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“It’s not an overstatement to say that ChoLon is locally famous specifically for executive chef Lon Symensma’s French onion soup dumplings, each one a mouthful of brothy joy. Dumpling maven Michelle Xiao, who joined the team in 2019, is now crafting them—as well as potstickers and bao—for at-home cooking. Symensma’s video tutorials are your sous chef, and ChoLon sells steamers ($12) too.”

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“Chef/owner Lon Symensma has been serving up his take on Asian cuisine using French techniques at the original Cholon location in downtown Denver for a decade.This Denver culinary favorite now has two locations, and lucky for us, both serve one of the Mile High’s long standing favorites: French onion soup dumplings filled with piping hot sherry-infused broth, sweet caramelized onions, and, of course, melty Gruyère cheese goodness.”

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“ChoLon has reopened both its downtown and Stapleton locations for carryout, meaning all the French onion soup dumplings, stir-fried Malaysian noodles, and chicken potstickers you’ve been longing for are available.”

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Denver Broncos Kicker Brandon McManus Donates 400 Meals To Front-Line Workers: ‘They’re The Heroes Right Now’

“Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus made an impact off the field this week when he donated 400 lunches to front-line health care workers in the UCHealth system. The donation, made through the Project McManus Foundation, was made in partnership with restaurants Potager and ChoLon Downtown.”

Denver Broncos Kicker Brandon McManus Donates 400 Meals To Front-Line Workers: ‘They’re The Heroes Right Now’

 

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“Slide into a cosy eatery with your lover at LeRoux on 16th Street Mall. Fantastic service, blues of every hue and a delectable European menu make it ideal for date night. Take your pick from classic foie gras or veal bolognese. Whatever you do, don’t forget to toast to the two of you with one of their world-class wines.”

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Stapleton Lucks Out with Second ChoLon Location

“If you’ve ever dined at nine-year-old ChoLon, situated in LoDo at the corner of Blake Street and the 16th Street Mall, you know it’s a glam, buzzy restaurant serving creative Pan-Asian fare from chef-owner Lon Symensma (also of Cho77 and LeRoux) and executive chef Becca Henry. As of two weeks ago, ChoLon is also a glam, buzzy restaurant in Stapleton’s Eastbridge Town Center, which means that if you live north or east of downtown, your commute for Symensma and Henry’s cooking just got a whole lot shorter.”

Stapleton Lucks Out with Second ChoLon Location

 

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ChoLon Stapleton – “Chef/restaurateur Lon Symensma’s original ChoLon Modern Asian on the 16th Street Mall continues to be one of Denver’s top dining destinations, and now the inventive pan-Asian menu — or the best parts of it — are being served in Stapleton, along with a whole range of family-friendly new dishes built for the neighborhood. So longtime fans will still be able to indulge in the French onion soup dumplings, but a new roster of other dumplings is also available, as well as Singaporean crab cakes, pineapple fried rice and braised beef coconut curry. It’s all enough to make downtown denizens jealous.”

LeRoux – “Lon Symensma’s French/European bistro technically opened on December 28, 2018, too late to make our list of the twelve best new restaurants last year. But we won’t begrudge the chef/restaurateur those few extra days of practice before LeRoux became one of the brightest stars of 2019. Dazzling plates, from the mushroom mille-feuille, which presents a rectangle of mushrooms sliced so thin that they resemble the pages of a book, to the wagyu beef tartare, presented beneath a smoke-filled glass cloche, have become signature items, while duck, lamb and seafood go through seasonal variations. A tribute to the chef’s mentors in his younger days, LeRoux proves that the onetime student of European cuisine has now become the master.”

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Best Restaurants 2019: LeRoux

“With exquisite European bistro fare on the table and twinkling crystal chandeliers hanging above, gorgeously appointed, 10-month-old LeRoux is one of the most romantic restaurants in town. Reserve the curved back booth for the privacy it affords and a great view of the marble-topped bar and front dining area. Created in partnership with Urban Villages, Semple Brown, and Hive Construction, the restaurant exudes a Parisian vibe complete with slate blue paint, leather banquettes, slim white tapers, and muted music. And as delicate as each dish may appear, chef and co-owner Lon Symensma’s techniques are bold. Case in point: Paper-thin slices of wild mushroom transform into a multilayered terrine that is seared for crisp edges and a melty interior. This spring, a pass on the “plancha” (flattop grill) gave tender octopus charred depth, and the accompanying spicy “panisse” (a Provençal chickpea flour cake) was the best I tasted among the spate on local menus. To complete the extravagant vibe at LeRoux, tableside showmanship abounds, from the roving cheese cart to the flames that engulf the seasonal baked Alaska.”

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This Chef Brought Her Dumpling Skills From China to New York to ChoLon

“‘Michelle is one of the best dim sum chefs in the country,’ notes Lon Symensma, chef/owner of ChoLon and a longtime colleague of Xiao. They met when Symensma was hired as executive chef to open Steven Starr’s Buddakan, his jaw-dropping Asian restaurant in New York City, and Xiao was second in command on a twelve-person dim sum brigade.”

This Chef Brought Her Dumpling Skills From China to New York to ChoLon

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“Chef Lon Symensma, known for the pan-Asian restaurant ChoLon, gets back to his French culinary training with this jewel box of a restaurant off downtown’s 16th Street. Dishes such as lobster meunière and lamb chops with potatoes Anna are served alongside old-world wines and wintery house cocktails. The bar is a highlight, and lunch is served weekdays.”