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2011: The 25 Best Restaurants

After many months of eating, hours of analyzing hundreds of dishes, and untold numbers of discussions, we have compiled a list of the most compelling places to dine in Denver—and beyond. 


October 2011

From the Editor


The River

Following a drop of water down the mighty Colorado, one of the world’s most embattled rivers.

Infrastructure Report State of Disrepair

Our state’s transportation infrastructure is crumbling. We’re not maintaining our roads; we’re not expanding our systems to meet the state’s growing population; and we’re not thinking creatively to engineer solutions. If we don’t repair things soon, our highways and bridges will be in jeopardy—along with our treasured Colorado lifestyle.



Vision Quest

One of the world’s most ambitious—and notorious—artists has chosen Colorado as his latest canvas. But will the disruption caused by the massive project be worth the trouble?

Made from Scratch

City Bakery owner Michael Bortz has seen more than his share of sunrises. But his early morning routine is just the beginning of a full day of delivering his fresh bread to local eateries. Here, we follow those loaves from bakery to bread basket.

On the Rez

The Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s new Cultural Center & Museum is a monument to the tribe’s history. But sometimes it’s the simple things, like a centuries-old dance, that are the best links to the past.

Front Range

Night Owl

When Francois Safieddine moved to Denver from his native Lebanon in 1989, his first job was manning the fryer at a local KFC franchise. Now, he’s the founder of Lotus Concepts, a budding club empire that includes four hot spots (and counting). He talks to 5280 about Denver’s nightlife scene, Lady Gaga, and dressing down.

My Masquerade

How I found romance by being myself—in disguise.

Spot O’ Gold

After decades of destruction by elk, the aspen tree is staging a comeback.



Healing Art

A local painter fights cancer through her work.


From Scratch

Sandwiches—and memories—served at Jimmy & Drew’s Deli.

Sugar Rush

Pie waited out the cupcake craze, yawned disinterestedly during the brief reign of doughnuts and French macarons, and, now, it invites us all to have a slice. These local spots bake it up right.

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