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

Where our Food Editors Are Eating Right Now, June 2019

Formerly a full-service, dinner-only spot on South Broadway, Cho77’s downtown iteration operates under a fast-casual counter-service model during the day; sit down dining is on the menu at night.

Where our Food Editors Are Eating Right Now, June 2019

A Comprehensive List of the Women Leading the Front Range Culinary Scene

From running restaurant kitchens to brewing Coloradans’ favorite craft beers, women are leading in all facets of the Front Range’s exciting dining scene—and driving its success. In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, we hope this list will make it easy for you to find and support female-owned and -operated establishments from Aurora to Boulder and beyond.

ChoLon Restaurant Concepts (ChoLon, Cho77, LeRoux): Dani Craig, general manager; Becca Henry, ChoLon chef de cuisine; Ashley Adams, ChoLon lead bartender

A Comprehensive List of the Women Leading the Front Range Culinary Scene

Best Seat in the House: The Coolest Restaurant and Bar Bathrooms in Denver

The shared bathrooms inside the newly opened LeRoux and Cho77 were anything but afterthoughts. Covered with blue, hand-cut Italian tile and floral wallpaper and accented with copper details, the two unisex restrooms, by local design firm Semple Brown, are sure to be popping up on Instagram feeds all over town.

Best Seat in the House: The Coolest Restaurant and Bar Bathrooms in Denver

What Will the Year of the Pig Bring for Denver's Chinese Restaurants?

At ChoLon, chef/owner Lon Symensma has been serving handmade French onion soup dumplings, a European embellishment on the Shanghai specialty, since the restaurant opened in 2010. And just last week, he added two other variations on xiao long bao at the newly reopened Cho77.

What Will the Year of the Pig Bring for Denver’s Chinese Restaurants?

Cho77 is LoDo's Newest Dumpling House

If you work or live in downtown Denver, you already know that when the craving for dumplings or noodle bowls or other Asian fare strikes, there are only a few non-chain dining options within walking distance. That status quo ended last week, when Cho77, chef Lon Symensma’s casual southeast Asian street food concept (formerly located on South Broadway), re-opened in its new home on the 16th Street Mall near Blake Street.

Cho77 is LoDo’s Newest Dumpling House

Cho77's Southeast Asian Street Food Moves Into New LoDo Digs

Cho77, the popular Asian street food restaurant that started on South Broadway, is poised to open the doors of its new LoDo location on Monday, January 28, 2019.

Chef Lon Symensma made the choice to move his casual concept to the SugarCube Building at 1555 Blake Street to put the restaurant in closer proximity to its sisters ChoLonand LeRoux — the latest of Denver’s new French options just opened last month. Back on South Broadway, the space that housed Cho77 is now occupied by another of Symensma’s eateries, BorraCho Tacos, which serves street tacos and more Mexican fare and cocktails.

Cho77’s Southeast Asian Street Food Moves Into New LoDo Digs

In the Kitchen with Lon Symensma

“Lon Symensma is a busy man these days. This past month alone, Symensma played musical restaurants, shuffling the three-year-old Cho77 out of its Broadway digs and replacing it with south-of-the-border restaurant, BorraCho Tacos. But worry not Cho77 fans—the street Asian food concept will soon reside next to its sister restaurant, ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro, later this winter. Speaking of ChoLon, the LoDo restaurant marked eight years in business this past October, celebrating with an all-out bash replete with endless bites and libations.”

In the Kitchen with Lon Symensma

Grilled Chicken Wings from Cho77 (Video Segment)

Thrillist has come out with a list of the 21 best chicken wings in America, and Denver’s Cho77 made the cut. Chef Lon joins the Fox31 team for a wing-making demo!

Grilled Chicken Wings from Cho77 (Video Segment)

The 21 Best Chicken Wings in America

There is no “best” type of chicken wing. Great wings win hearts and stomachs with well-balanced flavors and quality meat regardless of whether they’re naked, dredged, sauced, or smoked. So instead of tracking down the best wings from Buffalo or Chinese restaurants or former Beatles, we tracked down the best chicken wings of any kind. Competition was fierce, but, in the end, these 21 distinguished themselves.

The 21 Best Chicken Wings in America