Denver’s La Diabla Pozole y Mezcal named best new restaurant 2022 by Bon Appetit

Denver is home to one of the 50 best new restaurants in the country, according to Bon Appétit.

The magazine released its annual list Thursday after writers traversed all corners of the United States searching for not only delicious bites, but also places that “point to a hopeful next chapter” following two tumultuous years for the restaurant industry.

La Diabla Pozole y Mezcal opened downtown (2233 Larimer St.) in 2021 with James Beard nominated chef Jose Avila at the helm, and the restaurant wowed Bon Appétit with its house-made corn tortillas, described as “fresh, supple,” and the restaurant’s namesake soups.

“You’ll find whole chewy kernels of imported hominy in the five pozoles on offer, each distinctly complex and served in kiddie-pool-size bowls,” the magazine’s writers said. “The food here is hearty and soulful, a blessing for anyone looking to balance their meal with the long, expertly curated list of mezcals and other agave spirits.”

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Cook Chuy Garcia mans the meat for tacos al pastor at La Diabla Pozolería y Mezcalería on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021.

  • The Jose’s Gone Fishing special (two tacos al pastor and a margarita) at La Diabla Pozolería y Mezcalería on Wednesday, December 22, 2021. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post)

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Tortillas and meat cook at La Diabla Pozolería y Mezcalería on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021.

  • The Let Me Try cocktail at La Diabla Pozolería y Mezcalería on Wednesday, December 22, 2021. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post)

And we agree: The Denver Post named La Diabla the city’s best new restaurant of 2021.

On Sept. 14, Bon Appétit will announce which eateries it considered the top 10 best new restaurants. Until then, nosh on the magazine’s list of 50 new dining destinations to add to your bucket list.

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