Best Banh Mi (Vietnamese Sandwich)
New Saigon Bakery and Deli
640 S. Federal Blvd, Denver, CO 80219
newsaigon.com | @newsaigonbakery
Located in the heart of Denver’s Vietnamese community, New Saigon® Bakery and Deli was established in 2012, specializing in banh mi sandwiches and food to go such as pâté chaud, a savory puff pastry, bánh bao, a bun containing pork or chicken meat, onions, eggs, mushrooms and vegetables, and other pastries and cakes. Be sure to try their top-selling sandwich, the grilled lemongrass pork banh mi and get a cup of Vietnamese iced coffee to go!
Honorable mentions: 1) Baker’s Palace; 2) 5280 Banh Mi and Grill
925 S Federal Blvd, Denver, CO 80011
For years, Pho Duy and Pho 95 have sat at the top for the best pho in Denver. This year, Pho Duy reigns. If you are craving a bowl of warm and savory pho, Pho Duy always hits the spot! Delicious soup, tender meat, and a variety of options, Pho Duy has all the essentials you need to survive this pandemic as well as the cold winter months ahead!
1) Pho 95; 2) Now Pho
Mason’s Dumpling Shop
9655 E Montview Blvd, Aurora, CO 80010
masonsdumplingshop.com | @masonsdumplingshop_co
Mason’s Dumpling’s story started in California, where the owner opened their first store in LA in 2001. At the beginning of 2018, the couple expanded to Highland Park, Colo., naming their new eatery Mason’s Dumpling Shop after their son. The new store in Colorado continues the tradition of hand making each dumpling from scratch and bringing delicious food to all dumpling lovers throughout the Denver metro. The menu includes boiled dumplings, steam dumplings, and pan fried dumplings as well as other delicious noodles and rice dishes.
1) Yuan Wonton; 2) Uncle Zoe’s Chinese Kitchen
1487 S. Pearl St., Denver, CO 80210
sushiden.net | @sushidendenver
Opened on Christmas Eve 1984, and celebrating 36 years, Sushi Den continues to set the standard for high-quality seafood and is on the cutting-edge of Japanese cuisine. Prior to the pandemic, the restaurant served an average of 700 guests daily. Currently, the dine-in service is open by reservation and walk-in at Sushi Den. Sushi Den provides lunch and dinner take-out menus and they are also accepting online orders up to 5 days in advance.
1) Uchi Denver 2) Izu Sushi
Best Dim Sum
2917 W Mississippi Ave Ste 5, Denver, CO 80219
Ask any long-time Denver resident for their favorite dim sum restaurant and nine times out of ten they will say Star Kitchen. In fact, during Chinese New Year, this restaurant is packed with diners from all over metro Denver and the surrounding suburbs. It is common to experience two-hour wait times on weekends to get your favorite shrimp balls, pork shu mai, and turnip cakes. Dine-in and take out are currently available at Star Kitchen, so stop by and pick up your go-to dim sum items, which are just as delicious when heated up at home!
1) Super Star Asian Cuisine ； 2) Empress Seafood Restaurant
1930 S Havana St #4, Aurora, CO 80014
ramendenver.com | @katsuramen_co
As the traditional Japanese ramen spot of Aurora, Katsu Ramen offers steamy and rich broth with fresh made noodles and an authentic Japanese experience in every bite. All of the food is authentically prepared by an experienced Japanese chef from Osaka, Japan. They also offer rice bowls, poke bowls, rice balls and other delicious appetizers. Now serving Japanese sakes, beers, and cocktails, enjoy a lunch or dinner meal from Katsu Ramen to go!
1) Ajinoya Ramen; 2) Tokio ; 3) Uncle
Best Hot Pot
Seoul Korean BBQ & Hot Pot
2080 S. Havana Street, Aurora, CO 80014
seoulkoreanbbq.com | @seoul.koreanbbq
For many years, Seoul Korean BBQ has lured diners, who love Korean dishes and sushi. Seoul Korean BBQ has won many awards for best of Korean cuisine in Aurora. Last year, Seoul Korean BBQ began providing All You Can Eat Hot Pot, which includes a variety of meats, fresh seafood, noodles and vegetables. They have quickly become our readers’ favorite hot pot spot, which some even say they love more than their KBBQ! The experience is different than other hot pot locations in that you serve yourself versus having toppings brought to you (pre-pandemic). Seoul Korean BBQ & Hot Pot now offers dine-in, delivery and pick-up options.
