Denver Top 25 Restaurants: July 2016

In 2015, the Colorado Restaurant Association estimates that approximately 235 new fast-casual restaurants opened in the Denver/Boulder metro area. In 2016, that restaurant scene is as hot and popular as ever. Some restaurants are more popular than others, as demonstrated by data from Foodable Labs and the Restaurant Social Media Index, which tracks hundreds of thousands of restaurants.

Brand new to the list, and landing in first for its debut, is The Preservery, which aims to bring people together through food and music, creating a sense of community. The food here is made from “storied ingredients” – from scratch with known origins of every item.

“…whether it comes from the urban farmer down the street or it's a fairly traded spice from the other side of the world, each of our ingredients has a story worth telling and re-telling,” according to the website. These ingredients are showcased in dishes like Yarmony Ranch steak and short ribs, and Niman Ranch pork tenderloin with hakurei turnip and smoked cherry agrodolce.

There are four other brand-newcomers to the list: Bar Dough, an Italian restaurant that raises the bar on traditional cuisine with small plates, handmade pasta, wood-fired pizza, and Italian-inspired cocktails;  MAS KAOS Pizzeria & Taqueria, a farm-to-table pizza and taco place serving house-brewed craft beer and artisanal tequilas; Homegrown Tap & Dough, known for using only fresh, high-quality ingredients in its house made pasta and pizza; and Los Chigones, a twist on traditional tapas-style Mexican favorites described as “sassy, spicy, sometimes irreverent, [but] always an adventure.”

Fresh Seafood at Los Chigones | @loschingones_rinoLos Instagram

Fresh Seafood at Los Chigones | @loschingones_rinoLos Instagram

Grilled Octopus at Bar Dough | @bardoughden Instagram

Grilled Octopus at Bar Dough | @bardoughden Instagram

The Patio Pie at Homegrown Tap & Dough | @homegrowntapanddough Instagram

The Patio Pie at Homegrown Tap & Dough | @homegrowntapanddough Instagram

Fried Green Tomatoes and Burrata Salad at The Preservery  | @jarodballentine Instagram

Fried Green Tomatoes and Burrata Salad at The Preservery  | @jarodballentine Instagram

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 The Preservery 178.96  
2 Guard & Grace 178.34  
3 Root Down 178.02  
4 Cart Driver 177.81  
5 Acorn 177.71  
6 Work & Class 177.08 Play Video
7 Bar Dough 176.51  
8 Beast + Bottle 176.45  
9 Vert Kitchen 176.21  
10 MAS KAOS Pizzeria & Taqueria 176.08  
11 Colt & Gray 175.64  
12 Homegrown Tap & Dough  175.37  
13 Los Chigones 175.37  
14 Stoic & Genuine 175.19  
15 Linger 174.56  
16 Rioja 173.3  
17 Rosenberg's Bagels 172.67  
18 Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen 172.04  
19 Z Cuisine & A Cote 171.41  
20 Table 6 170.78  
21 Old Major 170.15  
22 Mercantile Dining & Provision 169.67  
23 Jax Fish House Denver 169.52  
24 Bistro Barbs 168.91  
25 OAK at fourteenth 168.89