Why It's Hot: The gleaming open kitchen of this brand-new family-owned offshoot of the Boulder flagship is overseen by matriarch Anna Zoe, who everyone endearingly calls "Mama," and just about everything that Mama makes is slightly exotic, deeply authentic and profoundly delicious. From her chicken noodle soup (pictured) floating with pickled greens, sprouts, fresh ginger, rice noodles and a cluster of spring onions, to her Chinese-Korean classic za jiang mian, a mosaic of fresh, organic egg noodles, minced pork slicked with a fermented bean paste and fresh vegetables and herbs, it's Chinese comfort-food cooking at its best.
Must-Order: Chicken noodle soup ($7.99), Sichuan-braised beef with noodles ($11.79) and the za jiang mian ($6.99).
Insider Tip: As part of several sustainability initiatives, including a "living wage" for its full-time staff, a 20% charge is added to all orders in lieu of a tip. If you wish to opt out, that's fine too, but independent of whether you're for or against it, don't try to tip; your gratuity will be politely declined.
1625 Wynkoop St.; 303-545-6262