1) Aki Asian Hot Pot 2) The Bronze Empire
Best Seafood & Crawfish Boil
The Yabby Hut
3355 S Yarrow St, Lakewood, CO 80227
yabbyhut.com | @yabbyhut
The Yabby Hut is a place to relax, scream for your favorite sports team with a beer in hand alongside with friends and family (pre-pandemic). Decked out their genuine fisherman gear, this casual restaurant has a unique bayside theme and food. Specialized in crawfish, their one-of-a-kind Cajun seasoning gives a little twist to your taste buds that is irresistible. With a twist of the bayside theme and traditional Philippines way of eating food (everything with bare hands and fingers), the good ol’ day is back in action. Ordering The Yabby Hut to go and getting excited for your seafood boil is just as exciting at home!
1) The Crawling Crab 2) The Asian Cajun
Best Korean Soup
Seoul Korean BBQ & Hot Pot
2080 S. Havana Street, Aurora, CO 80014
seoulkoreanbbq.com | @seoul.koreanbbq
Not only voted as best hot pot, Seoul Korean BBQ & Hot Pot also won the Best Korean Soup this year (a new category)! Seoul offers over 13 different soup and stew dishes including some of the most traditional ones such as Doenjang-Jjige, Kimchi-Jjige, Mandu-guk, and Soon-tofu. Definitely try out their Korean soup the next time you are enjoying your BBQ there!
1) Tofu House 2) DAE GEE Korean BBQ
Monsoon Cuisine of India
Monsoon Cuisine of India
24107 E Commons Ave, Aurora, CO 80016
Monsoon Cuisine of India remains faithful to the eatery’s Indian roots by wholeheartedly embracing the country’s bold, age-old cooking techniques and by using fresh, preservative-free ingredients, with no artificial flavors or food coloring. Simple-old fashioned great tasting favorites executed with over years of combined experience under one roof-making for a delicious traditional Indian meal served in a contemporary setting.
1) Yak & Yeti 2) Star of India
Best Asian Dessert
1930 S Havana St #5-6, Aurora, CO 80014
snowlcafe.com | @snowl.cafe
Decorated in a boho manner, the interior of SNOWL lures customers to stay and enjoy their dessert. The favorite at SNOWL is taiyaki, a fish-shaped waffle cone filled with ice cream. The menu board shows a wide range of options. Ask for suggestions because it’s hard to decide on which dessert to order!
1) Meet Fresh 2) Milk Rolled Ice Cream
Best Asian-Style Chicken
8340 E Northfield Blvd, Denver, CO 80238
bonchon.com | @bonchonstapleton
A new category for 2020 – Bonchon Chicken in Stapleton is this year’s best Asian-Style Chicken. And what we are really talking about here is fried chicken! Bonchon is a global restaurant chain best known for its crunchy double-fried chicken, savory signature sauces, and unique pan-Asian menu. Founded in South Korea in 2002, the word “Bonchon” means “my hometown” in Korean which represents their authentic, traditional ingredients and cooking techniques, ensuring the highest level of flavor and care with each dish. For these reasons, Bonchon has been recognized by many industry leaders and has won many awards for best chicken wings restaurant chains.
1) Angry Chicken 2) Funny Plus
Best Asian Bakery
Tokyo Premium Bakery
1540 S Pearl Street, Denver, CO 80210
tokyopremiumbakery.com | @tokyopremiumbakery
Tokyo Premium Bakery provides all kinds of Japanese-style breads and pastries. Their products are made from scratch and baked fresh. Tokyo Premium Bakery also provides a variety of drinks such as their staff recommended authentic matcha latte and hojicha latte which pair nicely with their fresh bread and fruit tarts. On the weekend, Tokyo Premium Bakery shows lines of customers waiting to order their favorite morning delights. Customers can also order their Shoku-Pan (loaf of bread) online.
1) New Saigon Bakery 2) Le Petite Bakery
Best Asian Supermarktet
2752 S Parker Road, Aurora, CO 80014
H-Mart is our winner for the best Asian Supermarket the seventh year! This Korean-owned supermarket opened its first Colorado location in January 2004. Packed with shoppers, H-Mart is best visited during the weekdays as weekends and holidays show long lines and huge crowds for the large selection of Asian grocery choices. The grocery store offers a mini fish market, where shoppers can ask for cleaning and frying of fish onsite. The produce area has a lot variety of fruit and vegetables, even durian, mangos and papayas; and the bakery offers fresh breads and pastries.
