22. Duo Restaurant

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Duo may not be the newest or most exciting of restaurants, but it always—and we do mean always—fits the occasion. That could be happy hour and a bite at the bar, or dinner with the kids, or an evening with out-of-towners. And more than just fitting any dining need, the neighborhood spot is constantly surprising us. Chef Tyler Skrivanek is inspired by the season’s best, whatever that might be. In the summer the menu is light and fresh; in the winter it’s full of long-braised meats and creamy mashes. Right now, in the shoulder season, diners can find a little bit of both. Go—you won’t be disappointed. 2413 W. 32nd Ave., 303-477-4141, duorestaurants.com

Order this: buffalo steak with squash-baguette pudding, goat cheese, beets, and bordelaise au poivre