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Best New Restaurants

With nearly 30 restaurants in the running, we whittled the list down to the best eight eateries in the Mile High City. 

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December 2010

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Sweet Escapes

Europeans know their cold-weather treats. During the frigid winter months, you’ll find German grandmothers baking cinnamon-laced apple strudels and Italians popping into bakeries for an espresso and rich cannoli. In Denver, a few select pastry chefs are outsmarting the Mile High winter with flaky dough, creamy fillings, and genuine European delights.

Unwanted

As the Colorado Legislature continues to slash budgets, the state’s foster care system remains chronically underfunded. Something’s got to give, right? The thing is, if we don’t pay now, as the kids grow up, it could continue to cost us all a whole lot more than money. Just ask Erika Righter and Shawn Larson.

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Finding our Religion

Why our menorah looks right at home next to the Christmas tree.

Top Shelf

NHL veteran goalie John Grahame's new challenge: wine. 

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By Any Other Name

As my wedding day approached, what had seemed like a simple decision became a cathartic way for me to find closure with my past.

Life According to…Pete Contos, Restaurateur

When Pete Contos arrived in Denver in 1955, fresh off the plane from Greece, he didn’t have a dime in his pocket or know a word of English. He found a job washing dishes and worked his way up; today, the 76-year-old Contos owns eight dining establishments under the “Pete’s” brand, including the iconic greasy spoon Pete’s Kitchen. Along the way, he learned a thing or two about life, marriage, modeling, and barroom brawls.

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