Honorable Mentions: 1) Pacific Ocean Supermarket (Aurora)
2) Pacific Ocean Marketplace (Denver)
Best Thai Curry
US Thai Cafe
5228 W 25th Ave Edgewater, CO 80214
303-233-3345 (no website/social)
Head to Edgewater if you like your Thai food spicy! US Thai Cafe brings the heat with force and flavor, but it’s not just a gimmick. Thai chiles enhance and balance massive amounts of other spices — galangal, lemongrass, garlic, kaffir lime leaf and ginger, to name a few. Curries are thick with the pulp of said seasonings, while dressings on papaya salads and larb assert themselves with lime and fish sauce.
1) Pearl of Siam 2) Suvipa Thai Food
Best Boba Tea
9686 E Arapahoe Rd, Greenwood Village, CO 80112
happylemoncolorado.com | @happylemonco
Happy Lemon opened its doors in Colorado this year and has topped the charts as the local favorite! The global bubble tea chain established in China in 2006, now has over 1,500 locations across the globe. Happy Lemon is determined to use freshly squeezed lemon juice, grapefruit, strawberries, avocado, mint leaves and other natural ingredients in their tea making process. Some of its most popular items include Jasmine Green Tea with Salted Cheese, Milk Tea w/Oreo and Puff Cream, and freshly baked Bubble Waffles.
1) Kung Fu Tea 2) Tea Street
Best Dosa (South Indian Dish)
Bawarchi Biryani Point
11001 E Arapahoe Pl, Centennial, CO 80112
A dosa/dosai is a rice pancake, originating from South India, made from a fermented batter predominantly consisting of lentils and rice. Bawarchi Biryani Point at Centennial won this new category this year! Bawarchi is a chain restaurant focused on authentic India food. Its name Bawarchi, is synonymous with Authentic Indian Biryanis, where aromatic spices come together to create a tantalizing Pot of Biryani. The Centennial location provides Cone Dosa (made in the shape of cone) and Chocolate Dosa (made with chocolate).
1) Tiffins India Cafe 2) Masalaa
Best Asian Food Truck
Yuan Wonton Food Truck
Yuan Wonton Food Truck is Denver’s mobile dumpling truck specializing in signature chili-garlic wontons, handmade dumplings and other Asian noms. At Yuan Wonton, every delicious dumpling is made with passion and love.
And for Penelope Wong, owner of this popular food truck, sharing this family tradition with Denver is personal. A long time chef, Penelope, developed a love of food when she was very young. And her unique take on wontons, dumplings, noodles and rice dishes has quickly helped Yuan Wonton become a local favorite. For information on schedules, pop ups, events, and ordering details, be sure to check out their stories on Instagram @yuanwonton.
1) No Ke Aloha -Hawaiian/Polynesian 2) BG Dough
Best Asian Owned Business
4090 E Mississippi Ave, Denver, CO, 80246
teastreetdenver.com | @teastreetdenver
Tea Street was recognized as the Best Asian Owned Business of the year by our readers! Tea Street puts a modern twist on classically inspired drinks, building upon the foundation of invigorating bold brews of tea. Their craft drinks do not contain synthetically flavored powders or syrups. Syrups and toppings, including but not limited to their puddings, herbal jelly, red and mung bean are all made from scratch. As one nominator shared: “Tea Street not only has delicious offerings but they are also very supportive of the Asian community in Colorado through donations as well as advocacy.”
1) Comrade Brewing 2) Salon Joa
Best New Food Delivery
Saranya Cooks Thai (Thai meal kit)
saranyacooksthai.com | @saranyacooksthai
Want to create your own authentic Thai food at home? Saranya Cooks Thai meal kits are the way to go! Saranya Cooks Thai delivers boxes of fresh, authentic ingredients to your front door (in the Denver Metro, Northern Colorado, and Boulder areas) so you can create delicious Thai dishes in the comfort of your own home. Every kit comes with all the ingredients needed for four servings. Founded by Thai American, Zonya Dawson, the business has been thriving especially as many people are eating more at home.
1)Jada’s Mochi Donuts 2) Kitsune Bento