu, steamed buns and other noodles. Uncle's menu changes occasionally, but you can always expect the offerings to be fabulous -- and for the place to be packed.
1) The Kitchen Denver
The Kitchen, a Boulder institution, added a second location in Denver this March, bringing a hefty reputation along with it. And the Kitchen Denver lives up to the hype, serving up exceptional food in a stunning setting. The best deals are during the community hour, which runs from 3 to 6 p.m.
Have other favorites that opened in 2012? Post them below -- and be sure to vote on our Best of Denver 2013 Readers' Poll.
2449 Larimer St., Denver, CO